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Whether you are looking for relaxation and the chance to unwind or for something more active including great hand's on fun for the younger family members then Kent is the place for you. With many award winning attractions featured together with the best known places to visit and many smaller less well known attractions.
Choose from enchanting gardens, historic houses, mysterious castles, cathedrals and country churches, fascinating museums, animal parks, steam trains, amazing maritime heritage and much more.
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There are hundreds of independent retailers situated in the Kent, offering an array of worldwide brands to locally sourced products. Each and every one of them offer a customer service that just can’t be found on the high street.
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"The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones have all played there."
Chislehurst Caves
Grab a lantern and get ready for an amazing adventure! Just a short way from central London, close to Bromley in Kent, lie the Chislehurst Caves. Miles of dark mysterious passageways
hewn by hand from the chalk, forming a maze covering more than six hectares thirty meters deep, beneath the woodlands and houses of Chislehurst. This is one of the few places left where you actually have your own guide to escort you around, no boring reading posters on the wall here! Things are explained to you, and you can ask questions if you don’t understand something. No two tours are exactly the same, as each of the guides has their own unique style. Chislehurst Caves should hold the imagination of even the most easily bored child and if nothing else, there are twenty miles of tunnels to wear them out! There is also a gift shop where you can buy anything from a pencil to a dragon, a licensed cafeĢ serving home cooked meals, breakfasts, lunches or just tea and cakes and a large free car park.
The caves are reputedly haunted, and Druids are said to have made grisly human sacrifices in their depths. A number of television programmes and films, including episodes of Doctor Who, have been filmed there. Tours are available most days, and on Sundays there used to be an extended tour, lasting approximately one and a half hours, although this no longer takes place. Tours are normally on the hour. There is a licenced bar and café at the caves.
Chislehurst Market
Chislehurst Farmers Market was started at the request of the Chislehurst Town Centre Management Group in June 2011.
The Farmers Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Rear of 47 High Street (behind the Old Police Station), Chislehurst BR7 5AF between 10am and 2pm. Products cover a range locally produced foods and drink.
There is a permanent sign to the Farmers Market on the wall of the Wrattans Store to guide people into the farmers market.
Dining in Chislehurst
Whether you want to relax over a cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch, have a fun family meal or indulge in a taste sensation, Kent caters for every occasion.
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Chislehurst is a suburban district in south-east London, England, and an electoral ward of the London Borough of Bromley. It is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south-east of Charing Cross. The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words cisel 'gravel', and hyrst 'wooded hill'.
A local attraction is Chislehurst Caves. The caves are considered to be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the caves during World War II, and was given a middle name of 'Cavina'. The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones have all played there.
Following the arrival of the railways, Chislehurst developed as one of London’s more select and fashionable suburbs as businessmen moved here lured by the fresh air and the downland scenery that lies on the doorstep. The town has managed to remain relatively unspoilt by further development thanks, in large part, to Chislehurst Common, an oasis of greenery criss-crossed by a number of small roads.
The suburb is also home to Chislehurst Caves (see panel on page 10), one of Britain’s most interesting networks of underground caverns. There are over 20 miles of caverns and passageways, dug over a period of 8,000 years. The vast labyrinth of caves is a maze of ancient flint and chalk mines dug by hand over the centuries. It comprises three sections that each relate to a specific era and the oldest section, known as the Druids, dates back approximately 4,000 years. The largest section is Roman, while the smallest, and youngest, was excavated some 1,400 years ago by the Saxons. Royalists took refuge here during the Civil War and the pit that was built to trap their Parliamentarian pursuers can still be seen. At the height of the Blitz during World War II, the caves became the world’s largest air raid shelter when some 15,000 people hid here from the German bombing raids. Visitors can take a lamp-lit guided tour of the various sections including the air raid shelters, the Druid Altar and the Haunted Pool.
A quiet and pleasant residential area today, Chislehurst has two famous sons: William Willet Junior, the enthusiastic advocate of the Daylight Saving Scheme, who unfortunately died a year before British Summer Time (BST) was introduced in 1916, and Sir Malcolm Campbell, the racing driver and pioneering land and water speed record holder of the 1930s. A memorial to Willet can be found in nearby Petts Wood a 150-acre ancient semi- natural woodland with a wide variety of trees. Its neighbour, Hawkwood, is mainly grazed pasture and the whole area forms a ‘Green Lung’ just 13 miles from the City of London; it is particularly rich in birdlife, fungi and wild flowers.

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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
Although most place names may appear at first sight to be random elements of words thrown together in no particular order, most are surprisingly easy to decipher with some elementary grounding in Old English. Over the centuries most of the Old English words have themselves corrupted and changed to appear as we know them today.
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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