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Have you heard the latest? We're talking brand new restaurants, family summer fun and a laugh-out-loud comedy festival, It's all happening on our patch!

IT’S BACK: The Beast, Betteshanger Park, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Sep

The formidable inflatable obstacle course and Kids bounce zone returns to Betteshanger Park this September, are you up for the challenge? Run and bounce your way around the many obstacles including inflatable walls, balls and rings. Bounce for fun or compete to beat the course record! Afterward sit back and relax with friends and family to enjoy delicious food and drink from local suppliers. Bounce last 30mins and your ticket enables you to run the course as many times as you can within your allocated bounce slot. Minimum age of 8 years old and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Book now!

COMEDY: Folkestone Funny Fest, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Sept

Get ready to laugh-out-loud at the Folkestone Funny Fest this September which is bringing together some of the finest comedians to perform live at The Goods Yard on Folkestone Harbour Arm. 10 fantastic comedians will take to the stage for two nights of entertainment unlike anything they’ve ever hosted before. Headlining is Ed Byrne (pictured), Simon Brodkin, Andrew Maxwell, Zoe Lyons and Rob Deering. The Goods Yard is also home to an electric mix of food and drink vendors, offering everything from craft beers and cocktails, tacos and mussels, wood-fired pizza and surf’n’turf bugers so you’ll be well looked after to have an amazing night of fun! Performances are 7-10pm. Tickets from £23.72.

FREE FAMILY FUN: All About Bridges, Rochester Cathedral

Go see the world’s longest interlocking brick bridge in Rochester Cathedral – how amazing is that? Plus there’s tons of free activities, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, to educate and entertain the kids this summer from build a beam bridge, build a cantilever, build an arch bridge plus free toddler drop-in sessions!

EAT OUT: SMOQE, Rochester

Get your taste buds line dancing with the Americana-inspired flavours of these artisan burgers and ribs! Throughout August, SMOQE will be opening Weds and Thurs lunchtime from 12-3pm (as well as their usual: 12-10pm on Fri, 10am-10pm on Sat and 10am-6pm on Sundays) serving up their smokey, authentic, lip-smackin’ good signature burgers, salads and ribs plus their popular Kids Q-Tee meals. Or why not grab the girls and pop along for brunch? On Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-1pm they are serving their home-made waffles with fresh berries and maple syrup – yum!

GO SEE: Mad Hatter’s Crazy Golf, Millbrook Garden Centre Gravesend, NOW until 30 Aug

Fun for all the family! Get involved at the Mad Hatter themed Crazy Golf this summer at Millbrook Gravesend. The 9-hole course, located outside near The Mill restaurant, is filled with fun features and obstacles everyone can play! Whatever your age or ability, you’ll have a tee-rrific time! Tickets cost £3 per person. Open daily (Mon to Sat, 11am – 4pm. Sun, 11am – 3.30pm).

HOT NEW PRODUCT: Restore Body Oil with Grapefruit & Lavender, Floragy Skincare

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We love this Kent-based, natural skincare brand. A simple and natural range of hand made products, with gorgeous packaging – and a rising star in the beauty world. What’s new is their restorative, moisturising body oil to bring back your skin’s radiance. It’s beautifully balanced and scented to leave your body feeling soft and silky, full of antioxidant to help improve suppleness and protect the skin’s natural barrier. It absorbs easily into the skin with no greasiness and is available in a zesty Grapefruit and Lavender scent which we loooove! Plus 10% of each goes to Ocean Generation.

NEW WEDDING VENUE: The Orangery, Port Lympne

A wild animal park wedding can be the most memorable way for your nearest and dearest to help celebrate your special day. Brand new for 2022 at Port Lympne is The Orangery, a glass orangery and terrace making for a magical place to dine and dance the night away. The newly appointed pergola is set within a beautiful walled garden, definitely one of the most romantic settings to exchange your vows. Truly private and available for exclusive use only, it has a capacity for 160 seated guests in addition to a dance floor, cloakroom and luxury washrooms. We love!

AWW: Private Micro Animal Bedtime Experience, Huckleberry Woods

Calling all lovers of micro and miniature animals! Enjoy a private, after hours opportunity at Huckleberry Woods micro animal adventures in Faversham. Fully hands-on, you’ll help make sure all the animals are comfortable, fed and settled down for the night. Includes preparing the evening feeds, bringing animals home to bed, helping with their feeding, grooming and cleaning routines. Learn about each animal and what keeps them happy from their experienced keepers. You’ll be meeting friendly micro pigs, miniature donkeys , teddy bear sheep, alpacas, chickens, ducks and turkeys. This one-hour experience takes place around dusk (depending on the time of year) and is suitable for any animal lover aged 9-99!

NOW OPEN: Chefs Table, West Malling

Say hello to brand new Chefs Table, elegant fine dining restaurant in the heart of West Malling. Here the food is sustainable, sourced and foraged from Kent’s best farmers and food producers, which is like music to our ears! Expect an intimate dining feel in a relaxed environment with beautifully innovative dishes. This new and exciting restaurant is led by Head Chef, Brad Redding and he’s creating a very exclusive “Chefs Table” like feel, with an open kitchen, allowing guests to visually feel immersed in the story from start to finish. Oooh we’re excited for this!

BOOK NOW: Teen Food, Mood & Movement, Flow Tunbridge Wells, Sat 24 Sep

Why not start your teens wellbeing journey now? This workshop is dedicated to helping teenagers feel, move and eat better. Join Alicia and Camilla at Flow’s beautiful Yoga Studio in central Tunbridge Wells for an afternoon of Yoga and Nutritional nuggets to help your teens feel balanced, connected, and grounded this summer so they know how to feel their best and eat better for life.

NEW RESTAURANT: Quince, Westgate

Introducing Quince, run by chefs and co-owners Ben Hughes and Rafael Lopez who spent years working together at The Goods Shed in Canterbury, this is the duo’s first restaurant launch. Quince is a bistro-style restaurant with 32 covers and will serve British ingredients from Kentish farms with a south Mediterranean flair, alongside a small list of English and other world-class wines, curated by Clive Barlow, Master of Wine. We can’t wait to try!

BEAUTY TREATMENTS: Facial Acupuncture at Apotheca, Faversham

New treatment alert! Acupuncture by Anna is now taking appointments at natural health centre, Apotheca in Faversham. Apotheca (hello uber-Instagrammable apothecary) not only offers natural remedies and beauty products but it’s a destination for yoga/pilates classes and therapeutic treatments. You’ll want to unclench your jaw and roll your shoulders back just at the thought of it.

Used regularly, facial acupuncture can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and winkles by stimulating collagen production. It can also help to boost skin circulation and improve muscle tone. But it’s not just acupuncture, oh no! Anna also uses LED Light Therapy to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, kill acne bacteria and improve the skin’s texture, tone and clarity. Together they offer a safe and natural alternative to botox. Sign us up!

RELAUNCH: The Ambrette is now The Cook’s Tale, Canterbury

After ten eventual (and very successful!) years of serving in Canterbury, The Ambrette team decided it was time for a new direction so inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous work ”The Canterbury Tales”, The Ambrette is now called “The Cook’s Tale” and we love it! Their new concept will see them heavily invested into local farms and food producers in and around Canterbury with all major ingredients sourced from within half an hour driving distance from the restaurant – impressive! It’ll have a strong focus towards sustainability with ingredients that are organic and don’t harm the environment. Plus it’ll still have their classic modern Asian twist!

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