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t seems strange that only on one day a year do we collectively show appreciation to our nearest and dearest. Surely, you’d think, that’s something worth doing all year round? But whether you think Valentine’s Day is just a cynical marketing ploy by the greeting card companies to make us part with hard earned cash after a January of watching our spending, or a chance to spoil those with whom we share our lives, it remains a rather special event. So inside this month’s edition you’ll find a host of Kent’s finest places to visit for a romantic day out, hotels for a getaway or restaurants in which to wine and dine your beloved. And much more besides. Best of all, if you’re single, everything works just as well with your friends or family. So if you’re not in a relationship – and let’s face it plenty of us aren’t – you can enjoy them just as much. To mark February 14’s love theme who better to feature than two of the entertainment world’s most desirable personalities? First up we have Scarlet Johansson – star of the Avengers and a host of other major movies. She’s been a success since a child and everything points to her success continuing for years to come. Then we have Damian Lewis. A British actor who conquered the American TV audience with roles in Band of Brothers and, most memorably, Homeland. Both have filmed in Kent in recent years – and both are, I’m sure, the sort of people many of us would like to find ourselves on a blind date with! But perhaps the best thing about Valentine’s Day is what it represents in the year. The dark cold winter is nearing an end, and the blossom and blooms of spring are just around the corner and if you are planning to use this romantic period to pop the question, inside we have a wedding section to inspire you to make your big day extra special. Now, if that doesn’t put a sparkle in your eyes, nothing else will. Enjoy this month’s edition and please do let us know what you think. We love getting feedback and we’re always keen to improve what we do to best serve you.


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In fact, when Marvel – now owned by Disney – announced its upcoming movie releases and there was no Black Widow movie, it sparked angry scenes from fans and an online campaign to demand she be given her own feature. It may well be a little latent sexism in the superhero world that deters Marvel from extending her character, but for Johansson, her career will not be adversely affected either way. And Kent has seen both sides of the actress’ talents. To be more accurate, Dover Castle has seen both sides. In 2008 she was at the iconic location to shoot scenes for the acclaimed The Other Boleyn Girl (which also filmed at Penshurst Place and Knole Place in Sevenoaks), while just two years ago she was back there with Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk to shoot scenes for the second Avengers movie, Age of Ultron. That was a shoot which

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or someone who is only 31, it’s fair to say Scarlet Johansson has achieved more in those few short years than many double her age. Not only has she won critical acclaim for roles which demonstrate her versatility as an actress, but she’s also ensured she is one of Hollywood’s most bankable box office stars. In addition to that, she’s recorded two albums – admittedly to rather limited commercial success and mixed critical reaction. And should she ever look over at her bank balance (she’s worth an estimated $55m (£38m)) or glance at her awards shelf and still feel at something of a low ebb, then she delivers when it comes to glamour too. She has the distinction of being the only woman to be chosen twice for the title Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine (in 2006 and 2013) and the Sexiest Celebrity in 2007 by Playboy magazine. What’s more, she has become one of the few leading actresses capable of sustaining the lead role in major action movies – something previously only achievable by the likes of Angelina Jolie. But courtesy of her growing reputation as Marvel creation the Black Widow in the Avengers movies and their associated spin-offs, Johansson’s star power helped the sci-fi romp Lucy pull in ten times its budget when released in 2014.

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required the castle’s Grand Tower to be closed to the public for two weeks as all the major stars jetted in to shoot scenes there. The Avengers movie, which raced to take a staggering global income of more than $1.5 billion already has two additional sequels in the works for release in 2018 and 2019. But although just 31, Johnasson is no stranger to the movie game, having landed her first role at the age of just nine. She had been bitten by the theatrical bug early. Born in 1984 in New York – her father was a Danish-born architect, her mother a movie producer and film buff. “My father barely made enough to get by,” she’s explained. “We moved house every year and finally

we settled in a housing development for lower-middle-income families. “We went to state school and depended on programmes for school lunches and transport. “But I was a big song-and-dance type of kid - you know, one of those kids with jazz hands. I liked to improvise and do weird vocal exercises,” she admits. When she was just eight years old, she appeared in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry with Ethan Hawke before going on to study at Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School where she received her theatrical training. It was an institution known for delivering talent, having previously taught the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Carrie Fisher. a CELEBRITY FEATURE

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Efforts to get commercial work failed too – she blamed her deep voice – which led to her mother trying her out for movie roles. At nine she got her first role in the comedy movie North, in 1994, and after a number of smaller roles, her big break came in 1996 and the movie Manny & Lo in which she drew many admiring reviews from critics and award nominations. © Universal Studios But it was in Robert Redford’s Horse Whisperer in 1996 – which she shot aged 12 – where she got her big break through and set her on the road to major success. In 2003 she took the step up from teenager roles to enter the adult world – landing a role in the hugely successful Lost in Translation opposite Bill Murray. She won a Bafta and secured Golden Globe nominations. Since then, her role call has included the likes of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Woody Allen’s Match Point, The Island and He’s Just Not That Into You. And then came her first role in the Marvel universe with a part in Iron Man 2 in 2010 which led to the Avengers two years later. a

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Yet despite her fame, and all the attention which goes with it, she guards her private life fiercely. What is known is that previous boyfriends include Jack Antonoff, guitarist in the band Fun – they met when both attended that theatrical school in New York – and her co-star in the movie Black Dahlia, Josh Hartnett for two years. In 2007 she met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and they married a year later – moving into a £2.8m

home in Los Angeles together. Two years later, however, they had split, and were divorced by 2011. A brief relationship with Madonna’s former husband, Sean Penn, gathered headlines but no longevity, and she had a two-and-a-half-year relationship with advertising executive Nate Naylor. But she is now settled down after starting to date Frenchman Romain Dauriac in late 2012 – another advertising agency executive. In 2014 she gave birth

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to their daughter, and the couple wed later that year. “It is strange for him adjusting to the spotlight,” she admits, “it’s a huge adjustment for anybody. I’m not adjusted to it, and I hope I never am, in some ways.” And her brush with the public has, at times, been rather odd: “I’ve had people come up to me on the street and be very inappropriate, or in really private settings, like the hospital or whatever. “It never ceases to amaze me, but there’s a feeling

that you can’t possibly bother that person, because they’re not real – they’re famous.’ Given her global reach, that is unlikely to change any time soon. And with the enormous clamour for more Avengers movies over the coming years, she is set to remain at the very top of her profession throughout this decade. Many would bet beyond it too. mmm

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or most people, Valentine’s Day is a big deal, so whatever you have planned for February 14th this year, be sure to make it memorable. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be especially elaborate, but making your partner feel special is essential.


There’s a good chance that the beginning of your relationship was the time when you made the most effort to show your partner your romantic side, so why not turn back the clock and remind him/her how charming you were when you were first dating? Think back to your first date - make a reservation at the same place, eat the same food and reminisce about how you felt about him/ her when you first met. Do the same things that first sparked your romance.

You don’t need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely.


With any luck, that’s where your Valentine’s Day date will end up, but you can start things off by getting your heart rates racing by doing something exciting like going to an amusement park or going jet skiing. The idea is to enjoy a little activity and get those endorphins flowing, which is proven to leave you both in loving moods.


Going for a massage is a Valentine’s Day treat no partner will oppose. Either book him/her a fullbody massage at a favourite spa, or include yourself and book a couple’s massage. A relaxing massage is just the thing to get both of you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.


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Plain and simple: Chocolate is to Valentine’s Day what Bruce Willis is to Die Hard - the star of the show. You can’t go wrong with chocolate when it comes as a present, so why not turn the entire day into one, long sweet taste test? After all, this is not the day to count calories. So plan a great meal with an extensive dessert menu that lasts - think of it as a pub crawl except instead of pints at pubs it’s dessert at various cafés. The returns on this relatively effortless Valentine’s Day idea are staggering because your partner will be reminded of your sweetness all day long.



Anticipation is half the fun of a romantic surprise. Start the excitement when he/she walks through the door by leaving a trail of rose petals leading to the bedroom, where he/she finds Valentine’s Day gifts. Feel free to go all out with the heart-shaped box of chocolates, red-and-white teddy bears and lovehearts. Today is the one day he/she won’t say no to whimsical romance.


