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Issue 53, June 2016 Complimentary

Kent’s Leading Lifestyle magazine

special ROYAL edition


Afternoon TEAS

royal visits in the



ascot in honour of the queen


Elizabeth 90 Years old and long may She reign


motors history food events And much, much more

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here are few things in this country which genuinely unite us all in a combined sense of community, history and celebration. In fact, it could be argued that aside from the big holiday seasons such as Easter and Christmas, only the royal family has that ability. Because even if you do not consider yourself a fan of the royal family, you cannot help but be caught up in the groundswell of pride and jubilation which they bring to every corner of the nation. And this month we have a remarkable celebration – the official birthday of the Queen as she marks her 90th. Her real birthday may have been back in April, but the second weekend in June brings us the opportunity of letting our hair down and, fingers crossed, marking the occasion with some good weather. I don’t know about you but I cannot wait. There is something magical about the Queen; not only is she a glorious ambassador for this nation, but given the length of her reign we have all grown up during her time on the throne. We have experienced the highs, and the lows, of that long period and it has helped define us. But perhaps more importantly, she and her family have acted as the glue for our communities. With hundreds of street parties taking place across Kent, there’s bound to be somewhere near you where you can join neighbours and other town or village folk in raising a glass to her long life. Friends have been made as a consequence. We may never even meet her, but she binds us together. So it is fitting that mmm this month dedicates this edition to the Queen. Inside we have a number of special royal themed features, alongside all our normal content such as the latest fashions, history, business and travel. Join us, then, in raising a glass to the Queen and wishing her the happiest of birthdays and many more to come! See you next month! Rasa





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the queen A royal 90th birthday celebration

Editorial Tom White Robin J Brooks Tricia Lester Sarah Vince


Afternoon teAs Dine like royalty


ProPerty exceptional bespoke detached home

Design Matthew Jones


the queen in kent A history of royal visits to kent


motors Premium cars to inspire


BeAuty holiday essentials


furlonGer DriVe out supercar parade


royAl Ascot 2016 Gold cup


GADGets & Gizmos cutting-edge technology


fitness stay cool and exercise


locAl neWs kent business news


fAther’s DAy celebration ideas


history the terror campaign by robin J Brooks


nAtionAl trust treat your dad to a stylish day out



BAlDWins trAVel GrouP Dordogne - A medieval experience

eVents highlighting family fun and celebrations throughout kent


fooD recipes galore


horoscoPes June predictions by Ali Janes

Publisher Rasa Dregva

Sales Sue Houghton Jessica Kaur Further Contribution Tracy Jones

All rights reserved. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent from the publisher. Š MMM Media Ltd 2016


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Endearing and enduring royal love story



hile street parties are staged, and bunting is strung up around the county as we mark the Queen’s 90th on her official birthday, next year brings with it another major milestone for the monarch. Because November 20th, 2017 will see, remarkably, the 70th wedding anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Theirs is a love affair which has survived her entire reign on the throne and inspire many that love can survive under the most intense of scrutiny and of the strains of such high office. Today, the Queen is 90 and Prince Philip will turn 95 on June 10th. He has specifically stated he wants no public celebration of his big day. But the weekend of June 11th and 12th will certainly be full of good cheer as the Queen’s official birthday – her real birthday is April 21st, but all monarchs are given an official date on a Saturday in June for public celebrations – is marked in style. More than 300 street parties are planned in Kent alone – with a major event also taking place along the Mall

outside Buckingham Palace on the Sunday. The nation will rejoice and celebrate its beloved Queen. For the royal couple, it will be another busy weekend for a duo who first met when the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth - was just 13. Born in 1926, Princess Elizabeth emerged into the world during the reign of her grandfather, King George V. Her father was his second son, Prince Albert. With her parents having no sons – when male heirs outranked females - she was third in line to the throne after her uncle Edward, the Prince of Wales, and her father, the Duke of York. However, fate would conspire to elevate her to the throne quicker than she – or any observer – can ever have imagined. When George V died in 1936, her uncle took the throne as Edward VIII only to abdicate due to his relationship with divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Princess Elizabeth’s father suddenly found himself become George VI. Meanwhile, in Corfu in 1921, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born. The only son and fifth child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. a


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Following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922, his family came under threat from the new military government and were forced to flee. They were transported on the Navy’s HMS Calypso – the young Philip carried to safety in a cot made of fruit boxes. They settled in Paris before moving to Germany. There, with the Nazi party in the ascendency, the young Philip attended school before the rise of Hitler forced his family to leave. He was sent to be schooled in Scotland, becoming a Navy cadet, moving to be trained at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. And it was in there he would have his first encounter with his destiny. Princess Elizabeth was joining her father, King George VI, on a visit to the college. Cadet Philip was tasked with entertaining the 13-year-old and her sister Margaret. The three played croquet on the lawns of the college. Writing in a letter she penned eight years later, shortly before the pair would marry – and sold at auction for £14,000 in April – she remembers that first meeting and how love blossomed. “The first time I remember meeting Philip,” she wrote, “was at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in July 1939, just before the war. (We may have met before at the coronation or the Duchess of Kent’s wedding, but I don’t remember). “I was 13 years of age and he was 18 and a cadet just due to leave. He joined the Navy at the outbreak of war, and I only saw him very occasionally when he was on leave - I suppose about twice in three years. “Then when his uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, were away he spent various weekends away with us at Windsor. Then he went to the Pacific and Far East for two years as everyone there will know.” Philip and Elizabeth were third cousins through Queen Victoria and second cousins once removed through King a THE QUEEN

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“ ” We first started seeing more of each other when Philip went for a two-year job to the R.N Petty Officers School at Corsham - before that we hardly knew each other... He’d spend weekends with us, and when the school was closed he spent six weeks at Balmoral - it was great luck his getting a short job first then.

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Christian IX of Denmark, so the family connection gave him access to the young princess. They exchanged letters from that first meeting and, the year after the war ended, Philip asked Elizabeth’s father for her hand in marriage. By this stage Philip had adopted Mountbatten as a surname and was a British subject. The King gave his blessing but insisted the announcement not be made until she turned 21 the following year. It was officially announced on July 10, 1947. In that same letter Princess Elizabeth added: “The wedding ring will be made of Welsh gold, but not from the Craigwen mine. “The engagement ring was made by Antrobus. Princess Alice took it in as Philip obviously couldn’t but he designed the ring. “I don’t know the history of the stone, except that it is a very fine old cutting. It was given to me not long before the engagement was announced. “Philip likes riding but as yet, has not done much racing. “We both love dancing - we have danced at Ciro’s and Quaglino’s as well as at parties. THE QUEEN

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“We first started seeing more of each other when Philip went for a two-year job to the R.N Petty Officers School at Corsham - before that we hardly knew each other. “He’d spend weekends with us, and when the school was closed he spent six weeks at Balmoral - it was great luck his getting a short job first then!” The couple tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in front of a global television audience of some 200 million. Philip becoming the Duke of Edinburgh. His sisters, who had married German princes prior to the war, were, however, barred from attending given the sensitivities following the end of the conflict. In 1948 Prince Charles was born and, two years later, Princess Anne. In 1951 the King’s health was failing, and in early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out on a tour of the Commonwealth. On February 6th, with the couple in Kenya, King George VI died. Philip broke the news of her father’s passing to his wife. The couple would return for Elizabeth to take over as Queen, moving from their home in Clarence House to Buckingham Palace. Since then the couple have been together in a relationship which has weathered the storms of political upheaval and frequent controversies in the royal household; none more so than with Buckingham Palace’s response to the death of Princess Diana. But the lows have been comfortably eclipsed by the highs – among them the birth of more children; Andrew and Edward. They remain a couple prized by the British public and after the celebrations of the Queen’s birthday, the nation will be only too delighted to mark their 70 years together in November 2017. mmm


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op in to Tudor Park, maybe after a walk around the nearby Wildlife Trust in Bearsted and order the beautifullycrafted cream tea. It comes with scones that defy gravity and lashings of cream. If you are an afternoon tea connoisseur, you won’t be disappointed, Tudor Park has recently brought in British tea specialist, Simpsons Tea and has also teamed up with Kent’s leading wine producer Chapel Down to offer its award winning sparkling wine as part of a royal afternoon tea package.

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Chilston Park Hotel Lenham Sandway, Lenham, Kent ME17 2BE


t Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, guests are delighted with afternoon tea, and there is no finer place to enjoy this tradition than in the Marble Lounge with its beautiful chandeliers. This great country house was built for pleasure and it is in the Marble Lounge where this spirit is most prevalent – here you can allow yourself to be outrageously indulgent as you devour the selection of carefully prepared pastries, sandwiches and the finest leaf tea. For that extra special occasion, you can also choose to take afternoon tea in one of their private dining rooms.

