Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Sten, surf dude

‘My earliest K-Town memory? Noel Fielding passing by in the street and giving my hair an appreciative smile’

23 Jul 2013

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Snow Day? Not Quite. But could Hampstead Heath today be any more arctic?

Our advice? Slope off early, head up to the Heath and appreciate the arctic chill and icy skies

14 Jan 2013

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Olympics In The Manor: Kayaking on Regent’s Canal

Captivated by this week’s Olympics kayaking? Then why not try it right here in the manor. Yes, it usually conjures up images of adrenalin-fuelled white water rafting, but the other weekend, I was pleasantly surprised by what was actually a delightful meander along the tranquil Regent’s Canal in a small,

07 Aug 2012

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Free Weekend? Walk the Boudicca Way, Norfolk

Readers will know my propensity for a good ramble, especially around the great metropolis, whether it’s a day’s stroll or week’s continuous hike. And this enthusiasm for the open road comes largely from my father, a keen walker, even at 76. So I leapt at his suggestion to roadtest a

27 Jul 2012

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Free Weekend: Explore Olympic Weymouth, Dorset

Broody skies hung heavy as we trundled along the coast. Our offspring had long expended all distractions a train carriage might offer, the promise of ‘the beach’ now the singular deterrent to insufferable squirming. Their grandpa had questioned our motivation. ‘Weymouth?’ His mock baffled tone condensed decades of decline at

20 Jul 2012

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Free Weekend: Explore Rye, East Sussex

Rye is film set quaint, but it’s only when we climb the church tower – a perilous scramble up wooden step-ladders, along foot-wide corridors and finally through a hatch ejecting us onto the windblown roof – that we fully understand its masterful position. Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop

13 Jul 2012

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Free Weekend? Explore Hastings – and the new Jerwood Gallery

We are on the terrace of the new Jerwood Gallery, overlooking the working beach, the April sun making the sea sparkle. Low-key in design in deference to Rock-a-Nore’s unique fishermen’s net shops, the building is clad in black ceramic tiles to reflect the changing seaside light. Yet as befits most

13 Apr 2012

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Free Week? Walk the 78 Mile Capital Ring

No airport hassles, no glum faces and no half-hearted compulsion to extract historical interest from an unknown city. Stephen Emms sets off on a week-long hike around London

30 Mar 2012

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Free Weekend? Explore Mersea Island, Essex

‘It’s like an invisible curtain you pass through,’ enthuses artist James Weaver. He’s talking about The Strood, the only Anglo-Saxon causeway in England, which connects tiny Mersea Island to the Essex mainland. ‘More psychological,’ he adds, ‘than physical.’ Several times a month high tides cut Mersea Island off completely –

16 Mar 2012

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Free Weekend? Go South

There is such a thing as south of the river, Kentishtowners. And today I want to take you on a short stroll around Brixton, the much-overlooked manor that London has finally welcomed back into the fold. Brixton’s reputation – a little like its northern chum Camden Town – has, over

10 Feb 2012

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