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CULINARY EXCELLENCE The AA Rosette awarded Bull Hotel, Wrotham

NATURAL HEALTH Feel your best with Foreman & Jones

EVENING BEAUTY Three top looks for late night occasions


insideKENT talks to film and art genius Tim Burton

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WELCOME TO insideKENT – KENT’S PREMIER LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE. I can’t believe summer is over already. Where did it go? The realisation of the changing season struck me when I saw some local Kent residents picking blackberries by the road. That means cold weather is on its way, but I don’t mind (I say that now). Autumn is my favourite season after all. There’s just something about the smell and sound of crunching leaves and wearing big, cosy jumpers. I’m sure I won’t be so fond of the autumn weather when it’s windy, drizzling and ‘warm’ is a thing of the past, but for now I’ll enjoy the crisp air and anticipation of Christmas. This summer brought with it some exciting events, most notably insideKENT’s first birthday party. The Secret Garden Restaurant hosted our celebratory evening with music from swing and jazz band Goosebumps, ice cream from Simply Ice Cream, and guest gifts of Biddenden Cider and Chocolution chocolates. See some snapshots of our birthday night on p94. Another exciting summer event was insideKENT’s interview with film and art genius Tim Burton. Most of us have seen at least one of his films, whether it be Edward Scissorhands, Batman or the sixth highest-grossing film of all time, Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp. We caught up with Burton at the launch of his new art exhibition (p96), which is soon to be appearing in Paris. We were also lucky enough to be a part of Heart Breakfast’s Charlie O’Brien’s debut modelling session for our ‘Evening Beauty’ feature, with Gemma Morpurgo creating stunning night-time makeup looks, Mac Salons styling the perfect hair, Fenwick Canterbury providing gorgeous outfits, and Charlie’s co-host, James Heming, as the photoman extraordinaire. Check it out on p44. I need to pay special attention to the Home & Garden features this issue, all about putting our gardens to bed for the winter and planting bulbs for the spring. I’ve got a black thumb – I over-water, I under-water, I completely forget I have anything to water at all, so I could do with these helpful gardening tips (p27 & p30).

We’ve come across some fantastic places to eat lately, in all areas of Kent, including The Bull Restaurant in Wrotham (p58), Chapman’s Seafood Bar & Brasserie in Canterbury (p60), Rowhill Grange Afternoon Teas in Hextable (p62), and Shepherd Neame Brewery’s Beer & Food Evenings in Faversham (p67). Be sure and visit one (or all) of these eateries for an evening out – you won’t be disappointed. One of my favourite parts of autumn is Halloween. This might be because I grew up in America, where Halloween is all about candy, fancy dress, more candy and pure fun no matter what your age. I still try to keep the fun in 31st October in Kent, so if you’re a Halloween lover like I am, have a look at our Haunted Kent feature along with some of the county’s best Halloween events on p108. As always, if you have any comments about anything you’ve seen in insideKENT, or have an idea you’d like to see appear in the magazine, get in touch at Until next time...

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KENT NEWS What's going on in the Garden of England




BUSINESS Wilkins Kennedy's Paul Nixon on business records checks for SMEs


TOWN SPOTLIGHT Spotlight on Sandwich


LOCAL BUSINESS insideKENT interviews Jodie Foreman of Foreman & Jones




LAW Gardner Croft on family law


A HISTORY OF FIREWORKS and firework events in Kent


PROPERTY Property news from Kent and beyond


GO APE! For a unique day out


GLAM LIVING Spice up your space with a wallpaper mural


LYMBRIDGE GREEN A weekend escape to pure Kentish relaxation


TOP TIPS FOR THE AUTUMN GARDEN Wise words about settling down the garden for winter




GETTING PERSONAL Personalised products for any space


THE ABARTH 500 It's all about driving


BEAUTIFUL BULBS Planting colourful bulbs for next spring


THE BMW X6 A Spanish bull in a Gucci dress


CAREFREE SWIMMING PLEASURE with a Compass Pool for inside or outside your home


CHARITY Catching Lives


JACKETS & JUMPERS What's your autumn fashion language?


COMMUNITY The Lympne Aero Classic


TIME TO LOOK DAPPER Style tips for men


EDUCATION Kent College and St Lawrence College


WHITEFRIARS STYLE GUIDE The best autumn looks


MUSIC ON THE HILL Great music for a great cause


DESIGNER PROFILE insideKENT speaks to fashion designer Amy Jean Moore


SOCIAL Bang & Olufsen chips in to help local charity


A STYLE ALL YOUR OWN at Ashford Designer Outlets


CELEBRATING OUR FIRST YEAR insideKENT's first birthday party


EVENING BEAUTY Transformational looks with makeup artist Gemma Morpurgo


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with film and art genius Tim Burton


TUMMY TUCKS REVEALED with Plastic Surgeon John Davison


FESTIVAL FRIDAY with Rob and Polly from BBC South East


COVER STORY Britain's hot commodity: Colin Firth






SO MUCH TO DO AT THE O2 A day at the O2 and British Music Experience


CULINARY EXCELLENCE The Bull Hotel & Restaurant, Wrotham


LONDON EVENTS View London's top picks for autumn fun in the city


CHAPMAN'S SEAFOOD BAR & BRASSERIE The freshest seafood in Canterbury


HAUNTED KENT Spooky places and things to do this Halloween


AFTERNOON TEA at Rowhill Grange


KENT EVENTS What’s happening in your neck of the woods


A CELEBRATION OF KENT An exquisite 6-course menu at The Mulberry Tree


10 BEST Free iPhone apps

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SENIOR WINNER 2010 Steven Yap prepares his homemade taglietelle in the Senior category of Kent Young Chef Award.

Kent Young Chef Award 2011, the county’s longest running and highly respected cookery competition for senior school students in year groups 7-11, is being launched to secondary schools across Kent for the third year running on Monday 12 September. Kent Young Chef Award is the brainchild of local food and drink champions – Produced in Kent – and is aimed at encouraging secondary school children back into the kitchen to create an original main course recipe, using seasonal and local ingredients. The deadline for submitting a main course recipe is Friday 28 October with the eight best finalists set to travel to K College for the live final with Kent’s celebrity chef, Richard Phillips, of ITV’s Lorraine Kelly and BBC Ready Steady Cook fame and owner of three fine dining restaurants in Kent and one pub. As well as the two winners of the Junior and Senior title winning the prestigious Kent Young Chef Award 2011 title and a striking trophy, all eight finalists will receive a host of prizes including a fantastic mini chef experience and lunch at one of Richard Phillips’ restaurants. Celebrity Chef Richard Phillips judging last year's competition

Go to to find the official entry form and full rules of entry. Students should be in year groups 7-11 and go to school in Kent. Write a main course recipe to serve two people using: a) SEASONAL ingredients (readily available Sept–Nov) b) LOCAL ingredients (all MAIN ingredients should be grown/produced in Kent) c) Your MAIN course dish can be vegetarian, meat or fish d) Make it ORIGINAL - you can adapt an existing recipe but DO NOT directly copy it

Email your official entry to before the deadline of Friday 28 October


Despite a morning of rain, the clouds cleared at 4 o’clock and the sun came out to welcome this annual event at Leeds Castle. On Saturday 16 July, the Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert – led by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s signature blend of superb music and stunning spectacle – featured a prestigious line up and welcomed back award-winning actor Robert Powell as the narrator. Stirring performances, under the baton of much respected conductor John Rigby, were given by well known classical names such as Patricia Orr, Rebecca Bottone, and Wynne Evans, one of the UK’s leading tenors. Wynne shot to the top of the classical charts with his debut album ‘A Song In My Heart’, and has sung as a principal at leading opera houses including Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera. The Royal Marines Band visual splendour and versatile performance includes marching music, popular classics, music of the Big Band era and exciting contemporary works. Later in the evening a spitfire flown by pilot Charlie Brown carried out a display to music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the concert ended with a dramatic firework display. Margaret Grover from West Malling said, “What a wonderful event, it was our first time and we will definitely be coming back next year. Wynne Evans in particular was very entertaining and his voice was amazing. It was quite a spectacle to see all the Union Jacks being waved towards the end of the night and the fireworks took my breath away. A night to remember!”


CHARLIE’S CHAT Well hello again! A lot has happened since we last spoke, what a busy old summer it’s been here in Kent. Firstly I’d like to say a massive well done to anyone that took part in one of the eleven Race For Life events in the county. I was lucky enough to host three of them in Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, and was so touched by the inspiring stories and the strength of the women taking part. If you were there, I’m sure you’ll agree how amazing they were. It’s been a summer of ‘firsts’ for me at Heart. As the Golf Open took place in Sandwich, James and I went along to the Stonelees Golf Centre for a lesson, the first time I’ve ever even held a golf club. I managed a drive of 60 yards, which I was pretty pleased with, but have been reliably informed since is actually rather rubbish.

I also got to fly a helicopter for the first time. I use the term ‘fly’ loosely, as you’ll be pleased to hear I was sitting very safely next to pilot Gary who made full use of the dual controls! It looks

easy, but is ridiculously hard – but so much fun! We flew over the beautiful Thanet coastline as part of my list of challenges to complete on the show before I am 30. On that note I still have a couple of spaces on the list –tweet your suggestions to me! Another first was the Whitstable Oyster Festival. I am veggie so it was chips and ice cream for me, but great to see the town so busy with so much going on. Kent’s coastline is unbeatable in the summer months. The biggest first for me though this summer was hosting Live at the Castle with James at the very gorgeous Leeds Castle. 11,000 of you braved the rain to see The Wanted headline the day, with Stacey Solomon, © Live at the Castle courtesy of Adam Brown photography Alexandra Burke and Eliza Doolittle performing, as well as loads of other acts including some from around the county. The Wanted did an amazing set, and a breathtaking acoustic performance of Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls. We had them in the studio with us the week before – what a cheeky but lovely group of boys. Oh, and how could I forget – I recently ‘modelled’ for the first time too (see p44). Again, inverted

commas are very much needed, because I am in no way a model, but had the time of my life wearing gorgeous clothes and having my hair and make up done for insideKENT, especially with James my radio hubby behind the lens. Tell you something though, posing for a camera is not easy at all. I have a new found respect for Kate Moss…well, sort of! Oh and he’ll hate me for saying this, but thanks to Adam from insideKENT for being my body double, my bag expert, and our doughnut supplier for the day!

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DESIGN GURU TO JUDGE KENT ART AWARD Design guru Wayne Hemingway will head up the judging panel for this year’s Liberty Kent Public Art Award to celebrate the best new public artwork in Kent. The award is for public artwork created between April 2009 and 15 August 2011. To be eligible to enter the work must have been made for, and sited in, a public space to which the public has free access and which has a lasting impact on its surroundings. The work can be anything from sculpture to street furniture or from mural to woodland installation, and can be a permanent fixture or of a temporary nature. The award is funded by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council. The first prize of £7,000 will go to the winning artist with a further £5,000 to the work’s commissioner. They will also have their details


engraved on the Rouse chair – designed by Kent craftsman Will Glanfield – and which they will get to keep until the next awards. The second prize of £3,000 will go to the runner up artist. People who live and work in the county are being asked to nominate their favourite piece for the award. Nominations for a favourite piece can be made online at, where there is also information on past winners of the award. The deadline for nominations is Friday 2 September. The nominations will be assessed by Wayne and the judging panel and a shortlist drawn up. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Kings Hill Golf Club on 19 October.



ARE YOU IN BUSINESS? IF YOU ARE, YOU ARE UNDOUBTEDLY LOOKING OUT FOR ANY ADVANTAGE YOU CAN GAIN IN THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES TO MAXIMISE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR BUSINESS OPERATION. Have you considered joining your local Chamber of Commerce? Chambers of Commerce in the UK are independent organisations providing support for all businesses from sole traders to multinationals in all business sectors.

constitutes various committees, comprising Chamber members and representatives from local authorities and other organisations, with remits to continually assess, analyse and negotiate on specific subjects.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) accredited Chamber for the areas of Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling, and Tunbridge Wells, and also has many members in the Kent Gateway area. The Chamber provides full business support facilities and cost-effective business services to members, with conference and meeting facilities at the HQ in Ashford and at the Maidstone office.

One of the most significant strengths of the Chamber is the opportunities provided by a number of various networking events throughout the membership areas. Networking between people from a variety of business interests offers the possibility of promoting your own business and of learning from the experiences of others.

The combined membership of over 1,000 businesses makes Kent Invicta one of the biggest Chambers in southeast England, and accreditation to the BCC further increases the support that Kent Invicta Chamber can give to members.

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Some of the advantages offered by Chamber membership include:

Keep Your Business Healthy. With the Chamber ‘Keeping You Healthy’ package we can find the right strategy for you. MEMBERSHIP SERVICES Kent Invicta Chamber also offers a number of cost-effective services to members such as legal help, HR, health plans, roadside assistance, exports, merchant services and utility savings. Accreditation with BCC and the Chamber’s strong position endowed by such a large membership enables members to benefit from rates much lower than those offered in the open market. Sounds good for you? Visit the Chamber website at or contact the Chamber Membership team on 01233 503838, for further information.

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HMRC BELIEVES THAT POOR RECORD KEEPING IS A PROBLEM IN AROUND 40% OF ALL SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMEs) AND IS THEREFORE EMBARKING ON A MISSION TO REVIEW THE RECORDS OF 200,000 SMEs OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. A TRIAL HAS ALREADY STARTED AND IS EXPECTED TO HAVE COVERED 1,200 BUSINESSES ACROSS EIGHT CITIES BETWEEN APRIL AND JULY, AFTER WHICH THE FULL PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN. Although penalties should not be charged during the trial period, they may be issued thereafter and at up to £3,000 for a serious failure to keep accurate records the cost could be significant for a small business. Additionally, the cost of interruption to business, staff time and possibly advisors' fees resulting from a HMRC visit can be daunting for a small business. HMRC's view is that any burden of cost is likely to be outweighed by the longer-term benefit of having good record keeping routines in place, but they estimate that £600m of extra revenue will be collected over the next four years. Visits will generally be arranged with just seven days notice, and businesses refusing to allow HMRC to carry out their inspection will face a penalty of £300, followed by further penalties of £60 per day until a visit is permitted. However, if there are genuine reasons for businesses to request a delay to an inspection HMRC will consider the case on its own merits and Wilkins Kennedy can assist with any discussions in connection with visit arrangements.

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feeling your best with Foreman & Jones PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY SELLS HERBS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER THESE DAYS – SUPERMARKETS, PHARMACIES AND ENDLESS MAIL ORDER COMPANIES. FOR MANY OF THESE COMPANIES, THEIR DRIVE MAY BE MORE ABOUT SALES THAN GENUINELY HELPING PEOPLE TO FEEL BETTER. At Foreman & Jones, their aim is to positively help each person they come into contact with. What’s more, the herbs they use are of medicinal grade from reputable, regulated suppliers. Many people fail to realise that the Chamomile tea bags you buy with your weekly shop may be nothing like a ‘true herbal tea’ (with additional flavourings and other artificial ingredients added). Many people aren’t aware that herbal medicine extends beyond tasty teas. At Foreman and Jones they prescribe tailored medicines from tinctures (100% pure liquid extracts) to natural creams, juices, tablets and capsules.


They treat everything from minor health complaints to complex or serious health issues via a personal consultation. They also offer free, over the counter advice.

insideKENT paid a visit to Foreman & Jones and spoke to owner and Medical Herbalist Jodie Foreman to find out what herbal medicine is all about.


What sparked your interest in herbal medicine? I have always been interested in the ‘natural approach’, and in my teens I fell ill and the orthodox drugs that I was prescribed made me worse! I then started having herbal medicine and reflexology treatments and have used complementary medicine ever since. After studying sciences at A level I decided to go on to study for a diploma in Complementary Medicine and following that I moved to London to pursue a BSc (Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine. How long have you been in business? I have been in business for 9 years but Foreman & Jones was formed in 2007. I then fulfilled my dream of opening my own clinic and we opened Foreman & Jones Integrated Health Practice in Hythe High St in January of 2009. What services can you offer patients? We currently have a lovely team of practitioners working with us and we offer a variety of treatments which range from Herbal Medicine consultations to Psychology sessions. We also run a herbal dispensary where patients can pop in for a cup of the ‘Herbal Tea of the Day’ and ask advice. We often get asked questions like ‘Will this herb interact with the drugs I’m taking?’ and ‘I want to try a natural approach for my headaches, is there anything that can help?’ We are always on hand to advise patients on the best treatment for them. How does herbal medicine differ from 'orthodox' medicine? There are many differences. We treat all of the same complaints that you might take to your doctor, but instead of prescribing drugs we prescribe herbs. During a consultation we ask many questions about every body system. We don’t just want to know about the ailment that the patient has come with, as it’s really important to get an understanding of the patient as a whole. We are then able to prescribe a herbal medicine for them; this could contain anything from 1 to

12 herbs. With over 200 herbs to choose from we have massive scope for treating many complaints. We are very lucky that we have a whole hour to consult with a patient; I don’t know how doctors manage with 5-minute appointments. The consultation is extremely important because it’s also an opportunity for the patient to talk about themselves and their health – something which we don’t always have time to do!

What do you enjoy doing in your off-time, and where are some of your favourite places to visit in Kent? I love reading about herbal medicine and nutrition as I really do see my work as a vocation and it never ceases to spark my interest. My husband and I also lease a beach hut, so much of my free time is spent there. I am also very fond of the coastal park in Folkestone, and Sandgate is one of my favourite villages for drinks and meals out.

What are some of the most common ailments patients come to you about? I have treated many women with hormonal complaints over the years and I have a particular interest in fertility and pregnancy, but we see patients for headaches, allergies and intolerances, anxiety and poor energy to name but a few.

What makes you stand out from your competition? I think the level of service we provide is second to none; we really do care about every patient we see and we treat patients in the way that we would like to be treated, which is with great care and respect. Our clinic also provides the highest level of expertise in our field with many of our practitioners having spent 3-4 years or more training in their chosen profession.