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The Secret Garden Ashford

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hether you desire a quick coffee and cake, or would like to enjoy an afternoon tea, cream tea or a delicious lunch, The Secret Garden is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and family.

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Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa Fawkham Brands Hatch Road, Fawkham, Kent DA3 8NQ


isit Brandshatch Place, Kent for the ultimate in champagne afternoon tea. Speciality teas from Twining, a variety of delicate finger sandwiches, a selection of traditional cakes and pastries and freshly baked scones are all on the menu at Brandshatch Place. Better still, it is all hand-prepared using only the freshest ingredients and changes with the seasons. For those extra special occasions there is a champagne afternoon tea, serving you a glass of Bruno Paillard, which uses a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier to achieve its unique structure and fresh, dry and vibrant taste.



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Blueberry Victoria sponge Method

• Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4, and grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment. Place the sugar and Stork in a large mixing bowl. With an electric whisk or wooden spoon, beat together until pale and creamy. Next add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl down after each addition. • Fold in the flour in two additions, then lastly fold through the lemon zest and vanilla. Pour into the prepared tins and place in the oven for 22–25 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

• Once the cakes are completely cool, pour the double cream into a mixing bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Spread the cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, spread the other sponge with jam, and sandwich them together. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar just before serving. • Cook’s tip: Instead of whipped cream, a vanilla-scented buttercream is a lovely alternative and is great if you want your cake to keep until the next day. Simply cream together 150g Stork with butter with 150g icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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250g golden caster sugar 250g Stork with butter 4 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free range eggs 250g self-raising flour Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract 170ml pot essential Waitrose double cream 4–5 tbsp blueberry jam or conserve Icing sugar, to decorate AFTERNOON TEAS

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The London Beach Hotel Tenterden

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he London Beach is situated just outside the historic town of Tenterden and is surrounded by beautiful countryside with stunning views across the parkland golf course and beyond. There is a magnificent conservatory and terrace where you can relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.

Mercure Great Danes Hotel Maidstone Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE


ercure Maidstone provides a quiet and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy afternoon tea. On sunny afternoons, the summer terrace is perfect for appreciating the stunning views of the grounds. This venue is located next to Leeds Castle in Kent, and is the ideal place for those who wish to stop for afternoon tea while visiting the Castle.

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Mote House Maidstone Mote House, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 8NQ


ote House is an elegant Georgian Mansion, nestled within 450 acres of stunning parkland and a perfect setting to enjoy their popular Kentish afternoon tea menu. The picturesque views coupled with the modern interiors provide the perfect backdrop for afternoon tea, and with their friendly professional service, you can be assured of a wonderful dining experience. Afternoon tea is served in the Romney Restaurant, which provides an elegant and sophisticated environment to enjoy the great British tradition.


The Hengist Restaurant Aylesford 7-9 High Street, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7AZ


he Hengist is located in the heart of the beautiful Aylesford village. Feel at home with a plentiful selection of sandwiches, cakes and tea whatever the occasion. Decorated in a traditional style but with a per person quirky Book now on: twist, 01622 885800 downstairs is the place to come in for a coffee or a relaxed lunch. Add a glass of fizz to make your afternoon tea experience even more special, £19.50 per person.


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Eastwell Manor Hotel Ashford Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, TN25 4HR


hat a fabulous way to spend an per person afternoon Book now on: – sitting by a crackling log 01233 213000/020 fire in beautiful Eastwell Manor or, during the summer months, relaxing on the terrace overlooking the gardens. Queen Victoria was a frequent visitor and much is still as described by Princess Marie, the future queen of Romania, who was born here in 1875. Whether you choose the classic Eastwell Manor, Pimms, Champagne or Celebration Tea, all are served from elegant, silver teapots and silver cake stands. The scones with preserves and clotted cream, a delicious assortment of sandwiches and cakes are all sublime. There is a large selection of leaf teas or a cafetière of coffee if you prefer. Perfect whether indulging yourself or treating someone special. Five star in every way: “I cannot wait to go back!”


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The Bull Inn Linton, Maidstone Sandway, Lenham, Kent ME17 4AW

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he village of Linton is located in a pleasant rural setting south of Maidstone on the A229 Hastings Road. It is here that The Bull Inn is sited and has been since well before 1674 when the first licensee was listed. The hub of village activity, drawing local residents and tourists alike to enjoy a fine range of drinks and a superb menu, all at realistic prices. The Bull Inn has comfortable surroundings, simply oozing the ambience of years gone by. Come in for food, drink or afternoon tea any day of the week! So with a drink in hand, you can sit back and relax, there is a selection of real ales and an extensive restaurant menu, which includes dishes incorporating locally sourced ingredients.

Tea garden raspberry 3 piece set £70.00 Wedgwood

How the Queen



hile a visit by the Queen is far from an everyday occurrence, Her Majesty has certainly not been a stranger to the county over the years.


Perhaps not surprisingly, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, she has frequently been drawn to Canterbury Cathedral for various visits and services over the years – most recently just last year when she unveiled statues of both her and Prince Philip.


On that same trip she also braved miserable misty conditions in Capel-le-Ferne to officially open The Wing centre at the Battle of Britain memorial. The royal couple delighted hundreds who had braved the weather by taking to the balcony to wave at the hardy souls before they were taken to the cathedral city.


It came some 23 years after her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, opened the memorial site back in 1993. The Queen Mother had an official residence in the county at Walmer Castle. The site was hers due to her role as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports; the first woman to ever hold the post.

And whether it’s been trips to Sevenoaks, Ashford, Margate, the Isle of Grain, Maidstone, Dover or Erith, the Queen has always been given the warmest of welcomes by her adoring public. Kent certainly knows when to lay out the red carpet for the most VIP of VIPs.


Dating back to at least 1946 when, aged just 20 and then Princess Elizabeth, she accompanied her father King George VI on a visit to Canterbury to attend the cathedral and visit neighbouring King’s School, the monarch has been generous with her time in the county. Indeed Canterbury has proved a favourite Kent destination. In 2013 she visited Howe Barracks just before the site was closed as part of cutbacks by the Ministry of Defence, where she inspected the troops for one last time. But she has spread her visits far and wide over the years.a THE QUEEN

2016 - Prince Andrew 1951 - Royal School 1989 - The Queen 2011 - Prince Charles 1955 - The Queen and Camilla visited the attended the Kent for Deaf Children went to the opening of cut ribbon at Medway University Technical College County Show Whitstable Oyster Festival the Grain oil refinery 2011 - newly opened Turner Contemporary Erith and a a tour of Margate Old Town Isle of Grain

1953 - Visited flood victims 1984 - The Queen visited the opening Maidstone Crown Court 1989 - Visited laboratory at the University of Kent and Dorton House for the Royal London Society for the Blind Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex attended West Kent College

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of Lady Brabourne) tied the knot in Ashford with almost all senior royals attending the event, among them the Queen and Prince Charles


Princess Elizabeth, accompanied her father King George VI at Canterbury Cathedral

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The Queen has been a regular visitor of the home of Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Patricia Knatchbull better known locally as Lady Brabourne in Mersham

2015 - Unveiled statues of both her and Prince Philip at Canterbury Cathedral The Queen Mother had an official residence in the county at Walmer Castle

1958 - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had a tour of the streets of Dover

1987 -The Queen visited Capel-le-Ferne to officially open The Wing centre at the Battle of Britain memorial.


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From the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate in 1951.


Visited flood victims in Erith in 1953.

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Went to the opening of the Grain oil refinery in 1955.


There was also a tour of the streets of Dover as she and the Duke of Edinburgh called in as they returned from a trip to Holland in 1958.


Family ties have brought her here too. Her daughter, Princess Anne – now the Princess Royal – was educated at the plush Benenden School, with the Queen memorably coming down to visit and attend an arts and crafts exhibition in 1968.


What’s more she has been a regular visitor – almost always without advanced publicity or fanfare – to the home of Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Patricia Knatchbull, better known locally as Lady Brabourne, who lives in Mersham near Ashford. Lady Brabourne is the cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh and third cousin of the Queen. Now 92, her father was Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India – killed by an IRA bomb on his boat in 1979. She was on board the boat, off the coast of Ireland, which killed her father, and her 14-year-old son Nicholas.


Lord Mountbatten was particularly close to Prince Charles who felt his assassination keenly. When her daughter, Lady Amanda married in 1987, they tied the knot in Ashford with almost all senior royals attending the event, among them the Queen and Prince Charles.


