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BOOK THIS: Virtual Tasting Experience with Chef Tom Booton, Thurs 29 April

Don’t miss this brilliant event from Chapel Down! Experience a Virtual Tasting with Chef Tom Booton (currently Head Chef at The Dorchester), taking place on Thurs 29 April from 6-7pm. Drawing on his signature twists on Classic English cuisine, Tom will be demonstrating 2 recipes to perfectly pair with Chapel Down’s newly released Chardonnay 2020 and IWC award winners, Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2018 and Three Graces 2016 – all of which will be delivered to your door in time for the event! There’s only 50 tickets available so get yours now! Book here.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS: Dress Dreams Bridal Boutique, Sevenoaks

Are you a bride-to-be? Or know someone who is? Then here’s some exciting news! Newly designed Dress Dreams Bridal Boutique, in Sevenoaks, is ready to make you say yes, yes, YES to that dress. Dress Dreams is a unique bridal experience for the modern bride looking for contemporary wedding dresses with the wow factor. This is the kind of stylish set up that we think you’ll love. Book an appointment now.

FAMILY FUN: Bodiam Boating Station, Bodiam

The perfect Spring/Summer activity for guaranteed family fun! This lesser-known gem is a brilliant river activity centre 6 miles from Rye and 8 miles from Cranbrook and a real Muddy favourite. Amble up the River Rother at your own leisure with every kind of boating you can imagine on offer! Try one of their rowing boats, kayaks, tandem kayaks, Canadian Canoes or SUPs.

You’ll find Bodiam Boating Station smack bang on the border of Kent and Sussex near to the village of Robertsbridge. Refreshments are provided in their gorgeous, rustic café. Opening for boat hire and takeaway food from Mon 29 March and for food on outside tables from Mon 12 April – this is one not to miss!

DON’T MISS: lumière x Rebecca Weir, Tunbridge Wells, Thurs 1 July

You won’t want to miss this Lighting Design Workshop at lighting gallery lumière in the heart of Tunbridge Wells on the High St. Founder Melissa will be joined with Internationally Acclaimed Lighting Designer Rebecca Weir, they’ll be talking about lighting designs for kitchens, bathrooms, tricky spaces and how to incorporate decorative lighting into an interior design scheme. Tickets aren’t on sale yet but we know this one will be very popular! So make sure to email and be the first to know about it: events@lumieredujour.co.uk

BOOK AHEAD: Tours at Kentish Pip, Aug & Oct 2021

Fancy a Triple-A-Pass to see behind the scenes at Kentish Pip HQ? Bad news is their Spring Tours have already sold out. But the good news is, they’ve added two new dates! Sat 21 Aug for their Summer Tour & Tasting and Sat 3 Oct for their Harvest Open Day. Take a stroll through their orchards, enjoy a tour of their cidery to learn the process – including some tank tasting! Then to finish off there’s a tutored tasting of their most popular products, it’s the perfect day out! There’s a couple of tickets left so get booking if you don’t want to miss out.

Or why not just grab a drink in their glorious Barn Garden? Now opening back up for summer from the 12 April. Taste local craft beers or English Wines in the beautiful countryside surrounds. They’ve also teamed up with The Goods Shed to provide a delicious spread of locally sourced food to soak up the pints. Your next picnic spot sorted!

FOODIES: The Food Village, Faversham, From 12 April

From April 12 experience a whole range of exciting dishes available to eat outside on the deck at Macknade Faversham! From authentic Italian pizza to home-cooked Indian cuisine, you’ll be able to find something for everyone to enjoy (including four-legged family members)! Take a look at the menu here.

PLUS Every Thurs – Sun, The Food Village is also home to Kent’s most vibrant independent traders, showcasing authentic, traditional dishes and modern, fusion delights including; Karara (Kent’s much loved Indian chef, Paul Babra) and Silver Birch Fine Foods (Jamaican and Japanese influences). Prepare to salivate!

BOOK AHEAD: An Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah, 8 June – 9 July

Enjoy a glass or two of Chapel Down sparkling wine and canapes, while at the same time, hearing a talk with Juliet Nicolson and Sarah Raven, about the garden and its family history. Then get to wander the garden on your own (which is closed to the public!) and experience The Rose and White Garden which should be at their best. Finishing the evening with a three course dinner (with wine) prepared by the Perch Hill team with recipes from one of Sarah Raven’s cookbooks. Book your tickets here!

NEW OPENING: SPN’s Skin Clinic, 12 April

Opening from 12 April onwards is SPN‘s – very exciting – Skin Clinic led by high-experienced clinician Stephanie. Focusing on transformative treatments that increase collagen production naturally, firm, life, hydrate and perfect – hello youthful skin! Browse their treatment menu here which includes Microneedling, Nano Meso Infusions and a range of facial peels. Book your treatment now!

BOOK THIS: Luna Light Gardening Retreat, 26 May

Do you love gardening, Yoga and the moon? You’ll love this Luna Light Gardening Retreat with Lori founder of The Passionate Gardener. Being held every month for a small circle (up to 6 people), it’s an overnight retreat including Yoga, moonlit gardening, discussions, hot tub dips and soul-nourishing food with a restful sleep in one of Samsara‘s new Mother Earth Tipis. Get the restoration you need! The next date is 26 May. Book here now.

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