What is a typical day like for you? I love working from my practice; it’s very peaceful being in Hythe and our building is Grade 2 listed which means we have the benefit of large rooms with high ceilings and lots of light. I normally start the day by putting on some relaxing music, making herb tea and putting some essential oils in the burner, then I read through the notes for the day’s patients. We treat a huge variety of people from babies right through to retirees and no one day is ever the same, which I love. What's the best part of your job? Helping people is the best part. When someone comes in for their follow-up visit and says that they’re feeling better, it’s the best feeling in the world. Of course I’m just the facilitator – it’s the herbs that do the work, but it’s very rewarding all the same. I am also extremely privileged that people tell me so much about their lives and allow me to help them, sometimes people discuss very private matters and it makes me feel honoured that they’re happy to share their stories with me.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying herbal medicine? I would remind them that it’s hard work. You have to complete 500 supervised clinic hours and study many subjects that you may not have thought of like Biochemistry and Pharmacology. You’ve also got to be a people person! Unless you want to go into research most students will eventually go on to private practise, and if you can’t interact with people well then you may find it hard to build up a patient base. However, it’s a fabulous career and I love every minute of it, so I’d say go for it.

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What has Katie Price ever done for me? By Daniel Bennett, Partner - Family Law

She signed a pre-nuptial agreement with Peter Andre. With our media now devoting vast swathes of newsprint to what can only be described as ‘celebritainment’, it is clear that nothing interests us more than the divorces of the rich and famous. Maybe it is part of the psyche of the Great British Public that a huge number of magazines and newspapers are awash with stories about the very public separations of Cheryl Cole, Christina Aguilera, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, to name but a few without whispering the ubiquitous and clearly lucrative journalistic festival that is Katie and Peter. Reading about these couples, it is easy to forget that without the rich and the famous, it would be difficult for family law in the UK to progress: in short, it is only because celebrities and the wealthy can afford to fight out their battles in the highest British courts that the principles applied to their cases can then be used to see how courts might deal with the assets and income of normal everyday folk. One important example is pre-nuptial agreements. Once the exclusive preserve of the Hollywood elite, more and more people are deciding that before they tie the knot, they need to discuss and agree what should happen in the event that things don’t work out. Although I know your hearts won’t bleed for the family law practitioner when I say this, but as a lawyer advising before marriage, it is easy to feel like the spectre at the feast. At the very time that the heads of the bride and groom are filled with plans for seventeen-foot pink cakes or ceremonies in birdcages, you have to focus their minds upon navigating the path if things break down – a scenario the happy couple will probably not want to contemplate. It is clear is that the legal recognition of pre-nuptial agreements is of fundamental social importance. Relationship breakdown remains an important concern of the current government as mechanisms are investigated to save public money and try to limit the number of people slugging it out in court. If there was a way of ensuring legal certainty in case of a separation, there would be less strain on the public purse combined with lower levels of distress to couples and their families. The legal status of pre-nuptial agreements is changing rapidly and for anyone contemplating marriage, careful thought needs to be applied to how to deal with these, and legal advice should be obtained months before the big day. However, in recent years, cases have determined that upon separation and divorce, pre-nuptial agreements can be a vital consideration when a court decides how to divide wealth, making advice and drafting often a worthwhile option. In a long awaited ‘big money’ pre-nuptial case last year, the Supreme Court stated that people agreeing to and signing a pre-nuptial agreement should be held to it upon subsequent divorce if it is drawn up correctly, unless it would be unfair to do so. The current legal status of pre-nuptial agreements can therefore be summarised with the following quote: ‘The court should give effect to a nuptial agreement that is freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of its implications unless in the circumstances prevailing it would not be fair to hold the parties to their agreement’. So, whilst these contracts are not automatically binding in the UK at present, if drafted and completed correctly, they can bind the couple signing up to the terms.

Certainly, family lawyers across the country have reported a significant increase in pre-nuptial work and a change in the way that elements are negotiated. As befits a more mature and family focused environment, couples commonly agree terms with their respective solicitors in meetings together, called ‘collaborative’ meetings, which serves to underline the cooperative approach to an agreement, in line with the bride and groom’s other wedding plans. The Law Commission is due to report this year upon whether Parliament should take a closer look at making pre-nuptial agreements automatically binding, but in the meantime, these contracts are serving to influence decisions at court for many of us on a regular basis. All of this demonstrates that whilst celebrity magazines can pick over the most salacious details of celebrity break-ups to impart a message that money can’t buy you happiness, maybe it also shows us that in these situations, rich and famous people are just as vulnerable as we are. However, unlike us, they have the choice to explore the strengths of their arguments in the highest courts available and this is something we can all benefit from. If you need legal help about a forthcoming marriage, or about any other family law issue, please contact Daniel Bennett, Eileen Sutton or Joanna Illingworth for expert advice.

Gardner Croft’s Family Department has gained a reputation for providing a personal service that is sensitive to the upset and trauma that a relationship or family breakdown can cause. Currently the department is offering a fixed fee initial consolation meeting for just £99 (incl. VAT). For more details or to arrange a consultation please call 01227 813400.




THE AVERAGE AGE OF A FIRST TIME BUYER HAS BEEN INCREASING STEADILY SINCE THE 1960s AND NEW RESEARCH FROM POST OFFICE MORTGAGES HAS REVEALED THAT 35 IS THE AVERAGE AGE THAT 1 A PROSPECTIVE HOMEBUYER NOW EXPECTS TO BE BEFORE JOINING THE PROPERTY LADDER. The research researchtracked tracked thethe average average age of age firstof time firstbuyers time buyers since 1960, since 1960, “The “The Post Post Office Officenow now offers offers a range a range of products of products whichwhich only require only require a 10% a 10% finding that finding thatthose those who who bought bought theirtheir first home first home in the in early the1960s early were 1960sonwere on deposit, deposit,which which will will help help people people get on getthe onall-important the all-important first rung.” first rung.” 2 2 average just average just 2323 years years oldold – significantly – significantly lowerlower than today’s than today’s expected expected average average age age of 353. of 353. Women Women whowho do not doyet not own yeta own property a property are slightly are slightly Homebuyers Homebuyerscan can pick pick up up information information aboutabout the Post theOffice’s Post Office’s mortgage mortgage more moreoptimistic optimistic than than men, men, expecting expecting to buy toabuy home a at home 34, compared at 34, compared to range range to and and rates rates online online at at or from or anyfrom one any of one of the the male maleexpected expected average average of 37of years 37 years old. old. the the11,800 11,800 Post PostOffices Officesbranches branches across across thethe UK,UK, withwith dedicated dedicated staff staff available available at at over over 250250 larger larger branches branches to help tocustomers help customers with mortgage with mortgage However, However,first firsttime time buyers buyers with with Post Post Office Office Mortgages Mortgages are just are 30just years 30 old years old enquiries. enquiries. on on average, average, suggesting suggesting thatthat some some people people may be may ablebe to able affordto to afford buy a to buy a 1 Research conducted by Populus on behalf of the Post Office via an home homesooner soonerthan than they they think. think. online poll of 700 non-homeowners between 22 and 24 July 2011 2 Over Overhalf half(53%) (53%) ofof would-be would-be buyers buyers agedaged 25-3425-34 don’tdon’t think they think will they everwill ever Average ages of first time buyers over the years be beable abletoto afford afford to buy to buy a property. a property. Half (50%) Half (50%) of prospective of prospective homeowners homeowners aged aged25-34 25-34said saidthey they can’t can’t afford afford the deposit the deposit for a home for a unless home their unless their Time period first home was purchased Average age of buyer circumstances circumstances change, change, such such as receiving as receiving a lump a sum lumpofsum money of money or gettingor getting a a better betterpaid paid job. job. 1960-1964 23

1965-1969 25 On On aaregional regional basis, basis, would-be would-be buyers buyers livingliving in London in London are having are having the mostthe most 1970-1974 27 difficulty difficultywhen when it comes it comes to raising to raising a deposit, a deposit, with high withprices high prices in the capital in the capital 1975-1979 27 likely likelyto tobe bestanding standing in their in their way. way. 43%43% of Londoners of Londoners said they saidcouldn’t they couldn’t 1980-1984 28 afford affordthe thedeposit deposit without without a change a change in theirincircumstances their circumstances such as such receiving as receiving 28 a a lump lumpsum sumfrom from family. family. This This compares compares to the to national the national average average of 37%. of 37%. 1985-1989 1990-1994 27 1995-1999 28 Post Office OfficeHead Head of of Mortgages, Mortgages, MikeMike Cook, Cook, said, said, “Many“Many would-be would-be first timefirst time buyers buyersmay mayhave have been been put put off trying off trying to gettoonto getthe onto housing the housing ladder byladder the by the 2000-2004 31 size of of deposits depositsnow now needed. needed. AndAnd some some may may be deterred be deterred by their by perception their perception 2005-2009 29 of of high highmortgage mortgage repayments. repayments. But there But there are very arecompetitive very competitive options options available available forfor people people whowho are keen are keen to owntotheir ownfirst their home firstand home prospective and prospective buyers buyersmay maynot not have have to wait to wait untiluntil they they are 35are to take 35 tothis take step, thiswith step, firstwith firstStatistics based on consumer research asking 1,409 existing homeowners how old they were and in what year they bought their first property time timebuyers buyerswith with the the Post Post Office Office averaging averaging 30 years 30 years old. Inold. fact,Insofact, far this so far this 3 year, year,four fourinin1010ofof our our customers customers were were first first timetime buyers, buyers, demonstrating demonstrating that that Research conducted by Populus on behalf of the Post Office via an online it’s possible possiblefor formany many toto getget on on the the ladder ladder sooner sooner than expected. than expected. poll of 2,100 UK adults between 27 and 31 May 2011.



PENTLAND HOMES OFFERS SIX LUXURY HOMES IN AN IDYLLIC RURAL SETTING Kent-based house builder, Pentland Homes, which is renowned for building quality homes in attractive settings, is currently marketing six luxury three and four bedroom homes in the idyllic village of Elham.

The development, Henbury Manor, offers high-quality farm-style homes arranged around a courtyard in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Elham Valley. All of the homes have been individually styled and designed to complement the existing properties in the village, and are finished to an exceptionally high standard. Unusually for new build properties, all six homes at Henbury Manor also benefit from large gardens with patio areas, which are ideal for entertaining. Janet Burnell, sales and marketing director for Pentland Homes, comments, “This is a particularly unique luxury development; the homes are finished to an extremely high standard, with traditional design and contemporary interiors, and they sit perfectly in their stunning location, surrounded by countryside and mature woodland. We expect demand at Henbury Manor to be strong, especially because property in the picturesque Elham Valley is in such short supply.” Each property is unique in its design, both outside and inside. Attractive external features include a mix of brickwork, timber, flint and weatherboard to reflect their Kent heritage, whilst inside, each property is slightly different in size, design and layout to suit different family requirements. Each property features a prestigious Paula Rosa kitchen with integrated Siemens appliances and some include luxury wine coolers too. All boast remote-opening garages


and bespoke Hybrid Data and Audio Cabling systems which allow for hightech infrastructure to be seamlessly integrated, making the homes ideal for 21st century life without distracting from their character. Elham has a lovely village feel with an array of local independent shops. The development is very well connected with good transport links; it is close to the A260 to Canterbury, and the nearby A2 and A20/M20 give easy access to Folkestone, Dover or London. London St Pancras train station can be reached in under an hour on the high-speed rail link from Folkestone. Prices at Henbury Manor range from £495,000 to £690,000. To arrange a viewing, please contact the sales office on 01303 893080 or visit the website























































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autumn garden


1. Summer’s over – time to clear up Start clearing away all summer flowering annuals and give the soil a feed ready for winter displays. Cut back plants that have begun to wilt, but retain those that are still upright to provide winter cover for wildlife. Drain water hoses and store carefully, so they don't rot, freeze and split. Also take time to clear out your gutters (or get somebody to do this for you if you prefer to stay off of ladders!) and make sure rainwater butts are functioning as they should - reduce algae build-up in these by tipping out and scrubbing with clean water. 2. Brighten with bulbs Plant from September onwards any spring flowering bulbs such as Tulips. If you want some late spring colour then leave the planting as late as December. Dobbies Garden World in Ashford has a great array of bulbs; see for more information or pay them a visit to see their vast selection. 3. Leave it Collect leaves (which will kill lawns if left unattended) and try to find an area to compost. Leaf mould is the most nutrient-profound compost. You can make a small compost area out of chicken wire formed into a circle easy and cheap.

4. Protection racket Start thinking about protecting delicate plants from the first frosts. These frosts tend to do the most damage. By placing a fleece over them, they will stay healthy. 5. Cutbacks are everywhere Cut back shrubs and perennials and take cuttings to grow on such as willow. 6. Treat your garden Autumn is a good time to treat the soil with some bone meal, which is high in phosphorus and will give plants lots of root food for the winter. 7. Don’t be scared Scarify the lawn and aerate for the winter (this is usually doable on smallersized gardens using a rake or hand-rake, whilst larger gardens can be tackled with a machine). This will produce a healthier, more vertical growth of desirable grasses, and will improve the appearance of your lawn, as well as getting rid of leaves and other rubbish that will kill off grass.

Many thanks to Mark Whyte from Hythe Garden Services for these top tips. You can contact Hythe Garden Services on 01303770610 or find them on Facebook.



beautiful bulbs

Fall into good gardening habits this autumn by planting colourful bulbs. As your garden winds down from the summer and falls into autumn, now is the time to plant edible and flowering bulbs. Spring wouldn’t be the same without bulbs. A colourful spring display of blooming bulbs are a welcome sight after a long, cold winter and they transform a garden or patio from the moment they begin to flower. A harvest of edible bulbs will also perfectly supplement winter warming dishes. The only catch is you need to act now. Spring flowering bulbs need to be bought and planted in the autumn, especially before temperatures really dip and the ground becomes frozen solid. It’ll take a little bit of planning, but try to envisage what your garden will look like come spring, identify where there will be gaps and plant bulbs in these areas.

Blooming Bulbs Hyacinths, Snow Drops, Dwarf Irises, Daffodils, Narcissus, Tulips and Crocuses will spring into bloom to create a colourful display if planted in autumn. Plant manager at Dobbies Ashford, Oliver Locke, recommends planting flowering bulbs in containers, flower beds or hanging baskets for bursts of spring colour. Oliver said, “You could also layer flowering bulbs in a ‘lasagne’ pattern to create an eyecatching central display that continuously blooms.


Create a lasting display by planting various bulbs that flower at different stages of spring in the same container. “A top tip is to plant dark blue irises at the bottom of your selected container; yellow daffodils in the centre; and bright red Apeldoorn or Knightsblood tulips in the topper-most layers.” Incredible Edible Bulbs Often overlooked in favour of their flowering counterparts, edible bulbs can be the perfect autumn addition to your kitchen garden, hanging basket, container or shady garden spot. Garlic, one of the most popular edible bulbs, has been used in medicine and to flavour food and oils for thousands of years. Today, garlic is thought to help prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cancer. Autumn is the perfect season to harvest and sow edible bulbs such as garlic and overwintering onions – ideal for use in winter warming dishes. Oliver continues, “Grow your own garlic by segmenting a firm garlic bulb into individual cloves and plant into holes that are just a few inches deep. Plant with the flat end facing downwards – as green shoots will grow from the pointed tip. Water lightly in dry conditions as garlic tends to rot when over-watered. “Lift bulbs gently from the soil using a fork and leave to dry in a sheltered spot when the tops begin to show yellow. And remember to save the fattest cloves harvested for next autumn’s planting.” Planting bulbs couldn’t be simpler. Oliver says, “All you need to do is plant them. It really is that simple – pop them in the ground and you’re more or less guaranteed to have a pretty display in a few months time.”

Oliver’s top tips for bulb planting: • Plant soon after buying to prevent bulbs from drying out • Make sure your soil is moist and free of weeds, • Dig holes that are twice as deep as the depth of the bulb and plant using 10-12cm intervals • Or save time by planting several bulbs in one large hole, trench or container • Pop the bulb into the ground, pointy end up • Ensure that bulbs are spread out and are not touching • Place bulb fibre under individual bulbs to encourage better growth • Cover the bulbs with loose soil and press down firmly. A hand trowel is ideal for this task, although special ‘bulb planters’ are available if you’re dealing with a large quantity. • Use sharp sand or grit to drain wet soil or add moist compost to dry soil to encourage bulbs to grow • Water well • Mark where you’ve planted bulbs with a small stick to stop you digging them up by mistake before the spring. Top tip Feel bulbs carefully when buying to make sure they are firm. Discard any that are slightly soft or show signs of decay. Special offer: Dobbies value pack bulbs, 3 for 2, normally £5.99 each

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WHAT’S YOUR AUTUMN FASHION LANGUAGE? WITH SO MANY GORGEOUS JACKETS AND JUMPERS ON TREND THIS SEASON, IT’S EASY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WARM-WEAR THAT SUITS YOUR PERSONALITY. OUR ADVICE? PICK THE STYLE THAT SPEAKS YOUR FASHION LANGUAGE AND ROCK IT ALL SEASON LONG. Tailored Edge Far from your run-of-the-mill classic rock-chick, the clean lines, interesting details and unconventional materials of these pieces will give you an edge without looking messy - who knew rocker could be so sophisticated?

Washed Biker Jacket £160, Next

Limited Edition Jacket £120, Marks & Spencer

Beige With Black Sleeve Colour Block Jumper £19.99, Pilot

Delightfully Quirky Hey, quirky girl! Showcase your unique confidence in stripes mixed with subtle neutrals, a soft poncho that’s perfect for vivid accessories, or a jumper adorned with the mascot of all things stand-out-from-a-crowd.

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H! by Henry Holland Zebra Jumper £38, Debenhams Rugby Striped Coatigan £85, Phase Eight


Classic With A Twist Traditional is far from boring as these simple and classic styles are reworked in rich colours, stripes, and eye-catching silhouettes.

Miss Military In a brilliant twist, large buttons, hardware, and utilitarian-inspired fabrics mix with flattering, feminine contours to create military-inspired pieces with a softer feel.

Ladylike and Luxurious Elegant and sophisticated, this lavish faux fur gilet, feminine trench, and gorgeous funnel neck coat will have the Audrey Hepburn fan in you swooning.

