Council Leader reveals key points of proposed five-year plan for Borough

“EVERY time I leave school and I’m in town or out and about in the Borough, I get really excited about the potential of this place. This could be the best middle-sized town in the country to live in, if we get it right,” says Council Leader and Kent schoolteacher Ben Chapelard as he exclusively […]

RTW Together BID rallies members as its ballot deadline approaches

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The Royal Tunbridge Wells Together Business Improvement District (RTW BID) is entering its final week of canvassing local businesses and traders ahead of them either voting for or against another five-year term. The deadline for casting votes is Thursday February 29 and votes will be counted the following day on March 1. Businesses that form […]

TWBC approves next stage of Hawkhurst housing project

FOLLOWING last week’s Council Cabinet meeting on Thursday, February 8, it has been confirmed that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) will provide over £1million in funding for a major housing development in Hawkhurst. The development site near Highgate Hill and Copthall Avenue has divided local opinion but is set to comprise over 70 homes with […]

Celebrity line-up announced for Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival

TODAY the Times can exclusively reveal that the Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival for 2024 will see a slew of major household names from both the stage and screen headlining this year’s event. The organisers of this popular festival, now in its third year, revealed to this newspaper yesterday that comedian Lenny Henry, broadcaster Michael Palin […]

Headliner announced for Sausage and Cider Festival

THE headline act for this summer’s Sausage and Cider Festival at Dunorlan Park has been announced by the event’s organisers. Indie rock legends Scouting for Girls will be headlining the first ever edition of the event in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday June 15 (2pm-11pm). The three man band, known for their 00s hits She’s So […]

RTW Together prepares its pitch to businesses ahead of new BID vote

AHEAD of Royal Tunbridge Wells Business Improvement District (BID) balloting its 650 members to vote for a second term over the next five years, the Times had the opportunity to exclusively speak to the organisation’s CEO Alex Green about the ways in which it will ensure the economic and cultural future of Tunbridge Wells if […]

Town celebrates successful festive period and looks forward to 2024

TUNBRIDGE Wells has reason to be cheerful this New Year, as it has just celebrated its most successful festive season post-Covid. Many of the town’s hospitality venues, arts centres, and businesses experienced a bounce in trade thanks to the lack of restrictions and a much-improved variety of events to enjoy over Christmas and New Year. […]

SKATE returns for 2023 ‘bigger and better’

Hundreds of people wrapped up warm for the official opening of this year’s SKATE in Calverley Grounds last Friday, December 1. The grounds, which have been transformed into a winter wonderland, were lined with over 200 schoolchildren, waiting to take part in the first ice skating session of 2023. Visitors were joined for the opening […]

Thousands gather in the streets of Tunbridge Wells for The Big Reveal

Last weekend saw the return of the annual Big Reveal with large crowds flocking to the streets of Tunbridge Wells for the occasion. Organisers, RTW Together Business Improvement District (BID) announced that more than 3,000 people were in attendance across the three-day event. For the first time, the event ran from 4.30pm-6.30pm on three consecutive […]

Tudeley campaign victory as development set to be shelved

Controversial housing plans for Tudeley Village are set to be withdrawn by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council following recommendations set out by officers in a revised development strategy. On Monday November 13, members of the advisory board unanimously agreed that the 2,800 homes planned for Tudeley Village in Capel Parish be dropped from the Local Plan. […]


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