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Have you heard the local gossip?

From the hottest foodie news to free Live sketching sessions and a chance to help out your community - here's the inside line on the coolest happenings in Kent.

Mother’s Day: Sparkling Afternoon Tea Hamper

Mother’s Day sorted! Go on spoil your mum with an indulgent Afternoon Tea Hamper from Macknade. Featuring a bottle of acclaimed Langlois sparkling rosé – made by the same winemakers behind Bollinger champagne. Toast with a glass of fizz, paired perfectly with everything you need for an afternoon tea at home. Scones, James and the obligatory clotted cream! Click and collect from Macknade or get it delivered straight to her, last order date to guarantee delivery for Mother’s Day is 8 March.

Art: FREE Live Sketching Class

Love art? Then you’ll want to join the FREE Live Sketch Class! Sign up to join the (fun and informal) Live sketching classes via Zoom every Thursday evening, perfect for all ages and levels. Learn stunning painting techniques in a refreshingly clear, simple and uplifting way.

Brought to you by Secret Art Parties, the creative folk behind these fun guided painting parties in Tunbridge Wells, who have taken their in-real-life, virtual! They’ve had their Zoom Sketch Parties since the first lockdown last March which has now grown to over 1k Secret Sketchers in their Facebook Group!

Kitchen Collabs: The Curious Eatery

The Curious Eatery has so many exciting things coming up this 2021! With all the hospitality industry has been through, The Curious Eatery have come up with a fab plan to collaborate, support and rally together so that everyone can emerge stronger on the other side.

We’re very excited for their first kitchen takeover with The Poet at Matfield (another one for the foodie fans) for a 2 night takeaway event! They’ll be dishing up a five-course feast featuring their butternut arancini, ‘land and seasnail’ crumble, African mutton ragù, and malva pudding. Pre-order your delicious food box now for pick-up on Sat 6 March.

Community: Life On High Cafe, Sevenoaks

Life On High Cafe (short for: enjoying life on the High Street) in Sevenoaks, are really helping and supporting the community. Every day they will be posting ‘free coffees’ on their community board for anyone to come in and use, a coffee that someone in the community might not otherwise be able to afford. 

They’re also giving their customers a chance to ‘pay it forward’, so when you visit and purchase a coffee, cake or lunch. You can pay for someone else to have the chance to do the same, by putting the receipt on their new board for others to use.

They are now open for takeaway, so pop in, say hello and pay it forward!

New Opening: The Bridge Arms

Exciting news for foodies and families alike is this planned opening – from the team that brought us the multi-award winning, Michelin-starred Fordwich Arms – The new Bridge Arms. Giving the pub a new lease of life with a new name and new owners.

Dan and Tasha Smith, the couple behind the award-winning Fordwich Arms, are set to bring their magic touch with the aim of creating a real community hub for the local village, as well as a dining destination for the region. Where the Fordwich Arms is a fine dining destination, the plan is for this sister pub to be a more family-friendly, informal dining option, with twists on pub classics, sharing platters and a charcoal grill. Oh and it has a large beer garden too.

If that news has left you stranded at salivation station – take heart! In the meantime, you can enjoy premium food boxes from the Sous Chef and Sommelier from Fordwich Arms. Order their 3-course oven-ready menu including homemade bread, cultured butter and a bottle of wine for 2 people for £65. The menu changes weekly with a focus on seasonal British produce. For more info and to place your order, check them out on Instagram here.

Author Events: Sevenoaks Bookshop

Award-winning Sevenoaks Bookshop has some brilliant authors lined up for March. Meet authors, hear their stories and ask your questions Live over Zoom. You could meet; Hadley Freeman, Lisa Jewell, Donna Leon to name a few!

This month they are also including their first ever panel event! Devilishly Dark Debuts with Ashley Audrain, Abigail Dean and Inga Vesper on Tues 2 March. Get ready for a gripping evening with three exciting debut authors who will be discussing their thrilling new books, chaired by the brilliant Joe Haddow. Book now.

Foodie: The Goods Yard, Folkestone

All your favourite traders moved into a new, sheltered, outdoor space – The Goods Yard! So you can visit quality food and drink vendors without having the face the wind and waves. You can still get your halloumi fix as the Little Greek Bus has reopened for take-away and click and collect. You can also enjoy gourmet Frankfurters and Bratwursts from Harbour Hotdogs for you to chomp into. Only open Saturday and Sundays.

Supper Club: Alive with Flavour, 3 March 2021

Let’s talk veggies! Love networking with fellow foodies? You’ll love Alive With Flavour’s monthly supper clubs, March’s theme is all about vegetables. Joining will be bestselling author and nutrition educator, Jenny Tshiesche, aka the Lunchbox Doctor. Jenny will demonstrate a delicious, healthy supper which is completely fuss free, yet a winner for us all at home! She will be sharing her nutritional tips and tricks, talking us through some quick seasonal ideas, and answer any questions. Book your spot now.

Yoga: Online Courses with FLOW

Winner of the 2019 and 2018 Muddy Awards for Best Yoga Studio in Kent, FLOW is a true hidden gem. Now online, they’ve got lots of exciting new courses come up alongside their usual weekly Yoga and Meditation classes! See all their online courses here.

We love the sound of: ‘Time to Stand and Stare’ a 5 week online course with owner Lucy Parker, starting 2 March, 7-8pm. Meeting every Tues evening to stand (likely to sit) and stare. Using stilling techniques such as breathing, yoga, meditation and gentle movement to calm your nervous system. An hour of deep relaxation and meditation. Sounds like bliss! Book now.

Cooking Class: The Cooking Apple, Teen & Adult Classes

Dust down your apron and get cooking. The Cooking Apple will fill you with culinary confidence – and there’s currently virtual classes for you or your teen – so the whole family will love this! We love Pip’s classes as they’re fun and friendly – no flashy chef intimidation here! You can make mistakes, laugh and cook with others. 

There’s a Teen Half Term Class, cook chicken samosas and flurry rice and for dessert, the Indian inspired jewel iced fairy buns! Yum! On the 25 Feb, 4:45 – 6pm. Book now.

Or join the next Adult Class: Alpine Italy. Transport yourself with some alpine flavours from Italy to take you to the mountains from your kitchen. Learn how to do a Tomato and Comte tart alongside a delicious rolled meat roast. Pudding will be poached pears with some Italian herbs and spices. Grab a rosé or hot chocolate and start dreaming! On the 4 March, 4:45. – 6pm. Book your spot now.

Arts & Theatre: FREE Online Workshops

The Marlowe Theatre have launched series of online workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Available to watch now on The Marlowe’s YouTube Channel, the Re-Finding Your Voice workshops are led by RSC voice coach Michael Corbidge. Enjoy the six sessions regardless if you have previous acting experience, cover topics such as posture building, getting warmed-up and learning how to project your voice.

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2 comments on “Have you heard the local gossip?”

  • Sue February 19, 2021

    Bit surprised Macknades couldn’t source any English fizz!
    highly recommend the Curious Eatery

    • aliagnew February 22, 2021

      Hi Sue – um good spot! I know most of their hampers feature English sparkling wine – mostly from right here in Kent actually – like Chapel Down in ‘The Perfect Gesture’ or Chartham Vineyard in ‘Relax & Indulge’ or Kent gins etc. Maybe they are just going for something a bit different in this hamper… They are always put together beautifully (just saying in case any of my kids are reading…) Mother’s Day 14 March…


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