Faux Fur Gilet £55, Next

Mustard Double Breasted Coat £69, M&Co Double Breasted Coat £58, Next

Belted Trench Coat £75, M&Co

Military Stripe Jumper £95, Viyella Cream Roll Neck Jumper £70, Pied a Terre; Red Cape Coat £330, Boutique by Jaeger; Cropped Black Trousers £75, Pied a Terre – House of Fraser

Buckle Front Cape £149, Mint Velvet

Autograph Jacket £99, Marks & Spencer

Funnel Neck Coat £75, Fifty Plus

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Don’t underestimate the power of a smart suit, crisp shirt and the perfect statement tie. This can go a long way, as people will see your confidence literally worn on your sleeve. Sometimes, a little just isn’t enough though. It’s easy to improve your general look with the right clothes, but if you really want to make a statement, how about spoiling yourself and making an investment in a suit made by a tailor? The benefits of wearing a bespoke suit far outweigh the benefits of a suit you buy off the peg; if a suit is made especially for you, it will fit like a second skin, and people can’t help but notice!

Now that you will look smart and ready to put your best foot forward, let’s have a quick chat about grooming.


Beth Alderson, celebrity makeup artist, gives us an insight into male makeup and under-eye creams.

1. Find yourself a trustworthy tailor, preferably by personal recommendation. 2. Make sure your tailor will guide you and advise you, not bully you into something you don’t like. If your tailor is good he will become a close confidante. 3. If none of your buddies know a tailor, look up a few and set up meetings to see if you gel. 4. Ask to see their portfolio and other garments they have made. 5. Ask how long will it take to make. 6. What happens if you lose or put on weight before your final fitting? Will they charge more to alter it? 7. Be interested in the fabric because this will make a huge difference to the fit and price. Another thing worth considering are the accessories for your suit. Here are a few suggestions: For good quality socks in a vast range of yummy colours and delicious silk hankies for your pocket. For beautiful tie pins and exquisite heavy silk ties and cufflinks which are really original and distinctive. Want to be a little different? Try some Paul Smith skull cameo cufflinks! Only allowed if you wear the fabulous Tom Ford eyewear, Charles Gold range and a Salvetore Farragamo balancing elephant tie! For classic timeless style and elegant ties from Hardy Amies. Stylish silk pocket squares in a multitude of gorgeous colours.



Male makeup is a minefield and lots of men actually shy away from it. However, with the new breed of metro-sexual male you would be surprised to know who does what. If you get proper professional advice you can improve your look 100 percent and no one will ever know that you have had a little help.


1. Pop along to your nearest Bobby Brown counter, see an artist and get colour matched for your corrector and concealer which will instantly take out dark circles or darkness around the eye. 2. Lack of sleep is the main culprit for darkness and circles which is sometimes unavoidable when working long hours, so do try to catch up on your sleep and drink plenty of water. 3. A softer look can be achieved with either hydrating eye cream or essential oil to replenish the sebum film membrane to prevent moisture loss. 4. A must-have is Golden Silk Oil made from the camellia flower which can double up as complete all round moisturiser. It’s 100% natural and great for skin protection. Buy online or from health stores (£11.99) 5. For an instant quick fix throughout the day, try Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in1 Concealer and Highlighter. The nifty little squeezy tube makes top ups on the go a breeze. If you are considering something a little more radical, one of my favourite doctors is Dr Steven Harris. He has a magical way of using non-surgical medical treatments ie fillers and Botox to make you look fresher, younger and well rested. He has a great eye for tweaking the areas that look a little tired. His approach is more conservative so he will help restore youthfulness without making you look plastic.

To book your style consultation with Rachel Gold, contact her on 07766 838731, or visit her website




For several years now, East Kent has boasted a stylish and spacious place to shop – the McArthurGlen's Ashford Designer Outlet. A huge range of shops stocking a mind-numbingly huge range of the most popular designer labels, often at a considerable saving to the customer. WORDS AND PHOTOS BY LUKE YATES

Phase Eight Maxi Dress RRP £85, Outlet price £42.50 Kurt Geiger Shoes RRP £120, Outlet price £84

United Colours of Benetton Floral Skirt RRP £33, Outlet price £22.90 United Colours of Benetton Orange Cardi RRP £23.50, Outlet price £16.50 GAP Vest Top Outlet price £7.99 Kurt Geiger Shoes in Tan with Wood RRP £65, Outlet price £45 Tie Rack Necklace from Kathy Van Zeeland RRP £9.99, Outlet price £4.99

GAP Jeans Outlet price £39.99 GAP Peach Top Outlet price £14.99 GAP Army Jacket Outlet price £39.99 Kurt Geiger Shoes RRP £100, Outlet price £39


Vero Moda Maxi Dress RRP £18, Outlet price £12 Vero Moda Crossover Bag RRP £22, Outlet price £8 Vero Moda Scarf RRP £12, Outlet price £3 Kathy Van Zeeland Bracelet RRP £19.99, Outlet price £6.99 Kurt Geiger Gold Gladiators RRP £55, Outlet price £39

Guess Skirt RRP £132, Outlet price £33 (in clearance) Vero Moda Navy Vest Top RRP £9, Outlet price £6 Kathy Van Zeeland Necklace RRP £12.99, Outlet price £7.99 Kathy Van Zeeland Bracelet RRP £7.99, Outlet price £4.99

But how can a customer presented with this vast array of choice, style, colour and size find the outfits they want? What if they don't know what their ‘look’ is? Enter Debbie, Ashford Designer Outlet’s personal stylist. With an impressive background in art and fashion, including having previously worked at the heart of fashion in the hip and happening town of Camden, Debbie is clearly passionate about helping people find their look. Friendly and vivacious, with a great sense of humour, she makes the rather daunting sounding consultation session fun and informal. There are soft chairs, relaxing music, and nice drinks in her fridge. And best of all, the consultation service is free! The session started with our model Danielle receiving a colour consultation, where Debbie showed Danielle a range of different coloured materials, allowing her to see which colours worked well with her eyes, hair and skin, and which did not. This done, we moved onto the style consultation, where Debbie showed our model which types of clothes and accessories would work best together, to enable her to look as stunning as possible. Prior to the session, Danielle had completed a welldesigned questionnaire, carefully detailing all the important information that Debbie could use to ascertain the colours and styles that would

work well on Danielle. To this end, Debbie had been out shopping prior to the consultation, selecting clothing and accessories from the many stores at the outlet, and combining them to make 5 fantastic outfits, giving our model a range of clothes for all sorts of occasions. This is a real art form, and it’s obvious that Debbie is extremely gifted at it. It’s also apparent that this isn't just about making people look good. It’s about giving them a confidence boost, helping them to feel good about the way they look, and express who they really are. The way we dress can often be a reflection of how we feel inside, and as shown on many popular makeover shows on TV over the past few years, a style consultation can be very therapeutic, and can literally transform people inside and out. It was enjoyable spending a couple of hours with Debbie talking about her work and seeing her in action, and Danielle looked absolutely stunning in the outfits she had selected. Speaking as a guy, we are pretty awful at knowing what we look good in or not, so I can definitely see the advantages of a consultation with Debbie as well!

Danielle receiving her colour consultation Personal Stylist Debbie Eastlake

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Special thanks to our model Danielle Watton




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With lifestyles becoming increasingly busy and more chaotic, we sometimes struggle to make time for ourselves, and our beauty regimes.

to capture Charlie’s transformation than her co-host and exceptionally talented photographer James Heming!

So with this in mind, I needed a model with the kind of lifestyle that requires quick-fix makeup that lasts and can withstand early starts, long days and special appearances. I was lucky enough to work with and makeover the very beautiful Heart Breakfast Presenter Charlie O'Brien; and who better

We decided on three different looks provided by Fenwick Canterbury, and with help from hair stylist Liz at Mac Salons, this was going to be a transformation Charlie would never forget.

FORMAL GLAMOUR The Makeup I thought it was only right to break Charlie in gently, as my makeup style can sometimes be what some might call ‘full-on’. I didn’t want to scare her too much. So, for our formal look, I opted for colours which complimented Charlie’s skin tone and accentuated her green eyes. To begin, I mixed a foundation base using MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Face and Body Foundation. Mixing these products gives a medium coverage, a natural flawless finish and a slightly dewey sheen. I worked this mixture into Charlie’s skin using a large stipple brush (this foundation would also be ideal for a bride, or wedding guest, as it lasts all day and looks completely natural without feeling heavy). Then I applied a little bit of MAC Moisturecover Concealer under Charlie’s eyes. Considering she had been awake since 5am, she only required a small amount to give a fresher finish to her now glowing skin.


On the lids of Charlie’s eyes I applied a base of MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot (this is a cream formula eyeshadow which dries as a powder, preventing creasing giving long-lasting results). On top of the base I applied a small amount of one of my favourite shades: MAC All that Glitters. Along the eye socket I used Satin Taupe to contour Charlie’s eye shape and enhance her already gorgeous eyes. MAC Spiked Eyebrow Pencil was then applied to make Charlie’s brows a little more shapely and really frame those eyes. In the waterline and lower lash line I applied a liberal amount of Stubborn Brown Eye Pencil. Using a pencil brush I smudged the liner along the lower lash line to give a soft smoky finish and applied a light dusting of Satin Taupe over the pencil. This look would not be complete without a slightly winged out top liner. To achieve this look I used Blacktrack Fluidline and a precise liner

brush. No eye is ever finished without a large helping of black mascara (you can use brown mascara if you prefer, although this is classed as the ‘flat shoe of makeup’). To keep this look fresh and light I dusted Peachykeen onto the apples of the cheeks and Shell Creme Colour Base above the cheeks, to give that beautiful Beyonce-style sheen. To complete the look I applied one of my favourite colour lipsticks: Patisserie, a neutral and glossy lip shade that is light enough to apply without the use of a mirror; ideal for using on the go.

The Outfit Frill Shoulder Detail Dress £129, Ted Baker Quilted PVC Clutch £59, Ted Baker Accessories from £8, Fenwick



The Makeup To compliment Charlie’s beautiful wavy locks and gorgeous outfit, we needed to create a look that was glamorous, memorable and sexy. The skin from the Formal look is ideal for this one, although I used a little Mineralise Powder to mattify Charlie’s skin slightly and eliminate excess shine. Charlie has green eyes, so I decided to go for colours that would make her eyes stand out even more. As a base I used a Gold Cream Eyeshadow and blended all over the lids. To contour Charlie’s eye shape, I used a purple shade Hepcat (purple is great for brightening the whites of the eyes, thus making you look awake and fresh). I winged the eyeshadow out to create a sexy feline shape (certain to secure that second date!). I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to grab even more attention. I sprayed a little Fix+ on Charlie’s eyes, and then using a flat brush I pressed on a small helping of Reflects Gold Glitter on top of the gold cream base I had already applied (the Fix + is charged water; it acts as a magnet for the glitter to stick to, avoiding making you look like you’ve been involved in a glitter explosion).

For added gorgeousness I applied Graphblack Tecnakohl Liner to the waterline and lower lashline (this is a waterproof liner and stays on for hours). I smudged some purple shadow along the lower lash line to reflect the colours used on the lids and add drama. A top liner was then applied, flicking out at the ends to follow the shape of the feline shadow. It would only be right to finish the eyes with some gorgeous false lashes. My favourites are MAC #34, elegant, feminine and not too scary. Always apply mascara before applying lashes; this helps to prevent a seam being seen where the false and natural lashes meet. On the lips I applied a generous amount of clear gloss (it’s best to stay quite neutral on the lips if the focus of your makeup is the eyes; it stops the eyes and lips competing for attention). The Outfit Blossom Print Rouched Top £99, Ted Baker Dark Super Skinny Jeans £79, Ted Baker Accessories from £8, Fenwick





The Makeup For this look Charlie had chosen to wear a stunning purple dress. Liz backcombed and coiffed Charlie’s hair, creating a funky up-do. With the hair off her face I was at liberty to go a little bit crazy! I wanted to show Charlie a way of transforming a look without worrying about taking all the makeup off and starting again, as with her busy schedule, each party moment is precious, so needs to be done ASAP. I applied Typographic Shadow on top of the purple I had used in the previous look; this was very effective as it created a purple glow around a smoldering smoky eye. Again, I followed the feline shape I had previously created. I blended my Typographic Black Eyeshadow gently over the eyelid, covering some of the gold I had already applied. Once more I used the Fix+ Spray, but this time I sprayed a few squirts to create a gentle mist onto the face, then I rebuffed the foundation to freshen up the look and added a healthy


amount of bronzer to contour the cheekbones and create a sun-kissed finish. On the cheeks I applied Sunbasque Powderblush. On the cheekbones I used my fingers to apply Hush Creme Colour base, again creating that stunning ‘Diva’ complexion. On the eyelids I applied a small amount of Antique Gold Reflects Glitter for a sexy smoky sparkle. You can never look too glam on a night out, so with this in mind I applied a second pair of lashes. I hear you gasp, but trust me, for that added touch of glamour and beautiful fluttering lashes, you won’t know unless you try! The Outfit Ruffle Neck Stretch Dress £139, Ted Baker Black Bow Detail Clutch £55, Ted Baker Accessories from £8, Fenwick

Makeup Gemma Morpurgo Hair & Location Mac Salons 3 Palace Street Canterbury CT1 2DY Photography James Heming Clothes Fenwick Canterbury St Georges Street Canterbury CT1 2TB


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Special Feature: Tummy Tucks Revealed with John Davison SELF-CONSCIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF OUR TUMMY CAN INTERFERE WITH OUR CHOICE OF CLOTHING, WHETHER WE GO SWIMMING, PARTAKE IN SPORTS AND OTHER SOCIAL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES, AND ULTIMATELY OUR GENERAL CONFIDENCE; PARTICULARLY IN THE SUMMERTIME. FOR SOME, NO AMOUNT OF EXERCISE AND DIETING WILL EVER ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS AND THEREFORE LOOK AT THE SURGICAL OPTIONS. Abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is an increasingly popular procedure carried out by plastic surgeons, and insideKENT wanted to know more. We asked our resident Plastic Surgeon, John Davison, for his thoughts on the motivations, suitability, procedures and success of a tummy tuck. Who would you say is your most common candidate for a tummy tuck and why? Most commonly I see women who have problems after pregnancies when left with excess skin and tummy wall weakness. The biggest influence on how our bodies settle after pregnancy and childbirth is genetics. Some women do fantastically well, but most are left with some changes to their tummies and wish to have this removed. The other group I see are people who have lost very large amounts of weight, either through lifestyle changes or weight loss surgery. In both cases the main motivation is a firmer abdomen and better body shape to boost self-confidence. What does the procedure involve? This is an operation under general anaesthetic, with a two-night stay in hospital. Return to work varies but is usually within 4 or up to 6 weeks. One out of three women usually require repair of the tummy wall. This is one of the operations which can often be combined with other surgery, like a breast lift or augmentation (as featured in the last issue of insideKENT). Will there be noticeable scarring? Yes, once everything has settled and you are back to life as normal there are scars, numbness

of the skin, and the cost of a new wardrobe! Most patients end up with good scars and are very happy with the outcome and improvement. Who might not be suitable for surgery? Commonly women see me wanting a tummy tuck when in fact they have minor laxity and possibly some weakness of the tummy wall. I am sympathetic and understand their coming to see me, but there is often not a surgical procedure which will help them. In no way is this an alternative to a healthy lifestyle. Are there any alternative procedures e.g. liposuction? People often seem to think there is a debate about tummy tucks vs. liposuction – the truth is there is not. They are completely different operations for completely different problems. Liposuction is a reshaping tool, and works very well in suitable patients without a lot of skin excess. Tummy tucks are suitable for quite considerable skin excess. Sometimes I can carry out some liposuction at the time of an abdominoplasty.

John Davison has a busy and well established plastic surgical practice based in central and East Kent and is on the GMC Specialist register in Plastic Surgery. He is a member of BAPRAS, BAAPS ISAPS and one of a group of 50 plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom who have launched Liberate, which emphasises the importance of being able to choose your surgeon, and develop a relationship with your surgeon. It is important when considering cosmetic surgery that you are fully informed, but please do not use the internet as a substitute for medical advice by a qualified plastic surgeon. For more information and enquiries contact 0800 756 9677 or email

Central to this is the initial consultation and assessment. It is imperative that I see someone, talk to them, examine them and then give them a clear picture of what might and might not work for them. That is generally how my consultations will work. As I have mentioned a tummy tuck is not suitable for all and like all procedures requires the patient to be fully informed before making a decision.



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Colin Firth in the press room at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood




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Colin Firth’s appearance on Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton

Born in Grayshott, Hampshire, the son of two teachers, Firth had some very large educational shoes to fill. His mother and father were both lecturers at separate universities. Spending most of his early childhood in Nigeria where his father was teaching, he found himself moving to America and then back to England. While in Kings' School (formerly Montgomery of Alame), he wanted to play the guitar, but the school banned the guitar and saxophone, as they were not ‘serious instruments.’ His acting training took place at the Drama Centre London, and he was awarded an honorary degree in 2007 from the University of Winchester. Most would recognise him from his role as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, in which he redefined the role to fit his personality and charm. When he was first offered the role of Darcy, his brother incredulously remarked, "Darcy? But isn't he supposed to be sexy?" Firth was exactly this to the women who watched him portray the character with his own definition of charm, tenderness, and passion. However, Firth had been around for several years before Pride and Prejudice made him a household name in the United Kingdom. He obtained his start on the London stage with Rupert Everett in the West End production of Julian Mitchell's Another Country, and also starred in the film version. In 1986, he starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in Lost Empires, a TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel. Later, he earned a BAFTA nomination for the television production Tumbledown (1989). He was included in the group of actors dubbed the ‘Brit Pack’ and

certainly paid his dues before gaining heart-throb status in Pride and Prejudice. The spotlight would shine on him once more portraying yet another Mr. Darcy-style character in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary, co-starring Renée Zellweger. Suddenly the mass public found that Firth was an actor to be reckoned with, and he quickly became the newest sex symbol to which he smirks and claims, “Forget "trying" to be sexy. That's just gruesome.” Shaking off the brand of ‘posh totty,’ Firth has emerged as a versatile and fun-loving character whose image as ‘cinema’s everyman’ has allowed him to grace the screen opposite some largerthan-life actors and hold more than his own. Not many could match the drama of Liam Neeson (Love Actually), the comedy of Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) and even the song and dance of Pierce Brosnan as one of Meryl Streep’s exlovers in Mamma Mia! . “I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better or a lot worse, depending on how I want it to look,” he shares. The Mamma Mia! remake showed his ability to let loose and laugh at his image. “It was quite terrifying, because the guys in this film were really out of their comfort zone with the singing thing [speaking of himself, Bronson and Stellan Skarsgard]. Nothing bonds you more than blind terror really. Within a few minutes, the three of us were like The Andrews Sisters around the mic, you know. The truth is, actors are basically drag queens. People will tell you they act because they want to heal mankind or, you know, explore the nature of the human psyche. Yes, maybe. But basically we just want to put on a frock and dance.”

