Creative endeavour

The Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival is back. SO Magazine discovers what’s on the varied bill for 2023…   An event based on Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival has returned to Tunbridge Wells for the third year in a row. Running until July 16, the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival is modelled on the world-famous Scottish capital’s arts […]

“Black Deer is all about building a community”

This month the Black Deer Music Festival takes place at Eridge Park over the weekend of June 16-18 with a bill that features some fantastic Americana singers including Steve Earle and Bonnie Raitt, as well as legendary acts like the Pretenders, Richard Hawley and actor-turned-musician Damian Lewis. Eileen Leahy speaks to the festival’s co-founders Gill […]

“We like to do things differently”

This month marks ten years since Deborah Richards launched her independent estate agency Maddisons Residential. Eileen Leahy caught up with the entrepreneur to discover why she and her team are changing the traditional culture of buying and selling houses…   As local entrepreneurs go, Deborah Richards from Maddisons Residential is certainly one of Tunbridge Wells’ […]

Redefining fine dining

Having heard so much about The Warren, Eileen Leahy experiences a taste of this extraordinary restaurant, which provides its customers with some of the area’s most delicious and inventive food – all from its own 650-acre estate in Crowborough…   With its iconic orangery windows, eclectic, exotic decor and adventurous gastronomic menu, The Warren has […]

“Connection is a big thing for me”

If you’ve been to the Tunbridge Wells Soapbox Race or tuned into The Big Chat podcasts then you’ll know Nicole Piesse Turner – or Coco as she’s affectionately called by friends. Here she tells us all about her fascinating career to date, reveals some exciting plans that you can be involved in too and why […]

“Good food is life…”

One Warwick Park Hotel has recently appointed Luis Alves to the role of Restaurant Director for its Brasserie eatery. Here the Lisbon born chef and restaurateur tells Molly Miller all about his exciting plans to expand the menu’s offering which also involves bringing it into the evening so more people can enjoy what’s on offer… […]

We’re here for you at your most vulnerable time”

Father and daughter, Simon and Rebecca Welham, co-run their family funeral business Welham Jones Funerals & Memorials which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary has a number of sites in the South East – including one in Tunbridge Wells since 2014. Here they tell Eileen Leahy why they believe they have such a unique approach […]

Let the good times roll at Soprano…

Ivan Di Santo and his team have created the perfect mix of fantastic food, amazing ambience and a cocktail list that’s one of the best – and most Instagrammable – you’ll find in the local area. Eileen Leahy went along to sample a taste of the tapas – and terrific time – you have in […]

Uniting football and academic excellence

In September 2023 Beechwood School will officially launch its new Elite Football Programme. Eileen Leahy meets the scheme’s Director of Football Greg Thurstans and its Head of Coaching Matthew Rose to discover more about this exciting and unique sporting offering for students at the independent co-education school   Ask any football mad boy or girl […]

By design

As autumn is well and truly with us now, our gardening guru Tim Sykes reveals why now is the perfect time to get planning your garden for spring   It’s October and I’m sure for most of us nothing could be further from our minds than 2023 and our garden plans. But, if you consider […]


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