Sevenoaks - so much to celebrate!
Offering a rich history as well as modern day conveniences, there are plenty of reasons to visit the charming and thriving market town of Sevenoaks and its surrounds – from historic houses and captivating culture to educational and sporting facilities.
From schools and sports facilities, to food and fashion, the thriving market town of Sevenoaks has it all. Ideally situated for heading to the continent or commuting to the capital, the town offers a mix of new and old properties alike, catering for everyone from the professional and the pensioner to families and historic family seats. Arts and culture are well catered for too – with the Stag community arts centre in the heart of the town, art galleries, the Sevenoaks Bookshop and library and annual Sevenoaks Summer Festival – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
While on the sporting front, there’s a club for virtually all sports – from bowls and badminton to running, rugby, swimming and cricket, martial arts and many more, all complemented by the new look Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, which has recently benefitted from a £1 million investment. On the property front, if you’re looking to buy in the district or to stay put and improve, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to local estate agents, legal firms and lawyers, and interior design experts and builders.
7 great reasons to visit Sevenoaks
Arts & Culture
Food & Drink
Preserving the past for the future
In early 2018 Sevenoaks Town Council (STC) secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards restoring Bat & Ball Station in Sevenoaks. The Victorian building, constructed in 1862, had been boarded up since 1991 and gradually deteriorated. In March this year, after an eight-month restoration, STC were proud to open this local heritage landmark for everyone to enjoy. The station now offers a cafe, open six days a week, and two community rooms for hire. A ‘Victorian Garden’ area is being designed and STC are looking for volunteers to help maintain it.
• For information about the restoration and volunteering opportunities, visit batandballstation.com
Bligh’s Meadow offers an exclusive range of top fashion and lifestyle brands in the heart of the historic town of Sevenoaks. Shop in style and comfort with accessible car parking, excellent facilities and a wide selection of shops, restaurants and cafes, including Whistles, Phase Eight, Jojo Maman Bébé, Cook, Crew Clothing, Danish Collection, Bill’s, Dulce’s Patisserie, The Body Shop and many more.
• Sevenoaks TN13 1DA, visit blighsmeadow.com
It's the final countdown
While we can promise a wonderful line-up of amazing acts for all ages and tastes at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival, celebrating 50 glorious years in 2019, we cannot guarantee shows will not already be sold out! From 29th June, big names coming to Sevenoaks include David Starkey, Harry The Piano, London Community Gospel Choir and Clare Teal, or why not simply enjoy one of the many walks, talks, exhibitions, recitals or choirs?
The 50th anniversary Festival culminates on Sunday 7th July with the Finale Concert seeing the welcome return of legendary former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman, when he takes to the stage at Pamoja Hall, The Space at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £30. Other great attractions and shows taking place on the final day of the festival include: • Sevenoaks Model Railway Show (Sevenoaks Primary School, 10am). • Ian Fox live at the Vine Bandstand at 3pm. • A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The White Rock Inn, 3.30pm. • The Castalian Quartert at the Great Comp Music Festival at 8pm.
• For a line-up of events, ticket prices, times and venues, visit sevenoaksfestival.org.uk
Independence Day! 4th July
Independent shops are an integral part of the success and vitality that Sevenoaks town has to offer visitors and locals alike. And to highlight this Sevenoaks Town Partnership are hosting Independent Shopping Day on 4th July when participating shops will offer discounts on the day. At the time of going to press, the following businesses had already signed up to take part:
• The Peacock Rooms
• The Chinaman
• Leslie Warren
• County Clothes
• Sevenoaks Bookshop
Cryojuvenate is a multi award-winning clinic offering a range of sports injury, health and wellness services in the heart of Sevenoaks. Our specialist treatments have been specially selected and have been known to help with psoriasis, arthritis, injuries and pain associated with sports activities. We also offer cryotherapy facials; Lipo Freeze® Bodysculpting and REVIV® IV nutrient therapies and booster shots which replenish hydration, assist recovery from illness, jet lag and hangovers, restore vitamin and nutrient levels, refresh cosmetic appearance and revitalise your overall wellbeing.
• 54 High Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1JG, call 01732 449411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Badger Bathrooms is an independent family-run business established for over 35 years. We provide a free home consultation and survey service, together with detailed bathroom design and plan. Our service covers fully installed bathrooms or supply only. Bathrooms for new build projects and developments are our speciality and we can design and quote from your architect’s plans.
• Pop into the showroom at 8 & 9 Tubs Hill Parade, Sevenoaks TN13 1DH (free parking outside), call 01732 464450, email email@example.com or visit badgerbathrooms.com
Flower first for local nursery
Salvia Amante, a stunning fuchsia-red salvia, developed by the originator of the ever-popular Salvia Amistad, is set to be launched by Dyson’s Salvias at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on 1st July. The plant, introduced by New World Plants, is a genetic breakthrough – all of the subsequent hybrids of Amistad have appeared in bluish purple form, so to obtain a red is being heralded as a plant first. Rod Richards from new World Plants says: “Amante [meaning lover in Spanish] is a friend of Amistad and enjoys the same habit etc, but its uniqueness lies in its fuchsia red colour. We are so pleased that William Dyson is going to launch it for our breeder at Hampton Court.”
