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Wealden Times Magazine is the monthly lifestyle magazines for Kent & Sussex. Discover beautiful homes and interiors, read about their owners, find recipes for every occasion and delve into our pages on horticulture. Feel inspired by our fashion features and get the latest on health and beauty.

Fairground attraction

When Laurie and Sol bought a derelict listed building in St Leonards they’d never done a renovation before, but with boundless resourcefulness they have created an unforgettable family home. All the houses that feature in this magazine have required leaps of...

Wild at Heart

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her body and mind healthy throughout July. The Summer Solstice on 21st June this year marked the transition into a new season and the start of...

The whole person and nothing but the whole person

Dr Adrian Rainbow, Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) of Sevenoaks School, describes how the whole person education philosophy is applied there and the benefits pupils – and society – enjoy from it We live in precarious times: climate change, species extinction, tariff...

Early years – ask the experts

Ashford Prep School – The Pre-Prep Team How can parents best support their child as they start in Reception? Be positive as this is an exciting time. Don’t make school a big deal as this can make children more fearful of...

On their marks…

A lifelong love of exercise can be inspired by the right approach to teaching sport at the earliest stage. Ashford Prep School - Harrison Straw – Head of Pre-Prep PE I believe it is very important for children to take...

Planting the seed

Gardening is good for everyone’s wellbeing – and children who grow their own vegetables are far more likely to eat them. We hear from two schools where pupils grow their own. Dulwich PrepCranbrook Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a Gardening Club...

Prep School – ask the experts

Claremont Prep School - Rachel Potter, Head of Pre-Prep What do parents need to consider when choosing a prep school? A good place to start is to choose a school with the same values as your own.  A school’s value...

Is your child ready to become a Cyber Attack Agent or an Algorithm Bias Auditor?

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School at ACS Egham International School, looks at ways you can ensure your child is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace  What will today’s children be when they enter the workplace? With...

Poetry please

We are thrilled to share the winners of our poetry competition, judged by award-winning children’s author Sally Gardner One word sums up our response to the entries to our first poetry competition: WOW! And not only because the pile of...

School of Rock

Violins and flutes are all very well, but a great way to engage a wider swathe of young people with music is to allow them to play the style they most identify with. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Claremont...

A fine vintage

Claire and Henry Warde take us inside Squerryes, the splendid historic home of the award-winning Kent sparkling wine . All houses have a vibe – but not many have one you can bottle. Squerryes, however, is not only the splendid 17th...

Educating the whole child

Our education writer Hilary Wilce explains the new – and ancient – philosophy which is coming back to the fore in British schools. A radical and exciting revolution is taking place in education and it’s one guaranteed to produce happier...

Going up to big school – ask the experts

The New Beacon - Mike Piercy, Headmaster How involved should the child be in the choice of upper school?  Involved yes, but not the ultimate decision-maker. Often, a child will be influenced by where his/her friends are going, which again should not...

GCSEs – ask the experts

This is the most stressful time of the whole school journey – how can parents best support their children? Planning can really help here. During holiday times, in the run-up and half term in the middle of exams, make sure...

Meet the matrons (or house parents as they are now called)

Boarding can be a wonderful experience, producing independent young people, ready to go out into the world – but the prospect can be daunting, so who better to ask for advice about it than matron? (sorry, house parent) [showhide more_text="READ...

The life scientific

In every aspect of life, science is more important than ever – and schools are rising to the challenge. Just as technology is now involved with every aspect of life, the school subjects that used to be considered the preserve...

School’s out for summer

But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages. Quite soon schools will be closing down for the holidays. Some boarding schools will be quickly opening up again to reap useful income from...

Baked to Perfection

Here, Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares three recipes for you to try at home.    You’ll need: Sourdough Starter There...

Mad about the BEES

Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides, making your garden a destination for bees provides them with the ecological haven they’re crying out for. Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers declining at a frightening...

Going solo

Team sports don’t suit everyone – some pupils flourish competing alone.  We speak to schools about their solo sports offerings. Hurst College  Rebecca Jutson, Assistant Director of Girls’ Sport With a greater number of students in the school we are...

6th form – ask the experts

Invaluable advice from experienced teachers for every stage of education. Here we talk about Sixth Form, when important decisions have to be made. Frewen College - Hazel Lawrence, Head of Sixth Form  At this stage our kids are young adults –...

Water retention in Pots

Get water-saving savvy with Sue Whigham’s tips for keeping your pots’ occupants happy, healthy and hydrated this summer. The weather is like a yo-yo. Temperatures soar, then the following day it is overcast and drab – now, as we speak,...

Win a Two-night Stay, with Breakfast in a Shepherd’s Hut in Sussex

Molly Dishwasher, along with Skylark, is located at one of the most established glamping destinations in the South East. Situated in the heart of the countryside, yet just five miles from the vibrant town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, it’s an...

Rosemary and Garlic Roast Lamb with Minted Gravy

Sweet, tender lamb infused with the flavours of fresh rosemary and caramelised roasted garlic, served with gravy made with the pan juices, sweet garlic pulp, lamb stock and mint sauce. Why not break with tradition and accompany with Yorkshire puddings...

