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Wealden Times winter fair 16-18 November 2017

There will be three fabulous days of stylish shopping at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair this 16th, 17th and 18th November at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. Many Christmas gift  with 220 stands.  Food and shopping for all!

10th November 2017 Read the full post

Groombridge Place, what’s on!

Knights & Princesses of Groombridge Place 22nd July – 6th August 2017 10am – 5:30pm

Travel back in time and meet the Knights and Princesses of Groombridge Place, Discover what life was like during medieval times we have fun interactive shows, story telling and much more!

Book online and save 10%

24th July 2017 Read the full post

Little Dodges Holiday

Little Dodges Holiday

We were so excited to take our first holiday in 17 years and it was really thanks to some of our guests!

Running a Holiday Cottage and Bed and Breakfast is a very rewarding job but the opportunity to take a holiday yourself is a little challenging.  We always make sure that our guests are put first and over the years we have tried to find the perfect week to go away but then a lovely booking comes in and it is postponed for another year.

Little Dodges has a wonderful family who come every year and in fact have become such good friends that we believed they could be left quite happily and would be more than delighted to be self-sufficient while we took a break.

So the 17-year hiatus was broken, the fear of flying was conquered and we found ourselves jetting off for a whole week.  Our guests managed perfectly, they always come for two weeks and our disappearing act pretty much went without them even noticing.

Hopefully we will experience another holiday ourselves and perhaps not wait another 17 years. Our loyal family are eager to book their next trip; they love the shopping particularly in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a unique town, with a wonderful modern shopping centre, plenty of High Street retailers and the beautiful and specialist Pantiles.

Little Dodges accommodation and Bed & Breakfast is perfectly situated for retail therapy, whether in some of Kent’s town or some of the stunning and historic villages in the Weald of Kent.  Please take a look at our Local Attractions pages for inspiration.

Joanna & Paul

15th July 2017 Read the full post

Pashley Manor

Here are photographs recently taken of the Folly, the tulips and the terrace at Pashley Manor.  We had a wonderful stroll around the gardens followed by a delicious cream tea. Glorious.

20th April 2017 Read the full post

Bedgebury Pinetum Activities

Browsing on the Bedgebury Pinetum website has thrown up some things we never knew and we are only 10 minutes away.

Members can enjoy Geo Cashing which involves finding hidden treasure of which there are a substantial number and can be found by bicycle, on foot or even on a horse.  It involves using GPS technology and covers a distance of up to 18 miles.

Non members can go and find the Gruffolo Sculpture and the Gruffolo’s child!

Discover the Pinetum by using your map reading skills. Orienteering is available at four different levels designed by Saxon Orienteering. For smaller people there is “Gruffalo Orienteering”.

18th January 2017 Read the full post

Spa Valley Railway

This weekend 2nd & 3rd July


Visit the Spa Valley Railway for a weekend of intensive steam action with two mighty industrial Steam locomotives plus an array of road steam engines, stationary engines, model railways, a ride on miniature railway and a selection of real ales & ciders!

The Summer Steam Festival will be centred round Eridge Station where steam and heritage diesel trains will run on a regular basis all weekend.

29th June 2016 Read the full post


There is a game and country fair at Hole Park near Benenden this weekend.  We are hoping to visit if possible and just hope the weather holds!

25th June 2016 Read the full post

Concerts in the Pinetum/Red arrows Folkestone

We have Tom Jones on Friday and Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday, this coming weekend in Bedgebury Forest.  This is an annual event over the two days in mid summer. In the past we have had Simply Red, UB40, Brian Ferry, Paul Weller and so many more.  It’s brilliant and better still just on our door step!


The Red Arrows are in Folkestone on Friday too!

16th June 2016 Read the full post


IMG_2580We now have chickens!  This means that people can enjoy our breakfasts cooked with free range, organic and tasty eggs and be able to see why they are delicious and fresh!  Now, their names are, I think Gloria, Gaynor, Pollito, Nugget and Scrambles……

Now which ones are these?

23rd April 2016 Read the full post

An Author and Poet lived in Curtisden Green!

Quite by chance is the discovery of Author and Poet Richard Church C.B.E. (b.1932-1972)who lived with his second wife Katherina, here in Curtisden Green.  He is responsible for renovating his Oast House situated at the far end of Curtisden Green of which photographs can be found on the internet.

One book he wrote entitled “A History of Kent” contains a chapter dedicated to Goudhurst and its famous families, historic houses,  gardens, the panoramic views and much more.  He clearly loved the countryside here. He writes also about the many hours he spent at the Tower of Goudhurst Church whilst in the Home Guard during the war.

When his wife Katherina died in 1965 he moved to The Old Stable at Scotney Castle and was near his friend and literary colleague Christopher Hussey of Scotney Castle.

He subsequently remarried and left Scotney to live at The Priest’s House at Sissinghurst Castle where in 1972 he died suddenly having left many legacies in his books and poems.

28th February 2016 Read the full post
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