Surrey Homes | SH100 | May 2023 | Something To Celebrate Supplement inside

The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes<br />


MAY <strong>2023</strong>




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Contents<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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23<br />

28<br />

45<br />

46<br />

63<br />

46<br />


Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with the latest<br />

must-see and must-have goodies<br />


Live on the wild side with a trip to<br />

a coastal caravan with a difference<br />


Experiment with pattern<br />

clash à la Dixie Daydream<br />


A beautiful example of how to<br />

confidently combine texture<br />

and tone – the USP of interior<br />

designer Angie Bunyan<br />


Seamlessly blend design<br />

influences from a range of<br />

countries and cultures<br />

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66<br />

75<br />

79<br />

81<br />

83<br />

89<br />


Colourful Coronation<br />

canapés designed by foodie<br />

Charlotte Butterworth<br />


Jo Fairley’s reveals the<br />

winners of this year’s<br />

Beauty Bible Awards<br />


Sarah Maxwell challenges how<br />

we view our own bodies<br />


Charlotte Lau’s advice for<br />

maintaining good nutrition<br />

through your period<br />

CUT & DRIED<br />

An exploration of preserved<br />

blooms by Jo Arnell<br />


Sue Whigham takes a trip to<br />

this thriving coastal habitat<br />

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Don’t-miss exhibitions<br />

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Two multi-activity camps<br />

explain why they’re the place<br />

to be this summer hols<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

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Coopers Farm cows celebrate<br />

their freedom as it’s finally<br />

turning out time<br />




18 pages filled to<br />

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After page 64.<br />

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Editor’s<br />

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April has sped by and I can’t believe it’s nearly Coronation<br />

o’clock. However you’ll be spending this extra bank<br />

holiday – celebrating with friends and family or<br />

taking a well-earned breather (hopefully in the sunshine)<br />

– we’ve included some recipes created for us by Charlotte<br />

Butterworth (aka @theneedy.greedy) that pep up the traditional<br />

pastry-based canapé with colour and zesty freshness.<br />

In the spirit of conviviality, this is the 100th issue of <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

<strong>Homes</strong>! <strong>To</strong> mark this milestone number, we’ve compiled a<br />

<strong>Something</strong> to <strong>Celebrate</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong>, all about making the<br />

most of the good times. We’ve sourced gorgeous fashion,<br />

incredible holidays, and the latest venue news to help you out<br />

with organising fitting ways to mark life’s biggest milestones.<br />

Think special birthdays, engagements, christenings, anniversaries<br />

and, of course, wedding ceremonies. We’ve also rounded up<br />

exquisite ring ideas for your sweetheart alongside thoughtful<br />

gifts and centrepiece flowers. Read on after page 64.<br />

If you’re looking to shake up your beauty regime in time<br />

for the warmer weather, then look no further than the top<br />

products that Josephine Fairley unveils in her piece about<br />

this year’s Beauty Bible Awards winners (pg. 75).<br />

Heading into the garden, Jo Arnell goes on the hunt<br />

for the best flowers to preserve and display, whilst Sue<br />

Whigham visits Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to find out<br />

what makes it such a thriving habitat for our wildlife.<br />

Last, but by no means least, our two beautiful house features prove<br />

that limited space is absolutely no restriction when it comes to bold<br />

pattern choices and shed loads of texture. See how their owners have<br />

lavished each property with their signature style to stunning effect.<br />

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Events Manager .............................................................................. Liz Copping<br />

Events Sales Director ......................................................................... Jude Brown<br />

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Thomas Cookie<br />

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Camper Catering<br />

Anya Sushko<br />

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Bear joining in the action.<br />

There will be a host of British<br />

vehicles on display including a<br />

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and 75 years of Land Rover.<br />

All British car and motorcycle<br />

marques are welcome to join!<br />

Paddington will be making special<br />

guest appearances and there will be<br />

a variety of family entertainment,<br />

Test Hill ascents, trade stands, live<br />

music and traditional British fayre.<br />

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Summer’s Day Vibes<br />

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Studio Safari<br />

For an inspiring<br />

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2nd to 18th June, artists<br />

and makers across the South<br />

East will open up their studios,<br />

welcoming members of the<br />

public and showing their work.<br />

South East Open Sudios – SEOS –<br />

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longest running open-air theatre in the South<br />

East. It is time to celebrate with 40 brilliant events<br />

to entertain all. The vibrant and varied programme<br />

includes opera, plays, jazz, music, speakers, comedy,<br />

family favourites and the best tribute artists. The<br />

festival opened with Shakespeare 40 years ago and will<br />

do the same this year as they welcome The Three<br />

Inch Fools to The Loggia with As You Like It on<br />

Saturday 27th <strong>May</strong>. The festival continues<br />

with events through to Wednesday 30<br />

August. Bring your picnic and celebrate.<br />

The box office is now open<br />

heverfestival.co.uk<br />

Kingston is joining<br />

in the Open Studios fun<br />

on 13th and 14th along with<br />

20th and 21st <strong>May</strong> from 11am to<br />

5pm each day. Visits are free of charge and<br />

you’ll find artists happy to talk about their<br />

creative process, you’ll have the opportunity<br />

to buy artwork – but there’s no obligation, the<br />

focus is on enjoying your visit and gaining insight<br />

behind-the-scenes. As an added dimension some<br />

exhibitors will be holding workshops or giving<br />

demonstrations of their techniques. Why<br />

not take a look at the catalogue and map<br />

out a few visits along the trail.<br />

kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk<br />

Meet the Makers<br />

Hammer Time<br />

The Rowing Boat<br />

by Henry Tuke, pictured<br />

left, will be auctioned at Parker Fine<br />

Art Auctions in Farnham on 6th <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Auctions are broadcast live online, so you<br />

can join in the fun and drama from the comfort<br />

of home. This is the only specialist art auction<br />

house in England and the seller’s fee of just £10<br />

per lot ensures an ever-changing flow of paintings,<br />

drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, maps, and<br />

antique frames. We hear a visit from a client on their<br />

way to the recycling centre with some paintings<br />

sold for over a thousand pounds and recently<br />

a community raised funds to buy a historic<br />

painting of their village to hang in the<br />

village hall. Find out more at<br />

parkerfineartauctions.com<br />

istockphoto.com/ beaucroft<br />


A new gallery featuring paintings by internationally<br />

renowned artist Robbie Graham has opened in Hythe.<br />

The Graham Gallery, located at 9 High Street, Hythe<br />

shows a collection of his incredible photo-realistic paintings.<br />

Recognised as one of the world’s leading wildlife artists<br />

Robbie’s work is widely collected, head along to take a<br />

look. The gallery will also be used by Robbie as a work<br />

space and will be open from 10am to 4pm on Thursday,<br />

Friday and Saturdays and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.<br />

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ART FAIR<br />

19-21 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

FRI 19 MAY 4pm-8.30pm<br />

SAT 20 & SUN 21 MAY 10am-5pm<br />

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN<br />

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Admission: £5, Concessions £4, U16s & LAC Friends FREE<br />

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Celebration<br />

of Tulips<br />

From April<br />

One iconic garden. 270,000 tulips.<br />

Visit RHS Garden Wisley this spring to<br />

see the garden come alive with colour.<br />

Your visit supports our work as a charity.<br />

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Tickets are now on sale for The Luna<br />

Cinema's <strong>2023</strong> open-air screenings. They'll<br />

be bringing recent releases and old favourite<br />

films to spectacular locations including<br />

Leeds Castle, <strong>To</strong>nbridge Castle, Guildford<br />

Cathedral, Dulwich Park and Ascot<br />

Racecourse. thelunacinema.com<br />

We have the perfect excuse to<br />

raise a glass this month as Friday<br />

26th is Chardonnay Day! Our<br />

pick to toast this very important<br />

day is Gusbourne’s Chardonnay<br />

Guinevere. Pale golden in the glass,<br />

it is elegant and complex with<br />

citrus and tropical fruit notes, a<br />

subtle oak character, and flavours<br />

of vanilla, sweet spice and lightly<br />

buttered toast. It matches<br />

especially well with seafood<br />

and richer fish dishes, so try<br />

it alongside halibut with a<br />

lemon butter sauce, a fresh<br />

crayfish platter with spiced<br />

mayonnaise, or a wild<br />

mushroom pithivier. £35<br />

gusbourne.com<br />

<strong>May</strong> is national walking month,<br />

and it's the ideal time visit a local<br />

green space. We're dreaming of a<br />

stroll in Painshill Park, which has<br />

all sorts going on in the summer<br />

months including a family friendly<br />

Bugs and Butterflies Trail for half<br />

term from the 27th. painshill.co.uk<br />

must<br />

The<br />

From must-sees to must-buys and<br />

must-dos, don’t miss this month’s<br />

round up of what to buy, see, do,<br />

and generally get excited about!<br />

As we plan our coronation<br />

celebrations, we are<br />

getting some vintage<br />

outfit inspiration from<br />

sustainable and independent<br />

British brand, Palava. Their<br />

new collection is full of fun,<br />

colourful prints in comfortable<br />

and flattering silhouettes. This<br />

£82 Vera cardigan is spot<br />

on for the coronation with<br />

its gorgeous swan on the<br />

back as a little nod to royal<br />

symbolism. palava.co<br />

Rye Pottery has a long history of producing<br />

official Royal commemorative ceramicware<br />

but this year, they have created something<br />

a bit different – a pair of bookends<br />

called State of the Union. Playing on the<br />

Lion and Unicorn poem and the heraldic<br />

figures on the Royal Coat of Arms. They<br />

present a thoughtful look at the nation’s<br />

view of the Royals using intricate,<br />

freehand brushwork inspired by tattoo art.<br />

A must-buy souvenir and art piece that<br />

captures Britain’s current zeitgeist from<br />

many angles. £197 each ryepottery.co.uk<br />

Following the success of<br />

their RHS 22 collection<br />

(pictured), Sofas & Stuff<br />

is set to launch their RHS<br />

23 collection this month<br />

at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.<br />

Inspired by one of Gertrude Jekyll’s<br />

scrapbooks, they have seven designs<br />

in ten colourways which can be used<br />

on Sofas & Stuff’s British handmade<br />

bespoke furniture, or purchased<br />

separately for curtains, blinds etc.<br />

sofasandstuff.com<br />

For a special dining experience, The Dysart in Petersham<br />

is well worth a visit. Set in a stunningly restored 1904<br />

Arts and Crafts building overlooking Richmond<br />

Park, the family-owned restaurant maintains<br />

a renewed Michelin star for <strong>2023</strong>, and<br />

is committed to using the finest<br />

ingredients, ethical standards, and<br />

sustainable practices. It's open for<br />

lunch Friday and Saturday, dinner<br />

from Wednesday to Sunday, and<br />

private meals throughout the<br />

week. thedysartpetersham.co.uk<br />

If you're feeling inspired by the pomp and pageantry of<br />

the coronation, you may like the royally beautiful jewels<br />

on display at T & B Cousins in Canterbury.<br />

You’ll find their hypnotisingly lavish<br />

window displays right beside the<br />

cathedral, and <strong>inside</strong>, jewels of the<br />

highest standard that will have<br />

you feeling like a queen –<br />

including this aquamarine,<br />

diamond, and cultured<br />

pearl two-row collar<br />

necklet.<br />

tbcousins.co.uk<br />


Wealden Times<br />

Midsummer<br />

Fa i r<br />

8-10 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />


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justinewilliamsart.com<br />