If that’s not versatile enough for you, he has even spent leisure time with the rapper Snoop Dogg while making the documentary about death row In Prison My Whole Life. He served as executive producer, along with his wife, in the story of political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is on death row for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer, Daniel Faulkner. “I was with my wife, Livia, and we travelled to Amsterdam to interview Snoop Dogg. We were with him for four hours and he was great company. A great man to learn from.” At the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009, Colin Firth was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor in Tom Ford's A Single Man for his role as a college professor grappling with solitude after his longtime partner dies. This was a defining role for Firth who earned his best reviews ever. He has proven he is able to take the vision and words off the written page and transform them into larger-than-life characters for all to see, and the film critics are agreeing whole heartedly, rewarding him with BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild and of course his Oscar Award and nominations. Not only is he an accomplished talent in film acting, he is also a published writer. His first work, The Department of Nothing, appeared in Speaking with the Angel (2000). This collection of short stories was edited by Nick Hornby and was published to benefit the TreeHouse Trust in aid of autistic children. Firth had previously met Hornby during the filming of the original Fever Pitch and contributed his writing for the book, We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, released in 2009. The book explores the culture of peoples around the world, portraying both its diversity and facing threats.


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“IF YOU WANT TO DEFINE A MODERN ENGLISHMAN, YOU MIGHT AS WELL LOOK AT KEITH RICHARDS, JOHNNY ROTTEN OR RAY WINSTONE, RATHER THAN JOHN MAJOR OR PRINCE CHARLES.” British actress Helena Bonham Carter with Colin Firth at a photo-call for The King’s Speech in Berlin, February 2011

Firth has been a long-standing supporter of human rights. He is actively involved with the group Survival International, and has spoken in defense of the tribal people of Botswana, condemning the Botswana government's eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. He says of the Bushmen, "These people are not the remnants of a past era who need to be brought up to date. Those who are able to continue to live on the land that is rightfully theirs are facing the 21st century with a confidence that many of us in the so-called developed world can only envy.” His passion extends to other groups such as Oxfam global campaign and the work to stop deportation of asylum seekers. Firth starred in the 2010 film The King's Speech as Prince Albert, Duke of York/King George VI co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. The film details his work to overcome his speech impediment while becoming monarch of the United Kingdom at the outbreak of World War II. A topic that may seem boring at first glance, but all who view it are pleasantly surprised. The story embodies a man who not only struggles with a physical disability, but an emotional one as well. “I often feel I've played a character, and I've come away with perhaps just a glimpse at what that life might be. I have no idea how a Royal Family member may feel. This is a man who did not want to be king. He didn't want the power, he didn't want the limelight. He didn't have that kind of ego. My main concern was in terms of how people responded. I was sensitive to the fact that our characters have living relatives, and I didn't completely ignore the fact that one of the characters was the reigning Queen! But I was more concerned with how people who stammer would respond, because any inauthenticity would

be doing a terrible disservice in that direction. But it's a mystery, and playing a member of the Royal Family remains a mystery.” At the Toronto Film Festival, The King’s Speech was met with a standing ovation. The TIFF release of the film fell on Firth's 50th birthday, and he called it the "best 50th birthday gift." Does he mind getting older? "When I was about 25, I remember looking at older actors I was working with – brilliant older actors – and thinking, 'I can't wait to get a few wrinkles.' I had such an utterly boring face at that age and longed for a bit of weathering and a bit of texture." On 16 January 2011, he won a Golden Globe for his performance in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. The Screen Actors Guild recognized Firth with the award for Best Male Actor. He was presented with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in April 2011, Time Magazine included him in its list of the world's 100 Most Influential People. He is now involved with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a Cold War take of espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. How does he think it will translate to today’s audience? “That’s going to be very interesting. They have this extraordinary cast (Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Toby Jones) and they’re filming in this style that’s very different to what a lot of us have witnessed before. It’s like being observed. You are spies; you are working for MI5 – The Circus – but there’s a camera that seems to be spying on you. I think it will be fascinating. You never know how these things end up, but it has the guts of being an extraordinary film. Whether people will come and see it, that’s a different thing because it’s a highly complex story. The

screenplay is pretty complex and it tangentially goes in strange places. There’s a history that goes with it obviously, but there’s something really gripping about it.” His private family life remains just that – private. He resides between England and Italy (his wife’s homeland) and allows his work to speak for itself. His choices reflect his passion for variety and challenge. His relationships and children stay in the background as his roles become more widely publicised. In a 2006 interview with French magazine Madame Figaro, Firth was asked, "Quelles sont les femmes de votre vie?" (Who are the women of your life?). Firth replied, "Ma mère, ma femme et Jane Austen." (My mother, my wife and Jane Austen). Firth has an uncanny knack for joining what most perceive as an Englishman and what in reality is an Englishman. “Through my film work, I've tended to represent precisely the kind of Englishman that I'm not – the repressed figure of mythology. It's hard to run into those guys now. I'll give you £100 for every guy with a bowler hat and umbrella you see walking the streets of London who's not going to a fancy dress party. My generations weren’t saying, "I can't wait to grow up so I can put on a pin-stripe suit and go to an office." They were piercing their ears and learning to play the guitar. If you want to define a modern Englishman, you might as well look at Keith Richards, Johnny Rotten or Ray Winstone, rather than John Major or Prince Charles.” Possessing the gift to pull off any and all of these personas makes him a hot commodity, not just to the females, but to the dramatic community as well. There is no telling where and what Colin Firth will venture to next, and if 2011 was his year, 2012 can only get better!



RIVER DART WI WILD LD SALMON SALMON with Oscietra Caviar, Salmon Salmon Jelly, Jelly,Cucumber, Cucumber,Honey Honeyand andSoy Soy Vinaigrette, Wasabi Wasabi and and Greek Greek Yoghurt YoghurtVinaigrette Vinaigrette S E R V E S


THIS RECIPE IS INSPIRED BY TWO COOKING CULTURES, CHINESE AND NORWEGIAN. THE DILL AND SALMON COME STRAIGHT FROM GRAVLAX AND FIVE-SPICE POWDER, HONEY AND SOY ARE PURE CHINESE. THE SALMON JELLY JUST MELTS IN THE MOUTH AND ADDS ANOTHER TEXTURE TO EVERYTHING. I LIKE TO FINISH OFF WITH MICRO LEAVES AND HERBS FROM OUR KITCHEN GARDEN AT GIDLEIGH: DILL, PURPLE BASIL AND BORARGE FLOWERS ARE PARTICULARLY GOOD. For the salmon 600g wild salmon fillet, skin on 15g sugar 15g sea salt Lemon - zested, peeled and segmented (the segments reserved for garnishing) Pinch of freshly ground pepper For the cucumber 1 cucumber – peeled, deseeded and cut into 7cm lengths 1 tablespoon of chopped dill A splash of groundnut vinaigrette Salt

For the honey and soy vinaigrette 50ml clear honey Pinch of Chinese five-spice powder 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 10ml balsamic vinegar 100ml white wine vinegar 10ml soy sauce 200ml extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper

For the wasabi and Greek yoghurt vinaigrette 25ml double cream 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi 50ml Greek yoghurt Salt and pepper


For the salmon jelly (stock): 1 salmon carcass 50g onion, chopped 35g leeks, chopped 1 cloves of garlic, crushed 250g tomatoes, chopped 75g fennel, finely chopped 2 parsley stalks 1/2 star anise 1 small sprig of thyme 1/2 stick of celery 1 tablespoon white peppercorns, crushed 50ml Noilly Pratt 100ml white wine 700ml water For the stock clarification (for salmon jelly) 125g salmon trimmings 2 egg whites 30g ice 3 leaves of gelatine Salt and pepper

For garnish 4 lemon segments, cut into 5 equal pieces Handful of micro herbs (eg purple basil) 18 borage flowers Keta caviar (salmon roe) Oscietra caviar

Salmon Prepare a marinade by mixing together the sugar, salt, lemon zest and pepper. Place the salmon on a tray and cover with the marinade, then leave it for 8 hours. After this wash and skin the fillet, trimming off any brown meat. Cut the fillet in half lengthways, then cut half twice more, wrap the fish in clingfilm and place it in the fridge for several hours to firm up, ideally overnight. Slice the cucumber on a mandolin into 2mm x 3mm strips. Trim evenly then place the slices in a colander over a dish and scatter salt over them. The slices should be left for 10 minutes to draw out the water, then rinsed thoroughly with water and dried off with a clean cloth. Place the strips on a tray and freeze the cucumber briefly, then take out and defrost. Cover with a pinch of chopped dill and some groundnut vinaigrette and marinate until ready to serve.

Honey and soy vinaigrette Put the honey, Chinese five-spice powder and mustard together in a bowl and mix well until blended. Then whisk in, separately, the balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar and soy sauce. Once the ingredients have been blended together, using a hand blender and gradually add the olive oil slowly until it is completely mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Wasabi and Greek yoghurt vinaigrette Whisk the cream and wasabi together until stiff. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl then fold in the Greek yoghurt and season with salt and pepper.

For the salmon jelly Put all the stock ingredients together in a large saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for a further 30 minutes, then strain the stock through a colander and then a fine sieve. Pour it back into the saucepan and simmer over a medium heat until it has reduced its volume by one third. Next clarify the stock. Blitz the salmon trimmings with the egg whites and salt in a liquidiser. Once mixed together blend in the ice and put to one

side. Bring the stock back to the boil, then whisk in the clarification mixture and bring the stock back to the boil stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce to a simmer and leave to cook for 10 minutes, then remove the stock from the heat and pass it through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan. Put this over a medium heat and bring the strained stock back to the boil. Correct the seasoning and add the leaves of gelatine. Line a tray with clingfilm and pour in the stock to a thickness of 1cm. Put in the fridge to set. Once set, take out and cut into small cubes.

cucumber slices on your plates and sprinkle these with some keta caviar. Dot some blobs of the honey and soy vinaigrette around the plate, add the lemon segments and fill in the gaps with some blobs of wasabi and Greek yoghurt vinaigrette. Add some salmon jelly cubes and then the salmon– three pieces per person – and finish with the micro salad leaves, borage flowers and keta and oscietra caviar.

Serving Remove the salmon from the fridge. Heat up a saucepan of water to 40ºC over a low heat, drop in the salmon (still in its clingfilm) and poach for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place some of the

MICHAEL CAINES is one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. AA Chef's Chef of the Year in 2007 and awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, Michael is an Operational Partner and Director of ABode Hotels and Michael Caines, in overall charge of all food and beverage operations throughout the fast-growing group. He is also Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, the acclaimed and prestigious country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford, Devon, where he has earned his reputation - as well as two Michelin stars - serving distinctive modern European cuisine utilising the finest local and regional produce and ingredients. In February 2009 he was also made Executive Chef at The Bath Priory, Bath, Gidleigh Park's sister establishment. In 2000, he founded Michael Caines Restaurants and took over food and beverage operations at The Royal Clarence, Exeter. A chance encounter with Andrew Brownsword subsequently led to the creation of ABode Hotels. Recent career highlights include cooking at 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister and taking part in ‘The Great British Menu’, a competition broadcast on BBC2 television where contestants compete for the honour of cooking for the Queen’s 80th birthday.







Do you find on occasion that you convince yourself you’ve had a nice meal, simply because it looked nice, or you were told it was the best? Sitting around a table in an exclusive restaurant in London, listening to false praise with every mouthful, in the end you find yourself agreeing, until, once outside a hollow digestive grumble leads you to think otherwise. Although on occasion it is fun and exotic to consume the experimental fantasies of an egotistical chef, I feel good wholesome honest food is almost becoming a thing of the past. I am more interested in how tender my meat is, than trying to find a chewy morsel under a pile of unnecessary garnish, floating in butter. My dreams have been answered at The Bull in Wrotham. Midway between Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells, The Bull is an attractive 14th Century three-storey building, formerly an inn, lovingly restored and thoughtfully developed into a stunning restaurant, with exposed beams and three beautiful fireplaces. The proprietor, Martin Deadman, insists that fresh food is the key to success. “Using very local suppliers and supporting rural farmers and producers on our doorstep is at the heart of what we do at The Bull. Not only are we deeply committed to local sustainability and supporting the rural community, but we are able to source

the best, freshest top quality seasonal ingredients from the Garden of England for our customers.” Deadman’s commitment to using fresh, local ingredients has earned The Bull an AA Rosette for its outstanding ‘culinary excellence’. “We have sourced some of the best suppliers for use in the restaurant. We are using day-boat fish from the South coast and local free range eggs, meat, mushrooms, vegetables and cheese to prepare every sauce, dessert, chip and roast within our kitchen. Besides the traditional English meals like Gammon, Egg and Chips; Steak and Ale Pie and Haddock and Chips, we are also serving Mediterranean dishes and delicacies like fresh Mussels and Hare.” The menu choices were varied and concise, thanks to Deadman and award-winning head chef James Hawkes. To start, I chose the Welsh Rarebit with Tomato Salad – the strong mature cheddar flavours of the Rarebit quenched by the fresh tomato salad. My dining companion chose the Heritage Tomato and Peach Salad with Pine Nut Vinaigrette – an excellent choice for a warm evening, the peach and tomato producing a wonderfully refreshing partnership.

I chose the Free Range Chicken Breast with Braised Leeks, Roast Chorizo and Confit Potatoes. The chicken was cooked to perfection, the leeks and chorizo tender and spicy, the flavours blending with the chicken and potatoes to produce a wonderfully rounded meal, hearty and satisfying. My colleague’s Loch Duart Salmon was firm and succulent, falling in thick flakes under the fork served with Crushed New Potatoes and a sumptuous Summer Vegetable Broth. The desserts finished off the evening nicely with our choices of Dark Chocolate Whiskey Terrine with Homemade Orange Ice Cream, and Iced Raspberry Parfait. I would highly recommend a visit to The Bull – it’s not often you leave a restaurant truly satisfied, but this for me ticked all the boxes and I’m pleased to say surpassed all my expectations.

The Bull Hotel Bull Lane Wrotham TN15 7RF 01732 789800

The main meal selection offered a diverse array of mouth-watering delights from 30-day aged Hartley Bottom Steak, to Mushroom Frittata.







Established for over twenty years, local family company Chapman’s of Sevenoaks have been supplying restaurants across the county and beyond with the freshest fish caught daily along the Kent and Sussex coast. Forging strong local partnerships has enabled Chapman’s to have their pick of the best available locally sourced fish. Their focus is on providing local fish that is fresher whilst reducing food miles and improving the traceability.

So this year, Chapman’s decided to take advantage of their experience and expertise and opened Chapman's Seafood Bar and Brasserie in Canterbury, serving up their superior quality seafood direct to the public. insideKENT went along to check out their new venture. To start with we were treated to a selection of warm freshly baked breads of sundried tomato and olive, walnut and raisin and, our favourite, cream cheese and chive. The menu is a seafood lovers dream and we struggled to choose our dishes from the great variety on offer. We settled on Tiger Prawns in Garlic and Herb Butter, Deep-fried Calamari with Sweet Chilli Dip, Grilled Cornish Sardines with Garlic Butter and Oysters served with Lemon and Tobacco for starters. The starters were very generous portions and actually perfect for sharing. The juicy tiger prawns were a big hit and we all agreed the oysters were some of the freshest any of us had tasted. The sardines were plump and tasty and the calamari light and crispy; overall a perfect start to the meal. But the real treat was yet to come… The Chapman’s Seafood Selection for 2 was a plentiful platter of whole Prawns, Crevettes, Crayfish, Oysters, Smoked Salmon, Brown and White Crab Meat, Smoked Mackerel, Dill-cured Herring and half a Lobster served with Marie Rose Sauce, Shallot and Red Wine Vinegar Dressing and freshly squeezed Lemon. The fact that Chapman’s are able to supply their own fish is reflected in the price and the platter was exceptional value at £29.95, or an extra £7 for a whole lobster. In fact, this applies to the whole menu; it is very reasonably priced without compromising on quality or taste. Also, the restaurant always has Lobster on the menu with no need to pre-order to ensure availability.

a Rib Eye Steak with all the trimmings. The restaurant also has an impressive wine selection and we chose a very reasonably priced bottle of Pinot Blanc Turckheim to wash down the meal. The dessert menu had something for everyone and our choices were equally as enjoyable as the previous two courses. Rich Chocolate Pots and Orange Shortbread were a chocolate lover’s dream, Summer Pudding and Clotted Cream was zesty and refreshing and a large portion of the classic Italian Tiramisu tasted as good as it looked with a good balance of coffee and alcohol flavours. If you have any room left there is also a Kentish Cheeseboard on offer. The whole evening was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with personal and friendly service, and we look forward to coming back for lunch after a morning’s shopping, an informal get together with friends or even to celebrate a special occasion.

CHAPMAN’S SEAFOOD BAR & BRASSERIE 89-90 St Dunstans Street Canterbury CT2 8AD 01227 780749

We also tried the Monkfish and Tiger Prawn Brochettes which were satisfyingly meaty and served with crunchy vegetables; and had hand-cut chips and buttered spinach to accompany the main courses. For meat lovers try the Platter of Cured Meats with olives, peppers and cheese or



A Celebration of Kent

THE AWARD-WINNING MULBERRY TREE RESTAURANT IN BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA HOSTED A SPECTACULAR ‘CELEBRATION OF KENT’ DINNER ON WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY WITH WINEMAKER JULIAN BARNES, THE OWNER AND WINEMAKER OF BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS. A special 6-course menu was compiled by head chef Mark Pearson, who incorporated some of the finest local produce available; all accompanied by the award-winning Biddenden wines and ciders.

