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We keep our ear to the ground to bring you the latest happenings in food, arts, lifestyle and general good times. Here’s what’s happening this month...

NOW OPEN: Water Lane Walled Garden, Hawkhurst

Water Lane Walled Garden (previously The Walled Nursery) is an idyllic walled garden with a vinery and a stunning collection of Victorian glasshouses. You definitely don’t wanna miss their ‘pop up’ restaurant which is now open for the summer and their small shop selling garden plants and beautiful wares for the garden and home. Coming soon are their range of creative and practical workshops in their pavilion. Walk around the grounds, vegetable garden and beautiful rows of seasonal flowers. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant with family and friends. Book your table now.

BRAND NEW: Soul Fit, Edenbridge

Soul Fit is a brand new health and fitness hub on Hever Road in Edenbridge with everything you could possibly need to feel good! Complete with a Personal Training Studio, Class studio offering classes every day, a buzzy coffee shop in partnership with Life On High (currently in the running to win Best Cafe in Kent in our Muddy Awards!) PLUS a Spa with a hot tub, infrared sauna, steam room and Himalayan salt room and treatment rooms with hair and beauty technicians offering services from blow drys, spray tans and body sculpting. Find out more here.

CELEB SPOTTING: Jack Whitehall visits The Crescent Turner, Whitstable

If you’re a regular reader of Muddy, you’ll already know how much we rate The Crescent Turner Hotel sitting pretty in Whitstable – now it’s on Jack Whitehall‘s radar too! We spotted his visit on his Instagram Stories. If you haven’t discovered yet, let us give you the lowdown…. It’s the perfect place to escape the crowds of Whitstable for one of the best sundowner spots in Kent and if the mood takes you, stay for dinner and the night since it boasts 18 bedrooms – many with sea views. The kitchen offers tapas and light bites or head to their restaurant Palm Pavillion for a foodie feast.

FOODIE: Wine Tasting Evening, The Gastronomist Club, Weds 28 July

Make a date with The Gastronomist Club‘s wine experts for an exciting and fun evening of wine tasting! Enjoy a range of Spanish wines, listen to their fascinating stories, learn more about their vineyards and vintners. For £58pp enjoy 1.5 hours of wine and nibbles on Weds 28 July from 6:30pm. Book now.

WELLBEING: Revive Day, Ashdown Park Hotel, Sat 25 Sep and Sat 16 Oct

Are you after a day of complete revitalisation? What could be better than fresh country air, delicious healthy food (prepared by a nutritionist) holistic exercises and activities all based in the beautiful idyllic setting of Ashdown Park Hotel (nothing is the answer!).

Join Revive Health Fitness for a day away from the stresses and strains of modern life to focus on your needs and relaaaax! Learn from the experts and begin your journey to renewed health and wellbeing. Revive Day is on Sat 25 Sep and Sat 16 Oct, book your spot now!

BOOK NOW: Adventure Shacks at Elite Pubs

Paradise is calling! Are you after a quirky new dining experience this summer? You’ll love Elite Pubs new Adventure Shacks, a range of al-fresco private dining shacks at all your favourite Elite Pubs (The Farm House, The Great House, The Pig & Sty, The Poacher & Partridge, The Potting Shed, The Vineyard, The Pheasant Plucker and The Lazy Fox). Choose between The Beach Shack, The Tiki Shack (pictured) or The Secret Garden Shack, all individually decorated offering the very best of food, cocktails and good times! Now open to book for private dining bookings for up to 8 guests. £45 hire free, Sun-Thurs and £65 Fri-Sat.

GLAMPING: Barn Garden Bell Tents, Woolton Farm, nr Canterbury

Like cider? Experience this glamping experience with a difference! Visit Woolton Farm, near Canterbury, home of Kentish Pip and their fabulous range of award-winning, distinctive East of England ciders. They use the best ingredients, innovation, style and a pinch of tradition to create their ciders. Visit the shop, stroll around the cider garden, sit and drink in the sun, enjoy one of their group tours and tasting experiences – even get some food from the BBQ on weekends, 11am-7pm! 

So make a weekend of it and stay in one of their Bell Tents in The Barn Garden. They have 8 bell tents located in the fruit garden, all well-spaced nestled in a row of cobnut trees with views into the fruit garden. Bliss! No need to worry about taxis here (hic).

ART: Summer Exhibition, West End House, Smarden, Until 12 Sep

Summer has arrived at West End House Gallery! This beautiful contemporary gallery is based in the heart of historic Smarden. They show a range of artworks including paintings, prints and ceramics so make sure to pop by this summer for their Exhibition showing an eclectic and colourful collection of work from artists near and far. Open Thurs-Sun, 10am-5pm.

NEW DATE: Leeds Castle Concert, Sat 4 Sep 2021

The iconic event has already established itself as one of the highlights of the summer season, set in the most stunning location and natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle. People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting for over forty years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. The Leeds Castle Concert is back on Sat 4 Sep 2021 with world-classic music, a spectacular fly-over with a Spitfire and a fireworks finale. Bring the champagne and snap up your spot now!

RELAX: Samsara Retreat & Yoga, Fri 23 – Sun 25 July

Have you discovered this magical retreat, located deep in the Kentish countryside yet? Samsara Retreat & Yoga is built with your relaxation at the forefront of the minds. Practice yoga outdoors in their spectacular garden or if the weather is not in your favour, there is an indoor yoga studio, set in a traditional Oast House, which is equally heavenly. There’s also plenty of options for a luxury stay at this friendly retreat.

Like the sound of that? You’ll love their Full Moon Weekend Retreat which they run every month when the moon is at its fullest. Enjoy a soul-nourishing weekend of yoga, meditation, treatments, delicious food, a healing gong bath and a two-night stay at their luxury location. They’ve still got a few tickets left for July, book here! Can’t make it? Don’t worry! The next one is Fri 20 – Sun 22 Aug.

If you’d just like to experience a slice of what Samsara has to offer, don’t miss out on Feel Good Friday! Slow down and re-energise just in time for the weekend with a yoga class, nutrition talk and salad jar making with Chloé Myers from The Be Plan, soulful buffet of Dipu’s homemade curries and a Gong Healing Sound Bath. Book your ticket for August now.

DO THIS: Cookery Courses, Kent Cookery School, Until Fri 30 July

Aprons at the ready! Try something new this month and discover hidden gem Kent Cookery School in the stunning setting of the Mersham-le-Hatch Estate, near Ashford. They have a huge range of workshops and courses every month from Curry Club, Couples Cooking, Smart Vegetarian Cooking, Thai Street Food – to name a few! We know their courses book up extremely quickly so don’t be disappointed! This month they have; Intermediate Kent Cookery Course and Weber American BBQ with tickets left! View all their courses here. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. Just book your ticket, turn up and have fun!

BRAND NEW: Enchanted Globes, Boughton Monchelsea

Why not try a night sleeping under the stars in your own bubble? Enjoy your own private woodland clearing, complete with a sleeping globe, lounging globe and fire pit. Situated in the orchards on a private farm, these Enchanted Globes are owned by Muddy’s favourite The Curious Eatery so we know you’ll be in the best of hands here. Wander through the orchards to a microbrewery, pick your own flowers or enjoy cake and coffee roasted onsite. Leave the kids at home and enjoy some peace and quiet in this secluded, romantic spot.

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