Interior & Garden Design Special<br />

Add beauty to<br />

your home at<br />

Wealden Times<br />

Midsummer Fair<br />

Those of you who come to the Midsummer<br />

Fair know that we always have an amazing<br />

selection of independent fashion, jewellery<br />

and gift retailers. That’s a given. But this year<br />

we’ve really upped the ante when it comes<br />

to homeware and garden living. Live your<br />

best life, in your own home. If you’ve got a<br />

corner, a corridor or a whole room in need of<br />

a refresh, get your interior design head on and<br />

let us introduce you to some of the super stylish<br />

companies that are coming to the fair this year.<br />

Let’s start with a couple of our artists – Georgie<br />

Watson and Justine Williams. Based in Rye,<br />

Georgie paints wonderful landscapes, with Camber<br />

Sands a much-loved setting, whilst Justine is one of<br />

the finest young wildlife artists and will be bringing<br />

her original drawings, prints and cards. In contrast,<br />

the art from Dellalicious Designs features oldschool<br />

brands and colourful iconic prints. Whilst<br />

Luna Frames use reclaimed wood to recreate preloved<br />

picture frames that have a story of their own.<br />


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Nothing lifts a room more than a statement<br />

piece of furniture and bold, beautiful fabrics.<br />

We’re loving the limited-edition Peruvian<br />

Collection from Sofas & Stuff; the handcrafted,<br />

sustainable homeware from Mexico by Routes<br />

Interiors; and the vibrant Indian prints from<br />

Rooh London. Equally stylish, in natural hues<br />

of European softened linen, is the collection<br />

from True Linen: bath towels, bedding,<br />

cushions and throws. All of it exquisite.<br />

Sometimes small things can bring personality<br />

and style to a room. One of the simplest<br />

ways to do this is with a lovely lampshade.<br />

Check out Ali Warrior’s collection and<br />

find new love for your old lamps.<br />

<br />


truelinen.co.uk<br />


sofasandstuff.com<br />


07963 680156<br />


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GIFT IT 2<br />

giftit2.co.uk<br />

THE SNUG<br />

thesnug.co.uk<br />


blueandwhitecompany.com<br />

When it comes to homeware and<br />

accessories, Gift It 2 have the most stunning<br />

vases, clever candle holders, light garlands,<br />

platters and planters. Turnbull & Hooch are<br />

going to be a big hit – their striking enamel<br />

trays and stands might just be the must-have<br />

items this year. If blue is a colour theme in<br />

your house, you’re sure to love the homeware<br />

and accessories from the Blue & White<br />

Company. Whilst Snug have fabric, art and<br />

lots of cool stuff, curated with a wry smile and<br />

an eye for detail.<br />

Inspired by the art and architecture of Dali,<br />

Gaudi and the Arts and Crafts movement,<br />

Stephenson Design have created a range of<br />

beautifully made wooden furniture and trinket<br />

boxes that are very special pieces, whilst<br />

House of Tula’s sustainable journals are the<br />

most thoughtful gift for those graduating,<br />

getting married or going around the world on<br />

their travels.<br />

How lovely to have all these incredibly<br />

talented designers, makers, and curators,<br />

together in one place. That’s the magic of the<br />

Midsummer Fair.<br />


stephensondesign.co.uk<br />


houseoftula.com<br />



Visitor information<br />

We’re so excited to be back in the grounds of beautiful<br />

Hole Park in June for our Midsummer Fair. We’ll be<br />

welcoming plenty of favourites and lots of amazing new<br />

exhibitors, all looking forward to sharing their carefully<br />

selected goodies with you.<br />

Venue<br />

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair is at Hole Park (near Tenterden)<br />

Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Kent, TN17 4JB<br />

Your ticket also includes entrance to the beautiful gardens of Hole<br />

Park (itself worth £10).<br />

No doubt a tour of their stunning gardens will inspire visitors<br />

to source plants and garden accessories from our many outdoor<br />

exhibitors stands.<br />

Opening Times<br />

8th - 10th June <strong>2023</strong><br />

9.00am - 4.30pm<br />

Ticket information<br />

Timed entry slots are every hour (you can stay all day). These are<br />

limited so please book yours at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk to ensure<br />

your chosen date and time.<br />

Tickets will be available on the gate but it is recommended that<br />

you pre book to ensure you get the entry time you would like.<br />

Pricing<br />

Adult (16+) £15.50<br />

Child (5 - 15) £8.00<br />

Child (under 5) FREE<br />

Deck Chair Zone<br />

Head to the Deck Chair Zone where on Thursday and Friday<br />

you can find live performances from local school choirs and<br />

on Saturday you can enjoy Cranbrook <strong>To</strong>wn Band who will be<br />

playing a selection of well-known songs with their signature brass<br />

band twist. See the full timetable below.<br />

Thursday 8th June<br />

12.00pm Marlborough House School<br />

1.30pm The Dulwich School Cranbrook Choir<br />

Friday 9th June<br />

11.30am Sutton Valence School Choir<br />

3.00pm Ashford School Choir<br />

Saturday 10th June<br />

1.30pm Cranbrook <strong>To</strong>wn Band<br />

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Midsummer<br />

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For more information go to<br />

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Previous pages & this page: The tiger wallpaper<br />

is from Hovia and some of the furniture came<br />

from a launch collaboration with Wayfair<br />

<strong>Something</strong> about the British<br />

seaside encourages us to let our<br />

hair down, throw caution to<br />

the wind and embrace the fun side<br />

of life. Here at this holiday park in<br />

Rye, the fun definitely has a capital<br />

‘F’ – the style dial has been turned to<br />

max kitsch and the hair is teased up<br />

into a groovy beehive. The glamorous<br />

caravan we are visiting here at Camber<br />

Sands may be static, but from what<br />

we can see, this one is going places.<br />

I talk to the owners – two members<br />

of a team of three London-based<br />

interior stylists, prop buyers and creative<br />

directors – Cass and Di from The<br />

Style Producers. During a long drive<br />

they hatched the idea for what is now<br />

Dixie Daydream, their ultimate glam<br />

getaway. “With many shoots all over the<br />

country, which consist of hours driving<br />

to and from locations – one long five<br />

hour car journey back from Newcastle<br />

and our passion for interiors sparked<br />

the conversation and inspiration that<br />

led to the delight that is our glamourpuss<br />

caravan at Camber Sands.”<br />

Di explains that they had originally<br />

wanted to buy a more retro-looking<br />

caravan that was ‘curvier’ with original<br />

features and teak panelling, but as they<br />

would be renting it out as a holiday<br />

home and shoot location, it needed to<br />

be practical. “We wanted to make sure<br />

we had the best insulation, heating and<br />

all mod cons, so it made more sense<br />

practically to go for the newer model.<br />

Also, what really sold Dixie to us was<br />

the position of the caravan pitch, which<br />

is right at the edge of the park with<br />

uninterrupted views of the countryside,<br />

but yet with all the facilities of a<br />

traditional British holiday park. It was a<br />

no-brainer to go for the newer model.”<br />

The modern exterior of the caravan<br />

– a 2019 Willerby Linwoood static<br />

caravan (with only one previous<br />

owner) – was in pristine condition,<br />

so they could set to work straight<br />

away on styling the interior.<br />

Cass and Di have been in their<br />

element here by the looks of things –<br />

they are experienced stylists and used<br />

to working on creative concepts for<br />

interiors on a daily basis. Deciding<br />

on a room scheme often starts with a<br />

single element – like a rug, wallpaper,<br />

or cushion cover. Here it was a carpet<br />

that inspired the main living area<br />

at the caravan. “The starting point<br />

for the décor was the gorgeous navy<br />

leopard print carpet which we both<br />

had used previously on a shoot for <br />

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Above: The mini bedroom makes up for its small stature with its wild decor. The ceiling is clad with<br />

copper mirror laminate and the walls papered with a design by Paloma Faith from Wayfair<br />

Carpetright and it led to us creating<br />

our maximalist look,” Di explains. “We<br />

both love bold colour and pattern with<br />

an unexpected twist, so had great fun<br />

putting the room schemes together.<br />

“People often believe smaller spaces<br />

call for more pared-back designs and<br />

pale colours, but we disagree – adding<br />

colour and punchy pattern to even the<br />

smallest of spaces creates personality<br />

and character – and is a great way of<br />

adding a maximalist aesthetic. Each<br />

room was planned with a starting point.<br />

For Dixie the wallpapers were actually<br />

the key to each bedroom scheme, as we<br />

wanted a bold focal point for each area.”<br />

With the navy leopard print carpet<br />

as a starting point, it didn’t take Cass<br />

and Di long to put together the rest<br />

of the colour scheme. “We went for a<br />

gorgeous shade of lilac, Little Greene<br />

Hortense, for the walls. We used the<br />

same paint on the ceiling which we clad<br />

with reclaimed waste MDF from <br />

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We both love bold colour<br />

and pattern with an<br />

unexpected twist, so had<br />

great fun putting the<br />

room schemes together<br />

Above left & bottom right: Stepping<br />

out of the lilac corridor – painted in<br />

Little Greene Hortense – Lust Home<br />

zebra wallpaper lines one bedroom<br />

Above right: The loo is a celebration of<br />

Barbie, with walls papered in another<br />

Lust Home design, Stupid Cupid<br />

a job and cut into strips and painted<br />

before fixing. We recovered the existing<br />

sofa with a few amends on the way,<br />

refashioning the left hand arm to make<br />

it much more substantial and to provide<br />

a ledge for a tray, and also added a<br />

few flourishes like piping, buttoning<br />

and our long luxurious tassel trim. We<br />

found the mustard velvet upholstery<br />

fabric online for a really good price.”<br />

Cass and Di have been really<br />

creative with their planning and space<br />

saving solutions throughout Dixie.<br />

“In the living space we have built<br />

hidden storage into the back of the<br />

fireplace – which was completely<br />

refashioned – we took out the old gas<br />

fire and installed a new tiled hearth<br />

and new gas fire. We also incorporated<br />

furniture with storage – repurposing<br />

a bedside cabinet from Barker &<br />

Stonehouse as a mini bar cabinet.”<br />

The pair have been super imaginative<br />

with the kitchen area too, using the<br />

original carcasses, but taking out the<br />

wall units and replacing the work<br />

surface with a bespoke brass worktop.<br />

Painting the door and drawer fronts,<br />

replacing the handles and lining the<br />

cupboards with leopard print selfadhesive<br />

vinyl has totally transformed<br />

the remaining units and a splashback<br />

tiled with smart hexagonal<br />

tiles from Porcelain Superstore add<br />

the perfect finishing touch. And<br />

now, hey presto, a standard caravan<br />

kitchenette has been glam-styled<br />

– and made completely unique.<br />

The living space was just the start <br />

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“People often believe smaller spaces call for<br />

more pared-back designs and pale colours,<br />

but we disagree – adding colour and punchy<br />

pattern to even the smallest of spaces creates<br />

personality and character – and is a great<br />

way of adding a maximalist aesthetic.”<br />

for the Dixie dream team – as we head for the bedrooms,<br />

the animal print theme expands to the walls – there’s an<br />

incredible tiger skin wallpaper in the biggest bedroom, a<br />

zebra scheme in the next and an exotic floral escapade in the<br />

smallest bedroom. “We found the amazing paper at Hovia<br />

and this started the inspiration for the Tibetan tiger theme<br />

throughout the room,” says Di. “We were lucky enough to do<br />

a launch collaboration with Wayfair, who gifted us product<br />

in exchange for press stays and competition prizes – and this<br />

enabled us to include some of their products in Dixie. We<br />

chose the rattan headboard and bedsides, which we teamed<br />

with a smart divan base that incorporates hidden storage<br />

drawers. We made all the curtains and pelmets throughout<br />

Dixie and used shop-bought blinds, which we customised<br />

with different trimmings to add a special flourish to each<br />

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This page: The leopard Carpetright carpet was the starting point for Cass and Di’s room schemes. The pair sought out lots of quirky<br />

accessories and artwork, and vintage finds feature in every room<br />

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The zebra Hide and Seek wallpaper<br />

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Not to be outdone, the mini bedroom<br />

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This page: In the kitchen the worktop has been upgraded to brass, and door and drawer fronts repainted in bright pink. Cass and<br />

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Above: Angie has cleverly incorporated all the elements of a luxury bathroom<br />

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above & below: A whole wall of reclaimed doors offers an unexpected wall<br />

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This page: The small, yet perfectly formed, kitchen is complete with Carrara marble effect breakfast bar. Metro tiles wrap around three walls<br />

with Emma Shipley wallpaper and a vintage Indian cabinet offering a pop of rich colour<br />