William Dyson, a salvia expert with more than 200 different species in his collection, took possession of the plants a couple of months ago at his nursery at Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks. He has since brought on 100’s of plants to showcase and sell at Hampton Court and the plan is to also share them at Great Comp Garden’s Summer Show on 10th and 11th August.
• Visit greatcompgarden.co.uk (Image © New World Plants)
Walking for health
Every Step Counts is a gentle, supportive walking group based in the Sevenoaks area. These free, wellbeing walks are for people who would like to get outside, chat and meet new people at the same time as improving or maintaining their fitness. The group walks are led by friendly, specially-trained volunteers, who are on hand to provide encouragement and support and make sure no one gets left behind. As these walks are specifically for those who are less active, the length and the speed of the walk will vary to accommodate our walkers’ differing abilities and needs.
• For more information, visit walkingforhealth.org.uk
Wilkinson Eyewear Studio
Wilkinson Eyewear Studio’s passion and commitment to delivering the most unique eyewear from around the world will be the first thing you notice when visiting our studios. Our consulting rooms are full of the latest state-of-the-art equipment and our qualified and highly trained optometrists will deliver an exceptional eye test. What really sets us apart is our team of talented eyewear enthusiasts whose desire is to guide you towards your spectacular fashion statement.
• Wilkinsons Eyewear Studio, 143 High Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1UX (01732 453137), Tonbridge (01732 353803) & Bromley (0208 464 5347).
The London Road Furniture Company
The London Road Furniture Company in Halstead, Sevenoaks, with free parking, has showrooms of 4,500sq ft of quality well-made furniture, sofas and decorative gifts at competitive prices on display over three floors. The rooms are beautifully staged where you can find items for all areas of the house. We are open six days a week 10am-5pm (closed Wednesdays) and from 11am-4pm on Sundays. Please visit us!
• London Road Furniture, London Road, Halstead TN14 7AA or call 01959 533433.
We are the champions!
What an amazing 2018/19 for Sevenoaks Rugby Club: crowned London 1 South Division Champions, with promotion to London and South East Premier League, which is RFU Level 5 and the preserve of the top 100 Clubs in the country – and Sevenoaks Rugby Club’s highest ever standing Our full Rugby Roll of Honour 2018/19 across seniors and juniors is a unique achievement and includes:
• England RFU London 1 South Champions @ 1st XV
• Kent Merit League Invicta One Champions @ 2nd XV
• Kent Rural League Premier 2 East Champions @ 3rd XV
• Kent Rural League Late Red 3 Runners-Up @ Gents
• Kent Veterans Plate Winners @ Acorns
• Kent 7s Cup Winners @ Under 18s
• Kent League Champions @ Under 17s
• Kent Plate Winners @ Under 15s
• Kent Cup Winners @ Under 14s
• Kent Cup Winners @ Under 13s
• Kent Cup Winners @ Under 12s
• We are always on the lookout for new talent of all ages to join the club. To find out more, visit sevenoaksrugby.com
Warners Solicitors, based in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, is a Lexcel accredited firm, providing legal services to both private individuals and businesses across a wide spectrum of disciplines including: residential property, wills, probate, trusts and tax, family law, employment law, criminal and regulatory offences, dispute resolution, commercial law and commercial property. Warners is regularly recognised by the legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, as offering some of the best legal advice in Kent and Southern England.
• Visit warners-solicitors.co.uk
Open Architecture is a practice of RIBA chartered architects and designers who strive to create beautiful and functional spaces. We have more than 25 years’ planning experience, and are attuned to the requirements of local authorities, which ensures our clients a smooth journey through the planning process. We maximise the use of the space with a commercial, ethical and ecological hand, ensuring our clients gain maximum potential on each project.
• Open Architecture, Anton House, South Park, Sevenoaks TN13 1EB, call 01732 779580 or visit openarc.co.uk
Celebrating their 20th birthday this year, Freelands Tiles provide a huge range of tiles and tiling accessories to customers throughout Kent. Freelands Tiles offers a great selection of tiles, made from different materials of all colours and textures including glass, mosaics, natural stone, ceramic and porcelain wall and floor tiles. There is plenty of parking outside the front of the tile showroom, and for larger orders Freelands Tiles offer free local delivery.
• Freelands Tiles, 124-126 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks TN13 2UT or call 01732 459765.