THE EVENING’S MENU: Crisp-fried Kent Coast Crab Risotto, Sweetcorn Purée, Shellfish Bisque served with Gribble Ridge Rose 2010 Biddenden cider glazed Kentish Middle White Pork Cheeks, River Farm Apple Purée with Puy Lentils and Pertons Apple Verjus served with Biddenden Sparkling Cider Roundoak Hebridean Lamb ‘Three Ways’ (Herbcrusted cutlet, Ballotine of Shoulder and Braised Leg) served with Gribble Bridge Dornfelder 2009 Gadds Stout Panna Cotta, Compote & Jelly of Boughton Monchelsea Cherries served with Biddenden Ortega 2009 Friday Street Farm Straberries ‘compressed’ with Ellies Goats Milk Ice Cream and Black Pepper Meringue served with Gribble Bridge Sparkling Rose 2007 Kentish Blue Cheese with Warm Westerhill Farm Apricots and Biddenden Honey Bread served with Biddenden Special Reserve Cider The Mulberry Tree is a contemporary country restaurant and bar with a relaxed, informal atmosphere and exceptional food. The restaurant won Kent Restaurant of the Year in 2009 and 2010; was voted the South East Regional Restaurant of the Year; is listed in Eat Out Magazine’s Top 100 UK Restaurants; is featured in the Michelin and Good Food Guides and has two AA Rosettes.

For more information on events at The Mulberry Tree, visit

The Mulberry Tree Hermitage Lane Boughton Monchelsea ME17 4DA 01622 749082 Biddenden Vineyards Gribble Bridge Lane Biddenden TN27 8DF 01580 291726


Christmas Menu

and buffet options now available! Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy the festive season. Choose from a mouth-watering Christmas menu or for larger functions and parties our specially selected Christmas buffet is the perfect option. For more information or to discuss your requirements please call 01303 858 540 or email

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This long history has left its mark on the traditions of Faversham town and the brewery is renowned for its events, promotions and festivals.

The many pub signs showing the Shepherd Neame logo around Kent show the brewery’s popularity in the county built on traditional values and a vision for the future. One of the brewery’s most popular events, the Beer and Food Evening, explores the avenues of using beers as an alternative to wines at dinner. The evening begins with a guided tour of the brewery’s plant and processes, showing the methods and manufacture of Kent’s favourite

beverages and seducing the pallet with the aroma of hops and malt. It’s a fantastic experience walking around the vast maze of pipe work and vats, and the tour guides are phenomenal. Humour and laughter are the key to this evening and atmosphere is alive with merriment. There is a chance to try the dried hops and local spring water that are used in the production of the ales and lagers. The hops are an acquired taste, but that just adds to the laughter in the group. As the tour came to an end, we were led to the dining room to take our seats with the other members of the tour in anticipation of the meal to come. Far from introducing lager louts to dinner parties, Shepherd Neame are focusing on the beer connoisseur – gentlemen and ladies who enjoy the subtle flavours that are the very essence of the brewery's prowess.

We’ve all been told the age-old ‘dinner and wine’ rule: white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat; yet as Shepherd Neame have proven, with the vast array of beers, ales and lagers available today, wine certainly isn’t the only option for pairing with your meal. The MC for the night explains how to check for clarity, nose and body in the selected ales, and introduces selected beers for each of the four courses. The menu, designed around seasonal produce, includes courses such as Tomato and Thyme Tart with Caramelised Baby Onions, served with Shepherd Neame’s Oranjeboom Pilsener, and Roast Local Suckling Pig with Creamed Savoy Cabbage and Sage & Onion Potatoes, paired with Golding’s Summer Hop Ale. The Shepherd Neame Beer and Food Evening is a perfect night out any time of year. Reservations are being taken for the next two events, 4th November and 17th December. Visit for more information or to book.




TAKE A WALK IN A WILDLIFE WATCHER’S PARADISE AT THE RSPB NATURE RESERVE IN DUNGENESS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS VERY WILD AND ATMOSPHERIC AREA OF KENT. LOCATION: Dungeness, TN29 9PN DISTANCE: 1.8 miles (2.9km), allow 1 hour STEP COUNT: Approx 3,800 GATES: 3 OS EXPLORER MAP: 125 TERRAIN: A mixture of hard surface area with some short grass sections REFRESHMENTS & FACILITIES: Refreshments and facilities, including disabled toilets, are available at the visitor centre PARKING: The Nature Reserve has a car park near the visitor centre; a small fee is payable prior to access of the site


If you haven't been to Dungeness before, nothing can quite prepare you for the amazing landscape – one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world! The bird watching opportunities are second to none and the wildlife and plant life in the area is many and varied. Whether you are a knowledgeable watcher or just getting started there is always something to see. For the novice most hides contain helpful charts to help you identify the birds you may spot. This short walk leads you around a series of hides where there is an excellent chance of spying on the wildlife in residence. Dungeness's position, jutting into the English Channel, makes it ideally placed to watch for migrant birds arriving or departing, with wheatears, swallows, martins and warblers regularly seen. In summer, redshanks, lapwings and reedbed birds breed, including, in 2007, two pairs of marsh harriers for the first time. Throughout July the reserve is ablaze with the colourful flowers of viper's bugloss and yellow-horned poppy. Butterflies and dragonflies will be on the wing. Species of the former most likely to be seen include red admiral, small tortoiseshell and common blue but there may also be influxes of migrant species such as clouded yellow and painted lady.

The Nature Reserve welcomes families and a large range of activities happen throughout the year. It’s a great place for children to become 'wildlife detectives' and enjoy learning about nature. Nearby is Dungeness village which seems more like a scattered collection of dwellings than a typical village. Some of the homes, small wooden houses in the main, many built around old railway coaches, are owned and lived in by fishermen and some are occupied by people who take pleasure in the solitude and simplicity of the area. The most famous house is Prospect Cottage, formerly owned by the late artist and film director Derek Jarman. The cottage itself is painted black, with a poem written on one side. The garden however is the main attraction, reflecting the bleak, windswept landscape of the peninsula it is made of pebbles, driftwood, scrap metal and a few hardy plants. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS If you have some time after your walk the nearby Denge Sound Mirrors are a fascinating visit. Built between 1928 and 1930, the three massive concrete structures formed an experimental early warning system that aimed to detect invading aircraft by focusing sound waves. Their different forms are evidence of their experimental nature;

they were not particularly effective and were abandoned when radar became available. WITHIN 5 MILES: The Old Lighthouse, Dungeness A Historic Grade II building, listed in 1992 by that recently celebrating its centenary. Opened by His Royal Majesty the Prince of Wales in 1904 after a 3 year build, it survived two world wars before decommission in 1960. Open to the public on various days over the summer months. For more information visit Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Kent's world famous mainline in miniature, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the Cinque Port of Hythe to the fisherman’s cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

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DUPED BY THE WORDS, "IT'S ALRIGHT DARLING, I'LL COOK FOR YOU TONIGHT," AN UNSUSPECTING YOUNG CHINESE BRIDE SUCCUMBS TO THE PRESSURES OF NOT BRUISING A FRAGILE EGO AND LETS HER MAN LOOSE IN THE KITCHEN. AS HE DONS HIS CELEBRITY CHEF APRON, GETS HIS SET OF SPECIAL CHEF’S KNIVES FROM THE MAN-DRAWER AND PREPARES FOR THE EPIC TASK AHEAD, BY PUTTING EVERY INGREDIENT IN THE HOUSE IN TINY LITTLE BOWLS ON EVERY AVAILABLE WORK SURFACE, SHE STARTS TO WONDER WHAT SHE'S LET HERSELF IN FOR. BY LUKE YATES This may well have been the scene two thousand or so years ago in ancient China, where it is said gunpowder was chanced upon by accident. It is believed that a cook knocked some saltpetre into his pot, which already contained sulphur and charcoal (presumably a Heston Blumenthal recipe). Once heated these chemicals formed a black flaky compound, which the Chinese aptly named ‘huo yao’, meaning ‘fire chemical’. Hardly catchy, but then guns hadn't been invented yet. This early version was developed further; the Chinese boffins inserted some of it into bamboo sticks and threw these into a fire. The pressure from the gasses inside the tubes caused a violent explosion, and the firecracker was born.

These were quickly adapted for use at weddings and religious rituals; loud noises were popular as they were believed to scare off evil spirits (which is also why firecrackers are traditionally red in colour – a colour supposedly disliked by evil spirits). Paper tubes replaced bamboo sticks, a fuse was added, and the firecrackers became more reliable and predicable, and their popularity soared. It was only a matter of time before somebody worked out that if you blocked up one end of the tube and attached it to a stick, it would fly off in a certain direction. The Chinese called these crude rockets ‘arrows of flying fire’ and used


them very successfully against horseback soldiers in warfare. This invention was to change the world incredibly and forever, and surely there is no way that the inventors of this rocket could possibly imagine that this discovery would someday lead to the technology to put men into space, let alone cause family arguments on a cold November night. The knowledge of gunpower, it is believed, spread to the West after Marco Polo brought it back to the Middle East on one of his many trips to China. It was then brought to England – narrowly avoiding being confiscated at customs – by the European Crusaders. By 1560 the European chemists had found the perfect proportions of chemicals required to make gunpowder as devastatingly explosive as possible, thereby ending medieval warfare forever: traditional metal armour and castle walls were now useless as both could be destroyed by bullets and cannonballs, propelled by the power of gunpowder. But it was (or at least is credited to) the stylish and flamboyant Italians, who preferring love to war, took gunpowder and created the artistic and beautiful fireworks that we enjoy today. Other chemicals such as iron and steel were thrown into the mix to provide vibrant colours and

patterns, and they were able to get the fireworks to launch upwards before exploding spectacularly, which not only looks nice, but also prevents the audience from being burnt. Fireworks in this country of course became traditional every November 5th thanks to an attempt to overthrow the government of James I in 1605. The unfortunate Mr Guido Fawkes Esq happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (in the cellars under Parliament sitting next to several barrels of gunpowder, trying to strike a light) and even though his lawyers claimed coincidence, and that he was just trying to smoke a potato, he ended up being the public scapegoat for ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ for the next 400 or so years. It is this event that we commemorate every 5th November, and despite its somewhat grisly origin, it is a wonderful time to be with friends and family. Home firework displays can be very enjoyable, but equally it is wonderful to join with a large crowd of people and be wowed by a much larger budgeted (and more spectacular) public fireworks display. Some of the best Kent fireworks events are listed on the next page, but whatever you do this Bonfire Night have a fantastic time and stay safe. Oh, and why not let the guys do the cooking – who knows what they might come up with?



Firework Spectacular at Leeds Castle, Maidstone 5 & 6 November Gates open at 2pm, fireworks at 5pm Hailed as one of the finest fireworks displays in the South East, the Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular will this year be set to music inspired by ‘Space’. Before the fireworks begin, there will be an open-air children’s film screening to keep younger visitors entertained. Visitors can come for the evening performance or arrive early to catch the afternoon entertainment. Tickets: Booking essential. £18 adults, £10 children under 16; Group rates (15 or more) - £15 adults, £9 children under 16. Under 4s free (must be reserved at time of booking). Leeds Castle SAT NAV: ME17 1PL For more info or to book, visit or contact or 01622 880008

5 November 4.30-8.30pm (last admission 7.30pm) Fire breathers light the grand roaring bonfire and join in the countdown to the annual spectacular musical firework display. Enjoy this momentous celebration with entertainment for all ages including children's fairground rides*, glow stick galore*, music and amazing fire performers. Tickets: TBC Kent Life SAT NAV: ME14 3AU For more info contact 01622 763936, or visit *Small additional fee applies

Chislehurst Fireworks by Pains Fireworks, Chislehurst 5 November Gates open at 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm Tickets: At gate - £6 adults, £3 children; Advance prices – £13 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children), £5 adults, £2.50 children. Chislehurst & Walden Road Recreation Ground SAT NAV: BR7 5GB Fore more info contact or 02084 602043

Firework Spectacular, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood 5 & 6 November Gates open at 1pm, fireworks at 6pm (child-friendly display) and 9pm (main display) Get ready for a fireworks party to remember at The Hop Farm Family Park. The hugely popular Fireworks Spectacular is back with a bang! With a fabulous funfair, children’s entertainment and live music. The Hop Farm Family Park attraction will be open for visitors and refreshments and a bar will be available until late. Tickets: At gate - £12 adults, £8 children under 16, £36 family (2 adults + 2 children); Advance prices - £10 adults, £6 children under 16, £28 family (2 adults + 2 children) The Hop Farm SAT NAV: TN12 6PY For more info contact 01622 872068, or visit


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NESTLED IN THE QUIET VILLAGE OF STOWTING IS THE BEAUTIFUL AND PRIVATE LYMBRIDGE GREEN. THIS FULLY-EQUIPPED, MODERN YET TRADITIONAL SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY HOME IS LOCATED A MERE EIGHT MILES SOUTH OF CANTERBURY AND SEVEN MILES EAST OF ASHFORD, AND OFFERS DELIGHTFUL SCENERY, QUIET SURROUNDINGS, SPACIOUSNESS AND AMENITIES THAT ARE SECOND TO NONE. As we drove onto the property through the large gates onto the gravel drive, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the landscaping before me. The house itself is bordered by mature trees and beautifully maintained gardens, with a small grove of shade trees and a large fenced-in outdoor swimming pool beyond. There is parking for at least ten cars in the huge drive.


Stepping into the front foyer, I was greeted by a large entry, with an area for coats and boots and a closet as well. The floors are large slate tiles with under-floor heating, which maintain a constant temperature throughout the entire house. The warm floors just begged me to walk around without any shoes.

Leaving the foyer, I was immediately drawn to the stunning gourmet kitchen, which is any cook’s dream. My eyes focused on the centre island, which is massive by any standard, measuring eight feet long. On a whole, the kitchen is enormous, with a large eating table that normally seats eight, but can be extended to accommodate 12 comfortably.

For the music lovers, there are two 6-foot column speakers which produce beautiful sound in the living room. On top of that there is a column speaker located in the kitchen, which is activated via a remote control to provide music in the kitchen. For those who are musically inclined, there’s an upright piano ready and waiting for some late-night sing alongs.

There are plenty of windows overlooking the back and side gardens, and French doors which lead onto a large garden terrace. All of the counter tops are white marble and all the elm woodworking is beautiful to behold. As I mentioned, the kitchen is any cook’s dream and included a Viking gourmet gas stove/oven with four large burners and a griddle – perfect for cooking our morning pancake breakfast. The appropriately sized huge stainless steel sink and side-by-side dual dishwasher drawers made cleaning up a breeze. The American fridge-freezer is big enough for even the largest of parties, and the pantry is stocked with plenty of glasses, dishes and bowls; more than you will use at any one time even with a full house.

The second floor boasts four oversized bedrooms, two with three single beds, one with a queen, and the master with a king sized bed, exposed beams and a lovely view of the gardens and pool beyond. But my favourite part of the upper floor was the luxurious family bathroom with its roll top bath and walk-in power shower.

Though I would have been perfectly content staying in the kitchen, I couldn’t help but tour the rest of the house. Leaving the kitchen, I entered the living room area. Just as magnificent as the kitchen, the room contains three 3-seater sofas set up in a horseshoe arrangement framing the wood-burning fireplace – perfect for gatherings and family games. Beyond the sofas are two comfy armchairs and floor to ceiling shelves filled with all sorts of books and games. If reading or game playing isn’t your thing, there is also a built-in Bang and Olufsen stereo, DVD and television system.

Once back downstairs, I found myself leisurely strolling from room to room, going outside for some relaxation on the patio, back to the cosy sofas indoors, then to the kitchen once again to stare in awe at its grandeur. My short break at Lymbridge Green was all about getting away from it all, but if you do get bored of relaxing (if that’s possible), Canterbury is only a short drive away, as is Ashford and the M20. You might just get too tired swimming in the 40foot heated swimming pool to cook any dinner, so though the house is quiet and private, it’s close enough to drive to a restaurant or even have a takeaway delivered. Speaking of the swimming pool – it’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s warm. The temperature is maintained at a comfortable 27 degrees, so even though the Kentish weather was less than perfect during my stay, I was still able to spend plenty of time in there with my family.

There are large grassy areas to the back and side of the house, perfect for children to run and play, and tall trees that offer perfect shady spots to relax on hammocks for an afternoon snooze. If sun is your thing (and if the sun is available), there are plenty of lounge chairs provided to catch some rays while sipping your favorite beverage or just chatting and enjoying the quiet countryside. There’s also a large fire pit that was fabulous for roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around after dark. With its close proximity to major cities, shopping, restaurants and tourist spots, Lymbridge Green is an ideal place for travelling families, large or small, to come to relax and enjoy the beautiful Kent countryside or use as a base to explore the many attractions of the southeastern Kent area. Or, if like me, you just want a quiet weekend away from ‘normal’ life with some luxuries you can’t find at home, Lymbridge Green ticks all the boxes. This is one of those houses most people can only dream of living in, but for a short while, it can be yours.

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September heralds the arrival of the all-new Range Rover Evoque, a vehicle that is as breath-taking to look at as it is to drive. Combining concept car looks with lightweight technologies, the Range Rover Evoque goes on sale in Kent having completed more than a million development miles.

headphones. New sound systems, developed in partnership with audio specialist Meridian and including a range-topping 825W, 17-speaker system, are also available.

Available as a stunning coupé or a practical 5Door model, the Range Rover Evoque brings dynamic handling and styling to the classic Range Rover package of luxury and all-terrain performance.

However the true test is how it drives and, whether choosing two or four-wheel drive, the Range Rover Evoque delivers a rewarding experience thanks to its precise steering and agility.

The Range Rover Evoque exudes dynamic elegance and is available in three core design themes (Pure, Dynamic and Prestige) each of which define styling, interior comfort and equipment levels - though customers can personalise their vehicle using an array of options. As you would expect from a Range Rover, the interior features high quality materials and craftsmanship as well as offering a host of premium technologies - including an 8-inch, highdefinition touch-screen display with optional dualview technology. Entertainment options include Digital and Satellite TV, DVD playback capability - which passengers can enjoy via 8-inch screens mounted in the headrests and digital infrared wireless


Naturally the Range Rover Evoque delivers allsurface capability and makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximise performance and comfort in challenging on- and off-road conditions - including a Terrain Response™ system with settings for General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand to optimise driveability and comfort.

form), 190hp SD4 version which gets from 060mph in 8.0 seconds when equipped with the automatic gearbox and a new 240hp 2.0 litre turbo-charged petrol engine capable of 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds. The Range Rover Evoque represents accessible, desirable sophistication and goes on sale from September priced from £27,955 for an eD4 ‘Pure’ 5-door model (equipped with 6 speed manual gearbox and two–wheel drive) to £44,320 for a top-of-the-range Si4 ‘Dynamic’ coupé (equipped with 6 speed automatic gearbox and LUX pack).