The snug opens to a courtyard<br />

garden that has – just like the house<br />

– been effortlessly zoned, every corner<br />

and every detail fully considered.<br />

By once again using her expert eye<br />

in both the colours she is using<br />

and how she uses them, as well as<br />

sourcing perfect pieces of vintage<br />

furniture, Angie has made the most<br />

of every bit of space, taking what<br />

had been an unloved and unused<br />

outdoor area and creating a grey<br />

painted decked zone, dreamy for<br />

an evening drink or morning coffee<br />

with your laptop. From the deck<br />

she has created a wooden walkway,<br />

reminiscent of an Ibizan beach,<br />

with dark grey shingle beneath and<br />

dark grey posts painted in Farrow &<br />

Ball Downpipe. An outdoor dining<br />

space awaits, hidden behind folding<br />

reclaimed doors within a corrugated<br />

iron shed, all fully insulated with<br />

weatherboarding. It’s genius. Inside<br />

Angie has sourced a Hungarian dining<br />

table, dresser and mirror. It’s about as<br />

stylish as eating in the garden gets.<br />

Back in the house, a sumptuously<br />

deep wool carpet on the stairs, from<br />

Butler House Carpets in Cranbrook,<br />

leads to the first-floor bedroom.<br />

Whilst the ground floor is an essay<br />

in calm and restraint, it is in the<br />

two main bedrooms that Angie has<br />

allowed her vision to really fly. Her<br />

unique ability to see colours and<br />

how they connect and work is a joy<br />

to behold. Taking her cue from the<br />

classic William Morris Strawberry<br />

Thief wallpaper in the first-floor<br />

bedroom, she has paired this with<br />

Indian and French vintage furniture,<br />

painted brick walls, a calico stripped<br />

bed and painted ceiling. “I like<br />

bedrooms to be places of refuge,”<br />

says Angie. “I love the idea of your<br />

bedroom being like the coolest hotels<br />

you have stayed in, and that’s what<br />

I tried to do here. I think you’d<br />

want to pay money to stay in this<br />

room, wouldn’t you?” she laughs.<br />

Blues, red, golds all work with<br />

each other with textures from the<br />

Indian wooden doors, the cast iron<br />

fireplace, the calico bed and blue/<br />

grey brick wall, woodwork and<br />

ceiling – it is this instinctive <br />

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This page: Grey and pale pink sheepskins drape over the stools<br />

underneath the kitchen’s breakfast bar. Down a little step, the<br />

snug is the perfect place to soak up some afternoon sunshine<br />

understanding of how colours and finishes can dance<br />

together that make this house very special. Linwood<br />

Duck Egg fabric on the blinds is married with pompom<br />

passementerie, which Angie also had featured on the<br />

glass hanging lights created bespoke by Rothschild &<br />

Bickers. Two distressed Florentine cabinets sit either side<br />

of the bed, an Indian elephant adds a nod to the origins<br />

of the reclaimed doors whilst a large wall-hung mirror<br />

reflects all available natural light back into the room.<br />

The landing, which most people would see as purely<br />

functional, has had the full Angie treatment. A whole<br />

run of reclaimed doors offers an unexpected wall of<br />

texture and intrigue along with industrial lights sourced<br />

from eBay and a zinc cornice. Behind one section is<br />

the bathroom – with its colour palette of white, dark<br />

grey and pink. A wide 90cm bath, a generous rain<br />

head shower and a classic chrome heated towel rail are<br />

all fitted in like chess pieces. The narrow washstand is<br />

upgraded by means of a classic mixer tap. Everything<br />

you would want in a bathroom is there and just as<br />

in the rest of the house, high street and designer are<br />

paired seamlessly to create an overall sense of luxury.<br />

Behind another set of reclaimed doors there are yet<br />

more surprises as you stumble across a third guest room/<br />

study. Taking her inspiration from her love of Swedish<br />

furniture, her joiner has created a stunning scalloped edge<br />

on the bed, with ladder. Ticking style fabric from Bell<br />

House Fabrics & Interiors in Cranbrook has been used on<br />

the Roman blind and the mattress cover. A pop of colour<br />

comes in the velvet fringed lampshade in rusty orange.<br />

More uncovered wooden panels and old doorways are<br />

revealed as a final set of stairs covered in a striped carpet,<br />

also from Butler House Carpets, takes you to the attic<br />

floor and the master bedroom, complete with roll top<br />

bath and views across Rye. Using the wooden rafters as<br />

the design cue, Angie has reinstated a reclaimed Indian<br />

bannister and doors alongside wooden and zinc Indian<br />

pelmets to add yet more texture and colour inspiration.<br />

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This page: The snug leads into a courtyard<br />

garden complete with a shed featuring<br />

folding reclaimed doors which open up<br />

to reveal an outdoor dining space<br />

the colours and textures to sing.<br />

Bouncing off the whispers of green<br />

in the cupboard doors, green tongueand-groove<br />

woodwork runs around<br />

the bath area, defining the space. A<br />

wallpaper by Linwood brings in a<br />

dusty pink tropical pattern up the<br />

stairs, across the chimney breast<br />

and behind the bed, tying in all<br />

the elements. Green slub silk also<br />

from Clark & Clark has been used<br />

across the soft furnishings, cushions<br />

and blinds all made by Aquarius<br />

Soft Furnishings which also lends<br />

cohesion. Side cabinets have been<br />

lined in Manuel Canovas fabric<br />

sourced from Bell House Fabrics<br />

& Interiors. A large pink tin star<br />

perches above the bed whilst an<br />

Indian mirror bounces light towards<br />

the French chandelier hanging above,<br />

bringing a sense of the feminine<br />

into the space. If ever there was<br />

a perfect boudoir, this is it.<br />

Angie has filled this charming<br />

house with a designer’s touch. What<br />

might have started as an investment<br />

project has since become something<br />

very much more. From her unique<br />

ability to see how colour and<br />

texture can work together, to her<br />

fabulous eye for sourcing vintage<br />

furniture from around the world,<br />

if you ever get the chance to join<br />

Angie dancing around her kitchen,<br />

I would urge you to take up the<br />

invitation, it’s one not to be missed.<br />

Address Book:<br />

For more information on<br />

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Indian doors, various prices, Scaramanga scaramangashop.co.uk 5 Salvaged rustic mirrors, various prices, Scaramanga<br />

scaramangashop.co.uk 6 Ramone rattan French bed (kingsize 5ft) £1,535 Sweetpea & Willow sweetpeaandwillow.com<br />

7 Apollo freestanding bateau bath £3,995 The Albion Bath Co albionbathco.com 8 Knox rug blue £209 Kayu Home<br />

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This must be<br />


One of the most important steps in planning any celebration is<br />

finding the perfect venue to fit the tone of your event, so – in no<br />

particular order – we’re counting down 5 of our top local locations!<br />

1 For Fine Dining<br />

Private dining at Gravetye is an impressive and unforgettable thrill in<br />

any of their impeccably English warm and relaxing settings – perfect for<br />

a family gathering, a celebration lunch with friends or a more formal<br />

business dinner – with a personal touch from start to finish. While<br />

you’re there, you can also book a Private Garden <strong>To</strong>ur allowing your<br />

guests to really immerse themselves in the Gravetye experience.<br />

The dedicated Events Team provides assistance at every step of planning,<br />

from choosing the perfect date to creating personalised display table<br />

plans, place cards and individual menu cards for each of your guests.<br />

Plus, on the day, you will also get the undivided attention of the team,<br />

so you can sit back and unwind with the rest of your party.<br />

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FOOD: With the changing of the seasons, indulge in a three-course<br />

menu carefully designed by our Executive Head Chef, who takes<br />

inspiration from the produce in the Kitchen Garden to produce a<br />

Michelin starred dining experience. Afternoon Tea is also on offer for<br />

groups all year round. Enjoy a glass of Nyetimber English Sparkling<br />

Wine on arrival followed by a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and<br />

pastries freshly made by their talented team of pastry chefs.<br />

CAPACITY: The Private Dining Room is suitable for smaller parties<br />

of 7 to 11 guests at a round table. For larger parties, the Panelled Room<br />

offers space for up to 20 guests, seated on one large oval table with a<br />

beautiful feature fireplace. For groups of 6 to 12 guests from <strong>May</strong> to<br />

September, you could also choose the tranquillity of the Oak Gazebo,<br />

nestled in the Little Garden with views of the lush meadows and lake.<br />

From October to April, Afternoon Tea will be served in one of the<br />

Private Dining rooms, making the perfect cosy setting in the colder<br />

months for 6 to 10 guests, subject to availability.<br />

ACCOMODATION: If you want to follow up your special dining<br />

event with an overnight stay, Gravetye has 17 beautiful rooms as well as<br />

the Robinson Suite. Each room has a unique character, but with decor<br />

featuring sensitively restored antiques, original paintings and quirky<br />

period features, the overarching theme is of old world charm.<br />

PRICING: There is no charge for Private Dining Room hire as long as<br />

minimum numbers are reached. Afternoon Tea is from £65 per person,<br />

lunches are from £75 per person and dinner is from £95 per person.<br />

CONTACT: 01342 810567 events@gravetyemanor.co.uk<br />


Seasonal<br />


Experience the unforgettable thrill of private dining at Gravetye in one of our atmospheric wood panelled rooms, perfect for<br />

a family gathering, a celebration lunch with friends or a more formal business dinner. In the warmer months, we can also<br />

offer our oak gazebo for Afternoon Tea (groups of 6-12 people), nestled in our beautiful gardens with views of<br />

our lush meadows and tranquil lake.<br />

Gravetye Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, Sussex, RH19 4LJ<br />

Tel: 01342 810 567 info@gravetyemanor.co.uk<br />

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2 For well-priced Luxury<br />

Salomons Estate is a stunning Victorian mansion two miles from Royal Tunbridge<br />

Wells. The estate is perfect for weddings, conferences, private parties and office<br />

hire, and has self-catering holiday lets, a popular restaurant and bar on-site. There<br />

are many gorgeous spots to get married here, including the historical Victorian<br />

Theatre, the beautiful and spacious Drawing Room, the intricately decorated<br />

Gold Room, or, for an alfresco ceremony, the south-facing terrace overlooking<br />

the estate’s meticulously manicured gardens. Meanwhile, just a stone’s throw from<br />

The Pantiles, luxury hotel One Warwick Park offers The Function Room. With<br />

a stunning adjoining bar area, vaulted double-height ceilings, 15-foot windows,<br />

exposed brickwork, and gleaming white walls, it’s the perfect blank canvas for more<br />

contemporary style-forward weddings, allowing couples to completely tailor the<br />

décor to their liking. The boutique four-star hotel and the 36-acre 19th century<br />

grand country house are quite different to each other, but are both award-winning<br />

destinations from Elite Leisure Collection in Tunbridge Wells, and they both offer<br />

the most luxurious of weddings with their opulent surroundings, tailored packages<br />

and excellent array of suppliers.<br />

CAPACITY: The Function Room at One Warwick Park can accommodate up to<br />

180, and Salomons Estate’s various options have capacities from 65 to 230.<br />

PRICING: Getting married at The Function Room at One Warwick Park is<br />

better than half price from Mondays to Thursdays in <strong>2023</strong>, at £795 instead of<br />

£1,650. And at Salomons Estate, a new package offers an all-inclusive summer<br />

BBQ wedding for £4,400 from Mondays to Wednesdays this year. With 50 guests<br />

minimum, this includes a dedicated coordinator, room hire, welcome drinks, a<br />

delicious BBQ menu, table décor, bacon rolls for the evening and an overnight stay.<br />

CONTACT: info@onewarwickpark.co.uk leisuresales@salomons-estate.com<br />

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3 For historic splendour<br />

The aptly named Landmark Arts Centre is a stunning grade II* listed<br />

building that was originally a church so enormous it was nicknamed ‘the<br />

cathedral of the Thames Valley’. Reminiscent of Notre Dame’s exquisite<br />

ornate and grand architecture, it offers fairytale features, intricate carvings<br />

and ornate archways for your backdrop. As well as hosting its fair share<br />

of weddings, birthdays and other celebrations, the stunning Landmark<br />

has also been featured in music videos and films – you can even follow<br />

in the footsteps of Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes as you take to the<br />

dance floor, as it was used as a set for the film Elizabeth. The location<br />

is very convenient in the heart of Teddington in south west London,<br />

with a great selection of hotels all in walking distance, and easy transport<br />

links to <strong>Surrey</strong> and London (30 minutes from Waterloo via train). But<br />

it is also set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery of the region – a<br />

stone’s throw away from the River Thames and the beautiful deer-filled<br />

landscape of Bushy Park, London’s second-largest Royal Park. The unique<br />

and intricate details of these buildings are enchanting with an undeniable<br />

sense of grandeur – perfect for making a statement and creating a lasting<br />

impression. Plus, as a charity, it’s priced at a very appealing budget. This<br />

is a one-of-a-kind venue with remarkable features including stained-glass<br />

windows, a raised dance floor and ornate ceilings.<br />

CAPACITY: In the hall, there’s space for up to 220 for<br />

seated wedding receptions and private events or up to<br />

320 for conferences, concerts or performances.<br />

PRICING: The main hall costs £150 per hour or for a<br />

full day (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm) it’s £1,080.<br />