Other visits included opening Maidstone Crown Court in 1984, a new computing laboratory at the University of Kent and Dorton House for the Royal London Society for the Blind in 1989.


That same day she attended the Kent County Show at Detling, a great coup for the organisers. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, a tightly drilled day saw the couple appear at the county showground, have lunch, tour the site, meet dignitaries and still leave Detling in time to catch a train from nearby Bearsted station back to London and Windsor Castle. a THE QUEEN

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In 2011 she and Prince Philip joined the hundreds of thousands of visitors who had already passed through the doors of the then newly opened Turner Contemporary in Margate. Prior to reaching the gallery the Queen took a tour of Margate Old Town – including one visit to a local cake shop. At the gallery itself she met renowned – and controversial – Margate-born artist Tracey Emin.


And her family have never been shy of visiting either. From Prince Edward making a trip to marvel at the new Marlowe Theatre. a


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Prince Charles and Camilla heading to the Whitstable Oyster Festival.


Prince Andrew cutting the ribbon on the new Medway University Technical College earlier this year, Kent’s bond with the House of Windsor remains rock solid.


Not to mention the fact that Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex is Kent born and bred, having grown up with her family in the picturesque west Kent village of Brenchley and having attended West Kent College in Tonbridge. Everyone at mmm wishes the Queen the most happy of birthdays – long may she reign over us. mmm


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2016 Gold Cup



scot Racecourse today announces that this year’s renewal of The Gold Cup will be run as, The Gold Cup in Honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday in the race title of The Gold Cup. The Gold Cup, recently won of course by The Queen herself, is the historic centrepiece of Royal Ascot, and is very much the race which resonates most with the public.” Also announced today are two new initiatives to mark the significant contribution that breeders make to the success of the Royal Meeting. Guy Henderson, Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse, explained: “For the first time, all breeders of winning horses at Royal Ascot will receive a memento of their achievement. “Appropriately, owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff are already recognised after races. For breeders, which are sometimes smaller operations, that recognition is less obvious but just as important. Therefore, we will be awarding Royal Ascot-branded Strawberry Dishes, designed by our Official Trophy and Silverware Suppliers, Garrard, to all winning breeders. “As a further illustration of our recognition of the breeding industry, and the importance of encouraging interest and participation from the next generation, we have partnered with the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s new initiative, The Thoroughbred Club, for members aged 16-30.


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“We are offering half price admission opportunities throughout the year for members, including to the Queen Anne Enclosure on the Tuesday and Wednesday of Royal Ascot.” Louise Kemble, Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, commented: “The TBA welcomes any initiative that recognises the vital role of breeders in British racing. The introduction of mementoes for successful breeders at the Royal Meeting is a gesture which we hope will be adopted by other major festivals. Ascot’s partnership with The Thoroughbred Club is another significant step in providing access and opportunities for young people in the industry. We are most grateful to Ascot for supporting these key initiatives.” © Royal Ascot

David Redvers, who runs Tweenhills Farm and Stud and is Bloodstock Manager to Qatar Bloodstock, also warmly welcomed the initiative, and said: “Ascot should be applauded for recognizing the importance and the role of the breeder. To be responsible for producing the winner of a race at Royal Ascot is a notable feat for any breeder. Furthermore, the diversity of races at the Royal Meeting from two-year-old races over sprint trips to long distance races for older horses gives all types of breeder a chance to succeed at the world’s premier race meeting. “To receive such a lovely memento for breeding a Royal Ascot winner is fantastic and a great way to remember the achievement. We very much look forward to earning the right to receive one.” mmm © Royal Ascot


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ommemorate the landmark birthday of Her Majesty with the Celebrating Queen Elizabeth at 90: Birthday Celebration Figurine 22cm, a wonderful tribute piece to suit any home or give as an ideal present. Standing at 22cm tall and rendered in a vivid deep red to her coat and hat, Queen Elizabeth is portrayed here with celebratory birthday flowers and her iconic sense of style. Every detail has been considered and executed with fine craftsmanship for a collectable to last a lifetime and beyond.

Queen Elizabeth at 90

Birthday Celebration 22cm £125.00 Royal Doulton

birthday collection A Royal Christening 22cm £175.00 Royal Doulton


rmy Days Figurine 22cm. A collectable piece that you can keep in your family for years to come, this commemorative figurine displays Queen Elizabeth in her days within the army after she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945. Presented in bold time-honoured colours with impeccable attention to detail, Queen Elizabeth is shown with her correct uniform and bag. Keep as a treasured collectable or give as a superb gift.

Army Days 22cm £125.00 Royal Doulton


Royal Christening Figurine 22cm. A scene paying tribute to Prince George of Cambridge’s christening, this impeccably crafted figurine depicts a scene set up for official photos of the day showing Her Majesty the Queen with the Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge sitting on a sofa that would have been within the regal surroundings of Buckingham Palace. Rendered in beautiful colours with striking attention to detail, this piece would make a beautiful gift for any home, and a highly desirable collector’s piece.

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id you know that exercising in the heat puts stress on your heart and lungs? Exercise, along with high air temperature, raises your body temperature and increases your heart rate. Normally, your body adjusts adequately on its own. But if you’re exposed to heat for too long, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke can occur. You don’t want to spend any of your summertime at A+E, so here are the top six summer fitness tips to stay cool. Avoid exercising in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest, usually between 11am and 5pm, approximately. If you do go outdoors during these times, avoid direct sun and try to find shade or exercise in a pool. Wearing sunscreen won’t keep you cool, directly, but it will prevent you from burning, which decreases your

body’s ability to cool itself. And you’ll avoid skin cancer. Look for one with an SPF 30 and re-apply often. Drink plenty of water. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink every 15 minutes or so on hot days. If you’re sweating profusely, include sports drinks, which contain added electrolytes and minerals. Make sure to dress appropriately Even if you feel that the black biking shirt brings out your best features, opt for a white or light-coloured top. Black and dark colours absorb heat. Think lightweight or invest in some of the new fabrics that repel moisture. Plan to work out indoors on hot days. Find an air-conditioned gym and go early, since many others will likely have the same idea. Walk around your local area briskly and with athletic shoes, not four-inch wedges. Or jump in a pool. But skip the raft with the built-in cup holder until you’ve done at least a few laps. a FITNESS TIPS

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Drink plenty of fluids

It is extremely important to stay hydrated. If you’re thirsty, then you are already dehydrated, so remember to drink before you feel a need to. Then also consume fluids regularly throughout the day, it is best to stick to non-caffeinated beverages, preferably water. Make yourself a rule, plan to drink 15 to 20 minutes before beginning your workout, and then every 15 minutes throughout the exercise.

Eat regularly

The heat can decrease your appetite, but it’s important to eat normally. Try to eat small meals five to six times per day to keep your energy up.

Wear light, loose fitting clothes

Cotton is always a good choice. If your outdoor activity produces a lot of perspiration, consider clothing that is designed to repel the sweat away.

APPLY sunscreen

Even if you exercise early in the morning or late in the evening, if the sun can reach you, then you can get burned. Not only is a sunburn bad on the skin and potentially dangerous, but it also hinders your body’s ability to stay cool.

Stay in your safety zone

Use common sense and don’t attempt strenuous activities that your body is not accustomed to. Stick to exercises that you are very familiar and comfortable with.

Don’t go if it’s too hot

Check the weather forecast. It’s best not to participate in intense outdoor exercise sessions when the temperature and/or heat index registers in the dangerous zone.

Forget the old “no pain, no gain” motto

Ignoring your body’s signals could be dangerous. Heat-related illnesses come with warning signs, so be sure that you learn how to recognize them, and know what actions to take.

Don’t try to lose weight by sweating

Excessive perspiration is not the key to permanent weight loss. Any decrease on the scales would simply be a result of water loss, not fat reduction. Also, don’t forget that sweat is your body’s way of trying to cool itself, and those fluids need to be replenished quickly.