Changing your surroundings can give an automatic boost to your love life. It doesn’t have to be complicated - booking a hotel room, for example, can be a pleasant change to the day-to-day normality and can make you both feel instantly relaxed. Nobody’s responsible for doing the dishes or cooking dinner; instead you get to focus solely on each other in a new environment.


Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give is the gift of uninterrupted time together doing nothing. You don’t need to leave the house to make Valentine’s Day special. Think of how great it could be to spend the entire day together - without interruption. Turn off your phones, don’t answer the door and enjoy each other. VALENTINE’S FEATURE

If you’ve got the time, money and freedom, stretch your Valentine’s Day into a Valentine’s weekend away at a romantic resort far away or bed-andbreakfast nearby. Do some research a few weeks before and send your partner three options, so he/ she won’t be completely thrown off guard and can book the time off if needed. Then sweep them off their feet (or, out of wherever you live). This way you can combine the relaxation of a mini-vacation with time spent alone together. Who says no to a vacation?


Make a dinner reservation somewhere fancy and dress up in your finest. Better yet, tell him/her the night before that he/she needs to dress up because you have a reservation. Dressing up always makes the occasion feel extra special, and your partner will love that you put thought and planning into making a reservation. If you’re a couple who enjoy getting the chance to get all dolled up, then you can both have fun looking your best while spending time together.


There’s nothing anyone loves more than being completely taken care of - so wherever you’re planning on spending the night of Valentine’s Day, give them a dozen roses and a nice card, light some candles, cook a nice dinner, and tell him/her not to get up from the couch all night long, because this is a special night and you want your partner to completely relax.

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ere are a number of tips to ensure you can add some great finishing touches to your wedding reception...

Make your reception extra special and enjoy a beautiful party venue with a little bit of effort and some imagination. Make sure to set a budget Set a budget and prioritise. Make a list of everything you want, to help prevent you over spending. If you love live music then your budget will need to consider having a live band and two courses instead. Simple means elegant Place settings can look just a beautiful with a simple fresh flower as they do tied with ribbons and intricate beads. If you try to do complicated decorations yourself, you’ll find you are tied up until midnight the day before your wedding, putting yourself under too much additional pressure.

Start your planning early Start planning your reception as soon as you can. Get the larger things out of the way sooner, like finding the perfect venue and this will give you a bit more breathing space for the smaller tasks and those enjoyable finishing touches. Ask for help You don’t need the worry of arranging something with no idea of how to go about it. Consider hiring a wedding planner who can co-ordinate the day for you, from finding and booking the venue, flowers and table decorations, to transport and catering. Wedding planners work closely with you so they can make sure you get everything you want, and it will provide that extra reassurance. Also don’t be afraid to delegate to help take the pressure off you and your fiancé. Make

sure you keep a check of those you’re delegating to and make sure they are making progress with those things. Your day, your way Make sure you have your wedding your way, and not someone else’s. It is easy, and sometimes very helpful to get opinions from your friends and family, you mustn’t forget whose wedding it actually is. Make sure you do what is right for you.

Create a first impression The entrance will create a first impression for your reception and guests. Make sure to use flowers and topiary or line your entrance in silk, but whatever you do, make sure your guests get a great first and lasting impression.

Choose enjoyment over etiquette Don’t get buried with etiquette – receiving lines and getting the order of the speeches right are not the be all and end all.

Consider lighting carefully You don’t have to stick to conventional lighting for your venue. Getting the right ambience to suit your theme is key, so consider candlebras, tea lights and fairy lights to create a moody, yet romantic feeling. Consider how you’ll illuminate your reception when the lights go off at night or for any areas outside.

Taming your timings Keep an eye on your timings. Ideally you should have a maximum of about three hours from the ceremony to sitting down for your meal. If you try to stretch this time you may find that some of your guests get tired and emotional, or even a little bored.

Making your receptions sparkle Fireworks are defiantly a beautiful addition, and can allow your photographer to get some romantic snaps of you and your fiancé and with your guests. Sparklers are also a fun way to entertain children and create light painting images.

Reduce your responsibilities You should ask a member of the bridal party to take control on the day to help lessen the pressure. They can then liaise with the venue, caterer and entertainment as the last thing you should and want to be thinking about is whether the DJ knows where he is going.

Add those extra finishing touches Add a few extra finishing touches to make your reception even more fun and enjoyable. Personalised favours, a table magician or caricature artist will go down a treat.

Keeping children occupied Make sure you keep the children entertained. Goody bags with crayons and colouring books are ideal for the dinner table, and you could hire an entertainer for an hour or two – perhaps a magician or a face painter.

Enjoy yourself And last but not least, your wedding day is meant to be the best day of your life and if there’s a small hiccup – like the beautiful weather you were sure you’d booked failed to materialise – then c’est la vie; the most important thing is celebrating your marriage with loved ones.

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ou’ve got the dress sorted, now it’s time to think about wedding beauty. We’ve put together these 20 bridal make-up tips



Use individual eyelashes – they’re a brilliant way to make your eyes stand out and look far more subtle than a full strip. Go for differing lengths to create a really natural fluttery look and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on top.


Do: Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks, but no more than five weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan.


Wear a white t-shirt if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale colour and take a picture of yourself in day light (with no flash) to see how it looks before you purchase anything.


Emphasize your eyes by brightening any darkness under them with corrector and concealer.


Bring references to your make-up trial. Start looking for images of makeup that you really like and bring them with you on the day. Try to identify what it is you like about the make-up in the image and take into account that if you have the skin colour of Dita Von Teese then the make-up of Kim Kardashian won’t necessarily compliment onto you.


Remember that bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.

Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. If you get these basic factors right the rest of your make-up will fall into place.


Research application methods as they might differ slightly from your everyday make-up routine. For example, if you prefer to line with a shadow, make it last longer by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush.


Go pro. The best wedding make-up should last as long as you do so we love M•A•C’s Prolongwear range which includes foundations, concealers, lip and eye products that provide superior wear that will see you through your wedding day and night.


Finish your make-up off with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make the eyes really pop. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly drawing attention to this area of your face.

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Don’t: Have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside. Let a make-up artist hijack your look. For a lot of people, their wedding is a time when they can really take pleasure in having someone else do their make-up, there can be a temptation to just indulge in the experience and take on all sorts of suggestions from the make-up artist.


Trowel it on. It’s a total myth that your makeup has to be plastered on for the photographs. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look obvious. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your ‘T’ Zone is matte and that can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders.


Go for anything too trend-led. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it’s best to avoid statement looks and opt for something more classic; that glittery eyeliner you saw on a Parisian catwalk might look beautiful and modern now, but chances are it’ll look tired and dated in twenty years’ time.


Be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides.


Just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look

uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan.


Forget to decide what kind of maintenance you’d prefer for the day. For example, are you happy to check you’re looking okay throughout the day, or do you want to just forget about your make-up once it’s on? Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it’s also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set - you can be sure they’ll stay where you put them.

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Go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying colour in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves. Go too glossy or too matte. It’s best to avoid lipsticks at either end of the texture scale; too glossy and they’ll only last five minutes whilst too matte and they may leave your lips dry and cakey by the time it’s the moment to kiss your groom. A moisturising, satiny finish lipstick is best for a wedding - this kind of formula will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally; several thin layers, blotted between applications will give the most long-lasting finish.


Rush. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on the wedding day.

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ou’ve had the dress since the day after the proposal, the photographer’s booked, you’ve even chosen the perfect tiara to complement your outfit. So what have you forgotten? Him! Because men’s clothing is apparently so simple, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the groom needs to be just as well turned out as the bride, albeit in a very different way. Many men will resist this part of the organisation process - either they wear a suit every day and therefore don’t see the big deal or they never wear a suit and are like a rabbit in the headlights when it comes to matching jacket and trousers, never mind the shirts, ties and shoes. Yes, it does take a bit of effort coordinating all these items and then making sure they don’t clash with the colour scheme of the wedding, but if you relax and embrace the challenge, it’s sure to be worth the effort.