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4 For exotic flavour<br />

<strong>Something</strong> to <strong>Celebrate</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Trading Boundaries is a refurbished Grade II* listed Georgian<br />

Coaching Inn surrounded by inspiring views over fields, woodlands<br />

and landscaped grounds. For weddings or celebrant-led ceremonies,<br />

there are bespoke Indian Marquees, an Indian Arbour or beautiful<br />

lawns with 200-year-old oaks – all of which are fully licensed. Plus the<br />

award-winning newly renovated restaurant is sprinkled with fairylights<br />

and beautifully decorated Indian archways, providing intimate and<br />

enchanting surroundings for evening receptions or parties. With<br />

dedicated bars run by friendly and knowledgeable staff, a sunken dance<br />

floor, and a stage area with theatre-quality sound and lighting, you’ll<br />

want for nothing on the night. Handcrafted in India, the two joined<br />

marquees offer enchanting spaces for a wedding breakfast or special<br />

dinner. They feature gold block-print ceiling linings and an abundance<br />

of voile curtains, Jodhpur tassels, carved wooden finials and decorative<br />

hand-printed patterns. Depending on the weather, you can close the<br />

sides or leave them to float in a gentle breeze.<br />

CAPACITY: Each marquee offers comfortable seating for up to 90<br />

guests and together host up to 180 including the top table. The<br />

restaurant also has a matching capacity for parties for up to 180 guests.<br />

ACCOMMODATION: There are eight boutique hotel rooms on-site<br />

for you and your guests to stay in over the course of your celebration.<br />

Each room is en suite and delightfully decorated in fusion Indian style.<br />

CONTACT: weddings@tradingboundaries.com<br />

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5 For eclectic beauty<br />

A gorgeously restored, sixteenth century inn in the heart of Ticehurst village,<br />

amidst the beautiful East Sussex countryside. The atmosphere at The Bell in<br />

Ticehurst is laid back, a little bit different and definitely not run of the mill<br />

– a special place to celebrate life, love and happiness. Delightfully quirky and<br />

filled with wonderful character, it is eclectic in the truest sense of the word,<br />

as if an eccentric nobleman has toured the world and stuffed his house full of<br />

curiosities from his travels. It was a grand Tudor building around 1560, but<br />

over the years it was remodelled and extended with the additions of bedrooms,<br />

a kitchen and the assembly room for concerts, weddings and community<br />

gatherings. The hand-painted wallpaper and stunning collection of chandeliers<br />

offer a unique space to celebrate weddings, civil partnerships or any of life’s<br />

milestones. Downstairs in The Stable, guests can gather along the exceptionally<br />

long oak table, which can seat 18 or even be used as a Red Carpet Walk for<br />

brides and grooms. There’s also a private bar, and an evocatively beautiful pink<br />

neon light which reads ‘I will always love you my friend’.<br />

FOOD: Menus change with the seasons, with a strong focus on local<br />

provenance, offering classic British dishes with a French twist, using the finest<br />

locally sourced ingredients.<br />

CAPACITY: The opulent Big Room can accommodate up to 90 guests seated,<br />

and 120 for evening celebrations.<br />

ACCOMMODATION: The Bell has 11 individually decorated bedrooms, and<br />

dogs are welcome. The 7 rooms over the pub each have their own silver birch<br />

tree; some have deep copper baths, or a Juliet balcony, and all have sinfully<br />

comfortable beds. Or spoil yourself in one of the fantastical garden lodges set<br />

around a fabulous fire pit, each with private outdoor space.<br />

CONTACT: 01580 200300 weddings@thebellinticehurst.com<br />

thebellinticehurst.com<br />

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Peach sapphire and<br />

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oval, sage green sapphire, pale yellow<br />

trillion side diamonds and grainset<br />

white diamond shoulders £8,995<br />

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Emerald cut padparadscha<br />

sapphire and diamond ring £5,000<br />

Robert Bicknell Fine Jewellery<br />

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Côte asymmetrical mosaic ring<br />

with your choice of centre<br />

diamond £1,565 (setting only)<br />

Brilliant Earth brilliantearth.com<br />

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One of a kind Lola recycled gold 0.79ct<br />

grey diamond ring £1,400 <strong>May</strong>a Magal<br />

mayamagal.co.uk<br />

18ct yellow fairtrade<br />

gold and 2.11ct<br />

freeform Australian<br />

sapphire ring £2,800<br />

Baroque Jewellery<br />

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Fancy Athena pink emerald<br />

cut sapphire solitaire in 18ct<br />

ethical gold £2,830 Lebrusan<br />

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Platinum ring with a 4.64ct<br />

pink-red cushion-cut rubellite<br />

tourmaline and diamonds £6,000<br />

Robert Bicknell Fine Jewellery<br />

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2.28ct icy salt and pepper<br />

diamond pear shape ring with<br />

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“When choosing<br />

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them more beautiful, like a little galaxy lives <strong>inside</strong> the stone.<br />

Lab grown diamonds are also a great choice with the exact same<br />

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the origin that’s different. Sapphires and rubies are also perfect<br />

for something worn every day, as they both have a hardness<br />

of 9 on the MOHS scale. At Baroque, we also like to create<br />

engagement rings using precious gemstones like emerald,<br />

tourmaline, or spinel and, for something really unusual,<br />

freeform and rough stones are full of character!”<br />

– Pippa, Founder of Baroque Jewellery<br />

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Rose gold diamond cluster<br />

engagement and wedding<br />

ring set POA Pruden and<br />

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Art Deco 2ct pink<br />

sapphire and diamond<br />

cluster ring circa 1930<br />

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Platinum aquamarine and<br />

diamond floral commissioned<br />

engagement ring POA<br />

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Paris 1.71ct pear-cut<br />

peach morganite<br />

on wishbone band<br />

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Marquise diamond diadem<br />

ethical gold ring from<br />

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For a hen party, birthday, or any other milestone to be marked<br />

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conservation area of Deal.<br />

This elegant Georgian three storey building is full of quirky and<br />

characterful decor, has a pretty and sunny courtyard garden, a cosy<br />

wood burner, three beautifully decorated bedrooms (sleeping 6),<br />

and lots of thoughtful extras such as books, games, picnic baskets,<br />

dressing gowns, cook books – plus bowls, beds and treats for dogs<br />

too! It’s literally seconds from the beach and a few yards from<br />

the buzzing high street with its delis, boutique shops, cafes and<br />

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Bay,<br />

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For a romantic holiday abroad celebrating anything from<br />

your honeymoon to a diamond anniversary, Simply<br />

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and has lots of gorgeous options. The Indian Ocean is<br />

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not disappoint, with its bright white beaches, overwater<br />

accommodation and amazing coral reef for nature lovers. If<br />

you want something slightly more intimate with some<br />

5* luxury, Viceroy Riviera <strong>May</strong>a, Mexico is the perfect<br />

oasis getaway, set on a pristine beach with a lush jungle<br />

backdrop. Or, for those looking for a sense of romance, but<br />

with a few guests to take with you, St Nicolas Bay, Crete is<br />

great for families, couples or friends – it’s walking distance<br />

to Agios Nikolaos, so you can visit a local restaurants or bar<br />

as the sun sets for a perfect Mediterranean evening.<br />

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Tunbridge Wells which will be launching in June/July this<br />

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For family-centric events like big birthdays or anniversaries there are<br />

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group happy, we’ve picked Horne’s Place Oast & Barn.<br />

Tucked away on the edge of the Kentish village of Appledore, it sleeps<br />

up to 25 with its ten bedrooms spread between a converted oast house<br />

and barn. There’s little chance of anyone getting bored as it has a games<br />

room, its own private lake with rowing boats, and a heated indoor<br />

swimming pool and hot tub. The oast house has a country-cottage style<br />

kitchen which offers well-equipped self-catering on a grand scale, and<br />

there’s a long farmhouse table so everyone can gather together and toast<br />

your celebration over a good meal. If the weather is warm, you can dine<br />

alfresco on the deck, enjoying views of the lake and food from the pizza<br />

oven or barbecue. Or how about letting someone else do the hard work<br />

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Twilight Decanter £77<br />

Dartington Crystal<br />

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Personalised pearl chain<br />

necklace £129 Merci Maman<br />

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1 Afternoon tea cup<br />

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London Boutique<br />

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Ivrea Clinque earrings<br />

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Sif Jakobs Jewellery<br />

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Rose door knocker with gift<br />

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Hand-painted delftware<br />

candle holder £22<br />

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At your next celebration, take the opportunity to let<br />

someone know you care, with a thoughtful gift that<br />

will make them smile for years to come<br />

The Story Of Us<br />

personalised couples<br />

memory book £25.99<br />

AIM Studio Co<br />

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Personalised chicken<br />

print £14.99<br />

Florence & Lavender<br />

florenceandlavender.co.uk<br />

Rose England Espresso Martini<br />

giclée print £60 Rose & Grey<br />

roseandgrey.co.uk<br />

Birthstone christening<br />

bangle £95 Molly<br />

Brown London<br />

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The Little Botanical<br />

Monstera in ceramic pot £33<br />

John Lewis johnlewis.com<br />

WITH Creative Record chopping<br />

board £17.99 Pikkii pikkii.com<br />

Megan striped pure<br />

wool throw £117<br />

JJTextile jjtextile.co.uk<br />

Orange twirl glasses £34<br />

(set of 2) Rockett St George<br />

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Love bomb candle<br />

£19.95 Mint & <strong>May</strong><br />

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Nebula cake stand<br />

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Amie vegan<br />

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Visit Blue Hen Flowers for<br />

beautiful, scented flowers grown<br />

to work with nature, so the plot<br />

buzzes with the sound of bees.<br />

For weddings, funerals, flower<br />

subscriptions, bouquets,<br />

workshops and PYO dates<br />

visit the website or Instagram<br />

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Lay the Table<br />

Jen Stuart-Smith of Blooming Green offers advice on<br />

how to bring flowers to the table at any dining event<br />

Flowers really are the proverbial ‘cherry on the cake’<br />

when it comes to any event table, adding life, scent<br />

and decoration, so get as creative as you like! Choose<br />

your vases or containers with care – a collection of<br />

salvaged jars creates a homely effect, or simple but<br />

effective bud vases of seasonal stems can be dotted<br />

along a trestle table for an informal ‘gathered-fromthe-garden’<br />

look.<br />

If you want more formal stylised décor, try using<br />

larger vases – which are decorative in their own right<br />

– and fill with one variety of flower. Peonies, roses or<br />

tulips en masse will have a strong impact and capture<br />

a sense of the season. The same goes for colour. Play<br />

safe and chic with monochrome, or throw caution to<br />

the wind and embrace a mix of colours for a table like<br />

a wild-flower meadow.<br />

Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party or anniversary<br />

celebration, carefully chosen flowers and foliage can<br />

transform the space into something super-special.<br />

bloominggreenflowers.co.uk<br />

Full Bloom<br />

Three local florists give us some fresh ideas for<br />

wedding and event flowers<br />

Edible and Wearable<br />

Looking Up<br />

Blue Hen Flowers share tips on how to add blooms in smaller touches like food and fashion<br />

Kirsty Newall, Creative Director at Fall into Flowers explains how to<br />

make a statement with flowers that draw the eye upwards (above)<br />

Perfect for drawing the gaze upward, a floating foliage scape can enhance any<br />

aesthetic. For something subtle yet beautiful, hanging blooms or planks is a great<br />

idea for dinner parties and sit-down events. Or to really make an entrance pop,<br />

weave flowers up and down the steps of a staircase to create a show-stopping<br />

floral display. The bigger the installation, the more opportunity you have to<br />

create something really bespoke and creative. Arches are always a popular choice<br />

too (particularly in the summer months), as they can easily transform a dull or<br />

vast area into a beautiful photo opportunity dripping with cascading flowers.<br />