For customers specifying the Adaptive Dynamics feature there is an additional ‘Dynamic’ setting that sees MagneRide™ dampers monitoring and adapting to vehicle movements 1000 times/second* to help minimise body roll and provide an even more balanced drive. A choice of engines are available - a 150hp 2.2 litre turbo diesel eD4 engine that delivers less than 129g/km CO2 (in front-wheel-drive coupé

For more information visit *Data based on manufacturer's estimate.

everything should be drive-through Supermarkets, libraries, coffee bars, they’d all be more fun if you could nip through them without getting out of your Fiat 500 TwinAir. As well as being a blast to drive the TwinAir turbo 85 BHP engine is the lowest emission petrol car engine in the world.* VThose low emissions mean you pay no road tax . The car also has total black alloys and sport interior. Take a test drive, but please remember at some point you do have to stop. The Fiat 500 TwinAir. Everyday fun.

Representative example

Fiat 500 TwinAir £11,600

OTR Price


Customer Deposit


Fiat Deposit Contribution


Amount of Credit Duration of Contract


36 Monthly Payments Optional Final Payment (inc option fee of £285) Total Amount Payable by customer Rate of Interest (Fixed)

37 months

£4,747 £12,441 3.63%

Representative 4.8% APR

TWINAIR everydayfun PERFORMANCE HOUSE, FORSTAL ROAD, AYLESFORD M A I D S T O N E , K E N T, M E 2 0 7 X A . T E L : 0 8 4 3 0 2 2 5 5 5 2 W W W. L I P S C O M B. C O. U K Fiat, the car brand with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe††. Fiat 500 TwinAir, the lowest CO2 emission petrol car engine in the world*. Fuel consumption for Fiat 500 TwinAir: mpg (l/100km) and CO2 emissions: Urban 57.6 (4.9) Extra Urban 76.3 (3.7) Combined 68.9 (4.1). CO2 emissions 95 g/km. Terms & Conditions apply. Whilst stocks last. Retail customers only. Not available in

conjunction with any other offer. With Fiat i-Deal you have the option to return the vehicle and not pay the final payment, subject to the vehicle not having exceeded an agreed annual mileage (A charge of 6p per mile for exceeding 6,000 miles per annum in this example) and being in good condition. Offer subject to status. A guarantee or indemnity may be required. Fiat Financial Services, PO Box 108, Leeds LS27 0WU. We work with a number of creditors to provide finance to our customers, including Fiat Financial Services. July to September 2011 offer. Fiat Deposit Contribution available on Fiat 500 models, and is only available in conjunction with Fiat i-Deal Low Cost. Prices correct at time of printing. Offer may be varied and withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability. VUnder current DVLA regulations there is no charge for vehicle excise duty in the first year of registration and every subsequent year. Vehicle Excise Duty rates are reviewed annually by the government and are subject to change. †Source: JATO Dynamics. Based on volume-weighted average CO2 emissions (g/ km) of the best selling brands in Europe, year 2010. *According to NEDC standard.



1.4 16V TURBO T – JET POWER OUTPUT 135HP (99KW) AT 5,500RPM PEAK TORQUE 206NM AT 3,000RPM ACCELERATION 0 – 62 MPH 7.9 SEC TOP SPEED 127MPH Representative Example

Abarth 500 1.4 16v Turbo On the Road Price Customer Deposit Amount of Credit 47 Monthly Payments

Optional Final Payment (includes £285 fee) £5,115 £14,461.71 £1,445 £13,016.71 £215

Total Amount Payable by Customer £16,665 Duration of Contract 48 months Rate of Interest (Fixed) 5.43% Representative 6.2% APR


Performance House, Forstal Road, Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent, ME20 7XA. Tel: 08430 225551 WWW.ABARTHCARS.CO.UK

Abarth 500 1.4 16v Turbo fuel cons mpg (l/100km): urban 33.2 (8.5) / extra-urban 52.3 (5.4) / combined 43.5 (6.5), CO2 emissions: 155g/km. Abarth 500 shown is fitted with optional extras as follows: 17” upgrade alloy wheels (£175) and Abarth side stripe and mirror kit (£160). Offer subject to availability on existing stock cars registered between July 1st and September 30th 2011. Finance subject to status. Guarantees/indemnities may be required. Further charges may be made subject to the condition of the vehicle if the vehicle is returned at the end of the finance agreement (a charge of 6p per mile for exceeding 10,000 miles per annum in this example). Abarth Financial Services, PO Box 108, Leeds, LS27 0WU. Lipscomb, Performance House, Forstal Road, Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent, ME20 7XA. We work with a number of creditors to provide finance to our customers, including Abarth Financial Services.


The ABARTH 500

I'm what you might call an average-height kinda guy. Well no, if honest, I'm a bit on the short side. And if truth be known, I've spent my life fighting against this unfortunate trait, in most areas.

And then, after a bit I forgot all this ‘small man syndrome’ nonsense, shut out the rest of the much-larger world and just enjoyed the fact that this was an insanely fast little car, with as much an abundance of style as it had power.

In the business world, it seems people notice tall blokes first. Women won't settle for just ‘dark and handsome’. And I stopped winning at basketball by the age of 13. As a result of all this, I have developed something of an ability to fight back, a tendency to get a bit aggressive and to make tall people check their premises. It is my blessing and my curse. A bit like Spiderman (who was short too).

The new incarnation of the Fiat 500 has enjoyed incredible success, and they are to be seen everywhere these days.

There are many fine examples of other small creatures with this sort of mindset. The Jack Russell Terrier – one of the most pedantic and vicious of all dogs which despite its diminutive stature would happily pick a fight with a Rottweiler (and perhaps even win). Or the Indian Crested Porcupine, which can inflict fatal blows on the largest of enemy predators, with a mere ninja-like flick of its quills. In the same manner, I am drawn to machines which, like me, demonstrate that they possess this die-hard, don't-mess-with-me spirit in the face of a big wide, taller world. And for that reason alone I fell in love with the Abarth 500 almost instantly. I identified with its stark refusal to be beaten by a Beemer, its growl at the traffic lights when sneered at by a Subaru. And the way it tore up the asphalt when mocked by a MINI.

But the Abarth 500 is a rarer beast on the roads, a thing of great beauty. Abarth are to Fiat as Cooper are to Mini – their in-house tuning specialists. And boy, do they know their stuff! The Abarth 500 boasts a barmy 140bhp, a top speed of 127mph and 0-60 in 7.9 seconds. And the Esseesse version which I had the privilege of driving, sees this increased to 160bhp with a top speed of 131mph, and a whole half-second shaved off the 0-60 time. And all this in something the size of a roller skate! Albeit a fantastic looking roller skate that also handles incredibly, thanks to its Macpherson front set-up suspension, with roll bar, and interconnected rear with torsion beam, ably assisted by electric power steering that becomes absolutely magnificent when the magic Sport button is pressed. Throwing the 500 into a sharp bend results in satisfying growls and squeals, giving you just enough of that adrenaline-inducing feeling that you are ‘on the edge’, but still making the turn.


big chrome ‘500’ badge on the boot, which by the way actually holds stuff. White painted wheels that look like they are whizzing around frenetically even when the car is parked. A leather interior, with swishy flappy paddle gears especially for Jensen Button and a chunky racing steering wheel as thick as my wrists. Bucket seats that embrace like they are molded to your body, and a huge ‘turbo’ dial on the dashboard. A modern in-car stereo system with MP3 and even a USB socket for iPods and suchlike. This car looks amazing, and when you sit in it, you don't want to get out again. You just want to play with it some more. I took the Abarth 500 to show to some of my ex-work colleagues – a panel of coffee mug holding petrol-head judges, consisting of a biker, an aviation engineer, a pilot and a Lotus Esprit enthusiast. The Abarth received nothing but praise and manly grandmaster-esque nods of approval, as if it had just defeated Bruce Lee AND Chuck Norris in a fist fight to the death. Apparently the engine ‘growled nicely’. Such men it seems, are easily impressed by the Abarth 500. Everyone it seems, is impressed with the Abarth 500. Image is very nice, and the Abarth 500 has this in no short supply. But ultimately this car is about driving. And having fun. In fact, if truth be known this is probably the most funnest little car in the whole wide world.

An exterior that looks like it was sculpted from marble, not welded from metal, its curvaceous panels adorned proudly with Abarth badges. A



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BMW, WITH ITS DISTINCTIVE PROPELLER DERIVED EMBLEM, IS NOW POSSIBLY ONE OF THE MOST EASILY RECOGNISED LOGOS IN THE WORLD. SYMBOLISING THE MOVING BLADES OF AN AIRCRAFT PROPELLER IT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HISTORY AND BEYOND THAT, SURVIVAL IN THE CUTTHROAT AUTOMOTIVE WORLD. The company has progressed through many years of building aircraft engines in WWI, through the innovations in motorcycle design and production, to car manufacture beginning in 1928-29. Now, as one of the leading developers and manufacturers of motor vehicles in the world, few people can deny that when it comes to innovation


in design and concept, BMW lead the field. They have a knack of delivering heart-stopping performance with jaw-dropping styling, mixed in with the luxury and build quality that have provided the outstanding reputation we see today.

BMW’s Motorsport division has enjoyed success from rally sport to Formula One, with wins at Le Mans and the Nurbergring; and their work with Mclaren and MSport have developed some of the most acclaimed and prestigious vehicles ever made, from the M1, M3 and M635 to the current M5 which simply gets better every year. It comes as no surprise then that when challenged to take it up yet another level by creating a whole new definition of vehicle – the Sports Activity Coupe – BMW are there at the forefront with the X6. The X6 is the blending of the X5 with the 6-series coupe, like the Chimera of the motoring world. They have been fused together to produce, in my humble opinion, the best looking 4x4 on the road. Too long have we suffered the brick-shaped SUVs. Now, style has been thrown into the mix, and performance to boot. There is little doubt for me that it is only BMW’s unyielding self-belief that has made this gamble possible. The X6 is unique. Being a fourwheel drive luxury sports coupe, with ground clearance, puts the X6 in a league of its own, but also isolates it slightly. Reviews are mixed on this new hybrid, much like the marmite of the motoring world, but if like me you crave something different, a change from the norm, the styling alone can sell the car. It is a head turner and deserves the coveting looks from fellow drivers that it receives. Of course we have all seen these beasts prowling the roads; they are understandably very popular, but my first impression as I pulled into the BMW forecourt was that the X6 wasn’t as big as I had recalled. The sleek black Sapphire paint complimented those beautifully proportioned curves to a point where it looked almost average size,

which it certainly is not. When parked next to a standard family saloon, the size difference becomes apparent. By any standards this is a big vehicle, yet the styling gives the illusion of it being more agile than cumbersome; the curves of your favourite pin up and road presence of a Tiger Tank. The X6 sits lower and slightly wider than the X5, giving it an altogether more powerful look, but maintains that high, commanding driving position that we all crave. Bulging arches and soft contours have you running your fingers over the gleaming paintwork and the luxurious cabin calls through the window in an attempt to lure you inside. The driver’s outlook is truly opulent. The contrast of the Black Nevada leather and chrome gives a decadent appeal to the interior. The dash layout is identical to the X5, with a huge in-dash display with parking cameras and TV, and of course many extras to be had from BMW’s extensive catalogue. As the three litre straight six diesel engine roared into life, I sank back into the thick leather, pushed several buttons to accustom myself with the controls, slipped the six speed auto into drive, purred out onto the road and received my first shock: it handles beautifully. Solid, responsive, yet smooth. With no body roll like some other plus-sized contenders that can provoke sea sickness on a roundabout, the X6 has a suspension set up that Lotus would be proud of, while still maintaining a smooth and comfortable ride. The X6 handles like a go-kart, nimble through bends, the huge body taught and uncompromising, yet supremely comfortable and a pure pleasure to drive. Every aspect responds beautifully. The experience is wonderfully reassuring – the steering accurate and responsive and the under-steer was non-existent.




I felt myself relaxing further into the leather as my belief in the car grew, and jealous onlookers grumbled as I looked down from my palatial viewpoint. The X6 has an inspiring road presence and with its intimidating front end, you find other road users parting the way as you glide past with a smug grin. I could get used to this! The power underfoot proved deliberately menacing. Being the conscientious law abiding citizen that I am, I was very glad of the head up display in my field of vision, constantly reminding me that I was going to too fast. Yet the ride height and assured quality of the X6 tends to keep that right foot creeping lower, while the inane grin spreads across your face. You get a real feeling of confidence from how incredibly responsive the X6 feels. You might not expect to see an X6 at any track day, but I have no doubt that it would hold its own, it is that good. It’s mainly due to BMW’s xDrive package which gives it the power and handling you would expect from a rally car. In the X6, power is actively altered between the front and rear axle and is controlled individually between the rear axles to alter the traction at each wheel, producing stable acceleration even in poor conditions. It makes the X6 a real all-weather all-rounder. Back at the office I made time to explore the X6 properly. The media pack is the same as the X5 system, standard items included powered boot lid operation, Xenon headlights with headlight


wash and rain sensors. The extras were adaptive headlights, electric memory seats and head up display. The real difference between the X5 and X6 is the rear end and the height of the sloping roof of the X6. This would usually be a problem, but thanks to its size and the clever use of two individual bucket-style seats in the back, even I, at over six feet tall could sit quite comfortably. The X6’s closest rival, the Porsche Cayenne, has serious competition – not only by the styling of the BMW but also the power and handling, especially with the X6 M version accelerating from 0-60 in a staggering 4.7 seconds. Of course in a car weighing in at 2.2 tonnes, efficiency may come into question, but the 3.0 litre straight six diesel claims an impressive 37.7mpg combined, produces a 0-60 speed of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 147mph. I’m sure you will join me in being suitably impressed.

proven to be better than the hype. The X6 destroyed the boundaries and accelerated towards the pinnacle of automotive excellence. I would go as far to say that pound for pound this is one of the best cars on the road for functionality, fun, a bit of showing off and yearround usability.

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It’s sadly not a revelatory statement that homelessness is a growing problem. Not only in Canterbury but across the UK it damages individuals, families and communities. Like many other frontline services we have seen the problem growing in these difficult financial times following the Government’s planned cutbacks in the public, non-profit and charity sectors – the effects of which we have already seen in Canterbury. In just the first six months of this year we have seen close to as many people seeking our help as we did for the entire year in 2010. This indicates a concerted rise in homeless and rough sleeping numbers in Canterbury District. Whilst there is a limited annual rough sleeping survey (which in 2010 showed just 3) we know the true rough sleeping and overall homeless numbers are much higher. How do we know? Because every day we see them walk through our doors and we register every entrant. Every day Catching Lives sees an average of 30 visitors to its centre and, although an unpopular assertion, we are confident there are between 15-25 rough sleepers in Canterbury at any one time. The number of ‘hidden homeless’ and vulnerably housed we estimate being at least double this. An alarming trend we

have seen over the last few years is that young people (18-25) can often make up 35-45% of our client group. Our local picture is bleak: with benefit cuts and cuts to the public sector starting to take hold we have seen an increased demand for our services. For the entire year of 2011 Catching Lives welcomed 398 into its Canterbury Open Centre, with a peak average of 18 people sleeping rough in any one week. In the first SIX months of 2011 we have already seen the number of visitors hit very close to that number, the average peak in rough sleeper numbers hitting 23. In real terms this equates to a 30% increase. An alarming trend we have seen over the past few years is the number of young people (aged 18 to 25) who need our help. From 1st January to 1st of February 2011, we saw 14 young people enter our direct access emergency shelter provision. This means that 45% of all visitors for that period were under 25. We know of one young lady who came to us aged just 17.

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IT'S SADLY A COMMON OCCURRENCE – A QUIET, PICTURESQUE COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGE, WITH ITS OWN LOCAL SHOP AND PUB RUN BY SOMEBODY EVERYONE KNOWS, IS TARGETED BY OVER-ENTHUSIASTIC PROPERTIES DEVELOPERS, WHO OFTEN CLAIM THEY ARE HELPING THE HOUSING SITUATION, BUT WHO ARE OFTEN PERCEIVED AS JUST TRYING TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. WORDS AND PHOTOS BY LUKE YATES An all-too common story, and one that describes what almost befell the lovely little village of Lympne, Kent. An official area of outstanding natural beauty which recently fell under the shadow of the bulldozer, when developers tried

As a celebration of this small victory, and to commemorate the significance of the airfield during the War, a group of local residents organised an impressive two-day event – the Lympne Aero Classic. This event was first and foremost put on for the people of Lympne, to remember all that made the village what it was, and perhaps also to instill a sense of pride in the younger generations. Themed around such a serious and significant subject as a war, the event nonetheless attracted whole families, and proved to be an absolute triumph.

to purchase the Lympne Airfield, a place in itself steeped in massive significance because of the events of WWII. But the invading forces failed to reckon on the villagers’ passion and determination to protect their homes, declaring the words, “We shall never surrender!” as they came out in protest. Thankfully on this occasion, the villagers won their battle, and Lympne remains a beautiful quintessential English countryside village.

Over eighty authentic wartime vehicles turned out for the weekend, with everything from Jeeps to a Spitfire adorning the village green. With sponsorship generously supplied from local businesses, the day was essentially free for all visitors, including some fantastic attractions for kids, such as the gruesome make-up, allowing them their very own ‘war wounds’ to show their friends in the playground (beating a scuffed-knee hands down!). Classic car enthusiasts, always keen to turn up and support events like these, provided a splash of colour against the green and khaki backdrop, and were backed up with classic motorbikes and even a few buses.

At regular intervals, visitors were treated to a real life ‘scramble’ from the airbase, as RAF officers put down their newspapers, pipes and gin and tonics, donned their life jackets and rushed to their aircraft. Watching this, you couldn't help but feel a prickle on your neck, a combination of pride and awe at what this re-enactment signified, and what it meant for so many heroic men and women, all those years ago, as they made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The events of WWII that involved the Lympne airfield were once described as ‘Our Finest Hour’. Having given the ever-marching armies of progress a bloody nose, it was good to see a local community showing some of that same Churchillian spirit, coming together to enjoy each other's company, whilst paying respect to and remembering the sacrifices that brave men and women once made which form the basis for all the freedoms we enjoy today. This legacy, the history and the culture it has given birth to, are not a ‘luxury’ as the property developers might claim. It's part of who we are, it shapes our communities – real communities. It is something that should make us all very proud to be British and to live in a wonderful county like Kent. As indeed I am.



