WELCOME Hooray for October! A gloriously crisp and cosy month characterised by chunky-knit jumpers, darker nights spent cuddled up on the sofa eating dinner on your lap, and, a particular favourite of mine, that wonderful seasonal switch of palate, that sees you opt for a bold glass of red over a cold glass of white. If you’re partial to the odd glass of red, but aren’t quite recipe-ready for autumn’s bounty of warming, satisfying ingredients, head to p116 for five pages of inspiration. HOPING TO UP THE ANTE THIS YEAR ON 2017’S HAUNTING HALLOWEEN LOOK... food; seasonal pantomimes take centre stage in our annual arts and entertainment special from p33; and, if you’re feeling active, turn to p103 for a roundup of Kent’s very best wildlife walks – you’ll be surprised at the amount and variety of nature on our doorstep. One event that never goes overlooked here at insideKENT is Halloween – we love it! Busting the myth that Halloween is simply about eating sweets (although it is a bit, right?), from p91 onwards you’ll find our top Halloween attractions and events, ranging from family- friendly days out to adult-only witch hunts in the dead of night…are you brave enough to take on a scarefest and survive it? Please find and follow us on Twitter – insideKENT – to let us know what you think of the mag. I’m off to carve a pumpkin… October may well herald the drawing in of nights, but there’s so much to do across Kent that celebrates this shift and the comforting crunch of colourful leaves underfoot that it brings. Start from p21 and get stuck into eight packed pages of events celebrating the county’s rich cultural mix of theatre, music, film and ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• MY FAVOURITE THINGS THIS MONTH… MINDTHEGAP EYES AND CIRCLES WALLPAPER £133 for 3 rolls, http://mindtheg.com/en/products/wallpaper/ eyes-and-circles-sky.html Based in Transylvania, MINDTHEGAP is an eclectic brand that designs and manufactures premium home accessories – always thinking outside the box, their products are all about expressing artistic freedom and are rich in detail with high quality finishing. Browse their website and you’ll find all sorts of different styles and unique designs with a strong artistic identity that play with old photography, antique illustrations, vintage drawings and contemporary patterns – we love this mesmerising ‘eyes and circles’ wallpaper, which comes in blue or green. DAY WALKS ON THE HIGH WEALD , £14.95, www.v-publishing.co.uk Day Walks on the High Weald features 20 circular routes between 6.5 and 13.9 miles in length, spread across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South East of England. Local author, Deirdre Huston has compiled her favourite walks in the region, which showcase the High Weald’s rich history and varied landscape. Together with stunning photography, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy- to-follow directions, details of distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information. 8 MALFY GIN , from £24.95, www.malfygin.com Distilled by the Vergnano family in Italy – the birthplace of gin – a sip of Malfy captures the perfect gin moment: sitting on a sunny terrace overlooking a spectacular view. Available in four distinct and delicious flavours: original, lemon, grapefruit and blood orange, each incarnation of this wonderfully crisp and juniper- led gin delivers an extreme depth of flavour; add vermouth, tonic or a sparkling mixer to bring the core gin botanicals back to the flavour profile, or sip neat for nostalgic notes of relaxing, sunny days.