It might be quicker to hire a suit and all the necessaries, but it’s the woman’s job to pay out for a one day only outfit, whereas, if you buy the right suit, you’ll end up with a stylish outfit to last beyond the honeymoon and ensure the groom continues to look good once he’s become a husband. So what’s the secret? Visit a good quality store, where you feel comfortable and take the time to try on a variety of styles and colours. Sure, it may be traditional for a man to wear a grey morning suit if he’s not opted for top hat and tails, but there are no rules. If he feels more comfortable in navy or black, then he’ll relax and enjoy the big day, so ensuring he exudes the confidence every groom needs. After all, he’s got a long wait checking his watch at the end of the aisle - there’s only room for one latecomer on the biggest day of your lives...

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hen planning a wedding you always start with a list: dress, venue, rings, flowers... it tends to be quite long.

As the list gets longer, the costs get higher and so things start to get crossed off. After all, do you really need that 50th floral piece to ensure the men’s loos match your colour scheme? We didn’t think so either. But if there’s one thing you should never, ever, cross off the list, or even worse, replace with an enthusiastic relative, then its the wedding photographer. Professional and experienced, they are the people who capture not only the joy and happiness of your big day, but also ensure that you really do remember every little thing from that overly long pre-wedding list. At least, we’ve never met an Uncle Arthur who’s remembered to take a picture of the bouquet, or knows just how much the bride loves her shoes to record them before they’re worn. Little details make your big day truly special and choosing a photographer who appreciates what all the details mean to you is vital for helping you to remember what will most likely pass in a blur of smiles and happiness.


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ettina McCue from our Baldwins Travel Tonbridge branch travelled to South Africa as part of a small select group of travel agents last September with one of our specialist tour operators, Premier Holidays, to take in a game reserve experience, the garden route, Winelands and Cape Town. Flying to Port Elizabeth on board South African Airways from Heathrow terminal two, the evening flight was a great choice as it gives the opportunity to sleep during the journey, and with only a one hour time difference (two in our winter time) you can feel refreshed and ready to go on your arrival into the Rainbow Nation. On landing in Port Elizabeth that morning the group were collected and driven up to the Kariega Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, around an hour and a half north-east of Port Elizabeth. The reserves here are all non-malarial so a great choice for families too. There was such a friendly welcome offered by the team at the luxurious Settler’s Drift Lodge, one of the reserve’s four lodges which offer a unique, five star safari experience. With one hour to get settled into the stunning open plan lodge rooms, Bettina was soon out on the two and a half hour evening game drive taking in the amazing wildfife and stunning scenery, complete with a stop in the wilderness for a glass of South African wine and a lovely tapas-style picnic. This certainly was a great

aperitif for the superb evening meal back at the lodge topped off with nightcaps around the Boma (a camp fire enclosure). The small time difference meant getting up for the early morning game drive which didn’t seem too much of a hardship, especially as it included an exciting boat trip along the Bushman’s River before the jeep safari. During the morning adventures the group ticked off lions, elephants, zebra, antelope, springboks, giraffe and many other animals in their natural habitat – an amazing experience. Bettina also managed to get to view the other three lodges within Kariega’s 10,000 hectare reserve - all of which remain luxurious yet offer alternative options for the more budget conscious traveller. On leaving the Ukhozi Lodge after a well needed lunch the trip took the group south west to the start of the famous Garden Route. Through the Tsitsikamma National Park with its amazing Storms River Bridge bungee jump and viewpoint and onwards to Plettenberg Bay to see the stunning Plettenberg Hotel - standing proudly on the rocky headland overlooking the coastline’s pristine beaches. This beautiful area is just 30 minutes away from Knysna where the group stayed overnight. It is truly a spectacular drive into Knysna with the views down across the famous lagoon and the small but bustling quayside with its shops, bars and restaurants. a



The sunrise over Knysna was amazing and breakfast on the terrace of the Belvidere Manor was a treat under clear blue skies. The overnight stay had been so comfortable in this private estate of fantastic self-catering individual cottages overlooking the west shore of Knysna’s spectacular lagoon. This relaxing retreat is a bird watcher’s paradise and is ideal for couples or families who want spacious accommodation, complete with a lovely little pub and restaurant on site. Driving the Garden Route is so easy, the roads were calm, the drivers courteous and the scenery breathtaking so it’s a must to take your time, stop for photos and to take it all in. The coastal route took us further west towards Cape Town looking out over the amazing sand dune-lined beaches which are popular for shark cage diving and whale watching. Mossel Bay was another beautiful seaside town to spend time in, with a lovely long white sandy beach to enjoy a leisurely lunch on and then stroll along the seafront to the shops and visit the museum. The next overnight stop was Hermanus overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean - home to thousands of southern right whales. The whale migration season here runs from July to November with frequent boat trips sailing out to Walker Bay. Bettina spotted both whale cows and calves swimming slowly together, right alongside and even underneath the boat during the thrilling three hour excursion - a real highlight of the trip which we can thoroughly recommend to all our customers. On leaving Hermanus there were scores of locals and tourists enjoying their own land-based whale watching; spotting the beautiful mammals from the cliffs along the coastal route. Just a one hour drive inland and over the mountain pass we arrived in the Winelands of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch - two stunning towns very famous for wine production in South Africa. Premier Holidays offer many types of accommodation in these areas from town hotels to TRAVEL FEATURE

manor houses to staying on wine estates such as The Rickety Bridge Wine Estate in Franschhoek. This is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon with an indulgent lunch and wine tasting, trying with a range of South Africa’s finest grapes. This is a perfect location for anyone who loves fine wine and a lovely relaxing setting surrounded by pretty vineyards. That evening the group stayed at the Oude Werf - South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel (dating back to 1802) and very centrally located for exploring everything that Stellenbosch has to offer. After a fantastic evening meal at the 300 year old Lanzarac Manor Hotel & Spa the group were all sad to be saying goodbye to the winelands but excited about heading onwards to Cape Town, just a 45 minute drive away! Stopping at the centrally located Townhouse hotel for a quick coffee and hotel inspection, the group were then able to set out exploring the city’s famous V&A waterfront area to experience the sights, the shops and the atmosphere as well as checking out the many local bars and restaurants dotted around the marina. Some of the best hotels in Cape Town are also located here and Bettina made all her friends jealous as she got to spend time lunching at the amazing five star Cape Grace. A short distance away, driving out of the V&A and past the famous Cape Town stadium there is the slightly quieter Sea Point Promenade where some customers prefer to stay in calmer surrounds at hotels like the Winchester Mansions. This lovely hotel overlooks the Ocean and out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip over to take in a tour hosted by former political prisoners like Zozo who walked the grounds with our group and retold the most amazing stories of his five years there with Mandela. This tour is a captivating and most amazing history lesson - a completely moving experience. a TRAVEL FEATURE

Sailing back across from the island to Cape Town it was amazing for the group to watch as the layer of cloud (known as the ‘tablecloth’) lifted off Table Mountain to reveal the most spectacular views. They say when you visit, if at any time the mountain appears clear then take to the cable car as soon as possible as the cloud cover is so unpredictable. So the decision was made and the group were rewarded with clear and breathtaking panoramic views to all sides over Cape Town and beyond and some truly memorable photographs. Other experiences to complete this fabulous visit to South Africa and Cape Town included time in


very cosmopolitan and exclusive seaside suburb of Camps Bay staying at the magnificent Twelve Apostles hotel. From there it is only a one hour journey to Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town to see the famous African penguins playing from the wooden boardwalks, and another 30 minutes on to the Cape of Good Hope. You can take in both within an organised excursion for those who do not want to drive in and around Cape Town itself. A final evening at a traditional supper club show and sundowner drinks on the V&A Waterfront seemed the perfect way to spend a final night in South Africa. What will you do on yours?

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First and foremost, drink water before you eat to fill you up more, you might not actually be hungry, but you might be thirsty. Drink water if you’ve eaten unhealthily too, it will help flush toxins out. Try and drink water in general, because being hydrated will make you feel good both inside and out. It’s always handy to carry a large bottle of water everywhere with you so you can continue drinking water rather than energy or fizzy drinks.

EXERCISE TO SUPPORT, NOT STRAIN, YOUR HEART We often believe that exercising more and faster is better. However lower-intensity exercise is healthier than exercise that’s high stress and high intensity. Overdoing high intensity workouts will do more harm than good to you and your body. Take your time not to overdo workouts and make sure not to strain yourself. Take time to relax and rejuvenate surrounded by nature. Stress is bad for the heart. At least once a day, if you can, go outdoors and connect with nature. Breathe in fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. Doing anything outside, whether it’s taking a walk or sitting in the park, significantly reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure, which benefits your heart.


