“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, […]

Guiding you through the steps you need to take when a loved one dies

Discussing end of life planning can feel extremely difficult, yet understanding the practicalities of what needs to be done when a loved one dies is important, as many different scenarios could play out and there are normally only a few weeks to manage this process and arrange their funeral. Simon and Rebecca Welham – the […]

Wonderful wines to romance your love this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! In his column on high street wines, SO Drinks Editor James Viner finds eight bewitching bottles to fall in love with on Valentine’s Day – next Wednesday February 14. This year he’s rounded up a ravishing still rosé, five alluring (perforce, mainly pink) sparkling wines and two seductive sweet ones […]

“We try to do things differently here”

Lorenzo Colangelo sits down with Eileen Leahy to tell her about why his successful salon The Gallery is shaping the future of hairdressing by relying on traditional values and cutting-edge techniques… he Gallery on London Road in Southborough is something of a hairdressing institution. It was established in 1982 by Toni Colangelo, a trained barber […]

The feelgood factor

For holistic interior designer Phoebe Oldrey of Smartstyle Interiors, our homes need to do more than just look pretty – they need to make us feel happy, too. Rachael Hale visited her to discover more…   Hi Phoebe, what exactly is holistic interior design? Every interior designer assesses how a space looks and functions, it’s […]

“Hever is a little pocket of history”

RADA-trained actor and presenter Stephen Mangan is known for his work on stage and screen, from appearing in Green Wing and Episodes to I’m Alan Partridge, Silks and Watershed Down, he’s one of our most popular TV stars. From this January, he returns to front popular Sky Arts show Landscape Artist of the Year. Vikki […]

Say I do in style…

Winter weddings are increasing in popularity and it’s easy to see why. There’s no fretting about the weather and you can often benefit from some really great out-of-season packages. Here Molly Miller reveals why tying the knot during the chillier months is the hot new thing… If you’ve recently said ‘yes’ to the one you […]

Toast this month’s Veganuary

Raising a glass to 2024 and this month’s annual Veganuary movement, SO’s Drinks Editor, James Viner discovers five flavourful vegan-friendly tipples… January is a time for a gastronomic reset, with a developing trend of avoiding meat and alcohol for the month to recover from December’s excesses. Concurrently veganism is gaining popularity and this year’s 10th […]

At one with nature

Bringing people together in stunning woodland, Kingdom in Penshurst has a wealth of well-being activities that can be enjoyed every day of the week. Grace Corcoran headed to this picturesque ancient woodland to discover more…   Set off the beaten track in stunning woodland, Kingdom in Penshurst provides a hub of nature, wellness and creativity […]

A magical Christmas at Bewl Water

Discover the enchantment of the festive season at Bewl Water, nestled in the picturesque village of Lamberhurst. Known as the largest reservoir in southeast England, the team is spreading a little extra holiday cheer this year with an exclusive 20% discount on children’s tickets for their brand-new attraction, ‘Christmas at Bewl Water’   Since its […]


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