Sunday 7 October

Charlie Pye-Smith – Land of Plenty: A Journey Through the Fields and Foods of Modern Britain

Sunday 7 October

The Horsebridge Centre

12pm-1pm, £8

Book HERE

Charlie Pye-Smith in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Golden fields, ripening apples, lowing cattle: our idea of the landscape has been shaped by agriculture, as has the land itself. But in a fast-changing world, how does the great British countryside continue to provide the food we eat?

Most people living in Britain today must go back several generations before they find an ancestor who worked on the land. How much do we really know about those who are supplying us with the most essential things in life: our daily bread and butter, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables?

In Land of Plenty Charlie Pye-Smith travels the length and breadth of these isles to explore the little-understood world of British agriculture. From ultramodern indoor dairy units producing millions of litres of milk a year to small, old-fashioned farms making cheese with twenty or thirty cows, and from landowners whose families have farmed the same fields for centuries to tenants who have just joined the industry, Pye-Smith investigates the timeless connection between land and people in the twenty-first century.

Revealing the dairy industry in Somerset and Gloucestershire; beef in the Scottish Borders; sheep in North Yorkshire; pigs and poultry in East Anglia and Hampshire; vegetables in Norfolk; and fruit in Essex and the West Country, Land of Plenty is a colourful and rewarding travelogue that gets to the very heart of modern British life.

 

Johnny Homer – Whitstable & Herne Bay Pubs

Sunday 7 October

The Horsebridge Centre

1.30pm-2.30pm, £8

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Join expert Johnny Homer as he takes you on a whistlestop tour of the many pubs fascinating pubs in Whitstable and Herne Bay. The Kent coastal towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay are 5 miles apart, but are very different in character. However, they are united in having a wealth of diverse and colourful pubs. Smugglers and customs men, oyster dredger and divers have all met in the local hostelries that have punctuated the growth of these salty seaside towns.

Johnny Homer is a journalist, broadcaster, author and tour guide based in Whitstable. He is well-known to Londoners as a regular and long-serving contributor to the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London.  His written work has appeared in national newspapers, a variety of magazines and on several websites, among them The Guardian, The Face, NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, The Buzz, The Weekender, Focus, Vox, What’s On In London and View London. He is also the author of Canterbury Pubs, City of London Pubs, Whitstable and Herne Bay Pubs and Brewing in Kent. His latest book, Brewing in London has just been published. 

 

Marie Forsberg – The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside

Sunday 7 October

The Horsebridge Centre

3pm-4pm, £8

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Marta Marie Forsberg in conversation with Juila Wheeler.

Share in a gorgeous, thoughtful life in the charming English countryside with The Cottage Kitchen, a cookbook of recipes and stories by Norwegian-born photographer and tastemaker. It all began with a wonky cottage on the outskirts of a small town tucked away in the English countryside.

The Cottage Kitchen is an entirely charming cookery book that’s guaranteed to have you ready to pack up and move to the countryside to live the quintessential, English dream.Rolling hills, log fires and quaint little villages with thatched cottages – and a dog to boot. This is a book packed full of heart-warming  recipes and tales that are as beautiful to read as they are to look at.The Cottage Kitchen is a cookery book to be treasured, swooned over and – more importantly – cooked from.

Marte Marie Forsberg is a professional food and lifestyle photographer, as well as the creator of the blog My Cottage Kitchen. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, and she regularly runs cooking and photography workshops. Marie lives in a charming cottage in the English countryside with her English pointer, Mr. Whiskey.

 

Francine Raymond – The Garden Farmer Tour

Saturday 6 October & Sunday 7 October

3pm-4pm, £10 including cocktail from Mighty Fine Things

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Join Francine Raymond in a tour of her garden, as she brings her new book to life.

A punnet of plums from your tree, a handful of gooseberries; home-grown nuts and herbs, and a few freshly laid eggs from your hens – all enjoyed in your own small plot. What could be more satisfying?

The Garden Farmer is an evocative journal and monthly guide to getting the most out of your garden throughout the year. Whether you are a keen gardener looking for inspiration, or just starting out and wanting to rediscover and reclaim your patch of earth, Sunday Telegraph garden-columnist Francine Raymond lays the groundwork for a bountiful year of garden farming.

Maybe you would like to get outside more, grow a few essential vegetables, some fruit trees or bushes for preserving, and create a scented kitchen garden to provide for you year round. Or perhaps you will raise a small flock of ducks or geese, or even a couple of pigs? Could this be the year you decorate your home with nature’s adornments, encourage wildlife back to pollinate your trees and plants, and spend celebratory hours in a haven of your own creation?

Each chapter of The Garden Farmer offers insight into the topics and projects you might be contemplating that month, along with planting notes and timely advice, and a recipe that honours the fruits of your labour. With just a little effort and planning, every garden can be tended in tune with nature, and every gardener can enjoy a host of seasonal delights from their own soil.

Keep up-to-date with Francine’s gardening adventures on her blog at kitchen-garden-hens.co.uk.

Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in You Magazine

‘A lavish monthly guide to getting the most from your garden’ Daily Mail