To stay committed, you need to be focused. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy to change your habits. You must undertake diet and exercise changes to please yourself. What’s going to give you the burning drive to stick to your plan? Make a list of what’s important to you, to help stay motivated and focused.


There are certain foods that are heart protective because they contain omega 3 and other healthy fats, critical vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients that help keep heart tissues healthy. Here’s a partial list of foods you should eat more of: salmon, ground flaxseed, oatmeal, black or pinto beans, raw almonds, walnuts, and brown rice. Among the many heart-healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, that are especially beneficial are included: orange vegetables, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus, orange fruits and blueberries.

GET 6-8 HOURS OF SLEEP AT NIGHT Some studies have found that getting too little or too much sleep is bad for the heart, increasing one’s risk of heart disease. However, there’s another good reason to work on getting the right amount of sleep.

Sleep washes away any negatives from the day before and helps you feel charged up and ready to go for the next day. It’s really true that troubles always seem easier to deal with after a good night’s sleep.


To our sometimes cynical modern ears, it may seem silly to just laugh your problems away. But scientists have found ample evidence for the health benefits of light heartedness and optimism for healing and fighting off illness. Seeking happinessproducing activities is a good way to relieve stress, enjoy others’ company, and feel better. Give it a try this month. It will do your heart good.

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THE BENEFITS of eating porridge


orridge, a warm breakfast cereal akin to Scottish cuisine, is oatmeal that has been boiled and prepared slowly until a thick consistency is reached. As this grain derivative packs a generous amount of nutrients, it makes a good addition to a meal plan or an adequate substitute for unhealthy fare.

milligrams, which is more than 100 percent of the recommended intake for men and about 80 percent for women.


Porridge has a high content of phosphorus. A 1-cup serving contains 180 milligrams, which is 25 percent of the recommended daily value. Phosphorus, which is stored in the bones, helps with energy production, filtering of waste through the kidneys and muscle recovery after intense exercise. Making porridge with milk and adding seeds and nuts will create a highphosphorus content in your meal.


Calcium is similar to phosphorus in that it helps strengthen teeth and bones. It also plays a role in hormone secretion, nerve transmission and muscle function. The daily recommended intake of calcium for men aged 19 to 70 is 1,000


Whole grains and wholegrain derivatives have a high amount of dietary fibre. This substance helps to fill you up, which prevents you from overeating. If you do not overeat, you will maintain or even lose weight. Fibre also helps keep blood-sugar levels on an even keel and reduces the risk for high cholesterol. A cup of cooked porridge contains about 4 grams of fibre. Men should try to consume at least 30 grams a day, while women should eat 20 grams. Adding berries, seeds and nuts to the porridge increases its fibre content.


Carbohydrates are macronutrients needed for optimal brain function and energy through the course of the day. Porridge contains a high amount of complex carbohydrates, which get digested at a slow pace, unlike simple carbs. This gives you lasting energy. A 1-cup serving contains just over 27 grams of carbs. Adding fruit, honey, brown sugar or milk to your porridge will boost the carbohydrate content of your meal and increase the calories. Milk also contains a moderate amount of protein.


Iron is used for the production of myoglobin and haemoglobin, which join forces with red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles and all other areas of the body. Porridge has a generous amount of this mineral. One cup contains about 14

milligrams. Women aged 19 to 50 should get 1,000 milligrams, but women ages 51 to 70 should get 1,200 milligrams. One cup of porridge contains about 187 milligrams. By preparing your gruel with milk, you will boost the calcium content of the meal.


Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that the body needs for vision, cell and tissue growth and reproduction. It is also an antioxidant, which helps destroy free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic disease. A 1-cup serving of porridge supplies more than 1,450 international units of vitamin A. The recommended daily value of this vitamin is 3,000 international units for men over 19 years old and 2,300 international units for women in this same age group.

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ach vegetable has a prime time when it’s at its seasonal best. Some are great for over half of the year; others only hit their peak for a month. Either way it means extra flavour, extra crunch, extra juiciness—all super-fresh and great value. Find out what’s in season this month and how to bring out its best.


If you haven’t ever tried preparing leeks, February is the month to experiment; this vegetable is at its best during the coldest months of the year. Similar to asparagus in texture, the leek is related to the onion, but has a milder flavour. Leeks can be roasted or baked, with a touch of lemon juice, as a side dish, but they also do well in omelettes, fritatta and soups.


There is more to create with cauliflower than just a cauliflower cheese. A few other options include lightly steaming or roasting a cauliflower. If you enjoy Indian food, try adding cumin, turmeric, chilli or ginger to bring out the flavour, or prepare a creamy soup. You can do this by pureeing cooked cauliflower with vegetable stock and milk and stirring in crumbles of your favourite blue cheese.


The right preparation makes all the difference. I definitely prefer smaller turnips, which are sweeter and tenderer than the larger ones. You can slice off the skin, cut the turnip into small chunks and add to a casserole or curry. Or you can shave the vegetable raw and add it to salads. If you prefer to roast turnips, you need to know that their flavour intensifies during cooking, so you don’t want to cook them for too long.

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Cheese and bacon gratin with a crunchy crumb topping Ingredients 8 rashers Waitrose smoked British back bacon, cut into 1cm wide strips 900g mix of potatoes and sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 115g pack Waitrose baby spinach 100g Seriously strong extra mature Cheddar, grated 1 bunch salad onions, thinly sliced 200ml essential Waitrose reduced fat British crème fraîche 100ml vegetable stock 1 tablespoon English mustard 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Method • Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Cook the bacon in a frying pan for five minutes until starting to crisp. • Layer up a third of the potatoes and spinach in a mediumsized ovenproof dish. Scatter some cheese, cooked bacon and salad onions on top. Continue to layer up the ingredients, setting aside a handful of cheese for the top. • Whisk together the crème fraîche, stock and mustard and pour over the layered gratin, then scatter over the reserved cheese and a good

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e live in an era where perhaps the finest drama being delivered on a regular basis comes not from the stage or even the big movie screen, but courtesy of an explosion of superlative television programmes. The rise of the box-set – both in stores and on-demand – has given popular shows an extended life span that rivals that of their silver screen companions. And among the likes of Game of Thrones, 24, Breaking Bad, Mad Men and House of Cards sits Homeland, a show once named as President Barack Obama’s favourite. What’s more it is that rarest of treats in the UK – a show still available via a good old freeto-air terrestrial channel. Channel 4’s ability to cling on to the show – unlike, for example, its capitulation with Lost when Sky’s

deep pockets lured the bizarre drama to its paid-for Sky One channel – has ensured the widest possible audience for a show which drew the curtain on its fifth season in December. But although – spoiler alert – Damian Lewis has long since left the show, he remains perhaps ever entwined with its co-star Claire Danes as the face of Homeland. As Nicholas Brody – the US Army sergeant freed from capture in the Middle East (just whose side is he on?) – his on-screen performance saw both he and Danes bombarded with award nominations and both walk away with Emmys. a

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As the roles kept rolling in on both sides of the Atlantic he married, in 2007, actress Helen McCrory – perhaps best known for her theatre work, she’s also been Narcissa Malfoy in the final three installments of the Harry Potter films, in addition to parts in The Queen, Hugo and Bond flick Skyfall. The couple already had a daughter and a son on the way. “She is incredibly generous and happy for me. She’s phenomenal,” Lewis says of his wife. An OBE for services to drama in 2014 added the final flourish to a quite remarkable career thus far and one which shows no signs of slowing just yet. Which, for his millions of fans, is just the way they want it. mmm