Take a siesta

Avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day, which usually is around 10am to 3pm. If you want (or need) to be working in very hot temperatures, don’t do it until you become acclimatized. Try to spend only a few minutes per day in the hot conditions for the first couple of weeks and then increase your time gradually each day. mmm


how to celebrate it


How you celebrate Father’s Day will largely come down to knowing what your dad likes and what will make the day most enjoyable for him. This could mean planning a grand adventure, or simply taking care of all the chores around the house so he can relax. Make sure to plan at least one activity to do with your dad that he will enjoy. Take him out to a restaurant, watch a movie or maybe your dad likes to play board games with the whole family, choose something you know he’ll love. Dad’s do a lot, from taking care of the house, picking the children up from school or practice, to just being there to listen to your problems. Think about a time when your dad did something for you, and see how you can pay him back. It could be as simple as mowing the lawn. If you’re buying your dad a Father’s Day card, make sure that you don’t wait until the last minute to get one. If you wait too long, you won’t have as many options to FATHER’S DAY

choose from. Get him a card that fits his personality; a funny card if he likes jokes, or a sentimental one to show your dad how much he means to you. Remember that it’s Father’s Day. Sometimes, planning too much or overloading your dad with preplanned activities isn’t the best way to celebrate Father’s Day. This should be a fun day for your dad, so eliminate the pressure by letting him do what he wants. Let him sleep in; don’t bombard him early in the morning just because you have big plans for dad. Let him decide what he wants to do, it is great to have planned some activity with your dad, but don’t necessarily make it an all day event. If your dad is the kind of person who likes to take some time for himself, then be sure to give it to him.

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Time is definitely the greatest gift of all and something we each have the power to bestow. Spend time with him doing things you know he’ll appreciate, such as going for a walk, climb, or hike together; going fishing, cycling, or sailing together; watching a movie together; visiting an art gallery or museum; attending a sports match. Choose whatever you’re sure he’ll enjoy and make sure there is time to just chill and talk together. If you’re able to afford an expensive gift, try an exhilarating activity. Think racing a car on a racetrack, skydiving from a plane, going for a balloon ride, taking a fighter pilot flight, doing a bungee jump, etc. You know your Dad best, so you’ll know what experience he would find simply awesome and breathtaking. While it’s costly, it will be a gift he’s never going to forget. Bring someone into his life who he hasn’t seen for ages. Arrange for an old army buddy, a long lost school friend, a cherished and admired mentor, or someone else he cares about to turn up for the day. Organize the travel, the accommodation, and the day’s activities so that it all proceeds according to plan. Be sure to call this person another name when talking to family about them, so that your Dad is thrown off the scent!




Ightham Mote beer tasting and fishing This picturesque medieval house near Sevenoaks is surrounded by a moat and glorious gardens with a trickling stream and lake. On Father’s Day there are games in the garden, beer-tasting and a chance to try fishing in the moat. © NT John Miller

Scotney Castle real ale in a fairy tale setting A ruined castle near Lamberhurst with rose-clad walls and colourful gardens, Scotney Castle is like something out of a fairy tale. You could treat Dad to a bottle of award-winning Scotney Ale while you’re there.

© NT John Miller

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Chartwell Father’s Day lunch The beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill near Westerham, Chartwell is a fascinating place for a day out with your Dad. Visit for a two course Best of British lunch followed by coffee. Lunch: Adult £16.95 Child age 5-12 £8.95 Booking essential on 01732 861161 Normal admission prices apply to the house and garden. a NATIONAL TRUST

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Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place

outdoor theatre The home of the acclaimed Victorian actress, Ellen Terry, is a treasure trove near Tenterden, waiting to be explored. You could also treat your Dad to a very special outdoor performance in the enchanting gardens of this picture book place.

Much Ado About Nothing - 19th June, 6pm Bring a chair and a picnic and spend the evening at Smallhythe Place watching a funny, moving and fastpaced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance. Adult £15 child £10. Booking essential on 0344 249 1895. mmm


DORDOGNE discover medieval villages



elax in the Dordogne amongst meandering rivers, ancient villages, impressive châteaux and rich vineyards. Or get active with a hike, cycling or canoeing adventures. With all there is to see and do, you will hardly have time for trying the many famous delicacies of the region...but make sure you do!


Splash out at Jacquou Parc near Le Bugue. Little ones will love the pools, water slides, not to mention the animal Parc with parrots, donkeys and a host of other cute inhabitants that don’t bite!


Mingle at the bustling market in medieval Sarlat. Find your way around the maze of ancient streets and medieval gateways in Domme. Gaze in awe at Rocamadour’s famed monastery. Sample the home of wine-making in the lovely old port of Bergerac.a TRAVEL ASPECT

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The original caves at Lascaux are now closed to protect their irreplaceable prehistoric paintings, but a short walk finds a number of superb copies that include ‘The Great Black Bull’. To see for yourself how these were made, also visit Le Thot Centre.



Choose from a wide range of ferry routes, Dover to Calais is a convenient, short crossing and around a 7-8 hour drive through beautiful countryside to the Dordogne region. Or jet into your holiday destination with a low-cost flight from Gatwick, Luton or Stansted to Bordeaux, then pick up a hire car or taxi transfer. Or, travel by Eurostar from the UK to Lille Europe or Paris and then by TGV to Bordeaux or Brive-la-Gaillarde then pick up a hire car at the station. mmm

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Grilled sea bass with ginger, saffron and lime Curried purple sprouting broccoli, sweet potato aviyal, crispy curry leaves

Ingredients For the broccoli Purple sprouting broccoli 30 ml extra virgin rapeseed oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic Chopped green chilli Chopped onions Chopped tomato 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder` 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder Seasoning (salt and crushed pepper) Chopped coriander For the sweet potato aviyal One sweet potato 100 ml Extra virgin rapeseed oil A few curry leaves 150 grams grated coconut 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 3 green chillis 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds 150 grams yoghurt For the grinding 1 cup grated coconut 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera 3 green chillis For the seasoning 2 to 3 tablespoon of extra virgin rapeseed oil A few curry leaves DINING GUIDE


Sea bass • Marinate the sea bass with 1/2 lime juice, saffron extract and chopped ginger, salt and crushed black. • Pan fry in hot olive oil first skin side for one minute and turn fillet and cook for two minutes. For the broccoli • Heat rapeseed oil, add cumin, ginger, garlic and green chilli and sauté. • Add chopped onions and sauté until onions are transparent, add chopped tomato and rest of the ingredients and sauté until you get a thick paste. • Add purple sprouting broccoli and add 1/2 a cup of water, cook for three minutes. • Finish off by adding chopped coriander . For the sweet potato aviyal • Heat oil and add mustard seeds, also add the grounded coconut paste and cook for a few minutes. Remove from flame. • Add yoghurt and mix well. Check for salt. Season with curry leaves.

• Parboil the sweet potato for three minutes and add them to the above mixture, cook for five minutes until all the sauce coats the sweet potatoes and serve by adding crispy curry leaves.

Recipe from: The Olive Tree Restaurant

Ramada Dover Hotel, Singledge Lane Whitfield, Dover, Kent CT16 3EL 01304 821230

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Beetroot cured gravlax Recipe from: Who’d A Thought It

Headcorn Road, Grafty Green Maidstone, Kent ME17 2AR 01622 858951

Kent’s Leading Lifestlyle Magazine

Ingredients 12 oz Salmon fillet 25g Sea salt 5g Fennel seed 2 Raw beetroots

Freshly chopped dill Crème fraîche Salmon roe Coriander cress


• Trim salmon and take off the skin. • Peel uncooked beetroot and place in a food processor and blitz till in a paste. • Add sea salt and fennel seeds and blend for a further 30 seconds. • Wash salmon in cold water and dry with a tea towel. • Cover salmon in the paste and leave in a fridge for five hours, but ideally over night. Turning salmon once. • Wash and dry your salmon. • Now your salmon is ready to serve. • Cut your salmon into small 1cm cubes and serve with freshly chopped dill, crème fraîche salmon roe and coriander cress. DINING GUIDE

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Nespresso rubbed fillet of beef Method

• Heat a non-stick pan until smoking, season the fillet of beef then sear in the pan on all sides, take the beef and roll in the Nespresso rub, return to the pan add a knob of butter. • Transfer the beef to the oven cook at 180°C for eight minutes for medium rare. • Sauté the morel mushrooms until tender and cooked through. • Heat the truffle mash and purée. • Assemble on the plate.

Recipe from: The Brasserie on the Bay

Prince’s Golf Club, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9QB 01304 611118



For the caramelised onion purée 50g duck fat 600g onions, finely sliced 30g unsalted butter Cook the onions in the duck fat and butter until caramelized, then blitz until smooth, pass through a fine sieve. 6oz portion of Dexter beef fillet . 2 morel mushrooms halved For the coffee rub 1x star anise 500g of Nespresso coffee 10g of brown sugar A pinch of mustard seeds Blitz until a very fine dust For the truffle mash 500g mashed potatoes 10g grated black Italian truffle. Mix the black truffle through the mash potato until smooth.

