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It’s shout-out time for the brilliant Kent indies that are open for business or doing something new to tackle lockdown. Pleasy please share this feature, let’s get word out as far and wide as possible and let’s support the small businesses we love!
Right, here goes:
Hever Castle is set to re-open their Grounds & Gardens from Monday 1st June. Recent updates to Government guidelines allow private gardens, such as Hever, to open as an alternative space to spend time outdoors (while adhering to the new safety measures they’ve put in in place). All visitors will need to book a date and time slot online (including Annual Members), this is to limit numbers to protect everyone’s safety. You can book your date and time slot here.
Recently listed as of one of the UK’s most beautiful sites, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is now open. The National Pinetum is home to a world-leading collection of conifers and provides a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running trails. Their car park is open for a limited capacity between 8am – 6pm daily. Many of their visitor facilities are still closed but Bedgebury Cafe is open for takeaways!
Get The Three Mariners in Oare to your door! Get a Build Your Own Food Boxes and Hot Food for delivery. Our favourite being the Mojito Bar Box for £30 delivered straight to your door! Yes please! Standard boxes and homemade meals will be delivered next day, build-a-box will be delivered within 48 hours. Order via their website or telephone 07590961930 for delivery. Delivery is free within a 1 mile or if you live further than 1 mile from Oare delivery is £5. Minimum order is £15.
Our favourite award-winning food hall Macknade are re-instating their regular opening hours from June 1st, they’ll be open 9am to 6pm Mon – Sat and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Also more exciting news! They are launching a brand new fish butchery, teaming up with the Pesky Fish platform whose pioneering technology guarantees the finest and freshest British fish and seafood from wholly sustainable sources. So you can buy the tastiest catch of the day with a clear conscience. Macknade will continue to operate their delivery & collections service within the local area, so you can still experience the magic of Macknade direct to your door! Orders can be placed here or call 01795 534497.
Want to try Yoga from the comfort of your own home? Lucy Holland from Yoga By Lucy based in Sevenoaks is offering 30 days of yoga for just £30. If you can’t make her livestream classes, don’t worry she can send you the recordings! Get in touch with Lucy via her Facebook and she’ll send you all the necessary details and links.
25th – 31st May 2020
The doors might be temporarily closed at the high street store of Sevenoaks Bookshop, but you can still support your fave local bookshop by buying their wonderful wares online. They have created an online shop with their entire stock on it, more than 8,000 titles and the team has been busy safely delivering orders locally or posting to customers further afield. To order your next read, click here sevenoaksbookshop.co.uk
Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be launching the first ever Online Fire Station Open Day next week – so that families are still able to ‘attend’ a virtual open day and enjoy almost everything they have to offer, but from the comfort of their own home! Join in on Thurs 28 May, 11am-2pm, on their Facebook page. There will even be a virtual activity trail, with the chance to enter a competition to win a tour of their local fire station. Open days usually attract thousands of Kent families, so we hope this will still provide them with some fun and safe learning from home.
3D Body Contouring is reopening 4th July! Founded by Celeste Savage, 3D Body Countouring is a powerful alternative treatment to liposuction and is designed to help the body’s problem areas without the need for surgery or any invasive procedures. All done in the home of this Tunbridge Wells therapist. Want to learn more about it? Contact Celeste for a consultation. 3Dbodycontouring@gmail.com
Have you often wanted to know more about yourself? More about how your body, brain and nervous system works? Flow Tunbridge Wells has a newly designed and carefully crafted 7-week ‘Know Thyself’ online course. Over the 7 weeks learn more about yourself and begin to listen and trust your own inner voice, using the ancient wisdom of yoga to explore movement, breathing and meditation practices to help us dig deep. Begins 9th June via Zoom and runs once a week on a Tuesday evening, 7-8:30pm. Book your place here.
The Little Bull based in Brenchley is re-opening from 30 May with an exciting new takeaway food menu, see it here! Their hours will be Weds – Sun, 10am – 3pm. Place your takeaway order on 01892 724985 or pop in to order in person!
18th – 24th May 2020
Bodiam Boating Station is reopening this Wed 20 May with a new jetty to make it easier to board the boat safely and contact-free. New opening hours 10am-7pm for boat hire and 12pm-8pm for the takeaway service – should you want to order from the menu so it’s ready for when you step off your boat (and we highly recommend that you do!) Get out there with the family for some safe-distanced, outdoor fun. Updates on menu, opening hours and bookings here.
