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When it comes to architectural contributions to the world, Kent is none-too-shabby. With its oast houses, breathtaking castles (Hever, Leeds, Tonbridge, Dover, Walmer etc), fine houses (Knole, Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle to name only a few) cathedrals and churches (Canterbury, Rochester, Tudeley, Cooling, Chevening) stunning art galleries (e.g.Tate Modern in Margate and not to mention numerous small independent galleries round the county) and so on..... Kent can hold its head up high as the neighbour to London with many stunning historic and contemporary destinations which stand alongside almost any ‘day out’ the UK’s capital city nearby has to offer. Did you know though that Kent also offers a village with the country’s only listed traffic roundabout? Probably not, but here at Keep it in Kent we like to make sure we keep you apprised of all the salient points.
The eagerly awaited return of Whitefriars food and Craft pop up shop has recently happened in Canterbury. Over the past 7 weeks it has been host to 30 artisan crafts people and food producers all of which are from Kent. The shop has been so successful it is now in its 3rd year of popping up this Kentish Cathedral City with many of the same traders returning year on year. The shop is situated in the Marlow Arcade which is the same area as last year but on the opposite side between Phase Eight and Ecco.
There is a small corner of North West Kent which turns heads every year come July when ribbon-like rows of lavender grace its near 100 acres with a radiant purple. The locals have been enjoying this annual
display for more than a decade but now, extraordinarily picturesque and attention grabbing, it is becoming nationally – and internationally - famous (it features in the national press quite regularly and as I write there is an article today in The Daily Telegraph) and business is brisk the day I visit The Hop Shop, Castle Farm, Kent.
(Bunches of Folgate lavender for sale, images from the farm, and two heads of lavender from different species yielding lavender and lavandin oil)
As a freelancer copywriter I get to work with all kinds of local companies in Kent, which is not only good for giving me a varied workload, but it also allows me to get under the skin of the people who put their heart and soul into Kent based business. This week I got the chance for a rare interview with Scott Randall, owner and creative director of Hairyhand and HH creative agency. He talked to me for Keep it in Kent about the story behind his company and the kinds of projects that have been keeping him busy over the past few months.