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Baked sea trout, crushed green pea, potato and beetroot gnocchi, sprouting broccoli Ingredients Sea trout 150g portion season with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil place in oven at 180 degrees for seven to nine minutes Sprouting broccoli 50g portion Once gnocchi is out cook the broccoli in the same boiling water For the gnocchi 1 bakers potato 1 beetroot 50g Italian 00 flour 1 egg For the crushed pea 40g fresh or frozen per portion 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots 1/2 garlic clove finely chopped 50 ml cream

Recipe from: Chilston Park Hotel

Sandway, Lenham, Kent ME17 2BE 01622 859803 DINING GUIDE


• Bake beetroot and potato at 180° for 1hour. • Scoop out centre and put through a potato ricer or crush. • Add flour, egg and mix. • Salt and pepper to taste. • Drop in boiling water for two to three minutes then finish in a pan with a little butter. For the crushed pea • Add all in a saucepan simmer until pea is cooked then crush salt and pepper to taste.

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GARDENING Summer has arrived

he 21st June is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere. Keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions.


Along with all the flourish and splendour this month, weeds are thriving too, so keep on top of the situation; hoe on warm days and leave them on the surface to wither and die in the sun. Another constant task around the garden at this time of year is deadheading - remove spent flowers from containers, pots, hanging baskets, beds and borders and feed them all occasionally with liquid feed. Deadheading diverts energy from producing seed into producing new flowers... so is a good thing all round. Theoretically we should be home and dry now weather-wise, but be prepared Brownie-style in case of a late frost - keep vulnerable plants and new shoots protected at night if frost is forecast and don’t be tempted to put out your really tender plants until the middle of the month unless the weather changes dramatically. If it’s dry, attack ground elder, lords and ladies and the like with systemic weed killer painted onto the leaves, and trail tips of bindweed into jam jars full of the same. Remember systemic weed killers are indiscriminate and will kill anything they contact. Water is a precious commodity – instigate good practices such as using kitchen and bath water (as long as it is neither too dirty, greasy nor full of detergent) for watering, collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for your irrigation. Avoid using tap water, however, for lime-hating plants such as camellias - they will not thank you for it! Automatic watering systems are economical with water, as well as convenient, so consider installing one sooner rather than later. The key to successful planting, whether it be a shrub, tree, perennial or bedding plant is to water in well. Beforehand, soak the rootball in a bucket until no air bubbles come to the surface, dig the planting hole, fill with water and allow to drain away. Place the plant in the hole, fill with soil, firm gently and water with a watering can - this will give the plant a huge advantage over one planted with a dry rootball in a dry hole and watered only on the surface.


• Pinch out any side shoots from your tomato plants and feed once the first truss is setting fruit. You can pot up the side-shoots to create new tomato plants. • Continue to earth up potato plants as they grow. If you’re growing potatoes in bags simply add more compost to half way up the plant stem. • Harvest salad crops and resow every two weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves. • Harvest early potatoes - these are normally ready from ten weeks after planting. • Look out for onion and garlic leaves yellowing and dying back - this means they are ready to harvest! • Plant out tender vegetables such as courgettes, squash, tomatoes and sweet corn now the risk of frost has passed. • When planting out cabbages, use cabbage collars to prevent cabbage root fly attack. • There is still time to plant runner beans - sow them directly in the ground now. • Protect crops from carrot fly by covering with horticultural fleece or enviromesh. a

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GARDENING TIPS Regularly remove weeds but continue to take that extra bit of care in doing so. The seedlings from last year are already coming up, so keep checking before you pull. If you are using selective weed killers against persistent weeds, cover neighbouring plants before you use them or place a sheet of plastic with a slit over the weeds to avoid killing them too. Remove overblown flowers and seed boxes from ornamental flowering shrubs like rhododendron. This stimulates the development of new shoots. Ensure abundant flowers on your Wisteria next season by removing the overblown flowers and seed pods. If you like the decorative pods and you don’t mind fewer flowers next season you can of course leave them on the shrub.

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• Plant out annual summer bedding plants now the risk of frost has passed. • Plant up containers, hanging baskets and planters now the risk of frost has passed. If you have them growing on in a greenhouse move them outside to their final position. • Continue to thin out drifts of hardy annuals if they’re overcrowded. • Lift and divide clumps of snowdrops and bluebells once the leaves start to yellow. • Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered whilst they establish. • It’s not too late to sow seeds of annual plants. • Pinch out the tips of your Fuchsias to encourage a bushy habit and more flowers. GARDENING SECTION

• If any of your hanging basket plants have become leggy or misshapen, simply trim the excess off - this will encourage bushy growth. • Dead-head your roses if they are repeat-flowering types. Otherwise leave the seed heads on for decoration. • Dead-head and cut back oriental poppies after flowering. Cutting them close to ground level will stimulate new foliage. • Towards the end of June, if your hardy Geraniums have finished flowering cut them back to encourage new foliage and flowers. • Harvest flower heads from your lavender plants to use in baking or as a garnish to your meals! • Now there is space on windowsills again, think about sowing biennials for next year.

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• Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of bulbs. • As soon as your sweet peas have started to flower, keep picking them to encourage more blooms throughout the summer. • Cut back bulb foliage as soon as it has died down naturally. • Stake tall or floppy perennial plants to prevent wind damage. • As new shoots grow, tie in and train climbing plants such as honeysuckle and Clematis to their supports. Use Soft-Tie Wrap for a secure tie. • Prune out the overcrowded or dead stems of evergreen Clematis such as Clematis Armandii after it has finished flowering to maintain a good shape. • Remeber, there’s always something to be doing in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing. mmm GARDENING SECTION

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Exceptional Bespoke Detached Home Address - Eastcote, Charing Hill, Charing Kent, TN27 0NB Bedrooms - Five Bathrooms - Four (three en-suites) Price - £1,200,000 Eastcote A stunning, individual and bespoke five bedroom detached energy efficient contemporary home with remaining NHBC Guarantee, sitting in a plot of 1.28 acres, found on the edge of the popular village of Charing located near the foot of the North Downs in Kent. Eastcote was designed and commissioned by the current vendor and constructed in 2012 creating a superb stylish and spacious family home. The property benefits from many notable features such as an extensive lower ground floor entertainment suite, underfloor heating throughout, iroko wood windows, oak flooring, garaging and the property is also fully wired for Cat 6 and television connections, heat recovery and rain harvesting systems.

The accommodation comprises a grand entrance hall with 16’4” vaulted ceiling, principal sitting room with beamed 16’7” vaulted ceiling, formal dining room, an open plan kitchen/breakfast room/family room, utility room, pantry, cloakroom, rear hall and office/study. The lower ground floor comprises hall, shower room, games room, TV/cinema room and gym. To the first floor, there is a lovely master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite shower room, four further double bedrooms, two of which benefit from en-suites and a family bathroom. Outside, the attractive 1.28 acre plot benefits from a splendid brick paved driveway, double garage, extensive sun terrace and gardens that are principally laid to lawn, bordered by trees. Transport links are well supported with Charing mainline railway station at the southerly end of the village, providing access to London Victoria and Ashford International Stations. For details and to arrange a viewing, speak to agents Saddlers on 01233 713127. mmm

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MCLAREN SPECIAL F1 chassis #069



he McLaren F1 is regarded by many as the car which rewrote the supercar rule book. With only 64 roadcar examples built between 1993 and 1998, the original McLaren F1 is one of the rarest and highlyregarded models among collectors, enthusiasts and petrolheads. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) continues to maintain and manage McLaren F1s globally, and is offering one of last ever and finest examples of this highly-regarded model for sale. McLaren F1 chassis #069 is in factory condition, having covered less than 2,800 miles since new. During 1998, only six examples of the original McLaren F1 were completed, and chassis #069 was the 60th model overall to be hand-built in Woking, England. It is presented in Carbon Black complimented by subtle detailing throughout, including a stealth finish to the 17-inch centre-locking magnesium wheels. The central driving seat is finished in black and contrasting red leather, with the dual passenger seats upholstered in Alcantara®. McLaren F1 chassis #069 is UK registered with all UK taxes paid and offered for sale exclusively through McLaren Special Operations Heritage division with fitted luggage, complete Facom titanium lightweight tool kit and Facom tool box, all books and literature, including the correct numbered LM Edition of the ’Driving Ambition’ McLaren F1 book and limited edition McLaren F1 owner’s watch.