Ismini Philips Studio is now shut but fear not – they’re taking their classes online! Enjoy Pilates, Intuitive Movement or BootyBarre from the comfort of your own home. Intuitive Movement promotes connection between the mind and body, helping you stay calm and focused throughout this time of uncertainty – join these 30 min FREE classes on Fridays at 12:15 pm. Follow them on Facebook to get the Zoom link when it goes live. At Ismini Phillips Studios physical and mental health are intertwined and, as specialists in back pain, neurological conditions and breast cancer rehabilitation, the team want to ensure that everyone stays in touch with their bodies during this time. Private classes are also available.
Vicki from The Fitness Suite is passionate about women’s health & how women see themselves which is what we rate at Muddy. Based in Sutton Valence, Vicki has been posting a new workout on Instagram and Facebook everyday!! No equipment needed, yay! AND she’s back to 1 to 1 training outside, if you’d like to team up with a Personal Trainer, email Vicki on: email@example.com
As featured in this year’s Michelin Guide, experience The Old Bank based in Westerham from the comfort of your own home! The Old Bank At Home is their new delivery service, available every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy two courses for £28 or three for £35, with free delivery within five miles, or £5 up to 10 miles. Your meal will arrive freshly prepared with a handy guide on how to cook and plate each dish, oven-ready for you to finish off in the kitchen. Don’t mind if we do!
Bora Studio based in Tunbridge Wells is now taking their classes online just £5 for a single session or £20 for the weekly pass (mon-sat). All their online classes are 40mins and there’s something going on every day at 9:30am; Mat Pilates, HIIT and Power Barre! To book their online classes click here.
Let your kids learn French online from Les Puces! Les Puces usually work in schools, teaching the curriculum and running successful after school clubs. So they’ve taken their courses online! For £35 get a book and project to keep them busy for 6 weeks. Check out their FREE YouTube Videos here.
Live near Goudhurst and love a decent coffee? Then you’ll want to know about the Coffee Buzz pop up truck that has become a daily feature at Taywell Farm Shop just outside the village of Goudhurst. With exceptional coffee, hot chocolate and delicious real fruit smoothies on offer – which you can grab safely as you pick up supplies in the open-air farm shop next door. With plenty of car parking and a well organised social distancing system this is a great little find. There’s even some spaced out picnic benches should you wish to stop and take in the view while you slurp your smoothie. Taywell Farm Shop is open seven days a week and offers a safe, outdoor shopping experience with baked goods, fresh fruit and veg, the creamiest cheeses and more.
Samsara Retreat & Yoga are turning one! Join their FREE birthday session this Weds 20 May at 7:30pm. Dipu and Lori will be hosting a yoga session followed by a relaxing meditation with David Cronin from Grounded UK via Zoom. To join and get the access codes, sign up to their mailing list here.
11th – 17th May 2020
Muddy favourite No.6 Clinic, the award-winning Beauty Salon in Tunbridge Wells, is making sure we don’t have to break our skincare routines this lockdown! They’re selling products online and can ship products out for free within a 3 mile radius of the clinic (a small charge for up to 7 miles). They are also working to offer individualised skincare advice – email Ruth or Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or queries you have. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to see their daily videos and skincare tips.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, International DJ Marcel Mendez is streaming live music every Friday at 6pm via Twitch. His livestreams are to lift spirits and bring everyone together! You can expect a mix of feel-good soulful music to melodic beats.
It’s all about cooking right now so we thought you’d want to know about our recent discovery Karimix – a range of award-winning chutneys, sauces, curry pastes and marinades – that bring the traditional aromas and flavours of South-East Asia and beyond into the modern kitchen. All authentic, hand-made products using only the finest ingredients which are GM free with no artificial additives. And as if that wasn’t enough to get us salivating down our t-shirts as we reach for the laptop to put in an order – they are a Kent-based company, endorsed and sold through the likes of Macknade in Faversham! So while you’re filling up your store cupboard with these delights you are also supporting local. Win, win!
Need to send a card? Give it extra meaning by choosing a topical design where profits go to the NHS and help support local artist, Emily Hocking who created a new illustration depicting neighbours uniting in thanks, clapping for the NHS and key workers during this difficult time. She’s selling the design on cards on her Etsy shop with 50% of all profit going toward NHS charities.