One top tip is to remember that generally, larger installations can’t be moved<br />

once placed, so take time choosing that perfect spot, and consider touring the<br />

venue with your florist first to explore ideas. fallintoflowers.com<br />

For buttonholes, we like to go really personal with unique touches like feathers, wheat, dried flowers and<br />

gorgeous foliage. Pom pom dahlias are very popular too as they come in all sorts of colours to match any tie, suit,<br />

or colour scheme. It’s a lovely romantic gesture to hand-make one for your partner, and DIY is a very popular<br />

way to get beautiful, personal flowers on a budget. At Blue Hen we do workshops and hen parties to show you<br />

how to make them (while also giving you a chance to think about exactly what you’d like for your bouquet). For<br />

your cake, add some colourful seasonal flair with edible flowers such as pansies, cornflowers, calendula, sweet<br />

William and sweet Cicely. We never use pesticides, ensuring that nature’s eco-system can work properly, which<br />

means our blooms are safe to use as edible decorations. You can ask your florist to recommend edible flowers, or<br />

buy from a grower using Flowers from the Farm’s map to find a local farmer. bluehenflowers.com<br />




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Bouquet by Blooming Green, created using flowers grown on their<br />

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‘Ada’ dress by Ellis Bridals, available at Vicki’s Bridal<br />

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Labradorite hexagon cluster ring<br />

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Jewellery foolsgoldjewellery.co.uk<br />

Cream Kesuda top handle £400<br />

ARANYANI aranyani.com<br />

Vegan leather round<br />

watch £120 Veo<br />

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Pearl and gold nugget<br />

pendant necklace £280<br />

Taylor Black Jewellery<br />

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Bow front hat<br />

£110 Phase Eight<br />

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Frock and Frill Aya daisy<br />

embroidered maxi dress £165<br />

Wolf & Badger wolfandbadger.com<br />

Bexley nude patent<br />

shoe £90 Dune London<br />

dunelondon.com<br />

Gold pearl hoop<br />

earrings £27<br />

One & Eight<br />

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Emily and Fin Alyssa Palolem<br />

palm dress £120 Wolf &<br />

Badger wolfandbadger.com<br />

Via soft pearl<br />

floral clutch £65<br />

Oliver Bonas<br />

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‘Hold On’ rose<br />

quartz ring £60 YAA<br />


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Neve opal star huggies<br />

£59 Luna Charles<br />

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Rita green swallows dress<br />

£155 Palava palava.co<br />

Guest<br />

Dressed<br />

Shop classic styles and flattering fits with<br />

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Grace loop disc hat<br />

£75 John Lewis<br />

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broderie anglaise<br />

dress £139 Ro&Zo<br />

roandzo.com<br />

Strathberry nano<br />

leather tote<br />

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Floral<br />

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hardcase £48<br />

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Lipsy Love & Roses pleated<br />

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dress £92 Next next.co.uk<br />

Rosario ballerinas<br />

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Phase Eight phase-eight.com<br />

Pearl ring with<br />

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Thomas Sabo<br />

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Ice queen moonstone and topaz<br />

ring £75 Fools Gold Jewellery<br />

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Pearl cluster gold<br />

bracelet £85<br />

Olivia Burton<br />

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Little By Little<br />

Seville sustainably<br />

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Veo horizon.veo.world<br />

Vixen Millinery Mallory lace trim disc<br />

hat £270 John Lewis johnlewis.com<br />

Lizzie soft rose suede heels<br />

£159 Calla callashoes.co.uk<br />

Green jersey smart<br />

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Monsoon monsoon.co.uk<br />

Emily II heels<br />

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Charlotte’s<br />

wine<br />

recommendation:<br />

This taste of Italy calls for<br />

a glass of Prosecco. Castellore<br />

Organico Organic Prosecco 75cl<br />

from Aldi is excellent value. The<br />

clean crisp fizz is perfection<br />

with the salty Parmesan<br />

and sweet tomato<br />

Pictured: Parmesan shortbread with pesto,<br />

slow roast tomato and feta<br />

Union Jack cotton coronation bunting<br />

£7 M&S marksandspencer.com

fit for a<br />

King<br />

Charlotte Butterworth – @theneedy.greedy – creates Coronation<br />

worthy canapés, pairing them with wine recommendations for<br />

a celebration to savour. All the canapés can be prepared the<br />

day before and simply assembled when you need them.<br />

Photographs:<br />

David Merewether<br />

Crown: istockphoto.com/ Hein Nouwens

The Peony Round Tablecloth in linen<br />

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The Needy Greedy<br />

Charlotte is a food writer and<br />

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Find @theneedy.greedy on<br />

Instagram and Facebook for course<br />

information or contact Charlotte<br />

directly for private lessons.

Parmesan shortbread with<br />

pesto, slow roast tomato & feta<br />

(Pictured on opening spread)<br />

These crunchy Parmesan shortbreads<br />

are delicious on their own, but when<br />

topped with homemade pesto, slow<br />

roasted tomatoes and feta, they are<br />

sublime. All the elements can be<br />

made two days before and assembled<br />

when needed. Just be sure to keep the<br />

shortbreads in an air tight container.<br />

For the Parmesan shortbread<br />

(makes approx 25 shortbreads):<br />

• 60g plain flour<br />

• 45g cold butter, diced<br />

• 60g Parmesan, grated<br />

• pinch of cayenne pepper and salt<br />

1. Put all the ingredients in a food<br />

processor and pulse to form small<br />

wet crumbs, which then easily form a<br />

smooth ball of dough with your hands.<br />

2. Roll out the dough on a floured<br />

surface to approx 1cm thick. Cut<br />

into small discs with a pastry<br />

cutter. The pastry will crack and<br />

you will need to re roll a few times<br />

so as not to waste any dough.<br />

3. Place on a baking tray lined with<br />

non stick baking parchment, chill for<br />

30 mins. When ready to cook, bake in<br />

a preheated oven at 180˚C for 8 mins.<br />

Allow to harden on the tray before<br />

cooling completely on a wire rack.<br />

Charlotte’s<br />

wine<br />

recommendation:<br />

These are beautiful with<br />

Nyetimber Blanc du blanc. English<br />

Sparkling wines are amongst the best in<br />

the world and Nyetimber is one of my<br />

favourites. The elegant notes of apple<br />

and lemon will complement the<br />

salmon perfectly, while the acidity<br />

will balance any richness<br />

from the cream.<br />

For the tomatoes:<br />

Halve approx 25 baby plum tomatoes.<br />

Put in an oven proof dish with 1tbsp<br />

of olive oil, 1tsp of dried oregano,<br />

salt and pepper. Roast for approx<br />

30 mins at 150˚C. Allow to cool.<br />

For the pesto:<br />

• 60g basil<br />

• 60g Parmesan<br />

• 40g cashews<br />

• a garlic clove<br />

• 30ml extra<br />

virgin olive oil<br />

1. Pop the basil, cashews and garlic in<br />

a food processor. Add the Parmesan<br />

(I used the grater attachment on the<br />

processor). Blitz together, and drizzle<br />

in the oil while the blade is running.<br />

Have a taste and check the consistency,<br />

you may want to add some water.<br />

Keep in the fridge until needed.<br />

<strong>To</strong> assemble:<br />

• feta cubes, halved<br />

Spread a little pesto over each<br />

shortbread. <strong>To</strong>p with a tomato and half<br />

a feta cube. Garnish with a basil leaf.<br />

Smoked salmon mousse<br />

on cucumber cups (above)<br />

Light as air lemony salmon mousse on<br />

cool cucumber. And so easy to make!<br />

The mousse can be made the day before,<br />

and the cucumber cut a day ahead and<br />

stored in the fridge. Assemble up to a<br />

couple of hours before and refrigerate.<br />

• 100g smoked salmon<br />

• 50g cream cheese<br />

• juice of ½ lemon<br />

• 50ml whipping or double cream<br />

• 1tbsp of dill, plus extra for garnish<br />

• 1 cucumber<br />

• lemon zest, to decorate<br />

1. Pop the salmon, cream cheese,<br />

lemon juice and dill in a mixer.<br />

Add black pepper and blitz.<br />

2. Whip the cream until thick,<br />

then fold into the salmon mix. Put<br />

in piping bag (or you can use a<br />

teaspoon, it will taste the same).<br />

3. Slice the cucumber to the<br />

about 1.5cm thick. Pipe or<br />

spread over salmon mix.<br />

4. Cool until needed and<br />

garnish with some lemon zest,<br />

dill and black pepper.<br />

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The Coronation Cushion<br />

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Dates stuffed<br />

with goats cheese,<br />

pistachios &<br />

pomegranate seeds<br />

Serves 4 approx as part<br />

of a canape selection<br />

These decadent Medjool<br />

dates take moments<br />

to prepare, but are<br />

so delicious and look<br />

beautiful. The Medjool<br />

date is the king of dates<br />

in both taste and size,<br />

with a chewy caramel<br />

flavour that goes so well<br />

with the lemony goats<br />

cheese and crunchy nuts.<br />

• 10 Medjool dates<br />

• 3 tbsp of creamy<br />

goats cheese<br />

• 2 tbsp shelled<br />

pistachios, roughly<br />

chopped<br />

• a few pomegranate<br />

seeds*<br />

• tiny mint leaves,<br />

to decorate<br />

Charlotte’s<br />

wine<br />

recommendation:<br />

I love these with a dry white.<br />

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1. Slit the dates<br />

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completely all the way<br />

through. Remove the<br />

stone. Take a teaspoon<br />

of goats cheese and<br />

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pistachios and carefully<br />

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seeds on the cheese.<br />

3. Add a few little sprigs<br />

of mint for decoration.<br />

*<strong>To</strong>p tip: I use frozen<br />

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roll on a plate.

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Aubergine Caviar<br />

on Crostini<br />

Serves 4 generously – feel<br />

free to halve or double!<br />

A beautiful vegetarian canapé<br />

that can be made up to 3<br />

days in advance, and then<br />

assembled on the day. It’s so<br />

flavourful and delicious, it<br />

can be likened to a caviar!<br />

This also work well as a dip.<br />

Charlotte’s<br />

wine<br />

recommendation:<br />

This Mediterranean canapé<br />

pairs so well with The Guv’nor<br />

Sparkling Rose from Majestic. An<br />

inexpensive pink fizz from Spain<br />

that won’t be overwhelmed by<br />

the big garlic flavours, but feels<br />

special and is excellent<br />

value for money.<br />

• 2 aubergines<br />

• 2 cloves garlic, crushed<br />

• 30ml Greek yoghurt<br />

• juice of a lemon<br />

• 20ml good extra<br />

virgin olive oil<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

• mint leaves to serve<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C.<br />

