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By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: May 31, 2013

GO EXPLORING:  The lavender fields in Shoreham smell as fabulous as they look

GO EXPLORING: The lavender fields in Shoreham smell as fabulous as they look

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Visit the lavender fields in Shoreham...

For a unique experience, you can book an aromatherapy massage in the lavender fields at the Hop Shop, of Castle Farm in Shoreham, Sevenoaks.

Imagine lying on a couch in the lavender fields, with the glorious scent of the flowers, being massaged with soothing lavender massage oils under a marquee or parasol.

And the rest of the family can explore the fields of purple and there are tempting lavender-flavoured treats to sample in the shop.

Massage days are currently planned for July 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Each session is 30 minutes and costs £32. Vouchers can be purchased online, on the phone or in the shop.

For more information visit www.hopshop.co.uk

Play pooh-sticks in the Ashdown Forest…

Pooh fans will know that 100 Acre Wood is based on Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, where AA Milne used to walk with his son Christopher Robin.

The Milnes lived in a house by a stream that ran into the river Medway, and regularly stopped on the small bridge, now a place of pilgrimage for Pooh-sticks fans.

Stop for a game – directions are available from the Forest Centre along with a hand-drawn map showing other Pooh-themed locations.

Visit www.ashdownforest.org for more information.

Visit the Union Windmill at Cranbrook…

The Union Windmill was built in 1814 and stands at the highest point overlooking the historic Wealden town of Cranbrook, Kent.

Maintained in full working order, this Grade I Listed Building is the tallest surviving "smock mill" in the British Isles.

The mill is operated by The Cranbrook Windmill Association, a group of volunteers, who open the mill to the public during certain summer afternoons from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Check out the website for more details: www.unionmill.org.uk

Monkey around at Go Ape in Bedgebury…

Bedgebury Forest is the wild outdoor adventure centre near the village of Goudhurst.

With a new lakeside visitor centre as the hub, Bedgebury offers excellent bike trails and the Go Ape climbing centre, where you can safely let your inner monkey climb free among the forest's tree-top canopy.

Visit www. goape.co.uk/ days-out/bedgebury

Visit the teapot collection at Teapot Island on the River Medway…

Teapot Island is a family run business that was established in 2003.

There has been a cafe on site since the 1950s and it is well known for its cream teas – which boast scones baked on the premises daily – real Cornish clotted cream, homemade jam and not forgetting of course a lovely pot of tea.

They have over 6,700 teapots on display in their exhibition that is open to the public for a small charge and you can even purchase a memento from the gift shop to take home with you.

They have paint-your-own pottery for sale and there are lovely walks alongside the River Medway to be enjoyed.

Opening from until October 31, from 10am to 4pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays they are open 9am to 5pm.

For more information visit www.teapotisland.com

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