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park are preparing to reopen to day visitors! Both Port Lympne and Howletts are set in vast open spaces in the stunning Kent countryside, ample space for guests to visit and socially distance themselves from others whilst viewing the wonderful animals on site and helping the charity recover. They are implementing measures to make sure everyone is as safe as possible, a few of them are: limited number of visitors allowed in each park per day, a one-way system around the park, hand sanitiser points and more. To find out more about their reopening plans click here.
Jacqui Larsson Fine Jewellery award-winning diamond specialist and gemmologist, Jacqui has been producing bespoke jewellery since 2006. At this time she’s recording videos on How To Clean Diamond Jewellery At Home, advising on How To Spring Clean Your Jewellery Box and tips on how to save money when buying diamonds or diamond jewellery.
Got a special day coming up? Live in Sevenoaks and the surrounding area? Why not get Cocktails from The Cocktail Social delivered straight to your door? Choose between 7 cocktails; will it be a Mojito, Pornstar Martini or Strawberry Daiquiri. Hell yeah! For a 500ml Cocktail Mix which serves between 4-5 people it’s £20 (only for delivery to Sevenoaks and surrounding areas). Delivery is free on orders over £35. Order yours online here.
4th – 10th May 2020
The much loved Sevenoaks Bookshop might be temporarily closed but they’ve moved their Bookshop Bookclub online! Became a member of the Sevenoaks Bookshop Bookclub on Facebook to chat books, join in their regular scheduled live discussions via Zoom and keep on reading! If it’s your turn to host Quiz Night, why don’t you try the Sevenoaks Literary Festival Quiz 2020? Read it here. Good luck!
Flow Tunbridge Wells is bringing great Yoga and Meditation straight into your homes when you need it most. They are offering specialist classes for Pregnancy, Teenagers, Men and Beginners as well as mixed ability classes for all throughout the week. They just added two NEW weekly classes to their timetable: Monday lunchtime, 12:30 pm – Stress Busting, Breathing and Meditation class. Thursday evening, 7pm – Stretch, Soothe and Soften class. You can also request a private 1-2-1 with Flow Founder, Lucy Parker, all via Zoom. Have a look at their full schedule here. Classes are £10 each or £40 for 5 one hour sessions.
Macknade is now running online ordering for local delivery and collection! featuring over 200 of their best-selling products, simply fill out the downloadable shopping list, upload it into Macknade’s system and hold tight. One of the team will be in touch within 24 hours to confirm a delivery date and take payment. Current delivery locations are: Faversham (free for ME13 7 and ME13 8 only), Whitstable, Canterbury, Ashford, Herne Bay and Sittingbourne for £5. Also there’s a free contactless collection service. If you spend over £70, delivery is free. Available 24/7, pop your orders in here.
Here’s what our friends at Green Farm (the nature-inspired, wellbeing retreat) will be doing on the 16 May: Dawns, you are invited to find your own view of the sky and join in people across the UK in a shared witness of dawn and watch as daylight sweeps across the country. At 3:43am tune into an online broadcast as six performers from six sites across the UK create a live, musical performance that celebrates darkness turning to light. To take part, all you need to do is sign up to Dawns via their website.
The Dove in Dargate are now offering takeaway food plus foodie hampers running from Thursday – Saturday, to be delivered between 5pm-9pm. Get 6 Frozen Meals for £30! Order by Sunday for delivery on Wednesday. They are delivering to local villages for free and further out is £5. Please call 24 hours in advance if you would like to place an order. 01227 751085 or email@example.com
With so many of us sprucing up our interiors right now, we wanted to tell you about Muddy favourite, the designer Petronella Hall, (a Kent lass from Larkfield, no less). Petra’s the brilliant talent behind this stunning range of wallpapers, furnishings and fabrics. Her quirky, original style – inspired by nature – sets her apart and all the creations you see are her own hand-drawn designs. If you want to get your hands on some of her award-winning designs she’s offering 20% off everything while we are in lockdown – Use code HOME. There’s also a sample sale next week!! Keep your eyes pealed for that one.
