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Say Hi to your High Street logoCranbrook Treasure Hunt

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s ‘Say Hi to your High Street’ campaign returns to Cranbrook this weekend as the final stop of the four borough high street treasure hunts.

Residents and visitors are invited to visit the local businesses in Cranbrook to find hidden clues.

When you have found all of them, you can enter to win a great selection of prizes, from vouchers that can be spent at local stores, to gifts and products hand-selected by the shop owners.

In Cranbrook this weekend, you could win a collection of accessories from independent fashion boutique, Odyl, a china drinking set from Happy and Glorious, or even a £100 food hamper and a meal for two at The Hive.

To enter, you simply need to visit Cranbrook this Saturday, find the clues (9 in all) and then share a selfie showing your haul using the hashtag #sayhicranbrook either on Facebook, tagging @VisitTunbridgeWells, or on Instagram, tagging @tunbridgewellsvisitor. Alternatively, you can email your photo to business@tunbridgewells.gov.uk – you will need to use this option to enter if your social media profiles are private.

Meet the traders

The traders of Cranbrook are looking forward to saying ‘Hi!’ to you this weekend – and helping you to find the treasure. Here are a few who are keen to welcome you to their town.

Floral Studio

Specialising in unique bouquets for weddings, birthdays, funerals and everything in between, Floral Studio’s experienced team offers a selection of high-quality flower arrangements from the heart of The Capital of the Weald.

With all of their fresh flowers and plants purchased from local suppliers, Floral Studio are passionate about supporting neighbouring growers across the South East. They also have recently changed their packaging to reduce the amount of plastic used, selecting eco-friendly alternatives wherever possible.

Shoppers can browse a range of gifts, such as Kew Garden Botanical pots and other house and garden plants. You can even sign up for small group workshops to learn more about floristry and create your own bouquet.

Josh Page, Lightning Tech Repairs

With over 15 years in business, Lightning Tech Repairs can help to restore those all-important mobile and computer devices back to best condition.
Having already established himself in the repair industry, owner Josh Page decided to take the plunge and set up his own shop in Cranbrook. To help more customers further afield, they even offer a collection and drop-off service with a no-fix-no-fee guarantee.

“After years of working for other people, I decided the time was right to set up my own business,” Josh says. “I chose Cranbrook as I loved the area and it also meant I could be near my relatives.”

“I love the excitement of liaising with customers and that no two days are the same. It really does make me excited to work every day… I can’t imagine myself in a different industry!”

Steven Mummery, Phillips Man’s Shops

Whether it’s men’s formal fashion, women’s wellies or a new school uniform, Phillips Man’s Shops is stocked to meet your needs.

Moving to Cranbrook in 1976, the family run business rests in the town’s historic centre, in a building that is over 500 years old itself. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as the rural façade conceals 2,000 square feet of retail space.

Director Steven Mummery was happy to follow in his father’s footsteps to join the business.

“We just instantly fell in love with the town and have been here ever since — we love the community feel,” says Steven. “I work as a fireman part time, but I couldn’t give up working for the family business as I enjoy it too much!”

“Having constant interaction with customers and being a part of a community is something that I find really special.”

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Richard Barsley Paddock Wood

Richard Barsley
Barsley’s Department Store, Paddock Wood

Over the four generations which have run the business, Barsley’s has grown from its humble roots as a small tailoring workshop to a lively department store selling a vast range of items. A Paddock Wood institution, Barsley’s prides itself on being able to cater for all your needs, whether you’re looking for bespoke flooring, made-to-measure curtains, electrical products or fashion and footwear, Barsley’s has it all!  Owner Richard Barsley is now celebrating the store’s 130th anniversary. From a very young age, Richard knew the retail industry was for him: “I love the excitement of liaising with customers and that no two days are the same. I got experience elsewhere, undertaking an apprenticeship in another store before I joined the family firm, but there is something very special about working in the family business, and I have been here ever since.” Situated in the heart of Paddock Wood, Barsley’s is easy to reach via road or rail, and with plenty of free parking you have time to explore it all.

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Kate Tompsett
Happy & Glorious, Cranbrook

The talented Kate Tompsett set up colourful, creative gift store Happy and Glorious in Cranbrook in 2012, the year of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics. “There was a real surge of celebration and happiness in the air, so I felt there was no better opportunity to celebrate what Britain had to offer,” she explained. “I was inspired by Mary Portas and her challenge to re-ignite British manufacturing, so I was passionate about stocking locally created products. I have my own range of gifts in the shop, as well as items sourced from talented artists all over the UK. These items are carefully handpicked by me as I am passionate about selling products that I believe in.” With previous experience in the retail and marketing industry, Kate was also confident that she had the skills and experience necessary to open her own business. The result is a store filled with talent and community – and one not to be missed!

IREN INdesign Hawkhurst

Iren Brown
IN Design Kitchens, Hawkhurst

IN Design Kitchens has had a baptism of fire: opened by husband and wife team Iren and Nick Brown in October 2020, they promptly had to close the following month when Tier 4 restrictions were introduced. But that hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm to turn their customers’ dreams into reality by bringing their dream kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces to life. “We have over 50 years’ experience and pride ourselves in creating tailored and smart solutions to any project, creating an innovative space for you and your family to enjoy and be proud of,” Iren said. “Being in the interior design industry my whole life and having success in my previous roles gave me the confidence to start my own company with my partner, Nick. Combining our knowledge and design skills, no two kitchens are ever the same.” After the devastating impact from Covid-19, Iren wants to make sure IN Design kitchens are the best they can be – and with their new showrooms now open once more, you’ll never be short of inspiration!

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Nell
Arty Farty Retreat, Southborough

The Arty Farty Retreat is a space where you can create, relax, collaborate and express. Bringing you everything art has to offer – from clay-making workshops, day retreats, art classes, expression therapy and even lipstick making – there is something for everyone! With a degree in Fine Art Painting and having worked within arts in the health and social care industry for over 10 years, founder Nell Price was very aware of the benefits creativity can have on mental and physical health: “This motivated me to open The Arty Farty Retreat in 2017 to provide an inspirational space where anyone can create, regardless of ability, age, or background. It’s a place where I can help people grow, a space where you can find your own artistic style, rebuild confidence and not take yourself too seriously. My aim was to show the public that you are more creative than you think and that everyone should give art a go!”


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