“My parents were incredibly inclusive,” he recalls. “They discussed boarding school with us and said if we didn’t like it we could go to a day school. But I was a pretty manic kid aged seven. I kept getting into trouble. I actually wanted to get away.” And after a rocky start, he enjoyed the freedom and the opportunities. “Each summer we staged a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. It was all so English. I used to sing the solos. I had a sweet treble voice.” At 16 he decided he wanted to pursue a career as an actor, even forming his own theatre company. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – where class mates included Ewan MacGregor and Daniel Craig - before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. But it was his role in Jonathan Kent’s Hamlet that brought him to the attention of movie director legend Steven Spielberg – then searching for the cast for his big budget Second World War drama Band of Brothers that he was putting together, alongside actor Tom Hanks. The 2001 show would catapult Lewis into the big time as he portrayed Richard Winters – one of the lead roles. And one which would land him a Golden Globe nomination. Being handed the role itself proved something of a whirlwind. He read for the part in London and 48 hours later was in Los Angeles meeting Tom Hanks. “I met Tom Hanks on the Friday and he was very enthusiastic but I didn’t think I’d got the part so I went out on the town with a mate until five in the morning. “Then at 8am I get this phone call, that wakes me up, from the casting director telling me Spielberg wants to meet me. I had four showers but I still felt drunk.” Returning to the UK and his now global celebrity, he appeared a number of times as guest presenter on Have I Got News For You. CELEBRITY FEATURE

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harming Emmetts An informal Victorian garden set Garden is an on Ide Hill, at 700 feet is one of the Edwardian estate that highest spots in Kent. Here you will was owned by Frederic find rare trees and shrubs from across Lubbock, becoming the world. Full of interest in Spring, both a plantsman’s passion and a with profusely flowering shrubs and much-loved family home. flowers, and renowned in Autumn for The garden was laid out in the late the colours. © NT Phoebe Vincent 19th century, and was influenced by Emmetts was created between 18901927 by an Edwardian gentleman named William Robinson. It contains many exotic Frederick Lubbock as a weekend retreat for his and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. family. Lubbock was a friend of influential garden Standing on one of the highest spots in Kent, writer William Robinson and shared Robinson’s Emmetts Garden offers panoramic views over the enthusiasm for new and unusual plants. At Emmetts unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking he decided to create a garden featuring exotic plants opportunities. in a natural landscape. When you visit, you can explore the rose and There is a small pinetum, an Alpine garden, rock gardens, take in the views and enjoy shows and a south garden with exotic shrubs. There are of spring flowers and shrubs, followed by vibrant woodland walks through hillsides covered in  autumn colours.

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bluebells in Spring, and a longer walk brings you to the nearby National Trust property of Toy’s Hill, one of the first Trust purchases. One of the prize trees at Emmetts is a giant Wellingtonia which is thought to be the tallest tree in Kent. The great storm of 1987 which devastated the area felled many large trees including 80 foot Oaks and Beeches, but it did at least open up unobstructed views over the Weald of Kent as far as the North Downs in one direction and Crowborough Beacon in the other. There is a pleasant enclosed rock garden that has recently been restored. In the spring there are carpets of Daffodils, azaleas and the bluebell woods, followed in the autumn with a splendid display of colour from the many varieties of trees and shrubs. But there is something to see at most times of the year, the views alone make a visit worth while.

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vivid orange Lamborghini Miura – arguably the most famous Lamborghini in the world, no less – is making a bid for Italian glory as teams of classic cars line up for a unique Six Nations contest at the London Classic Car Show to find the world’s leading car producing country. The Miura, chassis number 3586, is the actual car used in the opening scene to 1969’s The Italian Job film. Although apparently written off in an Alpine tunnel, the car in fact was undamaged and sold to a customer after filming… the actual wreck that was pushed down the mountainside in the movie by the mafia-controlled bulldozer in fact was another Miura that had already been badly damaged in a crash.

The legendary Lamborghini will join Ferraris and Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis in the Italian squad as they take on teams from Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan and America. The winning team will be decided by the hearts and minds of visitors to the show, to be held at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Miura and the centenary of the birth of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, its appearance for the Italian squad is highly appropriate. More cars are being added in the movie and being announced via the show’s social media platforms. When the show opens its doors on Thursday, 18th February, a total of 60 cars – ten from each nation – will line up on the extended Grand Avenue, the a

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London Classic Car Show 18th - 21st February

show’s unique live roadway that runs through its centre allowing visitors not only to see but also hear the glorious selection of cars in action. The Grand Avenue will be in action throughout the four days of the show and will also be used by other road and competition classics, including the exceptional McLaren F1, hailed as the greatest supercar of the 20th Century. The London Classic Car Show has a special display devoted to the McLaren and its creator, Gordon Murray. Organised by Brand Events, the company behind CarFest and Top Gear Live, show tickets are on sale now and start at £23 (including booking fee) for single adult entry on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and rise to £65 for entry to Thursday’s Premium Preview Evening. This includes fast track entry, the best views of The Grand Avenue at the Turning Circle Viewing Platform, access to the exclusive Premium Lounge, a Show Handbook and even a glass of Joseph Perrier champagne. To keep up-to-date with all the news from the London Classic Car Show visit the website –

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The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for all-new Mazda2 range: Urban 43.5 (6.5) – 74.3 (3.8). Extra Urban 68.9 (4.1) – 88.3 (3.2). Combined 56.5 (5.0) – 83.1 (3.4). CO2 emissions (g/km) 117 – 89. The mpg figures quoted are sourced from official EU-regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. These are provided for comparability purposes only and may not reflect your actual driving results. Retail sales only, subject to vehicle availability for vehicles registered between 22.12.15 and 31.03.16 at participating dealers. T&C apply. *0% APR Mazda Personal Contract Purchase available on all all-new Mazda2 models over 24, 30 or 36 months with no minimum deposit required. Further charges may be made subject to the condition or mileage of the vehicle. Excess mileage charge of 14.9p per mile applies. You will not own the vehicle until all payments are made. Finance subject to status, 18s or over. Guarantee/indemnity may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR. Model shown: all-new Mazda2 90ps Sport Nav, OTR from £15,395. Model shown features optional Soul Red Metallic paint (£650). OTR price includes VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months’ road fund licence, first registration fee, 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty and 3 years’ European Roadside Assistance. °Test drives subject to applicant status and availability. Details correct at time of going to print. Not available in conjunction with any other offer unless specified. John Parker and Son Limited trading as Canterbury Mazda is a credit broker not a lender for this financial promotion. We can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance providers and may receive a commission from them for the introduction.

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Outlander PHEV range fuel consumption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Full Battery Charge: no fuel used, Depleted Battery Charge: 51.4mpg (5.5), Weighted Average: 156.9mpg (1.8), CO2 emissions: 42 g/km.

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and Rover has claimed a hat-trick of accolades in the coveted What Car? Awards, with new Discovery Sport winning the Best Large SUV title in one of the most keenly contested divisions of the competition. Range Rover Sport was proclaimed Best Large SUV in 2014 and 2015. Citing the Discovery Sport’s “superb blend of body control, brilliant practicality and high quality”, What Car?’s judges also voted it Best Buy in the £25,000-£40,000 price band. The Discovery Sport was enhanced last autumn by the fitment of Land Rover’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, designed to deliver class-leading torque and power outputs as well as excellent refinement and reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Built at Land Rover’s new state-of-the-art £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands, the EU6 compliant Ingenium engine is available in 150PS and 180PS variants, the former offering up to 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions from 129g/km. Accepting the award, Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “This is the second major What Car? award for Discovery Sport following on from last year’s Safety Award, and with UK sales totalling 16,500 by the end of 2016, the combination of versatility and family practicality has won over new and existing customers alike.


“In addition, the introduction of the new Ingenium engine in September 2015 has lowered running and depreciation costs making the Discovery Sport the premium all-rounder of choice for not just retail but fleet and business customers too.” Discovery Sport – Best Large SUV and Best Buy £25,000-£40,000 Jaguar Land Rover’s new diesel engine, together with its standard seven seats, good space and impressive interior build quality, enabled it to see off all its rivals. Families will love the Discovery Sport’s superb blend of body control, brilliant practicality and high quality, and subsequently, it is extremely good value. “The 2.0 TD4 is a far more refined unit than the previous 2.2, and it’s also cheaper to run because it emits less CO2 and uses less fuel. The Discovery Sport remains good to drive too, with nicely weighted steering and a comfortable ride. At high speed its decent suppression of wind and tyre noise complements the hushed engine. Its talents include space and practicality too, because this model comes with seven seats as standard, which will be good news for those with large families and small children.” For more information, please contact Guy Salmon Land Rover Maidstone on 01622 795666 or visit

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Official Fuel Consumption Figures for the Discovery Sport range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 44.1 (6.4) – 50.4 (5.6), Extra Urban 60.1 (4.7) – 62.8 (4.5), Combined 53.3 (5.3) – 57.7 (4.9). CO2 emissions 139 – 129 g/km. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only. Representative Example relates to a Discovery Sport SE Tech 180 Manual. Representative 6.9% APR available on Discovery Sport SE Tech 180 Manual models registered between 1st January to 31st March at participating Retailers only. With Land Rover Freedom Personal Contract Purchase you have the option at the end of the agreement to: (1) return the vehicle and not pay the Final Payment. If the vehicle has exceeded the allowed mileage a charge per excess mile will apply. In this example, 14p per excess mile up to 4,999, or for excess mileage of 5,000 or more, a charge of 28p will apply to each excess mile above the allowed mileage. If the vehicle is in good condition and has not exceeded the allowed mileage you will have nothing further to pay; (2) pay the Final Payment to own the vehicle or (3) part exchange the vehicle subject to settlement of your existing credit agreement; new credit agreements are subject to status. Representative example is based upon an annual mileage of 10,000 miles. Credit is subject to status and only available to applicants aged 18 and over resident in Mainland UK and N.Ireland. This credit offer is only available through Black Horse Limited trading as Land Rover Financial Services, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH. We can introduce you to Land Rover Financial Services and a limited number of other lenders to provide funding for your vehicle. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to such lenders.

