From new store openings to supper clubs and fashion sales - Muddy's superflashy newsflash has all the local gossip that counts...
BRAND NEW: The Shuffle House, Tunbridge Wells
Say hello to The Shuffle House! (Shuffle is a game in which players push metal-and-plastic weighted pucks down a long and smooth wooden table – fact fans). You’ll find this new eatery in the spot where Jean’s bar once stood, next door to the very popular Saint John’s Yard, on St John’s Road in Tunbridge Wells. The Shuffle House is a South American/Latin tapas (expect fried yuca balls, deep friend manchego cheese, porky belly chicharrones) and stone baked Neopolitan pizza restaurant.
A beautiful two-story building with quirky interiors throughout and a very impressive cocktail menu (yup we tried them all for research purposes) It’s the only place in Tunbridge Wells where you can get a Wham bar on top of your drink! Book the two Shuffle Boards out and challenge your friends or sit by the bar and throw darts at Trump’s face. Muddy knows that whilst their menu hasn’t been fully developed yet, they are working on a Gluten Free pizza base which will be available soon. Perfect for your next night out. facebook.com/theshufflehouse
OPENING EVENTS: Anthropologie, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 12 & Sat 13 AprOne of our fave stores, Anthropologie, is opening in Tunbridge Wells – at the bottom of the High Street, in the store that was once Cath Kidston. It will be offering the usual unique collection of women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, furniture, beauty and gifts that we’ve come to expect from the brand. But Muddy has EXCLUSIVE inside info on the opening events. On Friday 12 Apr raise a toast with botanical G&Ts from Dunnet Bay Distillers (1-6pm). On Saturday 13 Apr (10.30am-4pm) bring your doggie to sit for a portrait by British artist and Anthropologie collaborator, Sally Muir (her pup portraits are usually worth between £300 – £2,000!) On the Friday, from 9.30am, the store will be giving away FREE GOODIE bags to the first 50 through the door (sharpen elbows). Stampede!
GUEST GOES FREE! Stede Court Private Fitness RetreatBlossom and start being your best self with an exclusive luxury fitness & wellbeing retreat, set in seven acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, near picturesque Biddenden. Run by Kathryn Freeland, who has over 20 years experience (and made the Evening Standard Top 5 PT Hot List) – she trains private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman. If you book a day or residential retreat in April you can bring a FRIEND FOR FREE! (T&Cs apply: subject to availability; 1 guest per person; Must be used in April 2019; Day retreat date to be chosen by Stede Court). stedecourtprivatefitnessretreat.co.uk
FREE TREATMENTS: Canterbury Cosmedics Open Day, 14 MayCanterbury Cosmedics, located in Spring Gardens Clinic in Canterbury, will be hosting an Open Day on 14 May (1.30 – 6.30pm) with mini taster sessions throughout the day, including the CACI facial – heralded as the non-surgical facelift (sign us up now!) as well as Dermalogica reps offering free advice and treatments plus skin resurfacing demos. There will also be free patch tests for Lumenis M22 laser for hair removal, vascular treatments and skin damage from the sun (normally £50) plus free skin mapping by Dermalogica. Tickets for £5 which is redeemable against any purchase on the day. Spaces are limited for all treatments so early booking is advised. Call 01227 761000 or email email@example.com to book your spot. Race you there…
INTERIOR LAUNCH: A House to Love, from April
Olya Lammas (the former owner of Alexandra Boutique in Tunbridge Wells) has moved from dressing women to dressing homes. Following her passion for, and professional training in, interior design she is launching an antiques showroom in her own stunningly designed house. These Open House week-ends will run once a month to showcase her European buying trips – the events are aimed at being very social where you meet like-minded people who are interested in interiors and decorations for their homes, to find new unusual pieces and the chance to ask a designer a question or get some tips on styling. A House To Love Ltd, 7 Hungershall Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8NE, Tel: 07853181638. ahousetolove.co.uk
2 NEW OPENINGS: Adventure Golf and Knights’ Playground, Leeds Castle, Sat 13 April
If you needed yet another reason to commit to this brilliant family day out how about these two fantastic new attractions – Adventure Golf and Knight’ Stronghold Playground – both opening this month by CBeebies’s presenter, Ben Cajee, as part of the 900th anniversary celebrations.
Children will love letting off steam by navigating through a wooden replica of Leeds Castle with spiralling slides, fireman’s poles, giant cargo nets and zip wires. This fully accessible playground, designed for ages up to 14, will include a new shop and seating areas for parents to watch their children play in a safe and fun environment.
Or try the adventure golf course – designed on Leeds Castle, with more challenging holes themed to daily attractions, such as falconry and the Maze. Using artificial grass, rocks, sand and planting by the Gardening team, this beautiful and fully accessible new attraction will be open for visitors to enjoy, all year round, whatever the weather. leeds-castle.com
Fashion Re:boot with Mum’s The Word, The Secret Manor, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 26 April
Sisters, Laura and Natalie, host inspiring live events that connect people (women, mums, families, big brands, small businesses) in real life! Back by popular demand the Fashion Re:Boot will be held at the gorgeous Secret Manor in Tunbridge Wells on Friday 26th April. It’s time to clear out those closets ladies!! Fashion Re:Boot is a fashion sale where style obsessives can buy, sell or just gather together! The evening will boast over 25 stalls packed with a mixture of pre-loved fashion – handpicked high street to high-end clothes as well as jewellery makers, interiors, beauty and braiding plus a licensed bar and street food. Excitingly two new amazing jewellery makers joining the Fashion Re:Boot. Karina from RAW Copenhagen and Little Black Book member Catherine De Crevecoeur. Click mumstheword.online to get your tickets before they’re gone!