Line a baking sheet with non<br />

stick parchment, and prick<br />

the aubergines a couple of<br />

times. When the oven is up to<br />

temperature, put the aubergines<br />

on the prepared tray and<br />

bake for about 45 mins, until<br />

it is soft. The cooking time<br />

depends on size of aubergine,<br />

so it may take a bit longer.<br />

2. When the aubergine is soft,<br />

remove from the oven and<br />

cool. When cooled, remove<br />

the skin from the aubergine<br />

and put the soft <strong>inside</strong>s into<br />

a blender or food processor.<br />

Add the yoghurt, lemon juice,<br />

garlic, olive oil and seasoning.<br />

Blitz until smooth. Taste and<br />

season again if necessary.<br />

Refrigerate for at least an hour.<br />

For the crostini:<br />

Thinly slice some sourdough<br />

or a part baked baguette<br />

and brush with olive oil.<br />

Bake in the oven at 180˚C<br />

for 7-10mins, until crispy,<br />

cool on a rack. Alternatively,<br />

simply toast some good<br />

bread and cut into pieces.<br />

When ready to serve:<br />

<strong>To</strong>p each crostini with the<br />

aubergine. Pop a mint leaf on<br />

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Beauty CHAMPIONS<br />

Josephine Fairley unveils the very deserving winners of<br />

the prestigious Beauty Bible Awards <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Twelve months. Well over 1,000<br />

testers. Nearly 100 categories. A<br />

total of 240,000 words, written<br />

between Sarah Stacey and me (which is the<br />

equivalent of not one, not two, but THREE<br />

books!) That’s what it took to launch The<br />

Beauty Bible Awards <strong>2023</strong>, which are unique<br />

among beauty awards in that we have real women<br />

testing real products for us in real time – often for<br />

a period of months – giving incredibly detailed<br />

feedback. (Which, in many cases, is based upon<br />

using the product on half their face, or one arm<br />

or leg, so they can compare results with skin<br />

on which they’ve stuck to their usual regime.)<br />

You can, as ever, read their comments and<br />

all details of the winning products across<br />

skincare, bodycare, haircare, make-up,<br />

suncare, as well as tools and devices, over<br />

on beautybible.com. Our aim, with these<br />

Awards, has always been to help women take<br />

a short-cut to products which really work.<br />

But I thought I’d share with you here not<br />

only some of the stellar products for <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

but my own personal favourites among this<br />

year’s winners, with a word or two from me<br />

about why I love them, too. So, here goes…<br />

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine<br />

Eye Balm, £62 for 15ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comment: ‘A small pot of<br />

magic, which did wonders for my eye area –<br />

everyone should have a pot of this “miracle”<br />

cream which I can’t praise enough – my whole<br />

eye area seems brighter and younger-looking,<br />

and I only wish I discovered this years<br />

ago!’ Why Jo loves it: this repeat Beauty<br />

Bible winner is rich, skin-smoothing,<br />

beautifully and aromatically scented,<br />

smoothing my skin without<br />

irritating my touchy eyes.<br />

OSKIA Renaissance Mask, £70 for 50ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comment: ‘10/10. Fine lies<br />

and wrinkles below eyes seemed to fade, skin<br />

felt smoother and younger. I felt I had boosted<br />

radiance and skin seemed less dull. Loved the<br />

fruity smell. My new mask of choice!’ Why Jo<br />

loves it: this 99.4% natural mask has long been<br />

my go-to when my skin is looking dull and<br />

dreary, as the gentle exfoliating AHA fruit<br />

acids bring back the glow super-fast. When I<br />

haven’t had enough sleep, I reach for this!<br />

This Is Silk Silk Overnight Oil, £49 for<br />

30ml. Beauty Bible tester comment: ‘I<br />

think it has made my skin look younger,<br />

as it’s so much better hydrated. A lovely oil,<br />

perfect for night-time use, smells beautiful<br />

and helps with texture of skin; it showed<br />

improvement after first use and kept it soft for<br />

a full 24 hours.’ Why Jo loves it: the heavenly<br />

jasmine-y scent and skin softening effect. It<br />

encourages me to massage my face, which is one of<br />

the best things you can do to get a glow going.<br />

Aroma Active Sleep Salt Soak, £7.50 for 500g.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘I’d definitely<br />

buy and recommend – a lovely example of a<br />

relaxing bath product, the perfect companion<br />

to a long soak to alleviate stresses and strains’,<br />

and: ‘Beautiful lavender fragrance with a hint<br />

of hardworking minerals – like a health spa<br />

in a box! I think it prolonged the feeling of<br />

relaxation after a bath’. Why Jo loves it: a<br />

fabulously affordable bath treat, created by<br />

the team which brought us Aromatherapy<br />

Associates, leaving skin surprisingly soft – so I<br />

don’t need additional moisture afterwards.<br />

Liz Earle Skin Replenishing Body<br />

Balm, £24.50 for 500ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘I<br />

normally need<br />

<br />

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an extremely thick and heavy cream/<br />

body butter to get the level of hydration<br />

I noted from this; it was amazing to<br />

get the same results with something a<br />

bit lighter to apply’, and ‘Dry skin felt<br />

instantly hydrated, appearance of dry<br />

skin disappeared and I could still feel that<br />

skin was softened 24 hours later.’ Why Jo<br />

loves it: aromatic, rich, yet it sinks in fast<br />

(and is downright brilliant for dry shins, feet,<br />

elbows); a generous tub has long had a place by<br />

my bedside, after repeated Beauty Bible wins.<br />

Spacemasks, £16.50 for five.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘I am now a convert<br />

– they smell great, are comfortable to wear, heat<br />

up well and really do help me to drift off to sleep<br />

and have a good night’s sleep. I would happily<br />

use them every night’, and: ‘10+++! The masks<br />

feel luxurious, the warmth helps ease tension<br />

and you feel totally relaxed; good for sleep,<br />

meditation, travelling and if you’ve had too<br />

much screen time.’ Why Jo loves them: one of<br />

these masks – which won in our ‘Sleep Aids’<br />

category – takes all the tension out of my eye area<br />

before bedtime, prepping me for sweet dreams.<br />

Molton Brown Intense Repairing Hair<br />

Mask with Fennel, £30 for 250ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘My hair looks<br />

super shiny and glossy, like it does after going<br />

to the salon. This is a premium hair mask with<br />

a gorgeous smell; the texture is generously thick<br />

and glides easily through the hair’, and: ‘OMG,<br />

I LOVED THE FRAGRANCE!!! I don’t know<br />

why, but it made me feel like I was on holiday<br />

in the Maldives or Caribbean – amazing!!’ Why<br />

Jo loves it: I completely agree with our tester<br />

about the transporting fragrance; I get such<br />

great gloss from using this on my bleached<br />

blonde hair that I actually lug the hefty<br />

tub to the hair salon when I go, too.<br />

SUQQU The Liquid<br />

Foundation, £71 for 30ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comment:<br />

‘An absolute splurge price, but I<br />

think it’s worth having a little<br />

piggy bank of its own. I have some<br />

pigmentation marks which it covers<br />

beautifully and stays in place very well<br />

without even the need for a touch of<br />

powder over the top.’ Why Jo loves it: with<br />

its skin-quenching texture and great, buildable<br />

coverage, probably the best foundation I’ve ever<br />

tried (and with 23 shades to choose from).<br />

Sann Nourish & Tint Solid Lip Serum, £24.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘Very moisturising<br />

and surprisingly long-lasting; lasted an hour<br />

and half including over lunch, then at least<br />

two hours when I was only drinking’, and:<br />

‘A handbag essential – a moisturising tint<br />

of natural colour balm in one swipe with<br />

no mirror needed.’ Why Jo loves it… I<br />

could honestly put this twist-up crayonstyle<br />

tinted and nourishing balm on in the<br />

dark. I have it in several shades, although<br />

I particularly love deep, berry-ish ‘Wild’.<br />

Elemis Pro-Collagen Insta-<br />

Smooth Primer, £58 for 50ml.<br />

Beauty Bible tester comments: ‘Loved this. I<br />

have never used a primer before, so wasn’t sure<br />

what to expect. A very small amount goes a long<br />

way, so this product will last you an age and whilst<br />

expensive, it definitely represents exceptional value<br />

for money. I applied after my moisturiser and it<br />

melted into my skin immediately. The fragrance<br />

is gorgeous and lingers on your skin for hours;<br />

however, it is the results that are immediately<br />

noticeable. My skin was exceptionally smooth<br />

and the lines on my forehead have faded within a<br />

couple of months. My skin looks radiant, glowing<br />

and youthful.’ Why Jo loves it… this primer<br />

completely converted me to using primers:<br />

make-up looks more polished and vibrant, and it<br />

entirely eliminates the need for touchups,<br />

later; when I have skipped<br />

this step, I absolutely notice the<br />

difference at the end of the day.<br />

For 100 categories of<br />

Beauty Bible Awardwinning<br />

products, visit<br />

beautybible.com.<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

Body Matters<br />

Sarah Maxwell explains the importance of acceptance<br />

in the second of a two-part exploration<br />

istockphoto.com/ jacoblund<br />

If I were to ask you to stand<br />

naked or in front of a mirror<br />

and have a really good look at<br />

your body from all angles, what<br />

would you say about it? I’m not a<br />

psychic but I can almost guarantee<br />

that the majority of you would have<br />

quite a few negative things to say.<br />

Aside from childhood conditioning<br />

and unrealistic expectations from the<br />

media – about how we should look<br />

effortlessly slink back into shape after<br />

childbirth etc – the most influential<br />

messages are from ourselves.<br />

A Tale of Two Women<br />

Linda told me that at the age of 70 she<br />

deeply regretted the many years she<br />

wasted thinking she was overweight.<br />

On pointing to a photograph of<br />

herself aged 30, she told me that 40<br />

years later she realised she wasn’t!<br />

Julie was a 40+ mother of 2 who<br />

refused to throw away her bikini. When<br />

asked by her adult sons why she insisted<br />

on wearing it, she told them, “I love my<br />

body, it’s amazing and I love my bikini.”<br />

These amazing women caused<br />

a dramatic shift in my attitude to<br />

myself and I will be forever grateful<br />

to them both. I spent too many years<br />

being overly critical about my body<br />

and now know that I’m not alone in<br />

that. I managed to create a negative<br />

image of myself entirely on my own.<br />

Mind Body Reframe<br />

Don’t pressure yourself into feeling love<br />

for your body – instead, try practicing<br />

being grateful for the amazing things<br />

it can do. Rather than judging your<br />

appearance as good or bad, take a<br />

neutral approach. For example, instead<br />

of criticising your post-baby belly,<br />

recognise that your body has undergone<br />

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marks, appreciate that they’re a sign of<br />

your body’s incredible strength during<br />

pregnancy. Start reframing your negative<br />

thoughts and focusing on the positives.<br />

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your body’s unique characteristics,<br />

it can be incredibly empowering. It<br />

can also be the difference between<br />

struggling to make progress with<br />

weight loss, increasing fitness or<br />

following a healthier lifestyle.<br />

So instead of chasing someone else’s<br />

standards or punishing yourself with<br />

extreme diets and exercise, start by<br />

becoming aware of the negative things<br />

you say to yourself and in time you<br />

might find you love a bikini too.<br />

I recently read this and feel it<br />

sums up everything beautifully:<br />

“<strong>To</strong>day I painted a new resident’s nails at<br />

work and as we were going over colours,<br />

she mentioned she wanted clear. The<br />

only thought that came to my mind was<br />

‘CLEAR?! That’s no fun.’ I asked her why<br />

she wanted clear and she said, ‘My hands<br />

are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention<br />

to them.’ I then carefully responded with,<br />

‘Your hands tell the story of your life.<br />

They tell the story of love, of care and<br />

adventure. These hands have touched and<br />

held things that most people can only wish<br />

to one day.’ And with that, she went with<br />

the colour pink for her nails. Sometimes<br />

what we are so insecure with, others find<br />

beauty in.” - Brandalyn Mae Porter.<br />

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)<br />

...or body dysmorphia, is a mental<br />

health condition where a person<br />

spends a lot of time worrying about<br />

flaws in their appearance. These flaws<br />

are often unnoticeable to others.<br />

People of any age can have BDD,<br />

and it affects both men and women.<br />

Having BDD does not mean you’re<br />

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after negative experiences and<br />

has a detrimental impact on your<br />

physical and mental health and<br />

it’s essential you have support.<br />

Useful links:<br />

• mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/news/<br />

pregnancy-makes-many-women-feelnegative-about-their-body-image-newmental-health-foundation-survey<br />

• lancastergeneralhealth.org/<br />

health-hub-home/motherhood/<br />

fourth-trimester/8-ways-to-overcomenegative-body-image-after-baby<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a multi award-winning<br />

weight loss, lifestyle and fitness coach.<br />

Find out more about her work...<br />

Facebook & Instagram:<br />

@sarahmaxlife<br />

Twitter: @sarahmax100<br />

sarahmaxwell.com<br />

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Nourish to Flourish<br />

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau discusses<br />

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PMS includes physical elements such as headaches, bloating,<br />

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psychological complaints such as low mood and mood swings.<br />

Menstruation is an infradian rhythm (a bodily rhythm that<br />

exceeds our daily circadian rhythm) which fluctuates according<br />

to hormonal changes throughout the cycle; affecting the brain,<br />

metabolism, immune system, microbiome, stress response system<br />

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It’s been a while since dried flowers were in vogue – but after years in the interiors<br />

wilderness they have finally shaken off the dust, spruced themselves up and<br />

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seed heads and berries may fit the mood and partner up with the grasses. The<br />

great thing is that – if you choose carefully – dried arrangements can be versatile<br />

and relatively easy to update through the changing seasons (and interior trends).<br />

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You will find plenty of dried flowers for sale these days, but it is fun to try<br />

and dry your own. There are various methods and even some blooms – aptly<br />

named everlasting flowers – that grow to be naturally crispy and long lasting.<br />