27th April – 3rd May 2020
The Americana Black Deer Festival which usually takes place in Eridge Park just outside of Tunbridge Wells, has moved dates to 18th – 20th June 2021. If you were planning to go this year, for not as the 2021 line-up will see a large amount of 2020’s acts reconfirmed, (including all of their headliners!) and they’ll be some exciting new additions too. Black Deer are also offering a total of 1,500 tickets to the NHS and key workers to show their gratitude and thanks!
One of our absolutely favourite local eateries, The Curious Eatery, run by two talented sisters in Boughton Monchelsea, have launched their own BBQ Boxes available to order now – to pick up this Saturday. We are in! (In every sense of the word). Enjoy delicious packs of marinated meats and colourful salads to treat yourself in the garden at home. They also have Chippy Fridays, Spring Roast Boxes and Curious Classics! To see all their boxes and to place your order, click here. Arrange a no contact collection from the eatery garden or they’re offering free delivery within 16 miles.
The award-winning theatre company The Talentz are running online Dance, Drama, Singing and Lamda classes via video link. Your child can still receive continued support and feedback from Talentz tutors, regular performance opportunities, the unique opportunity to create ‘vocal’ tracks with the potential of performing at their annual Awards Evening and fun group classes! They are for everyone, aged 4-21 year olds on Monday, Thursday and Fridays. For the full timetable and to book your class, click here.
Want to know how you can help the climate crisis in lockdown? Every One Of Us is a fab initiative for busy people who want to tackle climate change, but just don’t have the headspace or a lot of time. So the idea is that we all do it together, one easy weekly action at a time. They’ve got a series of lockdown-friendly, springtime actions from sorting out our over-stuffed email inboxes (did you know it cuts emissions?) to using bee bombs for rewilding our gardens, to rejuvenate precious ecosystems. Wanna join in? Sign up to their Newsletter to receive your weekly action every Friday. To view past actions, click here.
Fill your home with these handmade luxury soy candles Vincenties. They have a gorgeous scent range from Lemongrass & Ginger to Lavender & Sea Salt. Made from natural soy wax and using high quality fragrances, each candle is lovingly hand poured at Marie’s home in the Kent countryside.
Don’t miss stylist Victoria Genevieve‘s Zoom Styling Party Session on Weds 29 April. Muddy’s favourite Catherine de Crevecoeur will be joining Victoria, to show her brand new collection. If you’d like to join in with the Style Talk, Send Victoria your email address on Instagram and she’ll send you the Zoom link.
20th – 26th April 2020
As if we needed another reason to love Jo Banks, founder of Alive With Flavour, a food presenter, food blogger, lifestyle chef and organiser of food events – but she’s given us one anyway. Jo organised a virtual Junior Bake Off locally and raised £222 for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust. We salute you!
If you’re a fan of immersive dining we know you’ll want to know about the Alive With Flavour workshops and supper clubs! Yes, we’re in lockdown, but fear not, Jo is planning an amazing Italian Virtual Supper Club coming up Weds 6 May, 7pm – 7:30 pm. Email to book your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri 24 April.
Get a discounted wardrobe edit! During this period of staying home why not make some time for you and your wardrobe? Becky from Becky’s Wardrobe can help you virtually to edit, manage and connect with your wardrobe and find pieces you may have forgotten about. Build new outfits together and find exciting new options. Becky is currently running an introductory offer of £75 for 90mins, if you book in by end of April 2020 (just need to book in, you can schedule your consultation for anytime).
Made In Ashford teamed up with The Kent Scrubbers, a collective of keen sewers, to make scrubs for the NHS. Melissa founder of Made In Ashford set up a Go Fund Me Page and raised £4,700 to put towards materials and have orders of over 1,000 scrubs, face masks, scrub hats and wash bags from NHS providers which is growing every day! Individuals from all over Kent have been sewing, delivering and collecting – all to keep our key workers safe! A huge thank you and well done to them from us here at Muddy. If you’re handy with a needle and thread and would like to get involved, message them here. Or to pledge a donation of any size to help pay towards fabric and materials, donate here.
Support this small business and take a look at Fraser & Parsley‘s amazing Meal Planner, it’s ideal for these times when we are all planning meals due the current restrictions, so we can minimise our food shopping trips/make that one online order a week really count. It’s £24 and designed to last a year. Buy it here and get 20% off with the code: MUDDY20 valid until the end of April.