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Designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, the McLaren F1 was developed and designed with a no compromise approach, world-beating Formula 1 expertise and technology, and the most driver-focused experience at its core. A true pioneering tour de force, the McLaren F1 was the first road car to feature a full carbon fibre chassis, and with a central driving position, engine bay lined with gold and famed McLaren obsession for technical excellence, is considered a true modernday automotive icon. Powered by a bespoke naturally-aspirated mid-mounted 6.1-litre V12 engine producing 636PS (627bhp), it broke the record for fastest production roadcar with a top speed of 390.7km/h (242.8 mph) and, more than 20 years on, still holds the title of fastest naturally-aspirated production road car ever built.a


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NEW BMW i3 94AH model



he BMW i3 is the world’s first premium car designed from the ground up to be powered by an electric drive system. The result is a vehicle that embodies BMW’s commitment to driving pleasure without compromise. Since the launch in November 2013 the BMW i3 has gone from strength to strength winning various accolades including UK Car of the year 2014 and Green Car of the Year by WhatCar? Now, the success story is set to continue with the introduction of the 94Ah battery on both the BMW i3 and the BMW i3 Range Extender models.


The high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 consists of eight modules (each with 12 individual cells), and its capacity has increased significantly without any changes in structure or exterior dimensions. By optimising the cell-internal packages with more electrolyte and adapting the active material, BMW has succeeded in increasing cell capacity to 94Ah and overall battery energy to 33kWh. The range of the new BMW i3 94Ah (BEV) in everyday use, on a full battery charge with the air conditioning or the heating on has been significantly increased to 195

miles. This is achieved with no subjective loss of driving performance and agility. BMW i models strike the ideal balance between efficiency, performance and range. From standstill to country-road speeds, the BMW i3 94Ah is on par with sporty, conventionally combustion engine powered cars. The lithium-ion cells used in the battery are particularly notable for their high energy density and impressive cycle life: they are designed to perform their energy storage function over the vehicle’s entire lifespan.


The Range Extender delivers a maximum output of 38hp and powers a generator in order to produce electricity. It operates on a needs-based and highly efficient principle. As soon as the charging level of the lithium ion batteries drops to a certain level, the Range Extender kicks in to keep the charging level constant thus extending the range by 81 miles in everyday conditions. Fitting the car with the Range Extender has no influence on the available luggage volume: the nine-litre fuel tank is installed in the front section. The luggage compartment volume remains unchanged at 260 litres and can be extended to 1,100 litres with the rear seats folded down.


The BMW i3 94Ah will be instantly recognisable in the colour Protonic Blue with its Frozen Grey metallic highlight, which is available exclusively for this model. Previously, this paintwork was reserved for the BMW i8 hybrid sports car, but is now also available for the BMW i3. Allowing for greater personalisation for owners, the Interior trims are now available as separate options and are available across all four Interior worlds, this includes Loft, Lodge, Suite and new Atelier interior world which comes as standard on the new BMW i3 94Ah model. The Atelier Interior world features Neutronic cloth in Aragats Grey with BMW i Blue highlights on the front seats and black leather steering wheel.


The manufacturing procedure and lifespan of the BMW i3 has been carefully considered, with sustainability at the forefront of thinking. Regenerative energy is used at all four BMW i plants across the globe, with 50 per cent less water consumed and 70 per cent less energy than in a conventional automotive facility. The carbon fibre required is produced at the BMW SGL Moses Lake plant in Washington State, which is completely powered by hydro-generated electricity. Construction of the CFRP architecture at Landshut, general assembly at Leipzig and recycling at Wackersdorf (all in Germany) are all powered by 100 per cent wind turbine energy. mmm

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aws dropped across the Kent and East Sussex countryside at the end of May as a remarkable parade of 30 high performance cars took to the streets. From Ferrari to Lamborghini, Maserati to McLaren, the convoy turned heads from its starting point in Ashford, through the likes of Tenterden, Hawkhurst, Rye, New Romney and then on to the Hythe Imperial hotel. The spring drive event was organised by Simon Furlonger – the man behind Furlonger Specialist Cars, with showrooms in Ashford and Colchester.

In what started as modest plans for just a handful of supercar owners to enjoy the Kent countryside, ended up with dozens joining the fun. Simon Furlonger, who has operated his company – which specialises in some of the most craved vehicles ever to come off the production line – for eight years, said he was delighted with the turn out. He explained: “Given the response we had we’re thinking of turning this into a regular event. “There was a terrific sense of excitement and the sound of the engines purring along the roads was something to behold. “Everyone said they had a great time. I was absolutely thrilled.” Among the cars forming the procession were the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren. mmm joined in the parade - and loved watching the faces of those we passed as they saw the multi million pound parade! Anyone interested in joining the next event should email Furlonger Specialist Cars at


Kent business news BALDWINS TRAVEL GROUP ACQUIRES 8TH BRANCH Baldwins Travel Agency Ltd is pleased to announce that Lewes Travel on Station Street, East Sussex is now part of their group. The Joint Managing Directors of the Group – Nick and Chris Marks have been very pleased to add Lewes Travel to Baldwins Travel Group: “There is much synergy in the way that we all work – offering high quality customer service that is unrivalled in the county – and the country. “ Baldwins Travel Group now has eight locations across Kent and East Sussex including Baldwins Travel branches in Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Maidstone and including Sevenoaks Travel, Grace Travel of Cranbrook and Travelux of Tenterden. Each office provides a comprehensive and excellent service to all travellers in both leisure and corporate travel, and also offers an extensive foreign currency facility. Baldwins Travel Group has been voted Travel Agency of the Year for the London and South-East area for the last nine years and won the coveted National award –for the whole of the UK – in 2014.

KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER WITH NEW LOOK 4-4-2 BEER Limited edition ten hop beer 4-4-2 has been given a new look in time for the summer of sporting excitement ahead. Named after the popular football formation, the seasonal ale was originally conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, and due to its popularity is now among the collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers available nationwide. 4-4-2 (ABV 4%) is available exclusively on cask, and its contemporary new pump clip features a football hitting the back of a net over a green striped lawn background, to reflect its sporting links. A pale gold beer, 4-4-2 has its own special line-up in the form of 10 different hop varieties included in the brew. These are Kent-grown Fuggles, Admiral, First Gold, Challenger, Cascade and East Kent Goldings; Germany’s Halletau Hersbrucker, Herkules and Halletau Mittelfruh; and Saaz from the Czech Republic. They are melded with crystal and ale malt to create a delicious, full bodied pale ale with spicy bitterness, boasting pine, spice and herbal aromas.


The fear of being judged is one of the biggest causes of “gymphobia” in the South East, according to new statistics released as part of the British Heart Foundation’s newMyMarathon challenge. Most of us can come up with a plethora of excuses not to go to the gym or exercise. But a BHF poll has revealed aside from membership costs, the main reason people in the South East avoid going to the gym is feeling intimidated by other fitter, more competitive people (26%). Second on the list was not feeling fit enough to start going to the gym in the first place (25%), followed by the fear of what other people would think of them when exercising (24%). Not knowing or having the confidence to use the different exercise machines (23%) was another key barrier for those wanting to exercise in the South East, followed by people showing off at the gym (16%). LOCAL NEWS

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QHOTELS MANAGER RISES TO TOP AT BRIDGEWOOD MANOR Bridgewood Manor in Kent, one of QHotels’ 26 four-star hotels across the UK, has promoted Marc Taylor to General Manager. Marc Taylor commented on his appointment: “I feel extremely privileged to be taking the next step in my career with QHotels at Bridgewood Manor. “It’s fantastic to be part of such a prestigious hotel group, which offers employees the chance to develop their skills at every level within the business. “I’ll be bringing my experience and knowledge of the region to the hotel and be focusing on ensuring the consistent delivery of quality customer service, inspired by both business and leisure customers.” Veronica Kingham, Cluster General Manager for Ashford International Hotel & Bridgewood Manor said: “Through our senior management programme Marc has demonstrated his passion for delivering a unique service for customers by listening and responding to their needs, to offer the very best. I know he will hit the ground running at Bridgewood Manor and look forward to seeing him progress even further with the group.”

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WEALD WITH KENT MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL A new course in which young people can get the inside track on playing in a rock band is being launched at this summer’s Kent Music Summer School. The Commercial Music Course, for intermediate and advanced musicians aged 8-19, will help young people to develop their skills playing within a rock band or contemporary music group and to develop their knowledge of song writing, home recording, promotion and other aspects of band life. The residential course runs from Saturday 16th July to Monday 18th July at Benenden School, near Cranbrook and costs £180.