As the plant material loses moisture it changes, and ends up looking quite different<br />

from the original plant, but just as beautiful. The trick is to preserve the shape and<br />

colour of the individual blooms: a bouquet of cut flowers left to dry out in the vase<br />

usually goes brown and the petals fall off. The water they need turns the stems to<br />

mush and the rot sets in. This process of drying is basically not dry enough.<br />

Preserving Petals<br />

The most natural way to dry flowers is to tie them into small bunches (large clumps<br />

will take longer to dry out and are more likely to go brown) and then hang them<br />

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Sunlight will bleach and fade the colours and as the moisture evaporates they will<br />

shrink, which can cause the petals to fall. Choose an airy space out of direct sunlight<br />

and make sure it stays dry – a big cupboard or the loft are ideal. The garden shed<br />

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rot, or become cobwebby. Once they have dried, a misting with hairspray will act<br />

as a ‘setting’ agent. You can accelerate the drying process by layering the flowers<br />

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Pick the freshest, most unblemished subjects for dried arrangements, just<br />

as they reach their peak. The best flowers are small and sturdy – Gypsophila<br />

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Foliage – sprigs of waxy evergreen leaves – Viburnum tinus, Eucalyptus,<br />

Bay Laurel and Ruscus will dry well without losing too much texture. Palm<br />

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Grasses – these will also add some lightness and an ethereal beauty, looking good<br />

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Notes on Rye Harbour<br />

Sue Whigham takes a trip to the coast to discover what makes the nature<br />

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reedbeds, ponds and gravel pits and saltmarsh. All of<br />

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variety of interdependent birds, plants and invertebrates.<br />

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or rare but ongoing and expert management of the<br />

Reserve has meant that we are lucky to have such a<br />

special place and such biodiversity on our doorstep.<br />

The skies are huge here and the light is ever<br />

changing over the sea and the shingle. No two visits<br />

are the same. And now, in the spring, the skylarks<br />

are singing their hearts out above the Reserve, so<br />

different from the winter months when you see<br />

them feeding together in companionable groups.<br />

On the shingle things are stirring right now with the<br />

emerging shoots of the sea kale taking pride of place. Their<br />

leaves are purple and crinkly in their infancy but they<br />

soon become a lovely glaucous greeny-blue as they mature.<br />

There’s never a dull moment in the cycle of this perfectly<br />

adapted plant’s life. Waxy leaves help to prevent water loss.<br />

Even the shape of the curly leaves helps with the retention<br />

of water and as the water droplets get larger in the nooks<br />

and crannies of the leaves, it will eventually make its way to<br />

the plant’s extensive roots deep beneath the shingle ridges.<br />

And as the flowering season of the kale finishes, the<br />

yellow horned poppy, Glaucium flavum, begins to flower<br />

both alongside the path parallel to the sea and on the edges<br />

of the shingle. I love this plant for both its rich yellow<br />

flowers and its long, elegantly curved seed heads growing<br />

out at all angles from the plant. Once they are ripe, later in<br />

the year, they will split open and the seeds will be ejected<br />

some distance from the parent plant. All clever stuff as<br />

they don’t want to be in competition for nutrients or water<br />

in these inhospitable conditions. Seventeenth Century<br />

herbalists were convinced that the roots of the poppy were<br />

the answer to healing bruises as its early name of Bruiseroot<br />

suggests, but in fact most parts of the plant are both toxic<br />

and hallucinogenic. Another country name for the yellow<br />

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And tucked away in the shingle there are several low growing<br />

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One of my most favourite wild flowers is Wild Carrot, Daucus<br />

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Monsters of the Deep<br />

Take a deep breath, plunge down<br />

to the dark murky depths of<br />

the ocean and discover the creepiest<br />

of under-water monsters. Is it true<br />

that krakens with tentacles two<br />

miles long and giant sharks as big<br />

as skyscrapers lurk down there?<br />

Combining legends, folklore<br />

and modern-day science, it’s up<br />

to you to decide what lies beneath<br />

at the latest exhibition at The<br />

Historic Dockyard Chatham.<br />

Monsters of the Deep has been<br />

described as the most technically<br />

sophisticated and lavish sea monsterthemed<br />

showcase ever produced.<br />

Seize your opporunity to explore<br />

centuries-old myths and legends of<br />

mermaids, tales of deep-sea creatures,<br />

explore the fake news stories that<br />

proliferate today, and meet the real<br />

monsters of the deep housed in tall<br />

‘bubbling’ enigmatic glass tubes.<br />

The exhibition has been curated<br />

by National Maritime Museum<br />

Cornwall, in partnership with Arts<br />

Council England and, remarkably,<br />

admission to Monsters of the Deep<br />

is free as part of an entry ticket<br />

to The Historic Dockyard.<br />

Book your tickets online, at a<br />

reduced rate, at thedockyard.co.uk.<br />

Inspired by the brandnew<br />

Sir Barnes Wallis<br />

exhibition, come and uncover<br />

the marvellous inventions of<br />

Brooklands and the amazing<br />

people behind them.<br />

There will be a fun STEM<br />

family workshop about<br />

design and simulation, a new<br />

inventions trail around the<br />

site, Concorde Supersonic<br />

Walkthroughs and vintage<br />

bus rides from the<br />

London Bus Museum<br />

around the local area. Don’t<br />

forget to keep an eye out for<br />

the live actors in costume<br />

portraying Brooklands’<br />

famous inventors, too.<br />

With 32 acres of space to<br />

explore, there’s something to<br />

occupy everyone – whether<br />

you’re walking around the<br />

historic banked race track<br />

or beneath the wings of the<br />

giant aeroplanes in the aircraft<br />

park, or relaxing on the<br />

Paddock lawn with traditional<br />

games and ice cream.<br />

Book tickets online at<br />

brooklandsmuseum.com.<br />


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Summer of Fun!<br />

make new friends and try out a whole load of new activities this summer holiday<br />

Pied Piper and Wild Camps at Painshill’s multi-activity camps offer the perfect chance to let off some steam,<br />

If you’re looking for<br />

a fun and safe way for your child<br />

to spend their school holidays, then<br />

Pied Piper multi-activity camps are the perfect<br />

choice. This Ofsted registered childcare provider<br />

offers a range of exciting activities for children aged<br />

4-12 years old, with a daily program carefully designed to<br />

balance high-energy games with calmer fun-based activities.<br />

Pied Piper’s staff are chosen for their sense of fun and<br />

caring attitude, ensuring that your child will have a safe<br />

and enjoyable experience. With 80% of camp attendees<br />

returning year after year and past attendees even<br />

coming back as group leaders, you can rest assured<br />

that your child will have a wonderful time.<br />

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Activities include inflatable obstacle courses, water<br />

slides, den building, plenty of games and<br />

lots more. piedpiperactivities.co.uk.<br />

Wild Camps<br />

at Painshill are glorious,<br />

totally outdoor days spent in the forests,<br />

meadows and landscapes of the beautiful<br />

18th century garden. The camps are run, during<br />

school holidays, by a highly experienced Education<br />

Team who also lead school visits and develop education<br />

programmes that challenge and engage children of all ages.<br />

An exciting schedule of fun activities are set for each day but the<br />

team are responsive to young peoples’ interests and encourage childled<br />

play and experiences. A big part of the camps is centred on<br />

building children’s confidence and encouraging friend making.<br />

The Painshill team spend all day, every day outside, whatever the weather<br />

– and they love it! The camps teach children to embrace the fun found<br />

in every season; on a rainy day they might make mini rivers, on a<br />

windy day they might make and fly a kite. Several contingency<br />

plans are in place for wet or cold weather, including a big<br />

outdoor shelter and hot chocolate around the campfire.<br />

The Painshill Camps sell out quickly and you are most likely<br />

to get a place if you sign up to the Painshill mailing list.<br />

Their subscribers are always the first to know<br />

when new dates are announced. Find<br />

out more at painshill.co.uk.<br />

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Mt Ephraim Gardens<br />

Faversham, Kent<br />

August 18-20<br />

The very best in classic & prog-rock, blues and roots<br />

The Zombies – Ozric Tentacles<br />

Caravan - System 7<br />

Lindisfarne - Pentangle<br />

The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK<br />

From The Jam - Nine Below Zero<br />

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons<br />

Troy Redfern - Eddie & The Hot Rods<br />

Thunderstick – Geordie – Slim Chance<br />

Rosalie Cunningham – Mythra<br />

Franck Carducci – Flutatious - Cuprum<br />

The Gypsy Pistoleros – Splink - Zac Schulze Gang<br />

Pearl Handled Revolver – Skylines – ZZ <strong>To</strong>ppd<br />

True Deceivers - Avawaves - Leatherat + more<br />

Camping & Glamping available. Superb food &<br />

craft stalls, great bars, free parking<br />

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JUNE 19 – 22<br />

Where a Love of Roses<br />

is <strong>Celebrate</strong>d this Summer<br />

Experience the gardens at the height of their<br />

summer beauty with more than 5,000 roses.<br />

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Sat 29 Apr 10am-5pm<br />

Bourne Hall Museum, Spring<br />

Street, Epsom, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT17 1UF<br />



There’s plenty of fun to be<br />

had at this free family day out.<br />

The packed timetable of events<br />

includes maypole dancing,<br />

Victorian horse-drawn fire engine<br />

displays, a tug of war, a royalthemed<br />

fancy dress competition<br />

and morris dancing. You can<br />

also watch a daring display by<br />

penny farthing riders and take<br />

a ride in a cart drawn by heavy<br />

horses, and that’s just a small<br />

snippet of what’s on offer!<br />

Entry: free<br />

Weds 3 <strong>May</strong> 2pm-4.30pm<br />

Bradbury House, Merton<br />

Lane, Canterbury CT4 7DZ<br />



Join Kent MS Therapy Centre<br />

for afternoon tea to celebrate the<br />

King’s Coronation. Ticket includes<br />

a tea or coffee, a scone with<br />

cream and jam, a slice of cake and<br />

sandwiches! Contact them prior to<br />

booking if you have special dietary<br />

requirements. There will be a<br />

raffle as well, and entertainment<br />

from local musicians. Feel free to<br />

dress up in red, white and blue!<br />

Entry: £10<br />

kentmstc.org.uk<br />

Fri 5 <strong>May</strong> 6pm<br />

Cathedral House, 11 The<br />

Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH<br />




A concert for all ages at<br />

Canterbury Cathedral – come<br />

ready to wave your flags and<br />

raise the roof in celebration of<br />

our new King! Hand-held flags<br />

are very much encouraged, and<br />

will be available to purchase too.<br />

This is a charity fundraising event<br />

in support of The Friends of<br />

Canterbury Cathedral, who will<br />

organise, manage and deliver it.<br />

Entry: £21.50, children £11.50<br />

canterburyfestival.co.uk<br />

Sat 6 – Mon 8 <strong>May</strong><br />

Kent & East Sussex Railway,<br />

Station Road TN30 6HE<br />



Get in the spirit with your best<br />

royal fancy dress, bring your union<br />

jack flags and make the station a<br />

wash of colour.Coronation-themed<br />

activity sheets will ensure the fun<br />

continues onboard the train. Collect<br />

your ticket from the booking office<br />

and take a nostalgic journey back<br />

in time, as you travel by steam<br />

through the beautiful Rother Valley<br />

countryside to Bodiam in East<br />

Sussex (approximately 10.5 miles).<br />

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Sat 6 <strong>May</strong> 5.30-8pm<br />

Chartwell, Mapleton Road,<br />

Westerham TN16 1PS<br />



The National Trust celebrates<br />

the coronation at Chartwell with<br />

exclusive after-hours access to<br />

the gardens. Enjoy a glass of Pol<br />

Roger Champagne on arrival<br />

and bring along your own picnic<br />

to take in the beautiful views to<br />

the sounds of Oxted Band.<br />

Entry: £20, children £15<br />

Standard access into the property,<br />

is not included. Normal admission<br />

applys for earlier arrival.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Sun 7 <strong>May</strong> 1pm & 5pm<br />

