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Gardener’s 25-miler Set Lunch, The PIG at Bridge Place, Available til 28 Feb

With a focus on reducing food miles and celebrating The PIG’s unique cult classics, available throughout the month, their Chefs have created a set menu of dishes that are made from ingredients that are all from within 25 miles of less… Some are even zero miles! Choose from 2 or 3 courses from the set menu and even get to try some of their light pre-lunch nibbles ‘Piggy Bits’ to get you started. Book online and use code at the checkout ‘LOCAL25’. Set lunch and Piggy Bits from just £22.50 pp, (available mid-week, excluding half term). thepighotel.com 

BOOK AHEAD! The Little Welly, Sevenoaks, 16 & 17 May 2020

Everyone that went last year loved it. And if you didn’t go, here’s the lowdown. The Little Welly organise summer children’s obstacle course and festivals in various locations. They will be returning to St Clere Estate, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks, TN15 6FP on 16 & 17 May 2020. Book your tickets through the website. The course is a 3km (or 5km if you’re feeling super energetic) hop, skip, jump and dash through 30 challenges, taking in streams, trails, mud and woodland. Oh, and did I mention it’s the biggest obstacle course and festival for kids in the UK? If that doesn’t tire out the little blighters, what will? Then there’s the accompanying festival with – deep breath – caving, climbing, ponies, live music, comedy and magic shows, loads of family activities and yummy food options. I think it’s such a fantastic idea – get them away from screens, into the fresh air and doing some exercise. And I quite fancy a pony ride myself. thelittlewelly.co.uk

LAST TICKETS LEFT! The Small Holding x Elmley Nature Reserve, 3-5 April 2020
Taking place over the weekend of 3-5 April 2020, there’s a special opportunity to stay in the beautiful Kingshill Farmhouse at Elmley Nature Reserve whilst being treated to food cooked and served by one of Kent’s best chefs and his awarding-winning team from The Small Holding (Best Restaurant Muddy Awards 2019). Will Devlin will cook a bespoke tasting menu in the beautiful kitchen diner of the newly, and lovingly, renovated 18th century, grade II listed Kingshill Farmhouse. Sitting in the heart of the 3,300-acre reserve, the huge glass sliding doors have vast views out across the marshes where it is easy to spot a hare hopping past, wading birds and a barn owl hunting over the reeds. Word has reached us that there are just two last minute rooms available! In super hot demand! So get booking: elmleynaturereserve.co.uk 

Not Just For Valentine’s Collection, Catherine De Crèvecoeur, Available now

We can’t get enough of Catherine’s gorgeous earrings! She spent 10 years working as a highly successful stylist, fashion and image consultant before turning super successful jewellery designer. Based in Tunbridge Wells, her latest ‘Not Just For Valentine’s’ collection is just as lovely as the last. These handmade leather rose gold hearts are teamed with beautiful pearls to create a subtle statement accessory. Perfect for lifting your outfit day and night, they also make a special gift for loved ones (hint, hint lads!). £2 from each pair sold goes to the “Girls Out Loud” charity, which supports young teenage girls across the UK who are struggling by helping them to find their voice, grow their confidence and self-esteem. That’s what we love here at Muddy so get browsing: catherinedc.com

Thackery’s Honesty Menu, Tunbridge Wells, Available now til March

How’s this for a brilliant forward thinking idea? Celebrity chef, Richard Phillips, is set to reimagine the traditional culinary experience of Thackeray’s, breaking the mould with a five-course ‘Honesty’ Menu. Try an assortment of unique and inspiring dishes and only pay what you think it’s worth. Yup, the Honesty Menu has no price! Thackeray’s are asking that you ‘leave what it meant to you’.

This Honesty Menu (available between Tuesday – Friday) is said to be just the latest in a series of ‘ground-breaking’ endeavours – we’re excited to find out what else they have in store… Situated in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, this eatery is perfect for a special lunch (it’s only £25 for 2-courses) or date night (with The Common Rooms just up the road). Very limited availability so book now: thackerays-restaurant.co.uk 

DAY RETREAT: Fab at Fifty, Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat, 14 Mar 2020

As featured in the Evening Standard Stede Court is an exclusive luxury fitness & wellbeing retreat, set in seven acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, near picturesque Biddenden. Run by Kathryn Freeland, pictured top right, who has over 20 years experience training private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman.

She’s teamed up with over 50s fashion stylist and blogger, Nikki Larsen-Disney (aka ‘@Bluebelle66’), pictured top left, to provide a unique day that’s tailored to women in this decade to offer an inspiring & rejuvenating day of fitness, food and fashion. This is a special day for you to recharge your batteries in a nurturing haven.

In the morning Kathryn will take you out into the beautiful grounds for a workout in the bespoke woodland area, which will be totally tailored to suit all fitness levels. And after a delicious lunch Nikki will run a fashion workshop designed to teach you how to update your wardrobe with confidence, with the new season in mind. Cost just £125 per person. To book your place or more information email Kathryn: kf@absolutefitness.co.uk, stedecourtprivatefitnessretreat.co.uk

Clam Shack returns, The Curious Eatery, Thurs 12 March 

Calling all seafood lovers! If you love seafood then The Curious Eatery have the event just for you, the Clam Shack is back. Put on your bibs and get stuck in. Lots of scrumptious fresh seafood cooked to order and delivered in all its streaming aromas of the ocean to your table. Booking essential, this event books up so go go go! thecuriouseatery.co.uk

February Fun and Frolics, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Kent Life Park a 28-acre working farm and visitor attraction situated in Sandling, Maidstone, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and they have a cracking collection of events to celebrate this year! Don’t miss a fun-packed week full of activities and trails as the farm enters lambing season and prepares for the arrival of some new born lambs. Meet plenty of animals such as pigs, sheep, ponies, goats and alpacas – even join in with the feeding sessions! Get up close and personal with their smaller furry friends in cuddle corner. Take time to visit the Kent Owl Academy and don’t forget the Meerkat family too! There’s both indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor or land train rides. Warm up in Dotty’s Tea Room with a great selection of home made cakes and other tasty meals and snacks. Open from 10am – 4pm. Adults, £6.95 and Children (aged 3-15), £5.95. kentlife.org.uk

Tapas nights, Bodiam Boating, Last Friday of the month

Don’t miss Lime Wharf Cafe’s hugely popular Tapas Nights. It’s a gorgeous, rustic licensed restaurant and their first Portuguese night has completely sold out! So don’t miss their next few; French in February and Mexican in March. Enjoy a welcome drink followed by small plates and desserts. Arrive at 7:30 pm for an 8pm start, £30pp. Did we mention there’s a cocktail bar too?! Book your place now! facebook.com/pg/limewharfcafe 

Party Pop Stars Karaoke Parties, Sittingbourne, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

A brilliant, unique party idea for aspiring popstars (big and small). All in the comfort of your own recording studio. What’s not to love? Recently visited by ITV’s X Factor, Big Jam Studios in Sittingbourne, Kent, is a professional music, video and photography studio and is regularly used by future stars. Here you can host your own pop star recording, video and karaoke party for kids, teens, hen groups or business team building experiences! Get 30% off Karaoke Parties if booked to place in this February Half Term. Book now through this link to receive your discount: app.acuityscheduling.com

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