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Get the inside track on Kent and East Sussex by train with the 'Hop on Board' podcast
Listen to new episodes of our podcast series featuring Miranda Sawyer, Rav Wilding and Ben Bailey Smith.
Forget everything you know about Kent and East Sussex. ‘Hop On Board’ gives you a unique view of the best the region has to offer, all easily reached by train.
Join a celebrity host for each episode, and discover new highlights and hidden gems from the stunning food and drink scene, beautiful walks and days out, inspiring art and culture – and much, much more.
The complete series is available through your podcast app now, or listen below.
Get Cultured with Miranda Sawyer
Looking for some coastal culture? Find it with journalist Miranda Sawyer as she takes a train journey along the Kent coast to sample its arty, creative hotspots. Join Miranda in Margate to discover more about the Turner Contemporary, before meeting Margate’s own BritArt icon Tracey Emin. Then follow her to Deal to learn about how independently minded galleries are leading the town’s artistic revival. Finally, she chats with the team behind the Creative Folkestone initiative.
Get Spooked with Rav Wilding
Follow TV presenter Rav Wilding as he takes a journey into some of Kent’s unsolved mysteries. Join Rav in Queenborough as he meets a UFO expert to learn about flying saucer sightings, before visiting the haunted village of Pluckley to hear some chilling tales. Finally take a trip to Dover to discover the origins of the secret underground tunnels hidden beneath Dover Castle and hear more tales of the unexplained.
Lights, Camera, Action with Ben Bailey Smith
Get ready for a close-up with Ben Bailey Smith as he makes his way through Kent’s silver screen history. First, Ben visits Sandwich to discover the town’s influence on Ian Fleming and the James Bond books and films. He then journeys to Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, the filming location for Call The Midwife, as well as over 150 other movies and shows. Lastly, explore Knole House in Sevenoaks, where Rav gets the lowdown on what it’s like to film at a National Trust site.
Eat up with Gregg Wallace
Feeling hungry? You will be after you’ve joined Gregg Wallace on a train journey through the foodie wonderland of Kent. Follow Gregg’s mouth-watering journey through the county, from The Goods Shed in Canterbury to Faversham’s Macknade Food Hall, via a quick drink at the Shepherd Neame brewery, before sinking his teeth into some seaside favourites in Whitstable.
Get lost with Ed Byrne
In need of some fresh air? Why not take some inspiration from Ed Byrne as he explores Kent and East Sussex’s best countryside walks and craggy coastal paths. Join the comedian on his way from Margate to the beaches of Broadstairs to chat with some local ramblers, before catching a train to the village of Wye, meeting local birds and celebrity pups along the way.
Prepare for battle with Mary Beard
Think history only lives in books? Let Mary Beard change your mind on a magical history tour around Kent and East Sussex. Join the historian as she meanders through Royal Tunbridge Wells, before hopping on board a train to Hastings to see living history in action. From there, she explores the legendary Battle Abbey, and learns more about the locals, from present-day experts all the way back to the Jurassic age.