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JUST OPENED: FORM Personal Training, Sevenoaks

Based in Sevenoaks, FORM is a brand new personal training facility with friendly, expert personal trainers who are serious about you reaching your health and fitness goals, whether you are looking to drop body fat, increase your strength or become more resilient to injury. Fed up with gyms being viewed as often strange and intimidating places, FORM co-owners James Blanchard and Joe Birch wanted to buck the trend and create a private, clean and friendly environment with the best trainers working hard to have you working towards the next step on your health and fitness journey.

FORM offers a range of personal training options as well as a variety of all-inclusive classes focusing on boosting your fitness, increasing your strength and improving your mobility. Regardless of your goal, the expert team of trainers will make your experience fun and enjoyable within an intimate studio setting. Word on the ground is that this place is a female-friendly gym – we likely!

TRY THIS: Central Market, Tunbridge Wells

Now open in the Ely Court area of RVP in Tunbridge Wells is Central Market, a new and novel dining, cinema and live music experience. Set outside in communal benches surrounded by street food-pops including Wok and Sushi, The Argentinian Grill, an artisan dessert and ice cream shop, Rolling On Ice and Mini Marlowe’s – not forgetting the Gourmet Hotdogs!

There’s a fully licensed bar with cocktails alongside a specialist cheese and wine cellar. Don’t miss the new retail café by Kent-based chocolatiers Goupie who will  be serving made-to-order hot chocolates, coffees, desserts and a Goupie pick-and-mix. Yum! It’s card only and make sure you wrap up!

NEW LAUNCH: Moretto’s opening in Tenterden 

If you read our coverage of this year’s Muddy Awards you may remember salivating at the food provided by Moretto’s Italian BBQ truck – run by Gerry Avena who treated us all to his authentic Italian cooking, perfected by 35 years working as a chef and restauranteur. It was simply deeee-licious! Previously you could only get hold of it when the street food truck popped-up at the entrance to Tenterden’s Market Square. But now, hallelujah, Moretto’s café has launched in Tenterden.

Serving coffees, alongside a breakfast and daytime menu with hand-made pastas, sandwiches and salads. The Breakfast Menu will include breakfast with locally sourced bacon, sausages and homemade beans on sourdough toast and a brunch dish of poached egg, avocado and chorizo atop two crumpets. Whilst the Daytime Menu will focus on Mediterranean salads and sandwiches, including the famous Moretto’s Meatballs on ciabatta. Let’s go! 

FOR THE FOODIES: Themed Supper Clubs, Deal Pier Kitchen, Sat 9 & 16 & 30

Deal Pier Kitchen is the fab new eaterie at the end of Deal’s iconic pier – and you won’t want to miss their Supper Clubs this November! The unique location means you are surrounded by the ocean with an exceptional view of the town’s seafront. Sat 9 – seven course Seafood Tasting Menu, Sat 16 – Steak and Lobster evening, Sat 30 – Vegan/Veg Menu. Book your table now:

DON’T MISS: Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat, Biddenden, Sun 26 Jan 2020

This day retreat is run by Kathryn Freeland, who has over 20 years of experience (and made the Evening Standard Top 5 PT Hot List). Kathryn trains private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman and has teamed up with Ruth, a brilliant yoga teacher, for mindfulness day retreats in January. The first one has sold out so they’ve added this second date. Expect outdoor fitness in the beautiful woodland gym, calming meditation, relaxing yoga by the fire, delicious food and an informative nutrition forum. Before attending the event you will be asked to fill in a lifestyle & health questionnaire so that they can best tailor the sessions to your individual needs. Book up quick!

BOOK NOW! David Baddiel in Trolls: Not the Dolls, Leas Cliff Hall Theatre, Folkestone

If you, like me, grew up quoting every line from The Mary Whitehouse Experience then you won’t need me to sell the witty, observational genius that is David Baddiel. And this topic is so relevant to life today that it’s surely not to be missed.

Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. There is a common wisdom about how to deal with trolls: don’t, for goodness sake, encourage these people by replying to them.

It’s a good law. And it’s one that David Baddiel has consistently broken. Because David has always seen trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down. Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now.

David has stories to tell, of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Go with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe, more able to deflect your own trolls, and only a little bit soiled. Book it now!

‘ME’-TIME: Flow’s YOGA JAM weekend, Oxon Hoath, Hadlow, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Jan 2020

There’s still spaces left for the brilliant YOGA JAM weekend run by FLOW, the popular Tunbridge Wells yoga studio, who also organise these hugely popular mini retreats. It’s open to all abilities and is definitely not Boot Camp (a glass of wine is fine they assure me!) It’s all set against the backdrop of the wonderful stately home and grounds of Oxon Hoath (pictured above) and less than an hour from London. As well as the obvious yoga and delicious nutritious food on offer there’s also treatments like massage, Reiki and Reflexology.

SUPPER CLUBS: Alive with Flavour, La Luna Restaurant, Westerham 

Christmas cocktails, chocolate & cheese – sounds good to us! Don’t miss Alive with Flavour final Supper Club of the year with a welcome glass of fizz and Italian canapés. Make chocolate truffles and Florentines ready to box beautifully and take home. Discover some delicious new cheeses for the perfect cheeseboard. If you love chocolate and cheese have you tried putting the two together? Sample savoury canapes with just these two favourites… Plus learn how to make and enjoy a couple of Christmas cocktails and beautiful seasonal garnishes to impress your guests. All this for just £35. Book now:

TICKETS ON SALE: Black Deer Festival, Eridge Park, Line-up 2020

After two phenomenally successful years – the UK’s only Americana and country music festival is back. It promises once again to be all kinds of swing jive and Texas Two Stepping cool… And fresh off the press, the award-winning Black Deer Festival has announced the first 14 artists on the bill for 2020. Acts will include legends The Waterboys (remember the chart-conquering monster hit The Whole Of The Moon?) as well as Grammy nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids and Jeff Tweedy and his influential band Wilco – all coming to bring it next summer in Eridge Park.

FESTIVE FUN: Canterbury On Ice, 29 Nov – 1 Jan

Canterbury’s spectacular Christmas ice rink in the Dane John Gardens will open for spins, twists and turns this November. Among their many projects, iSkate provides the rink for the ITV show Dancing on Ice. Canterbury on Ice will run every day (except Christmas Day) until Wednesday 1 January 2020. Opening times vary, but will be from 10am to 9pm on weekends and during the school holidays. The maximum capacity is 140 skaters per session. Get your tickets now: 

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