'What’s the goss?' you ask? (well, go on then). Read up on the flashiest of newsflashes including festive things to do, a hot new bar opening, foodie goss and a yoga retreat. Blimey.
XMAS: Christmas Box, The Small Holding x The Pure Meat Company
We’re VERY excited about this collab! Get your orders in for this festive feast to enjoy at home, made up of a fully free-range bronze turkey, naturally reared on Tom’s farm in Shadoxhurst with stuffing balls and pigs in blankets from the farm’s free-range Tamworth pigs along with all the trimmings. Each include a bottle of Squerryes Brut 2016 Vintage Reserve wine too!
The Christmas Box starts at £130 serving 2-3 people filled with farm-fresh and restaurant quality ingredients including the perfect bottle of English sparkling wine from Kent to start the Christmas celebrations! Order now and collect from The Small Holding on Tues 22 or Weds 23 Dec.
XMAS: Oast & Rye Christmas Shoppe, Brenchley, Sat 12 Dec
Luxury lifestyle brand Oast & Rye have a pop-up Christmas Shoppe open this Saturday 12-3pm! Selling their gorgeous lifestyle products but also bespoke ceramic paintings from Art On The Shelf and photographic prints from Kevin Summers. Stop by at The Old Stables, Furnace Lane, Brenchley, TN12 7BX.
NEW OPENING: The Cove, Tunbridge Wells
Flowers? Gin? What more could you want? Meet The Cove, just opened in Tunbridge Wells along the High Street. Pop in for pre or post lunch drinks, taste rum, gin through to sparkling wine – we’d recommend trying one of their Wine Tasting Boards! Or pick up a bespoke bunch of flowers or browse their range of gifts from chocolate, coffee and cute ceramics.
Christmas at the Castle, Leeds Castle, 28 Nov – 3 Jan 2021
Experience the magic of Christmas at Leeds Castle! Expect the unexpected with a stunning display of festive trees and enchanting wooden cabins as you walk along the beautiful woodland pathway through to the Princess Alexandra Gardens. The children can post their letters to Father Christmas at his special post office! Starting on 28 Nov, book your tickets here.
NEW OPENING: Hythe Bay Bar & Grill
The Hythe Bay Bar and Grill is an exciting new restaurant on the Hythe Seafront serving fresh, seasonal, and local dishes. They have been serving takeaway hot drinks and cakes but are now opening their doors for diners! With a brand new Christmas Menus available until 24 Dec including live music during Sunday Lunch – Victoria Bass singing songs from the 1920s to now with a vintage twist. So go on book your table now. Plus in January they will be giving NHS workers 10% off!
Christmas at Hever Castle, 21 Nov – 24 Dec
Become Peter Pan and chase your shadow through Neverland to experience the wonders of never growing old at Hever Castle. Begin your experience outside where you’ll take a magical journey along the immersive Christmas trail. After you have explored the captivating displays, meet characters from Peter Pan (Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy and Mr Smee) as you wander through the gardens. In front of the Castle, ride the carousel (£1 – card only) and enjoy vintage fairground stalls including a coconut shy and hoopla (£1 – card only). Appreciate relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants and kiosks. Sounds like the perfect day out! Book your day time ticket here.
XMAS: Gift Vouchers, The Pig at Bridge Place
Give the gift of The Pig for Christmas! They’ve just launched an online Christmas market. Get a three course lunch or dinner voucher or a Potting Shed Treatment for next time you go! Something to get excited about for next year.
GET SOME ‘YOU’ TIME: The Spa at Green Farm
Erm hello Finalist for Best Sustainable Spa in The Good Spa Awards 2020! Our favourite rural retreat, The Spa at Green Farm is the perfect place to get some ‘me time’. Stay in the luxury Holiday Barn, have a spa day or try some Yoga! Whatever you do, definitely stay for lunch and enjoy a tasty meal made with produce grown on the estate’s farm. Or just go for the day! Their Yoga Day Retreats is the perfect way to experience a slice of Green Farm. We like.
FINE DINING AT HOME: The Old Bank, Westerham
Cooking up a storm in the picturesque village of Westerham, just outside Sevenoaks, is this fine dining restaurant for meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike. And, as if you needed any more reason to visit, Chef and owner, Adam, is currently finalist for Chef of the Year in the Kent Life Food and Drink Awards! But before you go, read the Muddy review here.
Like the idea of being served fine dining food without having to leave the house? They’ve just launched their ‘At Home’ Meals for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Priced at £40 (for 3 courses) OR £30 (for 2 courses) the meals come prepared oven ready for you to finish off at home with simple instructions.
Jack & The Beanstalk, Assembly Hall Theatre, Fri 18 Dec – Sun 3 Jan 2021
Don’t miss the Assembly Hall Theatre’s Pop-Up Panto Jack & The Beanstalk because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without panto right? This festive season might not be exactly the same as every other year – but let’s embrace it and support those businesses we love – and celebrate how they have adapted. Like our favourite local theatre who has pulled out all the stops for us! It will be slightly smaller than usual and we’ll be socially distanced but it’ll still be great for the family, fast paced and full of fun. Book your tickets here. ALL tickets start from: £12.75.
IMMERSIVE THEATRE: A Christmas Carol with a 3 Course Meal, The High Rocks, 16 – 23 & 27 – 31 Dec
Are you after experiencing a unique evening of theatre and delicious food? Kicking off on 16 Dec, theatre company Get Out Of My Space will be performing the Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol with a twist! This is a brand new and original play written by the team and you can experience the Christmas magic whilst enjoying a 3-course traditional Christmas feast with plenty of singing, festive jollities and the retelling of how Ebenezer Scrooge learnt to love Christmas. Better yet, you get to choose who of the cast plays Scrooge! The performance will be socially distant taking place at The High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells. Book your tickets here.