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Don’t sit and watch the world go round, stand and become more active, we all know prolonged sitting is bad for you. With most offices dictating a need for employees to remain sedentary and seated at their desks for up to nine hours or more, every day, the need to keep active and fit is important. The biggest challenge we face in order to keep fit and active is to reduce the amount of sitting in the day. Most offices favour rigid desks, but by adopting a standing desk we move towards more standing and increased movement throughout the day. This not only benefits the worker’s health, but also improves the levels of energy and creativity they’re able to dedicate to their daily tasks as well, thereby improving their work ethic in a way that will benefit the business. By using a standing desk you can even burn off up to 50 additional calories per hour, that’s around 200 per day and an amazing 1,000 per week. Standing desks are now more popular in the UK with it becoming trendy to stand and work. In Denmark for instance it is made mandatory for employers to offer their staff standing desks. If you sit excessively it is clearly hard to keep fit, by using a standing desk it can help you remain active and keep fit. £150.00 from

Made from lightweight aluminium with super strong Ion-X glass, Apple Watch Sport is ready to work out with you. Apple Watch makes technology more accessible and more personal. It opens new doors for interacting with technology, and has been built from the wrist up for easy, intuitive and precise use. Get simple and discreet notifications at a glance, connect with family and friends, keep an eye on your health and fitness and keep up with the time thanks to a remarkably accurate clock. Apple Watch innovates at every turn. £339.00 from The Apple Store

BT 7610 Digital Cordless Phone Including a call blocker for nuisance calls The BT 7600 will help you keep in touch with some of the latest telephony tech to suit modern living. Well equipped with the nuisance call blocker feature, you can prevent up to 10 numbers from contacting you or send callers straight to the answer phone. The answering machine offers up to 30 minutes of recording time so you can catch up on any missed calls. You can even set the machine to greet callers with your very own personalised message. Using the main base unit to organise your recorded messages, additional base units can be added to charge more BT 7610s in the range so your home stays connected. £40.00 from John Lewis GADGETS AND GIZMOS

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With the HP Envy 5640, you can print lab quality photos and laser quality text from your computer, smartphone or tablet. This versatile, creative all-in-one printer features print, scan and copy functions and will even let you print from a smartphone or tablet. The Envy 5640 is compatible with HP’s Instant Ink service, delivering ink to your door when you need it. £79.95 from HP

Part of the NW-A20 Series, the Sony NW-A25HN Walkman offers distinctive styling, refined materials and a tactile finish. With built-in audio tech and wireless connections, the Walkman has been much improved to put you at the heart of the music. Getting the best out of every track is High-Resolution Audio. This refers to a collection of digital processes which allows the encoding and playback of music using higher sampling rates than those used in CDs. £219.99 from Sony

Logitech MK330 keyboard and mouse Simple and easy to set up TomTom Start GPS Navigation System Advanced guiding system Whether you’re driving on familiar roads or venturing somewhere new, the TomTom Start 25 M will give you peace of mind. It’s packed full of the latest technology but still incredibly easy to use. See high quality maps on its larger screen, and trust it to guide you safely through complex junctions for a confident drive. A large 5-inch extra-wide touch screen display will help you see your route clearly ahead of you and its intuitive touch screen operation makes changing settings safe and simple. £90.00 from TomTom

The Logitech MK330 kit combines a sleek media keyboard and wireless mouse for easy interaction with your computer, without the hassle of cables. The keyboard features whisper-quiet, low profile keys that are perfect for keeping the noise down during project deadline time or frantic gaming sessions. Thanks to 11 hot keys, navigating to your favourite sites, or playing, stopping and pausing your music is as simple as a button-push. An ergonomic mouse rounds the package off with its precise laser tracking and 12 month battery life. The included nano receiver can also be slotted into any USB slot, and is small enough to just plug and forget to make the experience even more seamless. £30.00 from John Lewis

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Richard Hearne with family and friends after being seen on ‘This is your Life

Show. This was the first of many appearances which gradually commanded massive audience numbers as the Americans warmed to his slapstick humour. By now his character was universally known all over the UK and America. In 1959 he was the subject of the TV programme ‘This is your Life’. Friends and family gathered at the BBC studio to reminisce over a lifetime of laughter provided by Mr Pastry. In 1963 he became president of the Lord’s Taverners charity, a show business organisation that provides help and support to underprivileged children. During his presidency he raised money to provide eleven special hydrotherapy swimming pools for disabled children as well as supporting many other projects. For this charitable work he was awarded the OBE in 1970.

For many years Richard lived with his wife Yvonne and two daughters at Platt Farm, a 15th century property in the village of St Mary Platt. The house had fallen into disrepair resulting in Richard undertaking a period of renovation. He soon discovered many hidden treasures such as open hearth fireplaces and a wealth of oak timbering. After several years of hard work the building was classified under the title of ‘Buildings and Monuments of Historical Interest’. This meant that it was protected by law from any structural alteration or demolition. It was in the shadow of this beautiful house that the Hearne family held many garden parties during the summer in aid of the charities. They were attended not only by family and friends but also by familiar faces from show business.

Richard Hearne alias Mr Pastry lived a rich and full life. When he died on August 23rd 1979 the world of entertainment mourned his passing. To many children and adults of that period, he was one of the funniest men on stage and screen. He was laid to rest in the churchyard of his local church St.Mary’s Platt beneath the shadow of a large tree. His memory lives on through his films of which he made many. Though a stranger to the modern generation, to those of us born at the start or during the last war he was the funniest clown of the time. BY ROBIN J BROOKS HISTORY FEATURE

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TURNER CONTEMPORARY SMASHES ITS ANNUAL VISIT TARGET TWO MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Turner Contemporary has reached its annual visit target for 2015-16, two months ahead of schedule. Between 1st April 2015 and 17th January 2016, Turner Contemporary has achieved a total of 352,204 visits to the gallery. Risk attracted 81,103 visits, making it the gallery’s most successful autumn exhibition since opening year. The exhibition has helped Turner Contemporary achieve nearly 1.9 million visits since opening in April 2011. As the first major UK exhibition to explore risktaking in art, Risk encapsulates the ethos of the organisation. Turner Contemporary is a place where innovative projects, risks are taken and dynamic new ways of helping visitors to see the world differently are developed. Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary, said:“Turner Contemporary continues to bring large numbers of new visitors to Margate. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary year in 2016, it’s remarkable that our pioneering vision all those years ago has transformed Margate and East Kent. Without Turner Contemporary, the regeneration of Margate would not have been possible.”

The gallery’s fifth anniversary year programme continues to be ambitious with a series of extraordinary exhibitions, new commissions, events and activities. Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming exhibition The Other Side of the Sky brings together the work of Danish artist Joachim Koester and watercolours by JMW Turner, opening on 5th February 2016 and running until 8th May 2016.

