Mr & Mrs Smith's latest travel trend prediction

Simply Sevenoaks are delighted to say that Mr and Mrs Smith’s prediction for the last travel trend, ‘the private house hotel’ has already arrived in Sevenoaks!

Mr and Mrs Smith, the boutique and luxury hotel gurus, in a recent ES Magazine article opined that the next big trend in travel will be greater personalisation and, in their words, the rise of the ‘private house hotel’. As James Lohan (aka Mr Smith) said, ‘You’re greeted by a host, you can walk in the kitchen . . . It’s not, ‘Breakfast is served 8-10 am, sir; it’s, ‘When do you feel like eating today?’

Now this sounds an exact description of our many welcoming Simply Sevenoaks B & Bs! So we’re delighted to tell Mr & Mrs Smith that the ‘private house hotel’ has already arrived and is thriving in Sevenoaks! Visit www.simplysevenoaks.co.uk to book your choice of a ‘private house hotel’. The offering is amazing and each one is a ‘private hotel’ with a difference!

Tourism booms in Kent!

Kent’s tourism economy flourishes as visitor numbers rise to 65 million.

Kent’s visitor economy has increased 7% and topped £3.8 billion for the first time ever, after welcoming a record 65 million visitors in 2017.

Independent research commissioned by Visit Kent has revealed that 64,970,000 visitors came to The Garden of England in 2017, and the county remains the third most visited destination outside of London for foreign visitors.

Overseas overnight visits to the county increased by 4% with an 8% increase in the number of nights stayed, and a 10% increase in the resulting value.

Across the county, visitor spending figures in Kent continue to rise compared to 2015, with the highest ever numbers reported for spending in the county from both day and overnight visits.

Tourism jobs have also increased by 6.8% to 76,828, and now account for 11% of total employment across the county.

Chief executive of Visit Kent, Deirdre Wells OBE said: “Tourism is the UK’s fastest growing service sector and these figures demonstrate the contribution which our vital industry makes to the economy of Kent. With our stunning countryside, world-class heritage, and delicious locally sourced food and drink, it is no surprise that visitors’ numbers are increasing. The collective efforts of tourism businesses across the county have paid dividends and this partnership will be critical in ensuring that this growth continues during a challenging year ahead.”

Other district highlights included a 10.1% increase in the value of day trips in Tonbridge and Malling, and a 9% rise in the number of day trips to Sevenoaks. Since 2006, the value of Kent’s tourism industry has risen by 33%.

Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, said “The results from the 2017 survey commissioned by Visit Kent clearly show that the visitor economy is increasingly important to the county’s future prosperity”.

Deirdre added: “These figures demonstrate that, wherever you are based in Kent, tourism can bring growth, prosperity and jobs to your community. Our challenge going forward will be to turn more of our day visits into overnight stays and short breaks, bringing even further growth to the county.”

Simply Sevenoaks couldn’t agree more. So who’s up for the challenge in 2019??

Shimmer and Sparkle on Sevenoaks High Street!

The judges have spoken in the competition for the 2018 Sevenoaks best dressed Christmas window! Amongst some scintillating entries, the winner for the best retail window is Joie de Vivre boutique on London Road, with The Chinaman as runner-up. The new category of non-retail window winner is Dulce’s Patisserie, with runner up Jo and Co at Hollybush. Congratulations to all for helping to make Sevenoaks look fabulously atmospheric and seasonal.

So not only go and admire these fantastic windows, but explore the shops themselves! Packed full of Christmas treats and surprises (both edible and non-edible), you’re certain to find Christmas gifts galore. Shop local and support our High Street.

Will you win our 2019 photographic competition?

Get out and about to capture those Autumn tints on camera to be our 2019 Photo Competition winner and be our front cover image for Spend Time in Sevenoaks, our popular tourism booklet.

S L O W is the name of the game for this year’s photo competition, in association with @wearecountrybike. Sevenoaks District is full of delights and we are encouraging you to allow plenty of time to enjoy them. Take time to explore. Whether it’s by bike, on foot or making  S L O W progress generally, we look forward to seeing what the photographers amongst you can come up with. Please post on Instagram and tag us and/or use #simplysevenoaks with a location for your entry.
 
The winning image will feature on the 2019 accommodation and tourist guide, “Spend Time in Sevenoaks”. Closing date for entries is 12.00 am (midnight) on Sunday 28th October 2018. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 7th November 2018. All entries must be available as an A5 portrait, with a resolution of 300 dpi. Entries must be an image of Sevenoaks and its District (ie 20 mile radius from central Sevenoaks). The decision of SDAF is final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. Copyright will remain with the photographer. However by entering this competition the photographer/entrant agrees to SDAF and its members using the images for exhibitions, publications (print or digital) or for promotional use. 

Spend Time in Sevenoaks - 2019 Photo Competition

S L O W is the name of the game for this year’s photo competition, in association with @wearecountrybike. Sevenoaks District is full of delights and we are encouraging you to allow plenty of time to enjoy them. Take time to explore. Whether it’s by bike, on foot or making  S L O W progress generally, we look forward to seeing what the photographers amongst you can come up with. Please post on Instagram and tag us and/or use #simplysevenoaks with a location for your entry.
 
The winning image will feature on the 2019 accommodation and tourist guide, “Spend Time in Sevenoaks”. Closing date for entries is 12.00 am (midnight) on Sunday 28th October 2018. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 7th November 2018. All entries must be available as an A5 portrait, with a resolution of 300 dpi. Entries must be an image of Sevenoaks and its District (ie 20 mile radius from central Sevenoaks). The decision of SDAF is final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. Copyright will remain with the photographer. However by entering this competition the photographer/entrant agrees to SDAF and its members using the images for exhibitions, publications (print or digital) or for promotional use. 
 

Somewhere to stay?

Need accommodation in Sevenoaks district?  

Look no further if you need a welcoming bed and breakfast or self-catering facility!  From Scandi chic, to Kentish vernacular and most things in between, Simply Sevenoaks can offer inspiration for that special stay.

Visit www.simplysevenoaks.co.uk for information and a current availability list.

Riverhill Himalayan Garden Bluebell Festival

First snowdrops, then tulips and now bluebells are bursting out all over!  But what a treat lies in store for you at Riverhill Himalayan Garden in Sevenoaks with its annual bluebell festival.  Enjoy bluebell walks, an art exhibition, bluebell themed crafts to buy or just simply savour a coffee & delicious homemade cake and admire these quintessential English flowers. 

A Simple Decision - Simply Sevenoaks?

Are you struggling with that big decision of where to stay this Easter? Why not Sevenoaks where you'll find 19 major attractions within an easy drive of the town? Even better, we have a fabulous range of guest accommodation to suit every taste - historic, contemporary chic, Kentish vernacular, or just simply cosy! So browse our website  www.simplysevenoaks.co.uk to make your choice. There's an availability list too which covers Easter weekend. which might save you some time and phone calls!  Simple? Simply Sevenoaks!

New Season's "news" . . .

Riverhill Himalayan Garden is open for 2017 with new surprises and delights.  The same delicious home-baked food is available in the cafe; and the gardens are looking stunning in Spring colours. The excitement for 2017 is the new garden shop - linger, hanker and then buy!  You'll be very tempted . . .

Need to be hygge in Sevenoaks?

It's cold outside but a warm welcome awaits you at the many friendly B&Bs and self-catering cottages in Sevenoaks and its surrounding district.  Whether you want Scandi chic, historic charm, cosy home from home or stylish modern, you'll find them all at www.simplysevenoaks.co.uk!  There's a fortnightly availability list there too.  So book now for a truly hygge visit!