“I’ve always written to help people understand people”

Louisa Campbell is a local published poet who has recently turned her hand to writing a book which has its literary roots firmly based in Tunbridge Wells. Here, she tells Eileen Leahy all about ‘Secret Street’ and why she hopes local residents will help her get it published courtesy of a fundraising initiative… So Louisa, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Take a sneak peek into Santa’s Grotto at Bewl Water

Children are in for a special treat this festive season at Bewl Water in Lamberhurst as Santa’s Grotto takes centre stage in a brand-new holiday attraction, ‘Christmas at Bewl Water.’ Situated on the Kent and Sussex border, the two-hour immersive experience promises a delightful encounter with Father Christmas in a beautifully decorated grotto. The cosy […]

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 […]

Sensational sparkling wines to fall for this autumn

Times Drinks Editor James Viner toasts the change of season, by picking the best affordable sparklers to guarantee a corking autumn – especially as the duty on sparkling wines has now been reduced. We’ll drink to that!   Buckle up, as it seems that we wine drinkers will have to dig deeper into our pockets […]

The Princess Royal celebrates Benenden centenary

Last Thursday, Benenden School held its Centenary Global Conference. Titled ‘Inspiring Future Female Leaders’ the event saw HRH The Princess Royal in attendance, along with other high-profile alumnae who all gave keynote speeches as experts in their particular field. The Times of Tunbridge Wells was invited along to this very special historic event, which was […]

True colours – now is the time for orange wine

When it comes to wines, orange is the new rival to pink, says Times Drinks Editor James Viner   Pink has a new rival. Distinctive, dry orange wine made by fermenting white grapes, but with extended contact (long maceration) – as with red winemaking – between skins, pips, occasionally stems, and juice. This can turn […]


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