Looking forward to a vine time…

The third Wine Garden of England Summer Festival takes place on Saturday June 8, with seven wineries participating in a day of tasting and talks. The collective’s brand manager, event organiser and Tunbridge Wells resident, Jo Ginn, tells SO what’s happening at this year’s festival, which will be held at the stunning Jacobean manor house, […]

Music maestro

Kicking off his column for 2024 SO’s resident music guru Paul Dunton chats to talented guitarist Sean de Burca about his new record Revenant and discovers his plans for 2024… Sean de Burca is a local guitarist based between southeast England and the west of Ireland. Using altered tunings, effects pedals, and guitar body percussion […]

Your time to shine

In her column for this month, Charlotte Newman of Kitch fashion boutique rings in the festive season with sparkle and style…   As the holiday season approaches, the air is filled with the anticipation of joyful gatherings, twinkling lights and the warmth of shared moments. From intimate family dinners to glamorous holiday parties, the possibilities […]

Soul food

As the winter wraps itself around us, this month, Naomi Murray from Botanica Health reveals the healing wonders of a good old bowl of homemade chicken soup and how it can satisfy not just your appetite but your soul too…   Moving into the season of chills and fevers, few remedies stand as revered and […]

“Our passion is people and food”

Eileen Leahy catches up with Daniel and Lisa Hatton to chat about another successful year for their food and drink business, which has seen them open the Deer Park Café in Eridge and expand their offering in both Hattons on The Pantiles and their fine dining events company. They also exclusively reveal why they decided […]

Seasonal sounds

SO magazine’s resident music guru Paul Dunton shares his Christmas gig guide, packed full of festive concerts and alternative gigs from established musicians and emerging artists. You can expect to see a performance from acoustic folk-pop duo Red, Green & Blue on Christmas Eve at The Compasses and on December 9 a capella ensemble, Papagena, […]

The good life

Although the garden might be dying down, now is actually a good time to think about what you’ll be sowing and planting for next year says Tim Sykes of Gardenproud. Here he discusses the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables – especially if you can get access to a much coveted allotment… I […]

Communication is key

Following last month’s World Mental Health Day, Lucy Parker from FLOW, who is also a qualified counsellor, busts some common myths that might just be stopping you from getting the help you need… Around a third of adults and young people said their mental health has got much worse since March 2020*. So, what are […]

Magic touch…

Feeling in need of a radiance boost for her complexion, Grace Corcoran visits Mila Canning’s new clinic in Tunbridge Wells to enjoy a skin-reviving facial… Owned and run by beauty therapist Mila Canning, who has recently moved her practice to Calverley Road, ‘Mila’s Magic’ offers a number of beauty treatments including a range of facials, […]

Timeless allure

Charlotte Newman, founder of Kitch fashion boutique on the High Street celebrates Dea Kudibal’s 20th anniversary collection which she describes as a love letter to festive elegance Dea Kudibal, a Danish luxury fashion brand, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style with the release of a collection that is nothing short of spectacular. This remarkable […]


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