KIDS CLUB: SUMMER SORTED! King’s Canterbury Junior Rowing, 15-19 JulyFollowing in the footsteps (or should that be rowing strokes?) of the hugely successful Oxford Junior Rowing courses, the organisers are now running the first 5 day summer course in KENT. Taking place at King’s Canterbury, the course will run from and is open for 11-15 year olds from novice to advanced. Brilliant opportunity to get those teens out the house and active this summer. King’s Canterbury Junior Rowing Courses are not just about rowing. They aim to get your child away from their phones (hurray!), communicating confidently with other children and adults whilst nailing a great set of life skills – leadership, team building, goal setting, resilience, conflict resolution, determination and more. The courses are above all designed to be fun and there’s no doubt that kids will come out with a better technique than their gym-rowing parents. Rowing is one of the UK’s most successful sports and we have some of the best coaches in the world. oxfordjuniorrowingcourse.co.uk/kings
NEW OPENING: Deal Pier Kitchen, Deal
If you’ve ever visited Deal (and if not, you really should – here’s our insider guide to the cool stuff to do) you’ll no doubt be familiar with the town’s iconic pier. Well after its previous incarnation closed there’s been much anticipation about the new eaterie – and now Deal Pier Kitchen has finally opened (from 9am-4pm daily) and so we can all once again enjoy this unique location surrounded by the ocean and exceptional views of the towns seafront. The DPK team welcome all the family (including the furry ones) with a smile. facebook.com/dealpierkitchen
SUPPER CLUB: Ghana Supper Club, The Bicycle Bakery, Fri 12 & Sat 13 April
If you love meeting new people, experiencing new flavours and generally having a good time then you really need to be at one of Ghana Supper Clubs amazing evenings. Twice monthly Tunbridge Wells based Ghanaian Supper Club bringing Ghanaian flavours, music and spice to the area. Join them this month at Twells’ quirky Bicycle Bakery (just down Camden Rd) to meet and eat together where friendships blossom. I’ve seen pictures of their sample menu and I’m already salivating! Plus it’s all Vegan and Veggie friendly so suitable for just about everyone. Check em’ out here ghanasupperclub.co.uk
BOOK NOW! Weald of Kent Country Crafts Show, Sat 4 – Mon 6 May
Discover unique and diverse products from over 150 stall holders at the beautiful Penshurst Place. Soak up the atmosphere at the street food market, enjoy some live music, or try your hand at a new skill in one of our hands-on workshops. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy! Based in the beautiful Penshurst Place grounds this event runs the weekend of the first bank holiday in May from Sat 4 – Mon 6 May. Stalls and activities include the Colour-in Caravan, a street-food market, live music, and a pop-up petting zoo. Book tickets here thecraftshows.co.uk. Go! Go! Go!
TREND: Grow your own cut flowers
Love the idea of being able to grow and cut your own flowers from the garden? It’s very much the thing to do in the best dressed houses. With your own patch, you can grow the flowers you choose and pick them at their peak – it’s environmentally friendly too. Chambers Farm Flowers offers a range of workshops so you can learn how to plant your own easy to grow flowers for creating pretty, seasonal arrangements:
Grow your own cut flower patch —A one day course teaching you everything you need to get started on your own cut flower patch. Whether you’ve got one flower bed or a large area for cut flowers we will show you how to have something beautiful to cut all through the season. Includes plot planning, choosing varieties, seed sowing, growing on, cutting and conditioning. A fun and engaging course held on the farm. Sat 27 Apr, £60 per person 10.30-2.30pm.
Flower Club — First Tuesday of the month beginning 7th May. A fun and social way to enjoy flower arranging with seasonal British flowers grown on our farm. Each month we will work with different shapes, forms and styles. As a ‘foam free’ florist, we will be demonstrating sustainable alternatives to using floral foam. Plenty of opportunities for questions. £15 per week £60 for all 5 weeks.
An introduction to cut flower farming — For anyone who wants to create a cut flower patch at home or for those who would like to grow cut flowers from sale. This intensive 1 day course takes you through all the key elements of cut flower farming. Tues 30 Apr 10.00am – 4pm. chambersfarmflowers.com
ANIMAL MAGIC: Wildwood, Herne BayNot been to Wildwood yet? It’s a beautiful ancient woodland and family attraction, where you can get to know British Wildlife – past and present. With over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, there is guaranteed to be an animal-favourite for everyone! Expect to see bears, wolves, Arctic foxes, bison, owls, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers (and that’s just 10 of those 200…) Need another reason to visit? Well the bears have just woken up for spring! AND Wildwood’s young female wild boar, produced a litter of two boarlets last week and has just brought them out of their nest. Awww! Forget bunnies and chicks – bears and boarlets is where the Easter cuteness is at! wildwoodtrust.org