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WHAT WOULD BREXIT MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS? The potential impact of Brexit on businesses in Kent and the South East will be put under the microscope at a high profile event being organised ahead of the referendum. Business leaders looking to separate fact from fiction amid the hotlycontested EU exit debate are being urged to attend the event, which is organised by leading accountancy and financial services firm Kreston Reeves and Furley Page, one of the region’s leading law firms. The organisers are promising a clear and considered focus on key issues of interest to businesses, including commerce, competition regulation, agriculture and employment law. Joining the line-up of commercial, financial and legal experts is Phil Eckersley from the Bank of England, who will provide invaluable insight into the economy, focusing on matters affecting businesses within the South East. “Now is the time to settle the European question in British politics. Post referendum the business landscape will undergo significant change, whatever the outcome. It is vital that business leaders stay informed to be able to make the most of this once in a generation opportunity – we look forward to supporting South East business to do just that,” adds Clive.

ARE YOU UP FOR A ‘HEROES BREAKFAST’? Help for Heroes (H4H) are asking the nation to start the day in the best possible way; with a good deed! Their latest fundraising initiative is a great way to fundraise with friends and family or with work colleagues. Everyone says that breakfast is the most important part of the day, and in this case, it is! Whether you go for a healthy option, a good fry up or try something new, a ‘Heroes Breakfast’ is one of the easiest ways to raise funds for our heroes. A free fundraising pack is available to everyone who registers and includes collection boxes, a sweepstake game, balloons and Heroes Breakfast banner. The ‘Heroes Breakfast’ campaign is from 13th – 26th June 2016, however if this isn’t convenient please feel free to choose a date that is. To register or for more information visit uk or call 01980 846459.


TALENT SEARCH TO AWARD PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP IN MEDWAY & MAIDSTONE! Returning for the sixth consecutive year, Razzamataz Medway and Maidstone are delighted to announce that the scholarship auditions in association with The Stage newspaper are now officially open. Children and young people living in Medway and Maidstone are urged to apply as soon as possible, to win a scholarship that will entitle them to go to Razzamataz free for a whole year starting from the autumn term. As well as being offered a free place at their nearest Razzamataz, the scholarship is a huge boost of confidence and can lead to amazing experiences. Last year, the winners Rose Elliott from Medway and Samuel Diomede from Maidstone, were awarded the scholarship last year after they submitted a video of them performing. Since winning the scholarship, Rose was delighted to attend The Stage photo shoot and has recently accepted a place on a professional performing arts course at Performings arts institute Reynold Performing Arts Academy. Samuel was invited to the The Stage New Year Party, meeting celebrities, producers and West End performers. “We are looking for raw talent so it doesn’t matter if you have not taken part in any performing arts classes before,” says Charlotte Cotter Principal of Razzamataz Maidstone. “We can spot the potential in these youngsters and know that with training from our highly experienced teachers, these young people can acquire the skills they need to progress in the performing arts,” adds Hayley Limpkin, Principal of Medway. To ensure as many youngsters as possible can enter, Razzamataz has created a scholarship system where students and potential students film a short demo of no more than two minutes long, showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. The demo does not have to be professionally filmed.

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A survey of bus passengers has revealed the social side of travel. A third of respondents have made new friends on the bus while eight people admitted to having fallen in love. While Cupid’s arrow may not always strike, 41 per cent of people have been happy to simply make someone else smile. Simon Baxter, Marketing Director at Arriva, commented: “Busy lives mean it’s increasingly difficult to meet new people, so any time out from rushing around or staring at a computer screen and instead being in the company of others has become precious – it’s great to know we can be a part of that. Of course, mobile phones mean we’re never far away from a screen so for those who prefer to socialise online, many of our buses have free wifi.” “Another great thing about our passengers is that they’re nice people,” adds Simon. “With 63 per cent of respondents admitting they’ve helped a stranger at some point when on the bus, it must be reassuring for new users to know they’ll be joining good company.”

NEW COMMUNITY IN PRESTON SET FOR LAUNCH A brand-new community in Preston near Canterbury is set to be officially opened next month, giving buyers their first opportunity to see inside David Wilson Homes’ Preston Grange development. Visitors to the launch will be able to see inside the Moorecroft show home, a five bedroom home which features a spacious kitchen/dining area with French doors leading to outside space on the ground floor. There is also a spacious lounge and study area. On the first floor there are four bedrooms with the second bedroom complete with an en suite. Meanwhile, on the second floor there is the principal bedroom, finished with an en suite, and a walk in wardrobe. Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director for the leading housebuilder, said: “Interest in the new development had been ‘strong’, right from the outset. The location, coupled with the style, comfort and spaciousness of the homes makes it easy to see why. We are excited that the wait is almost over and that we will soon be opening the doors to this flagship new development.” LOCAL NEWS

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NEW £9M ‘COMMAND OF THE OCEANS’ AT THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD ‘Command of the Oceans’, a new permanent display at The Historic Dockyard Chatham – the most complete dockyard from the ‘Age of Sail’ to survive anywhere in the world – will open to the public on 27th May 2016. The £9m project has been made possible with support from a £4.8m grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), as well as the generous support of Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), and individuals, Trusts and Foundations. ‘Command of the Oceans’ will be the starting point for telling the story of the Dockyard’s role in British naval supremacy from the 16th century when Sir Francis Drake learned his skills at Chatham, through its golden period of the ‘Age of Sail’ from 1700 – 1820 when the Dockyard’s shipwrights designed and built ships that transformed the British Navy into the most powerful sea force in the world. ‘Command of the Oceans’ is built around the 260year old skeleton of the Namur, preserved where she was discovered and still lies. The Namur was one of the Royal Navy’s most significant warships of the Age of Sail – and symbolises how indispensable Chatham was to Britain and the Royal Navy during the 18th century and beyond.


YALDING GARDENS REOPEN The Gardens, formally known as Yalding Organic Gardens, a 12.5-acre site on the edge of Yalding, Kent, have been fully restored and will be officially reopened by Amanda Cottrell, OBE, Patron of Visit Kent, on Wednesday 27th April 2016, over five years after they were closed. The Gardens will be available for weddings, events and also open to the public on certain days. Visitors will once again be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, divided into 16 distinct areas. Despite the efforts of volunteers, the gardens had fallen into disrepair and large areas were significantly overgrown. The new owners, Rod and Nicki Clark, bought the site in 2013 and have made a significant investment to restore and replant the gardens, following the original planting guidelines and with one of the original gardeners on hand to give advice to the team.

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THE KENT COUNTY SHOW - A FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND DRINK A County Show isn’t complete without food taking centre stage and the Kent County Show is no exception. There will be plenty of local produce from ‘The Garden of England’ when gates open on Friday 8th July for the three day celebration. Over the past few years the team responsible for putting on the Kent County Show have taken notice of what visitors enjoy most about their day. Although only coming a close second to the stars of the Show - the animals, food is a top priority for attendees. Visitors can explore the large Food Marquee, Cheese and Wine Tent, a new Beer and Cider Festival and Produced in Kent area. The Show also boasts a large number of mobile street food caterers; the wonderful Why Farming Matters in Kent, Cookery Theatre and a number of unusual local and international food producers can all be found around the large Showground. Lucy Hegarty Show Manager said: “Every year we look at what our visitors like to experience, and each year one of the most popular activities is to explore the food we offer. Last year we looked at expanding the catering court offer, and invited more local and artisan street food producers. This proved very popular and the number of people commenting on the wonderful selection and quality was heart-warming. This year we are incorporating a new ‘Beer and Cider Festival’. Kent is such an important county when it comes to beer and cider, and it is only right that visitors to our Show can sample some of the best refreshments in the UK.”


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Party time! Kent Life Heritage Farm Park throughout the summer


Dino Day Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery 4th June Meet Rex! Here for one day only, he’s big, he’s fast and he’s scary! Rex is free to see. There will also be other activities taking place through the day including: Face painting: £2.00 Dino masks: £1.50 Dino Dig and colouring sheets: Free For further details call 01622 602838 or visit

Ashford Farmers’ Market Ashford High Street 5th June Ashford Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 10am - 2pm on the lower High Street. Shoppers can grab tea, coffee, cake or breakfast from one of the many street-food stalls, pick up a diverse selection of tasty treats from local traders, and watch chefs create delicious dishes using fresh produce straight from the market. The market will have different seasonal themes throughout the year, along with chef demonstrations and street food. Don’t forget that there is free parking in Edinburgh Road car park (not NCP Park Mall). For more information please call 01233 330310 or visit the website

Wedding Exhibition Ashford International Hotel 5th June If you are still seeking the perfect venue for your wedding the wonderful surroundings of Ashford International add stature to your already big day, and the beautiful surroundings provide plentiful photo opportunities. The experienced team of wedding planners and banqueting managers have countless little ways of making your wedding the most amazing day of your life. This event at Ashford International will be a Summer Special Bridalwear Clearance Sale; it also incorporates a full wedding exhibition with a range of professions covering all aspects of planning a wedding - bringing together the best local wedding specialists for the largest and best attended wedding show in Ashford. For further details call 01233 219988 or visit