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Kent College, situated as it is on the outskirts of Canterbury, offers what every parent is looking for: a safe nurturing environment where their child does so much more than school work. Although the school places a great deal of importance on its academic standards, this is only part of the journey. From the age of three each child is encouraged to explore their own talents and to participate in all the activities which go on outside the classroom. The Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools boast their own sports hall, swimming pool and extensive grounds. Children from the age of 3 to 11 are taught in small classes where every individual gets the attention that they need.

Parents appreciate the fact that they can drop their children off early in the morning for breakfast and pick them up as late as 6.00pm in the evening. The Senior School caters for children from 11 to 18 but with a great many students joining at the age of 13 when they finish at one of the local prep schools. The academic results speak for themselves, but the school is most proud of what the children achieve as individuals. They leave the school with a wealth of experience, good results and above all the confidence to face whatever challenges today's world may throw at them.

Whilst independent schools around the country are suffering the ill-effects of recession, the St Lawrence College continues to invest in the future. A new double development will see the imaginative conversion of the school hall into a new girls’ boarding house along with the welcome arrival of a new theatre. Underpinning all of these positive changes are the traditional values of the College and its strong belief in the education of the whole child. As well as providing a rich diet of opportunities for its pupils, the College is proud of its ability to turn out well-rounded, open-minded young people who care about others and take their social responsibilities seriously.

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music on the hill


Thousands of people supported Demelza’s very first music festival, Music on the Hill, at Kings Hill this summer. The weekend began with a performance from Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis followed by singing from Go Compare opera singer Wynne Evans.

Katherine Jenkins, who wore four different dresses, dedicated her second song to everyone at Demelza and continually praised the crowd for staying despite the rain. Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola came onto stage during the interval to talk about their support for Demelza and they sold their Demelza ponchos to the audience. Saturday night saw the sun come out and performances from City Stereo, McFly and the Sugababes. Dedicated McFly fans camped out the night before to ensure their place at the front of the stage.


Natalie Duff had an early 18th birthday present when she had a special meeting with her favourite group, the Sugababes. Her family had used Demelza’s services for her sister Fran, and she had met Heidi Range at the Demelza children’s party in January. Natalie said, “It was an amazing experience, I can’t believe she remembered me. They were so nice. It made my whole day. It was the most amazing day of my whole life.” Among the fans at Music on the Hill on the Saturday was Eastenders’ star Bunmi Mojekwu who plays Mercy in the BBC1 soap. The last day of the festival marked a change of pace with a Demelza Summer Sunday with acts including ABC, Bjorn Again, Stacey Solomon and up-and-coming stars Some Velvet Morning. X Factor’s Ben Mills also performed his Simply Rod tribute as well as his own material and Capital FM DJ Dave Berry joined Stacey in the compering. Stacey said, “I think it is really important to support charities that work hard not just for the big picture but for the small picture too. You never know when you might need them yourself.” The weather stayed sunny on the Sunday and hundreds of extra people bought tickets on the gate to join in the fun. There was fun for all the family with stalls including arts and crafts, a pamper tent, face painting, an inflatable slide, gifts and refreshments. Demelza families also enjoyed the entertainment on the Sunday including the Taylor family from Gillingham. Their 4-year-old son Oliver

has a heart and lung condition and the family have used Demelza for the past year and a half. Dad Mark said, “Demelza makes a lot of a difference to us, Oliver loves it. They make everyone so welcome, including the rest of the family. Samuel, our eldest son loves it too. It has been nice to meet some of the other families.” Music on the Hill Event Director and Trustee of the Children’s Development Trust, Colin Thacker, commented, “Music on the Hill exceeded our expectations in every way. The audience numbers, support and generosity of companies and people generally made it a very special event. We were highly praised by artists and management on our organisation and efficiency especially as it was our first festival. “We were so inspired by the event that the decision was taken to return in 2013. This gives us all time to return to our normal lives, for a while at least! Finally I want to thank all those involved, within Demelza and the Children's Development Trust and everybody behind the scenes.” Natalie Tegg, Demelza’s Head of Corporate and Community Income Generation said, “A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Music on the Hill such a great success. It has been amazing to have such a high calibre of stars supporting us over the three-day event. We have been so pleased with the response from the local community to our first music festival and we hope everyone had a fantastic time.”



BANG & OLUFSEN OF BEXLEYHEATH, BROMLEY & TUNBRIDGE WELLS HEDGED ITS BETS ON A CUSTOMER CASINO NIGHT AND THE GAMBLE CERTAINLY PAID OFF FOR KENT’S CHYPS CHILDREN’S CHARITY – THE EVENING RAISING OVER £1,500 FOR THE CAUSE. Looking for a fun way to introduce its latest products and help a local charity at the same time, the High Street retailers recently hosted its innovative casino night at the Thistle Hotel, Brands Hatch. Over 160 visitors chanced their luck on the tables with ‘play’ money, enjoyed entertainment from a magician, a delicious buffet and the chance to win a host of prizes in the Bang & Olufsen charity raffle.

First prize in the raffle was a BeoSound 8, the opportunity to win the acclaimed iPod speaker dock seeing over £1,000 raised for CHYPS, which enables children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive full hospice care in their own homes. As well as supplying the raffle prizes, the Bang & Olufsen stores made a cash donation to take the total raised to over £1,500. Further excitement was provided with the UK unveiling of the BeoVision 7-55 3D, Bang & Olufsen’s first ever television to use the manufacturer’s highly advanced 3D technology. Such was its impact on guests that a number of customers immediately placed orders for the impressive set.

visitors were gambling with play money and could throw caution to the wind with their bets,” explained Paul Blake, Dealer Principal of Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath, Bromley & Tunbridge Wells. “In fact, the lady who made the most won her first ever Bang & Olufsen product – a BeoTime alarm clock – and a bottle of champagne through placing all her chips on the number 13, so it certainly proved lucky for her! “Feedback to the night has been very positive and I would like to thank our customers and their friends for getting into the spirit of the event and their support of CHYPS, which helped to significantly exceed the target that we hoped to raise for the charity.”

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Though the heavily clouded sky threatened to ruin the evening, the rain held off and friends, family and local Kent businesspeople enjoyed a glass of summery Pimms and ice-cold bubbly. The sounds of swing and jazz from Kent-based band Goosebumps surrounded guests as they flipped through issues of insideKENT from the previous year. After having some time to mingle, guests were greeted by insideKENT’s Editor, Donna Martin, and Publishing Director, Adam Ready, who said some all-important ‘thank yous’ to contributors, advertisers and supporters who have helped make insideKENT’s first year a success.

The Secret Garden served a mouth-watering buffet including summer salads, meats, cheeses and seasonal tarts, and the meal ended with heavenly ice cream from Simply Ice Cream and a celebratory 3-tier white chocolate and red berry birthday cake.

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Burton’s most recent inspiration is in the form of art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit is full of past works and spans his entire career. The man himself was on hand for the opening and to meet and greet a few hundred lucky fans who stood in line for hours just to gain an autograph and a copy of his book, The Art of Tim Burton. Burton took a few minutes on the day of his exhibit’s launch to chat to insideKENT’s Lizzy Cline about his inspiration, art and life. Does your character formation always start with your art, or is it an idea that forms in your mind and is made visual by an outside source? Generally it starts with little sketches I have. I often find drawing an easier way to communicate than trying to express something verbally.

Is drawing something you do with an ‘end result’ in mind, or do you draw just for fun or to relax? Drawing is kind of like a Zen thing for me. It helps me clear my head. It was a way for me to communicate with myself in a weird way, in a way to kind of explore things that I couldn’t verbalise. I found drawing was a way of finding a certain reality for me. I’m constantly drawing. What does this exhibit mean to you personally? What do you hope people gain from experiencing it? The curators found a lot of stuff I had forgotten about (and some I don’t remember at all). It was an unsettling trip down memory lane, but ultimately a good way to reflect and in some ways reinvigorate. I’m not sure what others will gain. Hopefully they won’t run screaming.







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Could you say one thing you feel is important for the young people that look up to you and your art? When I was younger, people like Vincent Price helped keep me alive. He was an outlet, being able to watch him express in dramatic fashion so many of the feelings that kids have, that were shunned as abnormal in 60s suburbia. If my art can act as that to people of current generations, a way to connect to an outlet lacking in society, then I’m glad. Being from California originally and now living in England, where do you feel more at home? Having lived in London for the past 10 years I consider it my home now. It’s a more relaxed environment to make films, and it’s where my family is. Do you feel your inspiration for characters has changed since becoming a father? I don’t feel like it’s changed anything, though I may end up seeing some stuff I normally wouldn’t watch. I still pursue projects I can connect with and that present a challenge.



You are working right now on the film Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. You’ve worked with Depp on many projects – how did your relationship come about? I had an immediate connection with him. I didn’t know him, I had never watched him before; he just felt right for Edward Scissorhands. Now we’re friends and also colleagues. There’s a good sort of non-communicative communication, you know. Like our own language, an understanding. More of a psychic kind of connection. Dark Shadows can be viewed as an American cult piece; can you give us a peek inside your thoughts as the creative process takes place? It’s a real ethereal tone we’re trying to go for and I don’t know yet how it’s going to go, it’s so early yet. We are still trying to get the feel and vibe for it. Every piece has its own feel. We’ve barely started, so your guess is as good as mine.


The Burton Art Exhibit will appear at La Cinémathèque Française (Paris, France) during early 2012. Dark Shadows is set to release this winter in the US Starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and Helena Bonham Carter as Julia Hoffman. For more information on Tim Burton’s exhibit at LACMA, visit Special thanks to Miranda Carroll at LACMA.


Festival Friday WITH ROB & POLLY





Throughout August, BBC presenters Rob Smith and Polly Evans visited festivals across Kent and Sussex for Festival Friday. From Eastbourne to Herne Bay, they’ve travelled across the South East meeting the locals and getting into the festival spirit. With sun cream in hand, we joined them on the first day of Broadstairs Folk Week on Friday 5th August. We wanted to find out what makes the two presenters tick and more importantly, who gets the most fan mail: Why have you decided to venture out of the studio? Polly: We spend a lot of time in the newsroom and although it’s exciting, it’s nothing compared to getting out and meeting our audience. It’s a different type of buzz taking the show out on the road and it makes it all worthwhile to speak to the people who watch the programme every night. Rob: I’ve been overwhelmed by the genuine warmth from people. It’s fantastic that so many people have made the effort to come and see us whilst we’re out and about. It’s easy to get caught up in presenting the programme and that means you’re in danger of losing that special relationship with the people at home. I’ve found it fascinating to meet all the different ages of viewers who watch us from toddlers to somewhat older viewers.

What are your favourite places to visit in Kent? Rob: Whenever I’ve got any spare time, I go out sailing on my yacht and I often discover some beautiful parts in Kent. Recently I was sailing around the coast of Isle of Sheppey and the scenery was stunning. I’m also a keen cyclist and enjoy nothing more than a bike ride through Kent’s countryside along with a few stops at the local pub! A little while ago, I cycled from Medway to Ramsgate and really enjoyed seeing all the villages along the way. Polly: When I’m thinking about packing up the car and going somewhere in Kent, I usually head for Margate. I love the antique shops and the Turner Contemporary. It’s got something for everyone. I’m also passionate about history so I love visiting places such as Chartwell and Penshurst Place which have a rich heritage and make a really interesting day out. What’s your favourite thing to do at the coast in Kent? Polly: I like to get out on the water. I’m about to do a competent crew course which means soon I’ll be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board a boat. I’m really excited about finishing the course and spending more time on the water in Kent. Rob: I always try and take the family to the seaside, build sandcastles and eat ice cream. A beach day is always a winner as long as the weather behaves itself! We’ve got some fantastic beaches in Kent and I always try and enjoy places such as Margate main sands or Joss Bay.

Polly, what do you like to tweet most about? Polly: I’m a journalist at heart so most of my tweets are about breaking news stories but I sometimes share links to interesting articles or things I’ve heard on the radio. (You can follow Polly on Twitter - @Polly_Evans or Rob on Twitter - @rdsmithTW) Rob, what’s your Kent connection? Rob: I’ve been living in Medway since 1994. I came here for my first job at BBC Radio Kent and I worked from Chatham. I still live in Medway and I haven’t looked back since the day I moved here. Who gets the most fan mail? Polly: I think we get about the same but mine tends to be slightly different from Rob’s! We do get some really nice contact from people who have met us at different events and they’ll send us a nice picture which is great. Rob: I think Polly gets more than me! I do enjoy reading people’s letters and emails. It’s nice when people make the effort to get in touch.

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THE O2 IN GREENWICH IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY AEG, ONE OF THE LEADING SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTERS IN THE WORLD. IT OWNS OR OPERATES SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARENAS AND THEATRES, NUMEROUS SPORTS FRANCHISES INCLUDING THE LOS ANGELES KINGS (NHL) AND LA GALAXY (MLS), AND A COLLECTION OF COMPANIES DEDICATED TO PRODUCING, PROMOTING AND PRESENTING WORLD-CLASS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. In May 2005, AEG Europe announced that it would transform the former Millennium Dome and the surrounding area into the UK’s most exciting and technically advanced music, sport and entertainment destination. It was renamed The O2 and opened in June 2007 as the centrepiece of the multi-million pound development. Within four months The O2 overtook Madison Square Gardens to become the most popular music and entertainment arena in the world, a position it has held ever since. The O2 has gone on to stage the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the world’s best-attended indoor tennis event and the first ever NBA regular season games to be held in Europe. It also plays host to world-class pop and rock acts from Beyonce to Led Zeppelin, and cultural institutions like Les Miserables and the Royal Ballet.


There is also a live music venue – indigO2 with a capacity of 2,350; The O2 Bubble – a state of the art exhibition space that is host to the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music museum and new temporary exhibition, 'Titanic'; an 11-screen cinema complex; and a vibrant ‘Entertainment District’ featuring a variety of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Since opening, The O2 has picked up many industry awards including Venue of the Year at the Music Week Awards, Pollstar International Arena of the Year (4 years running) and Best New Major Concert Venue, Venue of the Year at The Event Services Association and Favourite Venue at the TPI Awards. In Zone 2 of London’s Underground, The O2 is situated on the Greenwich Peninsula next to the North Greenwich station on the Jubilee Line, which provides direct access to central London in less than twenty minutes. Thames Clippers fast-speed catamarans run a ferry service from central London to North Greenwich pier next to the venue every 20 minutes. The O2 is also an official venue for the 2012 Olympics hosting both the gymnastic and basketball events.

SOME OF THIS SEASON’S EXCITING O2 EVENTS INCLUDE: Dolly Parton 7 - 8 September Ben 10 Monster Truck Mania 10 - 11 Sept 2011 Peace One Day Celebration 21 September 2011 Lee Evans 28 September - 11 October Snoop Dogg 7 October 2011 Titans of Cricket 8 October 2011 Johnny Mathis 12 October 2011 Katy Perry 14 - 15 October 2011 Disney On Ice 20 - 23 October 2011 Cliff Richard - The Soulicious Tour 25 - 26 October 2011 Britney Spears 27 - 28 October 2011 Arctic Monkeys 29 - 30 October 2011




In 2009 The British Music Experience, presented by the Co-operative, opened its doors at the O2, showcasing Popular music of Britain since 1945. It has filled a void as a cultural provider giving people the opportunity to both learn and celebrate the history of British Popular music. The museum includes exhibition galleries, learning zones, music studio, dance area, live music venue, and immersive audio/visual spaces. A full education and public programme, ranging from workshops and trails to full scale concerts, enhances the experience. It was privately funded and runs as an independent charity with the full support of the UK music industry. Interactivity and participation is at the heart of the museum as it aims not only to actively involve and inform visitors, but also to provoke and make them question their beliefs and knowledge. In order to achieve this and deliver the often complex stories, a wide variety of communication methods were carefully created and integrated into the museum. Through the use of these and comprehensive narratives, the museum offers a bespoke and personalised visit to all audiences regardless of age, interest and ability. Objects on display range from iconic stage outfits and instruments, to original handwritten lyrics and fan ephemera. The vast majority of these are from the artists themselves, a clear signal of their support, and the collection is already recognised as internationally significant drawing visitors from throughout Europe, the US and the Far East. The objects are of course brought to life and set in context through traditional exhibition text, but importantly thousands of images and audio/video excerpts are available on demand to enhance and deepen the interpretation.

Visitors can also learn to play instruments, interrogate virtual record collections, giant panoramic timelines and maps of the UK, eaves drop on fantasy dinner parties, find out how we’ve listened to music over the last 60 years, learn to dance, step into immersive audio visual spaces, take part in workshops and master classes, and even contribute to the exhibition and website. Of particular note is the admission ticket itself which contains a Radio Frequency Identification tag (RFID). This ‘smart’ ticket allows people to gather information as they visit and save it to their own portal on the museum website. Their experience therefore extends beyond the museum, and is proving particularly useful in the social network sphere and for teachers who can take relevant information away on their tickets and create sessions back in the classroom. The British Music Experience’s public programme boasts a range of industry insiders taking the stage in an intimate setting. Evening master classes have included, legend of Monty Python: Neil Innes, as well as Gary Kemp and Jeff Beck. These events are open to all and provide fans and enthusiasts a rare insight into the lives and careers of high profile artists. Other seasons have included iconic Rock Photography, Album designers and producers reliving their unique experiences in relation to the museums content.



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London Oktoberfest

The Real Food Harvest Festival

22 September – 2 October Shoreditch Park

23 September – 25 September Southbank Centre Square

Showcasing the very best of Bavarian food, drink and culture, the London Oktoberfest takes over Shoreditch Park for two long weekends of fun and frivolity. This Hackney twist on the traditional German autumn festival features waiters and waitresses in lederhosen and dirndl, Bavarian food such as potato salad and sausages, and as you’d expect, plenty of Bavarian beer. As well as all the food and drink, you can also look forward to plenty of music to help the party get off to a flying start. Albfetza will be travelling from southern Germany to perform their own unique brand of Schlager music, while there’ll also be authentic oompah music to set the scene. The London Oktoberfest takes place from Thursday 22 September – Sunday 25 September, and Thursday 29 September – Sunday 2 October. Tickets cost £36.10.