West Kent Mind
Based in Sevenoaks, West Kent Mind is one of 135 local Mind associates affiliated to the national mental health charity Mind. We are an independent charity and receive no funding from Mind – we work tirelessly to raise funds to benefit our local community. Our mission is to work with and on behalf of people with mental health problems, ensuring their fair and equal treatment and to promote better mental health for all.
• Visit westkentmind.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Community Foundation reception at Knole House
Lord and Lady Sackville and Kent Community Foundation hosted an evening reception in the Colonnade, within the family apartments of 600-year-old Knole House, with the 70 invitees including personal guests of Lord and Lady Sackville, Kent Community Foundation fund-holders, trustees and supporters.
At the reception, guests – who included the High Sheriff of Kent, Paul Barrett, the previous High Sheriff, Jane Ashton and the future High Sheriff, Remony Millwater, John Weir, from John Weir Funeral Directors, Chairman of KCF Trustees Tim Bull, County Councillor and KCF Trustee – celebrated the recent achievements of Kent Community Foundation (KCF) and Chief Executive, Josephine McCartney, spoke about how important the support of philanthropists is to the local community. Richard Oldfield, OBE, DL one of KCF’s fund-holders, followed Mrs McCartney to address the reception and explain why The Overstone Fund chooses to work with Kent Community Foundation to manage their philanthropy.
• Visit kentcf.org.uk
Live on the Vine
The Mayor of Sevenoaks, Councillor Nicholas Busvine OBE, will open Live on the Vine 2019, an evening of live music, stalls, refreshments and more. Featuring among the line-up are youngsters aged 11-18 and interested in the performing arts who have taken part in the free music lessons and open mic nights held at the House in the Basement Youth Cafe in the town on a monthly basis. The evening’s entertainment will be closed by the most sought-after act, Robbie White.
• Live on the Vine takes place on Friday 19th July from 6pm-8.30pm at the Vine Bandstand, Sevenoaks TN13 3UH.
The Chocolate Shop
One of the longest trading independent shops in Sevenoaks, since moving to larger premises not only has The Chocolate Shop expanded its range of chocolates and truffles but you can now enjoy more than 20 flavours of their amazing gelato, ice creams, sorbets and desserts. With competitively priced wines on offer from local producers, including Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Biddenden and Mount Vineyard, The Chocolate Shop is a treasure trove of tastebud tickling treats.
• The Chocolate Shop, 69 London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1AU, call 01732 742350 or visit thechocolateshopsevenoaks.co.uk
With a range of laptops, from £350 inc vat with two years’ warranty and our in-house PC and laptop workshop, we offer a complete service for home and business users. As small business specialists we provide a range of services to keep business and home users and their data serviced, safe and secure. Our on-site engineers can help remotely and on-site to deliver you a fast, efficient and personal service.
• Sevenoaks Computers, 11 London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1AH, call 01732 440042, email email@example.com or visit sevenoakscomputers.com
Work Experience Sevenoaks Week: 1st-5th July
The Sevenoaks and District Chamber of Commerce will be offering a week-long work experience event for students from across the district from 1st-5th July. The purpose of the work experience week is to offer local businesses the opportunity to showcase different career paths to local students without the need to commit to a full day or week of work experience.
Businesses will be invited to offer half-day, one or two-hour presentations and round table events to provide students with a wide variety of career options to consider. FM Conway and Ten2Two Flexible Recruitment are helping the Chamber with the planning and organisation of the event, during which members will be offering their expertise and advice to students on potential career paths in various industries. The week long programme will offer:
• Site visits and tours of businesses.
• Round table discussions about different career paths.
• Skill sessions providing essential skills to prepare for work.
• Interactive workshops and networking events.
• For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Image © Geoff Henson)
Get fit for free!
A new outdoor gym is to be installed at Julian’s Meadow play area in the town after grant funding was obtained from Derbyshire Environmental Trust. The new equipment which will include a rower, health walker and more, will be in place for the public to use free of charge. Open Spaces & Leisure Committee Chairman, Councillor Dr Merilyn Canet, said: “Sevenoaks Town Council is encouraging everyone to enjoy our parks and gardens and public spaces and get fit with exercise. Why should children have all the fun? We hope you enjoy using this new, free facility.”
A Park Home Lifestyle the Serenity Way
The number of people choosing park homes continues to grow, yet there still seems to be an amount of naivety surrounding what they are and what they offer. Serenity Parks sets the bar extremely high when it comes to the quality of park home living it offers. And you can come and see for yourself all that Serenity Park’s brand-new development – King’s Meadow in Sevenoaks – has to offer at their first official show home open weekend from Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July, when you can chat to the friendly team, enjoy light refreshments, ask any questions and even reserve your plot! We anticipate a high level of interest in this event so if you would like to make an appointment to ensure you speak to someone, call free on 0800 644 4499 or email email@example.com. Open Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. We look forward to meeting you soon.
• Visit serenityparks.co.uk/developments/kings-meadow