BUCKMORE PARK UPGRADES FOR 2016 Buckmore Park Karting is undertaking a major circuit upgrade for 2016 with the installation of new purpose built Champion Products foam barriers and extended tarmac run-off areas and improved drainage. Along with upgrades to the timing system, track lighting, on-track cameras, video screens and track maintenance equipment, Buckmore Park has appointed new caterers, the Pit Stop Catering Company, to supply an improved first rate service to corporate clients, racers and visitors alike. As well as improving safety at the track, the objective is to improve the overall image and racing experience at the famous venue. Last July, a fleet of new Sodi rental karts was introduced to improve the customers’ driving experience. LOCAL NEWS

Major events at Buckmore for 2016 include Super One and Formula Kart Stars - both of which are televised. In addition, the Buckmore Park Kart Club holds 11 regular monthly meetings along with events from the Kent Championship, MSA Subaru, MSA Bambino, NKRA, Rotax Regional, Southern TKM and F100. This is in addition to the very large corporate programme and noted charity events. John Surtees explains the developments: “Buckmore Park is a very special circuit and we wanted to retain all its good characteristics and improve on them with some modern upgrades. The improvements to the run-off areas and circuit surround, coupled with the new barriers, will improve safety and make a tremendous visual improvement. This is the first stage of the Buckmore Park developments”.

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HOW TO GET MORTGAGE FIT ACCORDING TO HOUSEBUILDER BARRATT HOMES Forget the fad diets, January is the time for homebuyers in Kent to get mortgage fit according to five star housebuilder, Barratt Homes. As 2016 gets underway and attention moves to a new home for the new year Barratt has revealed its top tips on how first time buyers in Kent can get mortgage fit now to put themselves in the best position to buy a house later this year. “Thanks to schemes like Help to Buy and the new Help to Buy ISA, 2016 is set to be a good year for first time buyers to make their first purchase,” says sales and marketing director Pam Reardon. “But savvy house hunters will know the way to win the race to buy the home they really want is to do their homework in advance and make sure they are ‘mortgage fit’. By being proactive and following

a series of simple practical steps, they can make themselves more attractive to mortgage providers and that means not only getting a mortgage but getting a cheaper rate as well.” Pam adds that a person’s credit score is one of the key factors that mortgage lenders look at when deciding whether to offer a mortgage and that can be affected by factors many people may not consider, such as missed payments or not being registered on the electoral roll.

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MUM FULFILS LIFELONG DREAM BY TAKING ON LOCAL PUB A Maidstone mum has fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming licensee of her local pub, The Dragoon. Clare Parslow, 56, officially took over the Shepherd Neame pub in Sandling Road, Maidstone. Clare, who grew up in Maidstone and attended South Borough Girls School in the town, has worked in pubs for more than 20 years, after starting out behind the bar at The Dragoon.

She said: “The Dragoon was the first pub I ever worked in, so it holds a lot of memories for me. Bar work was great while my children were growing up as it was flexible, and I loved the social element of it, particularly meeting new people. I had always dreamed of running my own pub, and now my children are older, aged between 17 and 36, I thought it was the right time to do something for myself. When I heard The Dragoon was available, it seemed the perfect opportunity.” Clare said: “It was quite daunting, as although I have worked in pubs for years I have never run one before, but Shepherd Neame provided lots of help and I took courses on areas such as cellar management and health and safety before moving in. My husband Geoffrey has been a huge support, and I have also been made to feel really welcome by the customers, which is lovely. It is amazing to finally be my own boss after all these years.” Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “The Dragoon is a great community local and we wish Clare every success in her new role.” LOCAL NEWS

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BRITISH SIDECAR CHAMPION ON TRAIL TO SUCCESS AT DISCOVERY PARK Ryan Charlwood is already a household name for fans of high octane superbike racing having being part of the team which retained the British Sidecar Championship title at the world famous Silverstone track last autumn. And with his new online pre-booked parking business Parking More, this ambitious 27-year old entrepreneur from Dover is now seeking to bring that same level of success to Discovery Park. The web-focused company currently has a team of four but Ryan intends to grow to 16 staff within 12 months and establish the firm as a key employer in the area for young people – giving them the opportunity to develop digital skills. “We soft launched the company in December, but from this month we’re really going hell for leather in terms of getting our name out there and get bookings for our customers and save them money too,” Ryan said. “I’d left a job last summer with the market leader for airport parking with the intention of focusing on my superbiking as a career but realised I could put my experience to good use by going it alone. “And so while I still intend to keep my hand in – not least because we’ve just signed a new contract with Kawasaki – that will remain my side line and hobby as I build up Parking More at Discovery Park. “We already have access to 100 parking sites around the UK with customers able to use our fully responsive website to click and book from a choice of airport and town centre sites. “One of the things we will offer customers – in addition to savings on their parking – is a trust guarantee that we check each and every car park to ensure it meets the standard they expect.” As for the reasons for selecting Discovery Park, Ryan said it was the site’s wow factor that drew him back to a site he had known well as a child with his father owning a haulage business close by. “I knew Discovery Park well and decided to go in and have a look to see if it would be suitable for my business. I fell in love with the vibe of the place. It really has the WOW factor.”


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THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE IS APPOINTED ONE OF THE NEW DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS OF KENT Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s Chief Executive has been appointed as one of four new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent - each of them honoured for their positive contributions to the County and the Nation. Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL has been involved with and led a number of heritage and tourism projects in Kent over the past 26 years. He has operated in Tunbridge Wells, Dover and Canterbury as well as nationally; and has been Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust since 2000 where the strategy of “preservation through re-use” has transformed the most complete dockyard of the age of sail into a world class visitor attraction and thriving residential and business community. Bill has served on the Visit Kent Board for a number of years and has only recently stepped down as chair of the national Association of Independent Museums with more than 1000 members. Viscount De L’Isle MBE said: “In making these appointments we are further strengthening a team of men and women who share their great experience, in helping me support The Queen and her family throughout the ceremonial county of Kent”.

Mr Ferris said; “It is an absolute honour to be recognised for my positive contribution to Kent – and comes as quite a surprise! Although not a native of the county, it has become home to me and my family and is certainly a place to be proud of, not least for its diversity. I have been passionate about heritage and tourism for many years; and the role they play in both the regeneration and economic prosperity of an area is of utmost importance to a county like Kent.” Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “Bill has outstanding leadership and communication skills which come with an ability to work closely with a wide range of people and organisations across all sectors; to which he brings tact, patience, tenacity but flexibility, and a willingness to adapt to get the best results from all those involved. Bill’s passion for heritage and tourism – especially in Kent - stand him in extremely good stead for this new appointment and we, at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust are extremely proud to have a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent as our Chief Executive!”

SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTH EAST SHAPE UP FOR SPORT RELIEF 2016 Sport Relief is back and once again pupils and teachers from all over the South East will be making every Mile count this March. Schools across the region are already planning to take part and raise vital cash to help change the lives of vulnerable people here in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities. For Sport Relief 2014, schools across the South East raised an incredible £680,000 by running, hopping, skipping and jumping their way around a Mile. One school limbering up for Sport Relief 2016 is The Math School in Rochester. Dedicated pupils and teachers are hoping they can raise even more money this year by taking part in a whole range of fundraising activities. P.E Teacher Angus Parker said, “We love taking part in Sport Relief, getting our pupils, teachers and even parents involved in the fun. It’s a great way to bring everyone together and we always come up

with something different to raise as much money as we can. Everyone really gets stuck in!” This year, Comic Relief is challenging schools in the South East to try a new twist on their Mile, from fancy dress to balancing bean bags on their heads.


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LEADING UK FOOTBALL KIT DESIGN GURU FINALLY FULFILLS WISH AS HE SPONSORS LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAM KIT One of the UK’s leading experts on football kit history and design finally has one to call his own as he becomes the sponsor of Aylesford under 9s football team kit. John Devlin, owner of graphic design agency The Design Practice in Maidstone has been a leading authority on football kit design for many years, and has published two books detailing the history

of football kits from the country’s leading teams since 1980. He regularly appears on TV and radio and has also written for and features in many publications, including those for Premiership teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Swansea City, Sunderland and Aston Villa. For years, John has always wanted his company’s logo on a football shirt, and his wish was granted as he had the opportunity to sponsor the team’s kit. John Devlin commented: “My love of football kit design stretches back many years, therefore the ultimate for me is to have my logo on a team’s kit. I’m delighted that I have a kit which I can call my own, and also that I can help a local kids’ football team in the process. I’m immensely proud of the team, and honoured that they’ve let me fulfil one of my wishes! “I’ve worked with many of the top teams in the Premiership and my book has sold copies all over the world, but there’s nothing which has made me prouder than to support a team on my own doorstep.”