The Literary Institute, 51 High<br />

Street, Egham TW20 9HL<br />



This celebratory event is for all<br />

ages and is all about community<br />

and bringing generations together.<br />

There will be a high tea fit for a<br />

King along with music, tea dance<br />

and lessons. Share memories<br />

from coronations and other royal<br />

celebrations, dress to impress for<br />

the Vintage Style Competition<br />

and enjoy a Coronation Quiz<br />

for good measure. All held in<br />

an original tea dance hall, this<br />

is a community collaboration<br />

between Egham Museum, Home<br />

Instead, Royal Holloway and<br />

At the Lit Community Hub.<br />

Entry: free<br />

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What’s On in <strong>May</strong><br />


Sat 13, Sun 14, Sat 20 &<br />

Sun 21 <strong>May</strong> 11am-5pm<br />

Locations around Kingston<br />


Open Studios supports the<br />

work of artists within the local<br />

community, with the aim of<br />

promoting accessibility to art<br />

and artists. Visits are free of<br />

charge and artists are happy<br />

to talk about their creative<br />

process. Works of art are for<br />

sale but there is no obligation<br />

to buy, the focus is on enjoying<br />

your visit. Some exhibitors<br />

will be holding workshops or<br />

giving demonstrations of their<br />

techniques. See the catalogue and<br />

details of the art trail online.<br />

kingstonartistsopenstudios<br />

Fri 19, Sat 20 & Sun<br />

21 <strong>May</strong> 11am-3pm<br />

Up the Garden Studio,<br />

Meadow View Road, Boughton<br />

Monchelsea, Kent ME17 4LF<br />



Step into the world of Graham<br />

Clarke, where you’re guaranteed<br />

to be amused and amazed. View<br />

a huge collection of his work<br />

including etchings produced<br />

entirely by hand, books, posters,<br />

greetings cards and more. A<br />

great opportunity to learn more<br />

about the etching process and<br />

browse his incredibly detailed,<br />

humorous work inspired by a<br />

love of rural life, the sea, history,<br />

Shakespeare, travel and more.<br />

Entry: free<br />

grahamclarke.co.uk<br />


Sat 12 <strong>May</strong> 11.30am-4pm<br />

(or 9.30am start for Early<br />

Bird ticket holders)<br />

& Sun 13 <strong>May</strong> 10am-4pm<br />

Eridge Park, Eridge Green<br />

TN3 9JG<br />


This popular annual fair is<br />

known for its inspiring displays<br />

by around 70 exhibitors selling<br />

beautiful English and continental<br />

decorative antiques and authentic<br />

brocante from the markets of<br />

Belgium and France. There will<br />

also be stands selling artisan<br />

fashion and jewellery or exquisite<br />

handmade decorative items, a<br />

pop-up café by Hattons of RTWs<br />

for refreshments and light lunches,<br />

and workshops on Embroidery<br />

and paper-folding. All exhibitors<br />

are carefully chosen and the layout<br />

is such that whatever the weather,<br />

visitors can enjoy browsing and<br />

shopping under cover. Plenty<br />

of parking. Sorry no dogs.<br />

Entry: Early Bird tickets £24<br />

(early entry on the 12th)<br />

Standard Tickets £12.50<br />

decorativelivingfair.co.uk<br />

Sat 27 to Mon 29<br />

<strong>May</strong> 10am-4pm<br />

All Saints Church, High Street,<br />

Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8AH<br />



This year’s theme, A Moment<br />

in Time, will commemorate<br />

special occasions from weddings<br />

to coronations and even one<br />

that will celebrate Eurovision!<br />

Brilliant floral displays created<br />

by villagers, will add bursts of<br />

colour throughout the 13th<br />

century church. Other highlights<br />

of the festival will include musical<br />

interludes and a chance to climb<br />

the church tower for magnificent<br />

views over the Weald. If the<br />

floral displays inspire you, you<br />

can stop by the popular plant<br />

stall to purchase a seedling to<br />

take home. Homemade cakes<br />

and other refreshments will also<br />

be on sale throughout the day.<br />

Entry: free<br />

Sun 28 <strong>May</strong> 10am-4pm<br />

Cranbook High Street<br />



The much-loved Cranbrook<br />

street festival – a Chelsea Fringe<br />

Event – is back, celebrating ‘all<br />

you can grow and what you can<br />

do with it!’ This fun family day<br />

out will the high street with<br />

stallholders, children’s activities<br />

competitions, music courtesy of<br />

local bands and much more.<br />

Entry: free<br />

cranbrookgoesnutsinmay.co.uk<br />

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20th April every day to 4th <strong>May</strong>; 10am - 5pm<br />

48,000 tulips in 105 varieties!<br />

TULIP<br />


19th April every day<br />

to 3rd <strong>May</strong><br />


16th June every day to<br />

24th June<br />




11th every day to 15th July<br />

19th April every day to 3rd <strong>May</strong><br />

Over 46,000 tulips in the gardens<br />


Beautiful 11 Acre Gardens; Café with Terrace;<br />

Gift Shop; Sculpture and Art Exhibitions<br />

6th every day to 16th Sept.<br />

Open from 1st April - Tues to Sat & Event Days<br />

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Ticehurst, TN5 7HE 01580 200888<br />

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Kent Garden Show<br />

& NAFAS Regional Flower Show<br />

Sat 27th, Sun 28th & Mon 29th <strong>May</strong><br />

Gates Open 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)<br />

Featuring over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods.<br />

Floral marquees with stunning floral displays including<br />

medal winners from Chelsea. There is a food hall,<br />

craft pavilion, brass band & children’s rides.<br />

Garden furniture, water features, garden sheds and<br />

buildings, tools, sculptures, & much more.<br />

Jacqueline Aviolet will be in attendance all weekend to<br />

give answers to your gardening questions.<br />

Tickets available now.<br />

Tickets<br />

available at<br />

the gate & online<br />

Prices: Adults £12.00,<br />

Seniors £10.00<br />

Children up to<br />

age 16: Free<br />

Sorry no dogs<br />

01795 474660<br />

www.kentgardenshow.com<br />

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What’s On in <strong>May</strong><br />


Thu 11 <strong>May</strong> 7.30pm<br />

Assembly Hall Theatre,<br />

Crescent Road, Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent TN1 2LU<br />



Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival<br />

brings you much-loved author,<br />

Michael Rosen. In this important<br />

and timely performance, Rosen<br />

will discuss his moving and<br />

insightful memoir, Getting Better<br />

– an essential companion for<br />

anyone who has loved and lost,<br />

or struggled and survived. The<br />

book focuses on mental health and<br />

recovery over the past few years.<br />

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk<br />

Wed 16 – Sat 20 <strong>May</strong><br />

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

Millbrook, Guildford,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU1 3UX<br />


A dazzling musical adaptation of<br />

one of the greatest love stories<br />

of all time. When a chance<br />

encounter in a train station<br />

refreshment room kindles a timid,<br />

yet passionate, love affair between<br />

a married doctor and a suburban<br />

housewife, the two are forced<br />

to question if it’s worth risking<br />

everything for the sake of love.<br />

yvonne-arnaud.co.uk<br />


Fri 2 – Sun 18 June<br />

Various Locations<br />



South East Open Studios (SEOS)<br />

is back this summer! For an<br />

inspiring 17 days, artists and<br />

makers will open up their studios,<br />

welcoming members of the public<br />

and showing their work. SEOS<br />

celebrates creative talent across<br />

Kent, as well as parts of East<br />

Sussex and south London, raising<br />

the profile of visual arts across<br />

the whole of the south east.<br />

seos-art.org<br />

Sat 3 – Sun 18 June<br />

Painshill Park, Portsmouth<br />

Road, Cobham KT11 1BE<br />



Over the summer Painshill Park<br />

will be hosting three fabulous<br />

theatre performances including<br />

Robin Hood, A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream, and Twelfth<br />

Night. Pick your spot to set up<br />

the picnic chairs and blankets,<br />

grab a drink from the bar and<br />

enjoy a special theatre experience<br />

in the park’s stunning setting.<br />

The performances will be from<br />

cycling Shakespearean actors<br />

The HandleBards (A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream) and awardwinning<br />

open air touring theatre<br />

company, Ilyria (Robin Hood,<br />

and Twelfth Night). In true<br />

British style the event will go<br />

ahead whatever the weather.<br />

Entry: £18, children £14<br />

painshill.co.uk<br />

Sat 3 & Sun 4 June<br />

Westenhanger Castle, Stone<br />

Street, Westenhanger CT21 4HX<br />



Zest Fest, an exhilarating<br />

new festival, is coming to<br />

Westenhanger Castle near Hythe!<br />

Zest Fest is all about creativity,<br />

wellbeing and celebrating the<br />

human body by showcasing all<br />

the wonderful things it can do. It<br />

will be packed with captivating<br />

performances, fun workshops and<br />

exciting activities for all the family<br />

that will leave festival goers feeling<br />

happy, healthy and inspired.<br />

zestfestkent.eventbrite.co.uk<br />

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Jane Howard explains how it’s<br />

freedom at last for the cows<br />

exiting their winter barn shelters<br />

Hooray, it’s turn out time. Been<br />

a long time coming but at last<br />

the grass is beginning to grow<br />

and the ground has dried up enough to<br />

put the cattle back out in the fields. And it’s<br />

always one of the best days of the year. I keep<br />

a farm diary of what’s going on – and have done<br />

since we bought Coopers Farm in 1999 – which records<br />

that they all came into the barn in early November,<br />

so you can only imagine how good it must feel to run<br />

free again. First out are the cows and calves who charge<br />

round and round, kicking their heels in the air, bellowing<br />

and snorting as they stretch their legs for the first time<br />

in months. And for the calves its even more exciting,<br />

as they have never known freedom or<br />

appreciated the joy of having four legs.<br />

They usually form a posse, stick their<br />

tails up in the air at 90 degrees and<br />

just run and run till they’re completely<br />

exhausted. It’s wonderful to watch.<br />

Next out are the maiden heifers, the<br />

best females which have been selected<br />

from all those born in 2021 to keep<br />

for breeding and are now ready to<br />

join the main herd. Cows have a very<br />

structured social hierarchy, so the<br />

fourteen cows that shared a barn over<br />

winter have sorted out a strict pecking<br />

order and the arrival of four new heifers is cause for<br />

great social unrest. The big cheeses in the herd – say<br />

numbers one to ten – will be little bothered by the arrival<br />

of these younger newbies, but for numbers eleven to<br />

fourteen it spells trouble and there will need to be some<br />

serious argy bargy (referred to as bunting) while these<br />

lower orders sort out a new arrangement. The arrival<br />

of the bull in the field in a couple of weeks’ time will<br />

be greeted with surprisingly little interest as he never<br />

gets to join the pecking order and is simply seen as an<br />

outsider who serves only one purpose and little more.<br />

They usually form<br />

a posse, stick their<br />

tails up in the air<br />

at 90 degrees and<br />

just run and run till<br />

they’re completely<br />

exhausted. It’s<br />

wonderful to watch.<br />

After the cows and heifers it’s the turn of the yearlings<br />

– the heifers and steers born in 2022 who will spend<br />

the summer in fields some way off behind the church<br />

in Stonegate. This is far enough away for the bull<br />

not to catch a whiff of any bulling (in season) young<br />

heifers – which would require further<br />

investigation on his behalf – and they<br />

can all just get on with munching<br />

grass and growing fat and glossy.<br />

So all that’s left in the yard is Bill the<br />

bull, but, as mentioned, not long now<br />

before he goes out with the cows and<br />

then it’s just the show team. These are the<br />

cattle that I have picked out to cosset and<br />

prepare for the <strong>2023</strong> show season – a cow<br />

and calf, a two year old maiden heifer, a<br />

yearling heifer and an older bull, George.<br />

They are all on special diets to bring<br />

them to peak condition for late <strong>May</strong> (the<br />

wonderful Heathfield Show) and nothing is too much<br />

bother. Buckets of feed are proffered twice a day, or less<br />

if it looks like they are getting too fit (cattle parlance for<br />

fat), they are walked up and down the drive to brush up<br />

on their ring etiquette and then Richard the foot trimmer<br />

comes up from the West Country to give them all a trim,<br />

resulting in perfectly manicured hooves. Of course George<br />

and the girls don’t really see the point of all this and just<br />

look forward to the end of June when they too can run<br />

out in the fields and snooze with the sun on their backs –<br />

and, after the spring we’ve just had, who can blame them.<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by following Jane on Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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