Celebrating the best in seasonal food and drink, the Real Food Harvest Festival features stalls from over 120 artisan producers. The three-day festival is expected to attract around 50,000 visitors, and there’s a full programme of live entertainment and workshops to keep everybody occupied. Alongside all the market stalls stocking seasonal, ethically produced and flavoursome produce, the festival is also hosting a chef’s theatre where you can see demonstrations from the likes of Valentina Harris and Arthur Potts Dawson. Kids can also get stuck into bread making workshops, as well as trying their hands at butter churning and pesto mashing. Other attractions include a sheep show as well as live music and more, all hosted by the team behind the ever-popular Real Food Festival. The Real Food Harvest Festival takes place Friday 23 September – Sunday 25 September 2011. Admission is free.

Thames Festival 10 September – Sunday 11 September Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge The Mayor of London’s hugely popular farewell to the summer returns for another year in 2011, with a programme packed full of free and family friendly activities. Highlights include the Feast on the Bridge, which sees Southwark Bridge turned into a traffic free foodies’ paradise, as well as the Thames Parade, in which a fleet of boats take to the river in a jubilant display of quirky pageantry. Meanwhile, the National Theatre is hosting everything from juggling acts to ballet performances and sword swallowing on the South Bank, while the Blue Ribbon Village at Potters Fields is a haven for families, with interactive activities such as pond dipping and animation workshops on offer for kids. The festival concludes with an illuminated night carnival, followed by a spectacular fireworks display launched from barges on the river. The Thames Festival takes place from Saturday 10 September – Sunday 11 September 2011. Admission is free.

Halloween On and around 31 October Locations across London The spookiest night of the year rolls round again for 2011, inspiring plenty of quirky, macabre and downright silly events along the way. Sing along to a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, head to a night of vintage erotica at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury, or simply assemble your best fancy dress costume for party that will take you well past the witching hour. Alice Cooper’s Night of Fear is making a welcome return to London, this time taking over Alexandra Palace with a concert featuring the New York Dolls. Meanwhile, little monsters are bound to appreciate a ghostly boat trip at the London Canal Museum, while the London Bridge Experience is putting on a show that’s bound to send more than a few shivers down the spine.











Matrix Live

Freeze Festival

23 October The Royal Albert Hall

Battersea Power Station 28 October – 29 October

Uniting film fans and music lovers, this special screening of The Matrix is accompanied by a live score performed by a full symphony orchestra from Hanover. Groundbreaking in both its special effects and the direction it took the science fiction genre, The Matrix famously starred Keanu Reeves as an ordinary office worker who took a trip down the rabbit hole only to discover that everything he took for reality was an elaborate sham. This unique screening of the film at the Royal Albert Hall brings Don Davis’s score to life, thanks to the 85 musicians of the NDR Pops Orchestra.

Battersea Power Station is once again the unlikely host of some of the world’s finest snowboarders and skiers as the huge weekend of big airs, flips and spins makes a very welcome return to the iconic London landmark. In addition to all the sport you’ll be able to party to a very impressive live soundtrack from headline act The Streets, who’ll be very ably supported by the likes of Everything Everything, The Joy Formidable, Summer Camp and Spector. So ready those dancing feet as you watch the very best snowboarders and skiers in the business launching themselves off a 100ft long, 32ft high kicker ramp before probably joining you at the bar - you know what they’re like.

Matrix Live takes place on Sunday 23 October. Tickets cost £15.00 £55.00.

Snoop Dogg

London Fashion Weekend

The 02 Arena 7 October After his monumental set at Lovebox this year, the Doggfather returns to

22 September – 25 September Somerset House

This ever-popular appendage of the bi-annual London Fashion Week is the one that you’re actually able to attend – London Fashion Week is just for the industry, dahling. It’s still a great passport into what’s hot and what’s not for the new season though, with designers like Olivia Rubin, Donna Karan, Jaeger, Wayne Hemingway and Tara Lacey showcasing their very fine wares at Somerset House. Visitors can also pick up plenty of very impressive bargains too, so you can kit yourself out in the kind of glamorous garb that makes this such a special event every time it sashays back into town. And they’re even open late on a Friday – meaning you can come straight from work to look around with a cocktail in hand, just like you deserve.

London for another massive gig, this time taking over the O2 Arena for what promises to be one of the biggest music events of the year. If you missed him at Lovebox then this gig offers you a great chance to see Snoop perform tracks from his new album, Doggumentary, as well as a fair few classics like What’s My Name and Gin and Juice, all delivered in the unmistakable laconic rhythm and rhyme that sets Snoop apart from his peers. And just in case that’s not quite enough for you to get your teeth into, our very own Chipmunk will be providing support, bringing his eagerly anticipated new album, Transition, with him.



PLUCKLEY Pluckley, outside Ashford, is considered to be the most haunted village in Britain. Its many resident ghosts include the White Lady of Dering, a woman supposedly buried inside seven coffins who haunts the churchyard of St Nicholas’s Church; a Colonel who hanged himself in Park Wood; and a phantom coach and horses, allegedly appearing in the vicinity of The Pinnock, Forge Hill, Lambden Road and Malmains Road. A visit to Dering Wood – also called The Screaming Woods – is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of many who became lost in the woods. Take a stroll through at night and see if you can still hear their screams.

ROCHESTER CASTLE Rochester Castle was constructed around 1090 by the Bishop of Rochester, which saw considerable action in its early years, resulting in considerable damage. In 1264, the already rebuilt castle saw even more action. From 17-26 April, the castle was attacked by two rebel armies: Gilbert de Clare travelled to Rochester Castle from his castle at Tonbridge, followed by Simon de Montfort from London. Within a day they had captured the outer bailey and trapped the defending soldiers. It is said that during the siege, Lady Blanche de Warren died when she was struck by an arrow. During the battle, an arrow was fired at a knight, which bounced off his armour and hit Lady Blanche in the heart. Her ghost is said to haunt the battlements on the anniversary of her death.

CHISLEHURST CAVES Chislehurst Caves are a labyrinth of passageways which were dug by hand from the chalk, far beneath the town of Chislehurst. There are over 20 miles of caves created over a period of 8,000 years. Deep within the caves there is a haunted pool, around which the ghost of a lady in a white dress is said to be seen floating across the water, and it is thought that this lady was murdered by her husband within the caves.


Many noises can be heard within the caves such as laughing which echos from the deeper depths, drilling noises and a horse that can be heard whinnying.

RECULVER TOWERS Reculver Towers are all that remain of a Saxon church, St Mary’s, which was originally part of a Roman fort. The main church stood from 669AD until it was demolished in 1809, but the towers were preserved as a navigational aid. The church ruins are said to be haunted by the sound of crying children, as the skeletons of young children were found in the foundations during excavations in the 1960s. It is also supposedly haunted by a monk, a woman and sounds of galloping horses.

DOVER CASTLE One of the most popular tourist attractions in the South East, the 12th century castle is now best known for its part in WWII with its secret wartime tunnels. The castle’s most prominent feature, its monumental keep, was built in the 1180s under Henry II. No fortress in England boasts a longer history than Dover Castle. According to legend, the headless drummer boy of Dover, Sean Flynn, haunts Dover Castle. As the story goes, Sean arrived at Dover late one night with his drum, supposedly on a mission involving a large sum of money. Two soldiers heard about his plans, and beheaded the young boy to steal his money. There have been reports of drumming noises coming from the battlements, and some even claim to have sen the ghost of Sean himself.

Dover Castle


halloween events IN KENT THE HAUNTED CASTLE // 22-30 Oct Be prepared to be scared this autumn half-term as a frighteningly great day out awaits. With over nine ghosts reported to have been seen and heard at Dover Castle, you better keep your wits about you as spooky characters lead you around one of England’s most haunted castles. Dare you walk through the tunnel of terror or make creepy crafts. A prize is up for grabs for the best children’s Halloween costume, bestowed on the most bloodcurdling attire each day. 10am-4pm. Normal admission prices apply: £16.00 adults, £14.40 concessions £14.40, £9.60 children £9.60, £41.60 family ticket. For more info visit Dover Castle, Harold’s Road, Dover (SAT NAV: CT16 1HU)

HALLOWEEN AT HALF TERM AT LEEDS CASTLE // 22-28 Oct Keep the children amused over Half Term with a Halloween themed visit to Leeds Castle. Activities will include mask making and spooky themed crafts which will take place in the maze area. Halloween themed food will be available in the Fairfax restaurant. An additional charge of £2 per child applies. Visit for more information. Leeds Castle, Maidstone (SAT NAV: ME17 1PL)

GHOST AND GOURMET EVENINGS AT IGHTHAM MOTE // 22 & 29 Oct Prepare yourself for a ghostly tour of the house by candlelight. Hear about the characters who lived at Ightham Mote in days gone by, but watch out, they are closer than you think. Includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival and is followed by a 2-course buffet supper in Mote Restaurant. Saturday 22 Oct and Saturday 29 Oct. Tickets £35. For more info visit Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks (SAT NAV: TN15 0NT)

HALLOWEEN FUN AND FRIGHT NIGHTS // 24-29 Oct There will be plenty of spine-tingling tricks and treats during 'Halloween fun week' at the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Enjoy spooktacular entertainment at Tenterden Station and join in the 'make and take' activities, including the pumpkin carving workshop. All activities are included in the ticket price. Fares £37 for a family, £13.50 adults, £8.50 children, £12.50 senior. As the clock strikes 6pm on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, take a ride from Tenterden to Bodiam Station on the popular 'Fright Night Train'. Enjoy scary face painting, 'make and take' activities and pumpkin carving at Tenterden Station from 4:30pm. Once on-board, be prepared to be frightened silly with ghostly goings on at stations with a firework display and a few surprises along the way. Every child will also receive a delicious

snack box for the all-inclusive ticket price of £14.50. Booking essential. For more information visit the Kent & East Sussex Railway at or call 01580 765155. Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden (SAT NAV: TN30 6HE)

SPOOKTACULAR HALF-TERM FUN // 22-30 OCT The screams you hear will be of delight and not fright during the Spooktacular Half Term Holiday. Kent Life is a safe place for your children to trick-ortreat, knock on the doors of our historic homes and see who is lurking behind them - sweets for every child who dares to wake the residents! Be grossed out in the 'creepy crawley cuddle corner' workshops, where you can be hands-on with spine-chilling spiders and hair-raising rodents. Join the hunt for 13 wooden ghosts hidden around the grounds - find them all and win a yummy treat, or enter one of the daily fancy dress competitions. The best dressed will win a special prize! You can also have your face painted as an ugly witch, scary skeleton or a gruesome monster. Ha ha ha! Scare you there! For prices and details go to Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone (SAT NAV: ME14 3AU)

HALLOWEEN TWILIGHT TRAILS // 26-28 Oct Only the brave should embark on this Halloween trail. But beware and be careful and you might make it back to the restaurant for a home cooked Halloween supper. Plus discover spooky treats all week in the Chartwell shop! Recommended for children under 12 years old. 4.30-7pm, Tickets £10.95, booking essential. Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham (SAT NAV: TN16 1PS)

HORRIBLE HALF-TERM HISTORIES // 26-30 Oct Hauntingly good Halloween fun! Enjoy a spell of Halloween Horror as you hunt for secret clues around the castle grounds on Spooky trail. Then if you're brave enough head up to the Discovery Room to dabble in some crafty crafts. Suitable for the big & brave as well as little witches and wizards. Normal admission charges apply, plus additional £2. Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells (SAT NAV: TN3 8JN)

GHOST TOURS AT SHEPHERD NEAME BREWERY // 29 Oct As Britain’s Oldest Brewery, Shepherd Neame has a few ‘old’ friends. Find out about unexplained happenings and sightings as actors bring some of the ghostly tales to life on their special Hallowe’en tours. In addition to the daytime tours, there’s a specially themed Beer & Food Evening including a Ghost Tour on Saturday 29th October. Visit for tickets prices and details. Shepherd Neame Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham (SAT NAV: ME13 7AX)


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This lively and popular event recalls the traditional celebrations associated with the Hop Harvest. With plenty to do and see - including live music, arts & crafts and Morris Dancers - enjoy the merriment with a pint in hand. The Brewery and Shepherd Neame

pubs host a variety of activities over the weekend. Various activities and events will take place over the weekend including live music, brewery tours, a ‘Hoppers’ Lunch’ and more. For more information visit The Faversham Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham (SAT NAV: ME13 7AX)


Following the success of last year’s festival, The Coastguard in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover is to host its famous Historical Food Festival once again. This seaside location will be transformed into a medieval encampment housing an exciting celebration of food and drink for all the family. Breakfast at 9.30am, festivities until 6pm. Admission is free. Follow The Coastguard on Twitter: @thecoastguard, or visit for more information. The Coastguard, St Margaret’s Bay, Nr Dover (SAT NAV: CT15 6DY)

MAIDSTONE RIVER ART FAIR // 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sep

The Maidstone River Art Fair includes a variety of stalls exhibiting local artists' and craftmakers' work. The fair takes place between the Barge Restaurant down past the Millennium Bridge (opposite the Court House). Artists and works displayed vary from week to week. 11am - 4.30pm. Admission free.


Deal Maritime Folk Festival is an annual event that takes place in the Kentish town of Deal just a few miles north of the port of Dover. A weekend of concerts, workshops, dancing in the streets, ceilidh music and song sessions with shanties and stories to celebrate Deal's maritime heritage throughout the town. The acts, performers and events for 2011 festival are to be announced. For up-to-date information please visit



Visit the gardens and gallery and see over 100 contemporary artworks for the garden on view and for sale. Open 10am to 5pm every day or by appointment. £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £1.50 children 4-12. Wheelchair users free. For more information, contact, call 01892 722304 or visit Marle Place Gardens and Gallery, Brenchley, Tonbridge (SAT NAV: TN12 7HS)


The city's annual Eurofair with the Kent Food and Drink Festival takes place in the Dane John Gardens from 23to 25 September 2011, offering shoppers some of the finest products to tickle their taste buds. Free admission. Dane John Gardens, Watling Street, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT1 2RN)


Don’t miss the fabulous Autumn Fashion Show at County Square Shopping Centre in Ashford on Saturday 24 September. There are four shows throughout the day at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, so come along and be inspired by professional models and see what you, your partner or your children should be wearing this season! For more information visit County Square Shopping Centre, Ashford (SAT NAV: TN23 1YD)


A celebrations of Kent's finest food and drink including a Festival Food Fayre on Victoria Gardens, Broadstairs Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October with cooking demonstrations, food and drink tasting, entertainment and stalls. Open 10am to 6.30pm, Friday and Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday. Visit for more info.

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE // 12-15 Oct

The British premiere of a spectacular new circus show from the internationally acclaimed Cirque Éloize at the new Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Cirque Éloize’s brand new creation, iD, is a blend of circus arts and urban dance: b-boying/b-girling, break-dance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity. It’s a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed, all to a stimulating soundtrack integrated with amazing multimedia effects and a cast of sixteen performers! Wed, Thu & Fri: 7.30pm, Sat matinee: 2.30pm, Sat evening: 8pm For ticket prices and to book, visit The Marlowe Theatre, 12-13 Sun Street, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT1 2HX)


Audiences have the opportunity to catch one of Tchaikovsky's world famous classical ballets The Nutcracker when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet company returns to Folkestone. enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets. 7pm. Tickets start at £25.50. Visit for more info or to book tickets. Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone (SAT NAV: CT20 2DZ)


The Space Theatre in Sevenoaks School is hosting an Evening with Martina Cole. There will be pre-show food and drinks, as well as entertainment from Amy Coulshaw, followed by an ‘In Conversation’ with Martina and a book signing. Tickets are £20 and all ticket holders will receive a luxury goodie bag courtesy of sponsors Rush Hair Salons. Ticket holders will also receive a copy of Martina's latest book The Faithless. Doors open at 6pm, evening starts at approx 7pm. All proceeds from the evening will go to Breast Cancer Care. For more information or to book tickets, visit The Space Theatre, Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks (SAT NAV: TN13 1HU)


The festival that promises ‘something for everyone’, the Canterbury Festival offers an amazing range of classical, popular and world music, theatre, talks, walks and exhibitions – but for the first time this year ventures into the fascinating realm of Science and Arts. The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral provides the atmospheric setting for the Opening Day concert of inspirational traditional and popular African gospel music by multi Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir. ©Tim Stubbings The Carnival Parade takes to the city streets with beautiful colourful paper and light sculptures made from recycled materials, music and movement, and featuring over 300 local school pupils and Soweto Gospel Choir members of community groups. The day ends with a stunning finale in Toddlers Cove where – in return for getting involved – the audience will get a sneak preview of the new show by The World Famous, Kent’s pyrotechnic experts. All Hands relies on audience power, so come along and get involved! Full details of all Festival events and venues, plus an online brochure, can be found on


Visitors can take a walk through Hole Park Gardens in October and enjoy the stunning colours of autumn from the gold of the Stalwart oak to the regal reds and elegant shapes of the Japanese maple. After a relaxing walk through the park, visitors can enjoy a cup of tea and either a delicious

homemade cake or scone in the Tea Room. Admission: £6 adults, £1 children. For more information visit Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden, Cranbrook (SAT NAV: TN17 4JB)


This autumn visitors and residents of Kent will be able to enjoy up to 100 free or subsidised events right round the 350 miles of Kent coastline, ranging from creative workshops, beach art and boat trips, to shingle sculptures and storytelling – there will be something to delight all ages. The programme launches with ‘Creative Coast in Whitstable’ over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October. There will be activities in the harbour, Castle, Horsebridge Centre and around Whitstable. The full coastal week leaflet will be available from mid-September and details will be posted at

KING LEAR // 18-23 Oct

A love test. A kingdom divided. An ageing father. With madness approaching, Lear loses his grip on the world he once knew. As his beliefs are stripped away, we are forced to examine the consequences of power, pride and love. Fools speak wisdom, the blind see and the rejected remain loyal. Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Wed Schools Mat 1.45pm, Sun Mat 3pm; £12.50 For more info visit Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells (SAT NAV: TN1 1JP)


Great British cider, beer and food from around the world will be showcased at Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection this autumn at a weekend festival which takes place Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. Celebrating Britain’s global tastes and diversity there will be stalls selling a wide variety of delicious food and drink to eat or take home plus live music, entertainment and orchard tours. The Great British Cider, Beer and Food festival is open from 12 noon till 7pm daily and new for this year, a double decker bus will be running a shuttle service. It will cost £1 per journey and is free for children. The service will run hourly from Faversham station and the town’s Sainsbury’s so you can leave the car at home and enjoy a tipple or two. For more info, visit Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham (SAT NAV: ME13 8XZ)


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