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I'm Ali, editor of Muddy Kent, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Anyone else's kids shot up a few inches during lockdown? We've got you covered with our pick of the coolest, colourful childrenswear to style out the summer.

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  • Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Looking for healthy dinner ideas – take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that’s quick, tasty and packed with protein.

    • Foodies rejoice!

      Foodies rejoice!

      Fed up with home cooking? Got a special occasion on the horizon? From virtual wine tasting to BBQ Boxes - here's 6 of the best food and drink experiences locally. Napkins at the ready!

    • Ready, set, cook! 8 new cookbooks for Spring

      Ready, set, cook! 8 new cookbooks for Spring

      Looking to up your cooking creds whilst in quarantine? Then you’ll be needing our curated guide to the most useful and inspiring cookbooks for spring. Yes, chef!

    • Speedy supper: smoked Haddock Curry

      Speedy supper: smoked Haddock Curry

      Desperately seeking dinner inspiration? We’ve got a 30 minute fab fish curry for you from Tart London – the super-cool caterers of choice for the fashion set.

    • Restaurants with rooms

      Restaurants with rooms

      Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We've scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

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  • Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    Missing the theatre and live venues? OMG, me too. Until normal service resumes for the arts world (your guess is as good as mine), here’s my personal culture planner for July – podcasts, books, music and theatre. I’ll budge up on the sofa, come and join me.

    • What to watch online this week

      What to watch online this week

      Your weekly boredom buster is here with all the best and brand spanking new TV, film, music and theatre to keep you entertained from the sofa.

    • My June cultural hitlist

      My June cultural hitlist

      Less time propping up bars means more time being a culture vulture! Here's what I'm loving this month.

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    • #PREPARETOCARE

      #PREPARETOCARE

      Five conversations you need to have with your parents sooner rather than later.

    • Get your family affairs in order

      Get your family affairs in order

      You know - all those things you avoid because they're either too serious, too scarey or too boring. We chatted to experts at Age Space about getting organised and protecting your family in times of need.

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  • J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    Are you a FaceTime fanatic or a Skype cynic? After months of video call catch-ups, two Muddy editors battle it out over the digital face-to-face. Who will you side with?

  • Kids

    • Is it time to try an online school?

      Is it time to try an online school?

      With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, ‘virtual’ schools are gaining traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

    • Russell House School

      Russell House School

      A Co-ed prep sitting pretty in Otford village. If you like your schools to have a strong family-feel and the focus on individual learning you’re in the right place.

  • 20 gorgeous pub gardens
  • 20 gorgeous pub gardens
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  • Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    The weather’s been pants, but we’re giving Joseph and his technicolour dream coat a run for his money with the best rainbow brights. Prepare to be dazzled.

    • 6 pairs of trainers for racking up miles

      6 pairs of trainers for racking up miles

      Whether you've rediscovered your love of running during lockdown, or just wanted an excuse to escape the house (guilty!), it's essential to have right kit. Try on these for size.

    • 6 re-usable masks

      6 re-usable masks

      Thinking of investing in a reusable facemask? We've rounded up some of the best (including local makers so you can support them)! Here's 6 masks to keep you looking stylish whilst we face *pun intended* our new normal. 

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    • Nail it! 5 pretty press-ons

      Nail it! 5 pretty press-ons

      Beauty salons are back, laydee! Jeez, where do we start? Gagging for a mani? I hear you. Why not fake it 'til you make it with 5 sets of pretty press-ons.

    • 5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      Split ends up to your ears? We've found five quick-fixes for treating neglected locks - and to stop your hair stylist from screaming when salons finally reopen

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  • Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    It turns out the healthy cooking queen has culinary disasters too! Melissa spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on burnt pans, how to waste less food and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer.

    • Remember this face – watch this space!

      Remember this face – watch this space!

      Meet 18-year-old Katie K - a homegrown, hard-working, young, music star-in-the-making. If you like her story and sound as much as we do then, go spread the word! She's going to be BIG news!

    • All about Gok

      All about Gok

      The fashion guru hits the decks at Lingfield Park Racecourse later this month, as well as presenting the Best Dressed award to the most stylish lady of the day. Here's 10 things you may not have known about Gok...

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