In the green…

It’s currently snowdrop season, so Vikki Rimmer takes a trip to Hever Castle & Gardens to check out the amazing displays that you can see courtesy of a self-guided walk… Hever Castle is currently a hive of activity and excitement for the ‘Galanthophiles’ – a particular breed of botanists and gardeners who have a major […]

Dress to impress…

If you’re dining at home instead of out somewhere then don’t think it’s any less of an occasion. Here tablescaping experts SET reveal how you can create a table with real wow factor… Decorating your table is a bit like decorating your home. The best designs give a hint of your personality and the party […]

An eye for detail…

Justine Hodgson-Barker of local interior design business Barkerdesign tells Eileen Leahy what inspires her unique, eye-catching work and reveals the inspiration behind two stunning recent projects… When I first interviewed Justine of Barkerdesign a couple of years ago she told me that interior design was ‘all about personality’ for her. Well, the talented designer, who […]

Suspicious minds: So, whodunnit in this Christie classic?

From Wednesday February 28 to Saturday March 2, Trinity Theatre Company will be putting on its performance of Agatha Christie’s whodunnit classic A Murder is Announced. Here, the cast gather conspiratorially to reveal more about the play and its fascinating plot… Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens in Chipping Cleghorn, a quintessentially English village […]

Take time to savour a sip of the world’s best wines

SO Drinks Editor James Viner raises a glass to celebrate Global Drink Wine Day, this Sunday February 18 – an all-inclusive wine appreciation day held annually… ARE you stuck in a wine-drinking rut? ‘Dry January’ has passed and ‘damper’ February is now here. It’s still one of the coldest, darkest months of the year, so […]

Let’s go outside…

AS January, often dubbed the most challenging month of the year, sets in with its post- Christmas blues, Bewl Water in Lamberhurst invites families to combat the gloom by immersing themselves in the great outdoors and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Activities such as walking and cycling are scientifically proven to stimulate the release of feel-good […]

Christmas cheers: Choosing wines to make your celebrations extra special

Christmas sparkle Pre-dinner drinks are traditionally sparkling, so the first question is rosé or not rosé? The second question is English or not? The list of sparkling options is enormous so you could go for something you really like, or perhaps treat yourself by trading up. For example, if you enjoy the non-vintage from a […]

An enchanting festive atmosphere awaits as ‘Christmas at Bewl Water’ opens its doors

Last Saturday (November 18), ‘Christmas at Bewl Water’ opened for an exclusive event in order to say a big ‘thank you’ to local charities ahead of the venue’s new festive attraction officially opening the following day. Sunisa Avery, Creative Manager of Christmas at Bewl Water and her team welcomed guests from charities such as Young […]

Savour a perfect blend

Alex Greig, founder of Fuggles bar and bottle shop reveals his love for barrel-aged beers and highlights some of the offerings he has in store…   We’ve recently had some lovely bottles come in from some great brewers who have been doing some wonderful work with barrel-ageing their beers. This process can, generally, do a […]


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