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10 November Things To Do in Lockdown

So we're not going out this month, but here's some ideas - including online art, mindfulness courses and virtual supper clubs! All brilliant things to do to help us keep sane while we're social distancing...

RELAX AND DE-STRESS: With online yoga from Flow Tunbridge Wells or Samsara Retreat & Yoga

Samsara, the beautiful Retreat and Yoga Studio in the heart of Kent, run by husband and wife team Lori and Dipu, is offering plenty of online courses to keep you stretched and sane. Click here for full class details.

Flow Tunbridge Wells, winner of Best Yoga Studio in Kent in the 2018 and 2019 Muddy Awards, will be by your side this lockdown with their much-loved online yoga classes. For the full class schedule and booking link – click here.

CLICK AND COLLECT: Sue Davies Christmas Pop-Up Shop, Online

Support Local and keep the festive spirit alive by ordering your decorations from Kent’s cutest Christmas shop. Every year brilliant Sutton Valence florist, Sue Davies, turns her floristry in The Old Butcher’s Shop into a perky, quirky Christmas Shop. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Hurray! This year it’s back – but all online this time. Sue has put as many decorations as possible in her shop window so passers by can see what the decs look like before buying.

You just order online for ‘Click and Collect‘ – you’ll have to swing by to pick up the goodies. We love her range – there’s nothing you can’t find in this treasure trove!

VIRTUAL COOK-ALONG: Mojito & Mexican Fiesta, Alive With Flavour, Wed 11 Nov

Want to get hands-on with food and meet new people every month? The Alive with Flavour Supper Clubs is a fab chance to do just that! Join them this November for their Virtual Supper Club with guest chef, Jacqueline Wise.

Make delicious Mexican fillings and the family favourite enchiladas. Go on try something new and cook along! Plus who doesn’t love a Mojito? Weds 11 Nov, 7-8pm, via Zoom and everyone can join for the low price of £7! Book your spot now.    

GET IN SHAPE: With SPN+ virtual fitness and wellness membership

SPN, our favourite fitness boutique – that brings big city fitness and wellbeing to the suburbs – has a brilliant and expansive online offering. There’s more than 100 classes, in 10 fitness disciplines and more than 7 classes live every week (including Yoga, Boxing, Strength Training & Indoor Cycling). You’ll even find online nutrition courses to try too.

Members are encouraged to explore and try something new with short express classes designed to help you conquer the basics. Yoga queens turn to Barre fanatics and cardio champions master full body alignment with Pilates. The possibilities are endless, the choice is yours. All for just £15/month. Go for it!

ONLINE COOKING CLASS: Scandi Cooking Class, The Cooking Apple, Tues 10 Nov

Join a Virtual Cooking Class with Pip from The Cooking Apple (yes, her real name!) who has added extra classes during the lockdown period to keep us all entertained (and nourished). Spend 75 mins making indulgent Christmas delights in your own kitchen. , (Tues 10 Nov, 1pm – 2.15pm for £17.50 pp. Book your spot here.

Or get older children to try the Teen Christmas Baking (Sat 28 Nov, 4pm – 5.15pm) Or a second Scandi Christmas Class, this time in the evening (Thurs 26 Nov, 7.30pm – 8.45pm), which might be fun to do with your other half (date night with a difference!)

WEBSITE: Anna Allworthy Exhibition, Lilford Gallery, Sat 21 Nov – Sat 12 Dec

We don’t go to Canterbury or Folkestone without popping into one of the Lilford Galleries. There’s always cool, modern, playful art on display and we just *need* to have it. T

he next show is Anna Allworthy, renowned for her atmospheric, layered urban landscapes. She’s inspired by travel, the effects of globalisation and a fascination with the ever-evolving nature of the cities, all of which are reflected in this new collection of work. Cool right?

With lockdown imminent you can still view here work, and get your cultural fix, here. Support this local artist with a simple click!

TRY THIS: Brilliant new virtual Barre exercise class, from FindurFit

Okay, so it’s happening again, but this time without the sunshine. So why not get in your best shape ever from the comfort of your sitting room or kitchen?

Findurfit is run by Sarah Best the super approachable and friendly online fitness class instructor and personal trainer. Sarah promises to inspire you to make fitness part of your life and find a love of exercise whatever level you are.

If it’s the long, lean look you’re after this class will provide the right mix of ballet inspired moves, gymnasticy core work and mobility.

It’s low impact but still full body – expect to lift, squeeze and pulse every muscle! You will improve your core strength, flexibility and muscle tone…oh and find a few muscles you never knew you had! Equipment: Mat, kitchen counter/chair, lightweights.

Check out Findurfit’s Autumn schedule here – all online and running throughout lockdown – from 1-2-1 sessions to barre to strength and cardio. There’s even a class your teens could try! 

RESTAURANT SUNDAY ROAST: from The Curious Eatery, delivered to your door

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know we love this sister-run, hidden-gem of a restaurant in Boughton Monchelsea.

The Curious Eatery has really demonstrated how to pivot and adapt in challenging times. During lockdown they created BBQ boxes which they delivered (we treated ourselves to one for Mr Muddy’s birthday this summer – delicious!). These are still available alongside the hugely popular Roast Boxes – currently a firm favourite with diners. Find out more about Delivery and Collection services here.

And for when lockdown lifts – there’s a new pod dining experience for socially-distanced dining in your own household bubble, read more here.

ZOOM SUPPER CLUB: Scandi Christmas Supper Club, Alive With Flavour, 2 Dec

Want to get hands-on with food and meet new people every month? The Alive with Flavour Supper Clubs is a fab chance to do just that!

Don’t miss their latest event which will be via Zoom this December and get a true Christmas Experience to your door.

Chef Spence Westcott will be showing you how to create a delicious three course Scandinavian Box. Go on try something new and book your spot now.

BOOK AHEAD…

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.


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