Hot off the press in Kent!
We've got the latest local buzziest news. Including information on re-openings, workshops and hot offers to get us excited for Spring! Read on to find out!
FOODIES: The Big Outdoor Lunch, The Pig at Bridge Place
Yay they’re back! Dig into a delicious lunch menu at The Pig at Bridge Places‘ open-air, all weather outdoor terraces. The spring shindig will kick off on Mon 12 April until Fri 16 May.
Expect a simple 25-mile menu of their greatest hits but not quite as you know it – spring harvest Kitchen Garden veggies and salads, meats from our local farmers and fresh fish from nearby ports rounded off with a classic pud – all designed to be enjoyed outside, accompanied by a bottle! Make your first taste of hospitality this year one to remember. Book your table now.
EXCITING NEW LAUNCH: Carafe Wine
Wine lover? Hell yeah! Then you’ll want to know about this wonderful Kent online shop – selling a handpicked collection of the best wines – that has literally entered the world this week.
On Mon 8 March, wine e-store Carafe, branded as ‘your neighbourhood wine hero’, opened its virtual doors to the general public. Focusing on the environment from the outset, they are committed to donating a 1% minimum of annual sales to environmental charities and their packaging is eco-friendly too.
The brainchild of wine industry expert Vicki Potter, Carafe has been designed for those who are disenchanted by the wine selection in the supermarket and crave quality wines in their own home.
Women have been taking the wine world by storm in recent years so we’re delighted to hear about this latest venture by Vicki, the former manager of The Wine Cellar, which was sadly sold off during Lockdown. But turning misfortune into opportunity Vicki has launched her own brilliant wine business, delivering around Kent and Sussex.
And if you needed any more persuasion to support this lovely local biz – check out the stunning presentation of the wine gift boxes, above. You can opt for the bottles to be wrapped in beautiful repurposed vintage scarves – such a great touch – and exactly why we love these indie ventures that go above and beyond, offering something a a little bit different.
Fancy winning 5 bottles of wine? YES 5! Enter here.
HOT OFFER: SPN Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks Membership Pass
Spring is in the air and the future is looking bright at SPN! Both their Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks studios will be opening on Mon 12 April for private 1:1 training sessions (+family bubbles) and treatments, all available to book now and to gift just in time for Mothers day.
Their group classes won’t be resuming until Mon 17 May BUT until then, don’t miss out on their special pre-opening rates on their monthly, bi-annual and yearly UNLTD class passes! Their UNLTD (unlimited) membership options gives you the chance to attend as many classes as you want, including additional perks such as unlimited hot drinks! Sign us up. Available for both studios. Get it now before the offer ends on Sun 28 March!
WELLBEING: ‘Inside Out’ Workshop from Becky’s Wardrobe
A unique 6 week programme that will banish the internal barriers holding you back and empower you with personal styling tips and advice, brought to you by personal stylist Becky Leeson and empowerment and personal transformation coach, Julia Darlington.
‘Inside Out‘ is a programme of six workshops launching on Thurs 8 April at 6:30pm via Zoom. Set to empower and inspire as many women as possible, to understand what holds you back and provide you with powerful tools to build your self-esteem and belief. Including confidence and powerful styling advice on how to dress and feel like you. Tickets are £25 per workshop. Get your ticket here.
YOGA: Outdoor Classes and Retreats at Samsara
Samsara can’t wait to welcome back soulful Yogis and those looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate after that hard, loooong winter. Their beautiful Outdoor Yoga Classes will return in April, they’ll be held on their outdoor platform and under the shelter of their open-air Bedouin tent. Or why not stay a while? Stay for a Day Retreat or even spend the night in their self-contained glamping options! Experience Yoga, Healing Sound Bath and a nutritious lunch. Because of all the uncertainty, Samsara have a 100% money back guarantee in the event you need to cancel your retreat or guest stay booking as a result of Covid-19. So you can book with peace of mind and have something to look forward to!
GO OUTSIDE: Wildlife Tours at Elmley Nature Reserve
Who needs to leave the country for a safari holiday when you have Elmley Nature Reserve waiting in Kent for you? We are not talking lions and tigers and bears (oh my) but since 1991, Elmley has been deemed a National Nature Reserve and is an internationally recognized site for the the conservation of rare birds, plants, animals and insects.
With 3,200 acres, Elmley provides the perfect place for your little ones to explore and get closer to nature. It’s a family-run farm with approximately 700 cattle grazing the pasture each year plus chickens, ducks and tractors to admire! Their Wildlife Tours are resuming from Mon 29 of March, and the Reserve will be open every day over the Easter holidays. Yippee! Book your day ticket here.
STAYCATIONS: New Dungeness Properties added to Bloom Stays
Okay we’ll let you in on one of Kent’s best kept secrets if we MUST! The brilliant Bloom Stays offers a hand-picked selection of local and luxurious self-catering accommodation to suit every holiday break away. Perfect for your next staycation!
Bloom Stays is a friendly holiday letting agency specialising in memorable holiday homes in Kent. They can help you find your city break in Canterbury or a foodie weekend by the sea in Folkestone. To save you hours of googling – and the risk of disappointment – they’ve sourced the very best in show for you.
Now they’ve just added 5 more properties to their growing portfolio, at Dungeness! The properties are; Radar, Coastguard Lookout, Fog Signal, PS1 and Pump Station. Known for its nature reserve and shingle beach, it’s the perfect peaceful retreat by the sea. They are available to book from April 2021, so get in quick!
WILDLIFE: Help the animals at Wildwood
Heard of hidden gem Wildwood, situated just outside Herne Bay in Kent, where you can get to know British Wildlife – past and present? With over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, here you’re guaranteed to find an animal-favourite for everyone! Definitely one to visit with the family when it re-opens.
Expect to see bears, wolves, Arctic foxes, bison, owls, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers (and that’s just 10 of those 200…) With their doors closed to visitors it has been an especially difficult year for the park and they would be extremely grateful to anyone that can offer their support.
Why not gift a loved one an animal adoption, tree dedication or how about book into an experience that you can look forward to when they open? Have a look at their shop here.