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Superflashy newsflash: What’s the local goss?

Movers, groovers and gossipers, listen up! From fine-dining pop-ups to brand new pub openings in Sevenoaks and Mark Cross, here's all the hot goss from this week.

NEW OPENING: The Gastronomist, Ashford, Open now

Listen up! There’s a new opening at Elwick Place in Ashford. The Gastronomist is getting ready to fire up its roaring, open-flamed parrilla, to welcome diners to a very special supper experience. Expect a refined, modern space with menus inspired by the freshest and finest available ingredients from the surrounding Kent countryside.

A reservation-only venue dubbed the ‘ultimate dinner party experience’ – grab a group of friends and be first to enjoy this gorgeous new eating out setting. Or for your next date night, why not try the six course tasting menu with wine pairings? Book your table now.

TRY THIS: Paddle Cabin, East Peckham

We love this new watersport venture, Paddle Cabin, just launched by friends and co-founders Hayley and Jo who are in love with the paddle boarding way of life and all the incredible benefits and experiences that come with it. Offering Super-friendly SUP sessions for all levels, from their cute cabin in East Peckham.

The River Medway is a hidden gem, offering a tranquil and wide waterway, passing through meadows, woods and villages, offering a wide variety of birds and wildlife.

They offer loads of options for paddle boarding lessons, coaching, experiences and a community of local paddlers. You can book a session for a special occasion (birthday fun with the girl friends?) family sessions or even Pup SUP- yes you guessed it – classes with your four-legged friends. Find out more here.

BOOK NOW: Rupert The Bear Supper Club, Bangers&Balls, Fri 9 July – Sun 15 Aug

Pictures taken from their last Supper Club

Don’t miss Bangers&Balls‘s next idyllic summer adventure, in the countryside village of Nutwood, a stones throw from where Rupert The Bear was born. Enjoy panoramic views of the famous cathedral as you arrive to their breathtakingly beautiful location nestled between Canterbury and Whitstable. You’ll be welcomed with a secret seasonal, hand foraged cocktail (or mocktail), armed with your drink you will follow the clues to help Rupert and his friends solve their exciting mystery. Then enjoy three courses of local, seasonal delights. Everything you taste will have been raised on the farm from organic vegetables to hand reared meat. Book your tickets now!

DO THIS: Virtual Cook Along with Rukmini Iyer, 10 May

Sevenoaks Bookshop is bringing you a night like no other! Join in with this virtual cook-along with best-selling author of The Roasting Tin series, Rukmini Iyer. Follow live at home as Rukmini leads you through one of her wildly popular recipes – with step-by-step instructions and expert tips, it’s the next best thing to having her in your kitchen! You’ll be cooking a recipe from her Sunday Times bestseller ‘The Green Roasting Tin‘ a collection of 75 vegetarian and vegan recipes and you’ll receive an ingredients list a week before the event so you can stock up and get ready! You can. expect Rukmini’s trademark style of fuss-free, flavour-focused food. Book your tickets here.

BOOK THIS: Black Deer Festival, Fri 25 – Sun 27 June 2021

For the third year running, 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. Black Deer will take place on this June in Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park. 

This family-friendly festival celebrates the best of a bygone rural age and way of life, it has sections dedicated to music; food (think classic American smokehouse BBQ); motors (showcasing all the best mean machines from classic American trucks to custom vintage motorcycles); traders (get loads of Black Deer Mercantile offering authentic wares from quality textiles and original printed posters to handmade surfboards and banjos) and plenty of fun for the young folk! (lots of fun children’s activities here). 

This year features a  stellar lineup of established and new Americana, country, blues, folk and bluegrass artists. Latest additions include personal faves Jake Bugg, Jade Bird, Van Morrison, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and oh so much more! There’s heaps of acts to enjoy and discover, with more than 100 across 6 stages in fact.

Stay for the night on-site in your own tent or why not book Fancy Camping? Or just go along for the day, book your tickets here.

DISCOVER: Samsara Retreat & Yoga, West Peckham

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. Book one of their Shepherd’s Huts, Lotus Stargazer Tent or their Mother Earth Tipi – a dip in their brand new eco-log burning hot tub might be just the ticket after a rollercoaster of 202!

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. Their May event has sold out so get in quick to book the next one on Fri 25 – Sun 27 June here.

BOOK THIS: SIX, Marlowe Theatre, Tues 8 June – Sun 27 June

Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, this sell-out London smash hit SIX is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. Now coming to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this June, book your tickets now before they go!

CHEESE LOVERS: Cheese Experience Subscription, Macknade

Need a crackin’ gift idea? Or just want to treat yourself? Say hello to Macknade’s brand new Cheese Experience Subscription! A monthly box of deliciousness delivered direct to your door, containing the very best cheeses, handpicked by their talented cheesemongers and paired with crackers & condiments. Enjoy a selection of soft, hard and blue varieties, made from cow, goat or sheep’s milk, and learn what makes them special, with informative tasting notes and live online cheese tastings on the first Friday of every month. Sound good? Sign up now.

BRAND NEW: The Pheasant Plucker, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks

Haven’t you heard? Go see Elite Pub’s brand new pub The Pheasant Plucker in Ide Hill! Less than 5 miles from Sevenoaks, it’s a charming yet historic pub dating back to the 1800s. Inside you can expect exposed beams, stunning fireplaces and cosy corners. But for the time being, you’ll have to dine on their terrace, set in a beautiful large garden (with a play area!) and picturesque countryside views.

AND! Elite Pubs are also opening The Lazy Fox in Marks Cross, Crowborough which you can visit from 17 May. Be the first one in and book your table now!

UB40 ft Ali Campbell & Astro, Dreamland, Sat 11 Sep 2021

The UK’s very own, most celebrated and beloved reggae act will be bringing a very special outdoor show to Dreamland! With over 70 million records sold worldwide and 17 UK top 10 singles, UB40 has earned legendary status and is a true institution in the history of UK music. Founding members, Ali Campbell and Astro joined by their 8-piece reggae band are back on tour and will be at Dreamland this September. Enjoy their new songs and world-wide classics such as One In TenRed Red Wine and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With YouBook your tickets now.

NEW OPENING: The Meek Boutique, Tunbridge Wells

The Meek Boutique have moved! Lynne Meek, stylist and owner, revealed they’ve moved to a beautiful showroom close to The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, giving them more space to expand their collections and to offer their clients a bigger Styling Room than before! Did you know Lynne’s styling sessions were FREE? Yup! If you’d like an hour’s free styling, book your appointment here.

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