Michael Bailey’s talk will launch the Rochester Bridge Trust’s programme of Bridge Wardens’ Lectures for 2016. Mr Bailey has been the lead charity solicitor for the Trust for more than a decade, handling many major property transactions and advising on complex charity law issues. A consultant solicitor at asblaw, his career has included work with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and time as Chairman of the Legal Aid Appeal Tribunal for the South East. He is also a past President of the Sussex Law Society and former Trustee of the Webb Memorial Trust, as well as having worked with schools and advised European governments. Bridge Clerk Sue Threader, who is chief executive of Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “Michael Bailey has long been a valued advisor to the Trust, during which time we have come to admire and respect him for both his professionalism and warm personality. As a result we are looking forward to this light-hearted reflection on his five decades in the law.”

The wait is finally over, the finalists for The Taste of Kent Awards 2016 are revealed today (Monday 11th January). From over 500 Kent nominated businesses, the top three with the most public votes from each category will now enter the final stages, with the hope of being crowned the winner on 3rd March 2016. This year’s results demonstrate the largest increase in votes in the independent retailer category as well as a surge in voting for locally brewed beers. Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent, organisers of the Taste of Kent Awards comments: “Kent is experiencing an exponential growth in micro breweries reflecting and we hope outstripping, the trend nationwide. We are delighted that the public is so enthusiastic to celebrate the very best Kent produce and are supporting so many of their local businesses.” The Taste of Kent Awards is a showcase for Kent’s finest food and drink products and provides the general public with their only opportunity to choose and vote for their favourite producers, retailers, restaurants, dining pubs and farmers’ markets.


WHAT’S ON & WHEN THE BON JOVI EXPERIENCE, WHITE ROCK THEATRE 5TH FEBRUARY Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey, fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi. Throughout their career, the band have sold over 120 million albums worldwide, and they performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. In 2006 Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they were ranked number 14 in Q magazine’s “50 Greatest Bands of All Time”. “The Bon Jovi Experience” is an outstanding tribute to Bon Jovi. They are the only Bon Jovi tribute band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself! Fans will have thought there were two Bon Jovis on stage that night, lead singer Tony Pearce greatly resembles Jon Bon Jovi! (“Have you seen this guy? He looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it’s freaky man!” Chad Kroeger –Nickelback). Recreating Bon Jovi Live in Concert, “The Bon Jovi Experience” perform all the great hits: “Livin’ On a Prayer”, “Keep the Faith”, “Bad Medicine”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, and many, many more. For more information please call 01424 462288 or visit

STEWART FRANCIS: PUN GENT, HAZLITT THEATRE MAIDSTONE 9TH FEBRUARY Live Nation in association with MHA Proudly presents: The star of ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’, embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! For more details please call 01622 758611 or visit

BUILD IT LIVE!, BLUEWATER, DARTFORD 6TH - 7TH FEBRUARY Find out all you need to know about building your own home or taking on a renovation project. Experienced and first time self-builders and renovators will find plenty of inspiration and practical advice at both shows. Visitors can talk to a range of experts and companies about how to realise a house building or renovation dream. Find out what is possible and what you can and can’t do without planning permission, learn how to add space, value and light into a home, and hear from architects about how to plan and make a project become a reality. Meet over 100 of the UKs most innovative suppliers offering 1000s of products and services including lofts, kitchens, underfloor heating, folding sliding doors, mortgages and much more. There will be opportunities to meet with architects and other independent experts for one-to-one free advice on a project including planning and design. For more information please visit the website

BACK TO BACHARACH, LEAS CLIFF HALL FOLKESTONE 13TH FEBRUARY Celebrating the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. This exciting production is touring throughout the U.K. from September 2015 and is performed by 3 of the finest west end singers accompanied by a live 10 piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. For more details please visit the website LOCAL EVENTS

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VALENTINE’S DINNER, LEEDS CASTLE 13TH - 14TH FEBRUARY Spend a romantic Valentine’s night with your loved one at Leeds Castle in Kent, “loveliest castle in the world”. On arrival enjoy the ambience of the 1930s Castle rooms and celebrate the occasion with an intimate Champagne drinks reception. Join a guided tour of the 900 year old Castle for a glimpse into the life of the last private owner, wealthy Anglo-American heiress the Hon. Lady Olive Baillie. The butler will call for a delicious three-course candle lit dinner to be served in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, with options including lobster served with saffron pomme mousseline and lamb loin wild mushroom robe served with celeriac dauphinoise. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a harpist playing during your meal and enjoy a bottle of wine at your table for two. The team of professional chefs will prepare some divine desserts to share with your love one, including a passion fruit assiette, chocolate and pecan brûlée with orange cookies or peanut and caramel parfait served with peanut brittle. For more information please call 0845 652 62 62 or visit HALF TERM WEEK MAKE IT WORKSHOPS, MAIDSTONE MUSEUM & BENTLIF ART 15TH - 19TH FEBRUARY A week of fun-filled activities to keep the children entertained. Monday: Make a nature themed wind chime or a nature inspired mask. Tuesday: T-shirt designing. This will be £3.50 per child, two for £6. Wednesday: Choose from shields or superhero themed masks. Thursday: Mystery activity day. Friday: Make your own fan or a Japanese themed mask. Bookable in person on the day. For more information call 01622 602838 or visit the website


A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY 20TH - 21ST FEBRUARY Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into the Kent and East Sussex Railway and he’s bringing some of his friends with him too. Meet the Fat Controller and make your day out with Thomas an enchanting experience, full of entertainment the whole family can enjoy. He opens the gates at 10am sharp so make sure you get to the station early and enjoy the whole day. For more details please call 01580 765155 or visit

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HIRAETH, THEATRE ROYAL MARGATE 23RD FEBRUARY Hearth is a mixture of homesickness and an intense form of longing or nostalgia. Desperate to leave, Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure sounds the death knell for the family farm. Leaving five generations of tradition behind her as she sets out alone into the big smoke... For more information please call 01843 292795 or visit

CLIFTONVILLE FARMERS MARKET, MARGATE 28TH FEBRUARY Cliftonville Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers. Award winning Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more. For more information please call 01843 226033 or visit

THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET & ORCHESTRA OF SIBERIA, MARLOWE THEATRE 29TH FEBRUARY 5TH MARCH Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK. On tour January - March 2016. The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake and The Snow Maiden. Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns in 2016 for a nationwide tour (5th January – 12th March). It will be the Company’s 14th UK tour and will include exquisite performances of four of world’s most beautiful and popular ballets and the UK premiere of a brand new production – The Snow Maiden. For more information please call 01227 787787 or visit

WHF Annual Open Days Tickets available soon - see website 21/22/23/24 July 11am-5pm Visit WHF to see our wonderful cats, a day of family fun, falconry display, facepainting, stalls and entertainment. (under 5s Free) Entrance only by booking tickets in advance.

Big Cat Encounter

Enjoy a tour of the beautiful sanctuary during which you will see and learn about a diverse cross section of the cat family. You will also get up close and personal with some of the cats and even have an opportunity to hand feed one of them.

Ranger for the Day

Spend the day helping our rangers to prepare meat and assisting with feeding time, and maybe an enrichment feature for the cats, as well as an opportunity to feed one of the cats. You will see and learn about the various species throughout the day. An excellent day for those who want to get involved and go behind the scenes at the Sanctuary.

Big Cat Adoption

Adopt a WHF cat and choose one of the adopters afternoon during the year to come along to our beautiful sanctuary to meet your adopted family member as well as the other cats. You will receive a certificate and adopters pack too, this explains about the conservation work and endangered species we aim to support .

Photographic Workshops

You will be tutored on how to take amazing photographs of our stunning cats, we at WHF are proud to be the UK's “Centre of Excellence for photography� in both big and small cats. We are the largest collection in the UK, housed in enclosures aimed to give a natural look for first class photographic opportunities.

Overnight Big Cat Safari Come and stay in one of our luxury log cabins, get up close and personal with our amazing cat collection, enjoying cream tea, a sumptuous 3 course meal, an overnight stay listening to our African Lions roar before continuing the day by meeting more of the cats for an unforgettable experience.

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MMM Magazine February '16  
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