The Bias Cut – the first Age Inclusive Independent Fashion Online Boutique – are donating 25% of sales to go towards Hospice UK. Look for the rainbow, hearts and stars motif clothing and accessories across their website. Over the next 12 weeks it’s estimated that charities will miss out on at least £4.3bn of income due to the impact of Coronavirus. In particular, 210 of Britain’s hospices are at risk of complete closure. So to help raise funds for hospices, The Bias Cut are donating 25% of all total proceeds from sales to Hospice UK. So get shopping and feel good!
Your Muddy Stiletto award winning Cellar Head Brewing Company & Tap Room are offering free local delivery within 15 miles of the brewery. Local wine and cider available too! Try their Beer in A Box, a great way of having cask beer available at home.
Holloways of Ludlow based in Brasted specialises in unique and individual fittings and fixtures, furniture and items for every aspect of your home. They currently have a huge Warehouse Clearance sale with up to 80% off! Plus loads of new lines being added all the time!
Got dry hands from all that harsh handwashing? Muddy favourite KCH Beauty has created an Extremely Nourishing Body Butter which is packed full of natural oils butter waxed and essential oils, to repair our skin. Usually sold at £14 with free delivery, it’s now only £9 for Muddy Readers, to get your hands on it with the discount, contact Helen on: email@example.com
The Kentish Soap Co are still taking online orders for their natural, vegan friendly, plastic free soaps, candles, bath and body products. Or order one of their soap subscription box service and Jayne’s Marvellous Multi Buy Box (not just any box of soaps) they’re great value and allow you to try 4 gorgeous, handmade and panicked soaps for a lovely little surprise. They can fit through a standard letter box for contactless delivery.
Dressed By Dee are taking orders through Instagram and Facebook and offering a local contactless delivery. Or try their ‘Try Before You Buy’ service where you have a selection of items picked for you to try in the comfort of your own home!
Now’s the perfect time to finally sort out your family portraits! We love Sevenoaks artist Sophie Wootton Borruso‘s Painted Silhouettes, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. She’s also taking commissions for portraits of pets, people and homes.
Cinque Yoga is offering Online Yoga & Meditation. Our favourite offering being their Self Soothe Sunday evening session, 8-9pm via Zoom. It’s designed to calm & reset your nervous system and mind – NO yoga experience needed! Just pillows, blankets and relaxation in the comfort of our own home, plus other techniques such as Acupressure, Breathing practices etc to help relieve anxiety. £5 per class. That sounds magical, sign us up!
Show this small business your support: All About You, the Skincare and Body Clinic based in Orpington is currently offering 10% off all items with the code ‘SPRINGSALE’. Save on products from Revitalash, CACI, Jessica Cosmetics, Environ and more!
13 – 19th April 2020
Flow Tunbridge Wells is bringing great Yoga and Meditation straight into your homes when you need it most. They are offering specialist classes for Pregnancy, Teenagers, Men and Beginners as well as mixed ability classes for all throughout the week. You can also request a private 1-2-1 with Flow Founder, Lucy Parker, all via Zoom. Have a look at their full schedule here. Classes are £10 each or £40 for 5 one hour sessions.
The Small Holding is open and are delivering hampers including fresh bread, tasty charcuterie, cheese and beers and wines from their restaurant! They are also launching an online shop next week (come back for more info on this!). Deliveries will be every Friday and Saturday with weekly cut-offs for orders at 5pm each Wednesday. To order yours, head here.
Don’t forget your pregnant friends! Send them a Baboo Box to put a smile back on their faces whilst in lockdown. The boxes contain useful items, pregnancy safe products and a sprinkling of fun. The products are all cruelty free and the packaging is recycled or recyclable.
Enjoy cooking at home? The Kent Cookery School is offering a new service called ‘Kent Cookery @ Home’, choose from over 300 products from local producers, from fresh fruit and vegetables as well as quality dried goods. Order and collect from their car park at The Courtyard three times a week. They know that going to the supermarket is a scary prospect for some, so you can still get your weekly shop and support local small businesses at the same time! Don’t miss their Weekly Cook Along Videos on their Facebook Page – last week was Hot Cross Buns, this week it’s Carbonara! Yum!
Check out #madebykentartgallery! A community virtual art gallery created by Made By Kent to inspire us all to keep being creative during this time. They even hosted a competition where nearly 900 votes were cast on the 40 entires that were submitted. Look at all the submissions here: facebook.com/madebykent Stay safe and get creative!
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