insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 6

welcome As the old rhyme goes, April showers bring May flowers. I wonder where the author of that quote lived? Probably not in Kent, or it would have been ‘March showers bring April flowers’. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know all too well that spring has officially arrived. The commencement of this bird-chirping, sunshiny season goes hand in hand with more time spent outside – whether it’s for long evening walks, a glass of wine in the garden, or one of my bucket list items: learning how to play golf. I really must put my reservations aside and bite the bullet, seeing that the Garden of England is home to some of the country’s finest links. If you’d like to take up this popular sport, or are already an experienced player, check out our cover story starting on p71 for some of Kent’s top courses. Golf not your thing? (I have an inkling I might end up in this category after I frustratingly chuck my clubs into the water when trying to learn). There’s plenty more to do in the county this spring; have a look at our special quarterly Visit Kent feature (p80) or take in the sights of Elham on foot (p106). All this fresh air makes me want to eat tasty food. Actually, any kind of air makes me want to eat tasty food, but that’s by the by. This month I was one lucky girl in the gastronomy department, and not only indulged at the 2016 Taste of Kent Awards (p35), but also enjoyed dinner at the awards’ Restaurant of the Year, Googies (p41), and dined at 2016’s runner-up and last year’s winner, The Corner House (p43). All in a day’s work… Whatever your plans this month, enjoy all our beautiful county has to offer. Stay in touch on Twitter and Facebook @insidekent, and I’ll see you in May! Donna @insidekent /insidekent /insidekent insidekentmagazine Creative & Editorial Director Donna Martin Sales & Publishing Director Adam Ready Features & Online Editor Lisamarie Lamb Senior Designer Dave Leo Yogore Graphic Designer Laurence Whymark Fashion Editor Molly Neznanski Gil Senior Account Manager Greg Bettles Account Managers Alex Perseval / Andy Hortin Operations Manager Sam Gottshalk Contributors Polly Humphris / Visit Kent / Samantha G / Luke Yates / Explore Kent / Robert Reynolds Photography Luke Yates insideKENT Magazine is published by Sideways Media Ltd The Workshop | 32-40 Tontine Street | Folkestone | CT20 1JU | For general enquiries, please contact 01303 766111 @hellosideways /hellosideways When you have finished with this magazine, please pass it on to a friend or recycle it. For all advertising enquiries, please contact Adam Ready on 01303 766114 or email © Copyright 2016. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Neither the publisher nor any other person associated with the production and publication of this magazine make any guarantees, warranties or claims as to the accuracy, currency or truthfulness of any of the contents of this magazine. No part of this magazine may be copied, reprod V6VB