Award-winning Kent Life Heritage Farm Park has launched a new birthday party package to give youngsters the chance to learn about the attraction’s feathered friends in a fun atmosphere. The Discover Nature party includes all-day entrance to Kent Life for the birthday boy or girl and their guests, a dedicated host for two hours, special invitations, a yummy tea and exclusive use of a decorated party room. Children will also be able to decorate a bird house to take home. Discover Nature is one of five party packages available. Back by popular demand for 2016 is Party Games!, featuring 40 minutes of fun-packed activities; the Teddy Bear’s Picnic includes hand-making a bear, taking part in the naming ceremony and taking home a ‘birth’ certificate; Feed the Farm enables children to meet and feed at least three furry farmyard friends; while the Cuddle Corner party option includes meeting, petting and holding at least three of Kent Life’s smaller friends. All parties include a free tractor ride and there are a range of additional extras available, including goody bags and animal or duck food. Summer party packages start at just £13 per child, depending on the selected option, with free admission for one adult per party guest and free admission for two adults accompanying the birthday child. Winter parties are also available at £10 per child. For further information or to book, visit or call 01622 763936. WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

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Opera at the Manor: ‘cosi fan tutte’ by Mozart Eastwell Manor Hotel 8th June The Narropera Trio are welcomed back to Eastwell Manor for a performance by the talented Dorothee Jansen, Hanns Heinz Odethal and Haydn Rawstron who will perform the music, the story and the historical background of this popular opera. This event is suitable for all ages and the price will include a champagne reception on the terrace, followed by the performance in the Rose Garden Room. Why not stay the night and enjoy all of the above with accommodation in either a Classic Manor bedroom or a Mews Cottage bedroom with full English breakfast. Special accommodation rates are available upon request. Prices: £25.00 per person performance only / £60.00 per person performance and dinner. For further details call 01233 213000 or visit

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter Theatre Royal Margate 10th June

MV Balmoral Gravesend Town Pier Pontoon 15th June

“There’s a gentleman living here. He’s got a birthday today, and he’s forgotten all about it. So we’re going to remind him. We’re going to give him a party.” A shabby boarding house in a small English seaside town. An elderly couple take care of a solitary guest, who rarely ventures out. The arrival of two enigmatic strangers seems to offer a welcome distraction from their mundane existence. But when an impromptu, seemingly innocent birthday party abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions. For more information call 01843 292795 or visit

Booking soon! Gravesend Town Pier are delighted to welcome back the MV Balmoral to Gravesend. Enjoy a cruise from Gravesend to Tower Bridge. Originally built in 1949 the Motor Vessel Balmoral is one of the last surviving ships of its type and is a member of the National Historic Fleet. For further details please call 01474 337600 or visit

Community Day Sittingbourne’s Steam Railway 12th June There will be a Community Day on June 12th (Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday). This will provide an opportunity to find out what is going on in our community with our showcase of local community groups and charities. A list of exhibitors will appear on the SKLR website nearer to the event. For further details call 01795 424889 or visit the website WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

Forest Live: Tom Jones Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest 17th June Tom Jones has announced shows as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission. Commenting on the dates, Tom Jones said: “What a lovely experience this is going to be. I respect and admire the whole idea of Forest Live and hope you can join me to be a part of it.” Tickets £48.50 (plus £5.35 booking fee), call 03000 680400, or buy online at

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Take That tribute Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel 17th June Rule The World - Take That tribute at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel. Enjoy a three course meal followed by all the biggest hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Back For Good’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Everything Changes’, ‘Shine’, ‘Pray’ and many more.‘Rule the World’ are recognised as the World’s #1 Take That tribute act in the world. For further details please call 0844 815 9045 or visit

Beerfest UK Market Hall: Maidstone 18th June A night out not to be missed. Join in the great atmosphere of a traditional German beer fest. Buzzing with live ompha music, vocalist, steins of real German ale, sumptuous sausages and pretzels all served by traditionally dressed mädchens. Entertain your colleagues, or make it a special occasion with your friends at an affordable price. Get your tickets now to secure your places at this unforgettable event. For further details please call 02380 768277 or visit

Father’s Day carvery Ramada Dover Hotel 19th June Treat your dad to lunch at the popular Sunday carvery whilst being entertained by our resident pianist. £19.95 per person. For further details please call 01304 821230 or visit WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

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Garden tour with head gardener Godinton House & Gardens 23rd June Enjoy an evening walk around Godinton, finishing in the Walled Garden with a glass of wine and some top tips on Delphiniums. For more information call 01233 643854 or visit

Cotswold Outdoor Maidstone 21st May - 24th July Cotswold Outdoor are heading outdoors to pitch a range of tents so you can get a real feel for what’s right for you. Whether you’re a family glamper looking for the latest glamping tipi and accessories or a solo mountaineer after a lightweight refuge, why not visit the expert staff at the Maidstone tent show who will be on hand to give advice on whatever you’re looking for. The event will showcase a great range of camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, chairs, stoves and accessories from top brands including Vango, Outwell, Vaude and Terra Nova. Not only can you get great offers on top-of-the-range kit, but you can also receive expert knowledge and tailored advice from expert staff who will be on hand throughout the show. Alongside this, you can benefit from free home delivery, as well as price promise and 2 year guarantee for Explore More members. We hope to see you there! For more information call 01622 738381 or visit

Family bushcraft day Belmont House, Faversham 25th June Join Badger Bushcraft on the Belmont Estate for a one-day family Bushcraft and nature awareness course. They will cover many skills and experiences including fire craft, tree identification, campfire cooking, nature walks and much more. £50.00 per adult/child pair lunch included. For further details call 01795 890 202 or visit

Dreamland Trust presents: The Big Sing Dreamland 25th June Come and join in for a community sing at Dreamland on the 25th June. Reliving the communal singing sessions of yesteryear, The Thanet Big Sing Community Choir will be hosting a free choir workshop from 10am till 1pm. The workshop will be dedicated to songs about Margate, Thanet and the seaside, followed by your chance to perform on the Dreamland Bandstand. The afternoon will culminate with a choir recital by the Big Sing Choir singing songs from their current repertoire. Let’s warm up those vocal chords and give Dreamland something to sing about! For more information call 01843 295887 or visit

Invicta Rotary Ride 2016 Milton Creek Country Park 26th June Rotary Ride 2016 is a national initiative with Rotary Clubs across the UK hosting a range of cycle rides for all ages and abilities in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Invicta will be participating on Sunday 26th June 2016, and we invite you to take part in our local ride. Invicta Ride will be a fun ride for all ages and abilities. This is an ideal way for individuals, families and youngsters to get involved through an event that is fun for all. For more details please call 01795 428223 or visit


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Father’s Day: Super Cars Hever Castle & Gardens 19th June Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable day out at our special Ferrari themed Super Car event. In partnership with John Surtees and the Henry Surtees Foundation and supported by the Kent area group of the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain, Hever Castle presents a collection of Ferrari’s, classic motors and motorbikes. On display will be a collection of Ferraris worth over £9.5 million, including a 250 Lusso, 355 Spider and 458 race car amongst many other spectacular Ferrari’s. Sit in a Ferrari with Dad and take a photo as a memory of your day (suggested £2 per person donation applies) or experience the world of motor sport at the track where Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their skills in a kart simulator now owned by John Surtees. Children can take part in a free craft workshop and let off steam in the in the adventure playground and water maze, while visitors of all ages enjoy exploring car club displays and the award-winning gardens. For further details please call 01732 865224 or visit

Back to Bacharach Bromley - Churchill Theatre 22nd June Back to Bacharach celebrates 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 three of the finest west end singers accompanied by a live ten piece band recreating Burt Bacharach’s timeless hits. Songs featured in the show include: ‘Alfie’, ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, ‘Arthur’s Theme’, ‘Always Something There To Remind Me’, ‘Close To You’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, ‘24 Hours from Tulsa’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and many more. For further details please call 01633 670919 or visit WHAT’S ON AND WHEN

City of Rochester symphony orchestra Woodville Hall 26th June Come and enjoy a varied programme of classical tunes, starting with the achingly beautiful Purcell Chaconne, followed by Malcolm Arnold’s Sea Shanties, a humorous piece based on sailing songs such as “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?”. For further details call 08442 439 480 or visit

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MMM Magazine June '16  
MMM Magazine June '16  

Kent lifestyle magazine Special Royal Edition featuring what is best in the area: celebrities with links to Kent, history, afternoon teas, f...