Open House

Interior architect Susie Pfeiffer has breathed contemporary life into an old farm building, whilst celebrating its original features, in her incredible barn conversion. After many happy years in a barn they had converted into a family home, interior architect Susie...

Early Harvests

Jo Arnell explains how you can reap the rewards of a little forward planning when it comes to the most productive crops in the veg patch. The unstoppable rush of growth pushes on in the garden, as the plants race...

Wander around the garden

Sue Whigham takes a stroll around her own garden to pick a few of her treasured plants. We walked through one of The Woodland Trust’s small parcels of woodland early this morning for the usual dog walk only to hear...

The Great Outdoors

Hilary Wilce explores the benefits of forest schools. Not long ago, I was walking with a friend through local woods when we came across a ring of tree stumps and various hazel dens and rope swings. “Oh, it’s probably the...

Hidden beauty

Just a stone’s throw from the heart of Tunbridge Wells, a sensitively renovated  Georgian townhouse has become a downsizing couple’s secluded sanctuary. This elegant Georgian townhouse has to be approached on foot, because it is tucked down a narrow leafy...

Moroccan Pomegranate & Tahini Dressed Aubergines

How to dress up an aubergine! These are amazing served by themselves or as an accompaniment to lamb or couscous. Whisk together the garlic, tahini and lime juice adding olive oil and more lime if it becomes too thick. Score...

Sicilian Swordfish Skewers

A meal on a stick! These are perfect for the barbecue as the fish holds its form. They could also be grilled or cooked on a griddle. Swordfish is meaty and lean and works brilliantly with this Sicilian inspired marinade....

Tandoori Spatchcock Chicken with Mango Salad

Spatchcocking reduces cooking time, but this recipe would also work with a regular chicken, or two, or three if feeding a crowd. Mix together all the marinade ingredients and spoon all over the chicken. You can marinate the chicken in...

Travelling hopefully

What children gain from the journey of education is far more important than results says Hilary Wilce. A primary school in Rotherham has turned itself around by putting music at the heart of its curriculum. Not long ago, Inspectors put the...

Asparagus tart

Pre-heat oven to 180ºc (gas 4). Sauté the onions in butter for 5 mins until soft. Leave to cool. Roll/unfurl pastry onto a baking sheet and fold over the edges to make a lip around the edges of the pastry....

Win a three day holiday at Efteling

Experience a world of wonder at Holland’s hidden gem, the enchanting Efteling Theme Park Resort! Efteling is Europe’s third largest theme park, set in the heart of nature, and is offering a two-night stay at Efteling’s Loonsche Land Hotel with...

Rhubarb and Ginger cupcakes

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (gas 4). Stew rhubarb – either over the hob with some sugar (approx. 1 tbsp, or to taste), or braise in a covered dish in the oven for 20 mins in a little water. Beat...

Reduce Reuse Recycle

How are the South East’s schools developing their pupils’ environmental awareness? We talk to four schools about all things eco-friendly. Reigate St Mary’s, Reigate How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they have on the...

Euphorbia Euphoria

The other day we made a welcome pit stop at Dulwich Park after crawling slowly up the South Circular and through the dreaded Catford traffic on the way to Brixton. Luckily we chose Dulwich, which, if you don’t know it,...

Brain Waves

Hilary Wilce discovers that, in certain situations, we should be working with our mobile phones, not necessarily against them. Mobile phones are a really big headache for schools. Now that nine out of ten teenagers own a smartphone, schools have...

The Outbuilding

Journalist Amy Maynard’s effortlessly chic converted outbuilding is the result of her ‘warehousey, not twee’ vision for a holiday rental that is a home away from home. The Danes call it hygge – meaning the feeling of contentment that comes...

Pattern Repeat

Just along the coast from Margate, with views out over Westgate-on-Sea’s sandy seafront, Hamilton Lodge was chosen by its current owners as the perfect foil to the bustle of London, making it the ideal weekend retreat. Everything you’ve ever read...

Crab arancini

Serves 3-4 as a starter, or 2 as a light main. Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus 1-2 hours in the fridge. Heat olive oil in a saucepan or deep frying pan/small wok and add the rice....

Rocket and walnut pesto

Out on the plot, this month marks the end of what was once known as the hungry gap – the period after the last of the winter vegetables and before the new season’s crops. The first of the home-grown harvests...

Points of interest

Looking for a horticultural day out with a difference? Explore WT’s pick of glorious gardens, garden centres and nurseries, each offering something a little unique. Garden Style Run by garden designer and plantsman Tony Howard and interior designer Sebastian Haywood,...

All Aboard with Heart of Kent Hospice

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: Heart of Kent Hospice is bringing the style and glamour of 1930s steam travel to Kent with an exclusive trip on the magnificent Northern Belle. The Hospice is chartering Britain’s finest luxury vintage steam train for a unique, lunch-time excursion...

Halibut with wild garlic mayonnaise

Preheat oven 190˚C. Combine the breadcrumbs with the lemon zest, rosemary, chives and parsley. Add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, stir till the breadcrumbs are evenly coated in oil, and taste for seasoning. Place the halibut...