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Over Here

An upbeat travel and lifestyle series hosted by travel writer Rachel Mills (Rough Guides, DK Travel, Telegraph Travel, Culture Trip, the Independent and loveEXPLORING). In each episode we shine a spotlight on a place, person, or local business, and we celebrate them. We talk in detail about outdoor adventure; nature and conservation; mental health; sustainability; places to stay, shop, eat and drink; a bit about history and a lot about what makes people and destinations unique. Like most of us, the Over Here team is grounded for the time being, so you can expect plenty of Great British content, starting with Ramsgate Radio’s very own home town. 

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Rachel Mills

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Producer:

Filipe Gomes

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Halloween Special
Rotten Ramsgate

Ramsgate’s more sinister histories. In a special edition of Over Here Rachel goes on a ‘murder trail’ with Johanne Edgington, founder of Rotten Ramsgate. The two talk about disturbing events, grave tracking and Ramsgate’s Murder Tours. 

 
 
 
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Series Three - The Great Outdoors
Wild Swimming: Sarah Tomczak

 If the idea of going for a beach swim in January (in nothing but a swimsuit) fills you with dread, you’ll probably find it hard to believe that to a great deal of people jumping in the Ramsgate waters, it’s actually relaxing. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, the cold water experience is known to soothe muscle aches, relieve depression/stress and even strengthen the immune system. But beyond the health benefits, it’s an incredible way to connect with Nature - allowing yourself to see the world from a different perspective. 

Tomorrow afternoon Rachel Mills talks to Sarah Tomczak about her journey and experience with cold water swimming. Recorded a few months ago (when the waters were colder), we listen in as Rachel tentatively dips in to the water for a swim with Sarah. Completely invigorated, the two then head back to the Ramsgate Radio studio for a warm cuppa and a good chat. 

For those of you familiar with Sarah Tomczak, you’ll know that she’s the editor of Red Magazine - in this episode of Over Here we discuss Sarah’s journey to the Kent coast, body confidence, the balance between career and family life, and how swimming can help reconnect you with creativity.

Series Three - The Great Outdoors
The Oval
Cliftonville

Thanet District Council have handed over the Oval Bandstand and Lawns to new custodians: community-led group, GRASS Cliftonville! Rachel Mills brings you another episode of Over Here, in which she talks to Stephen Darrer, Cliftonville Townhouse B&B owner and secretary for GRASS about exciting plans to host outdoor cinema, live music and all sorts of community and family-friendly events. 

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Series Three - The Great Outdoors
Elmley Nature Reserve

Escape into Nature with Rachel Mills, talking to Abbie Burrows at Elmley Nature Reserve.

 

Over Here! host Rachel Mills returns to North Kent's Isle of Sheppey to stay overnight in one of Elmley’s new woodland bell tents and chat to Abbie Burrows, Elmley’s nature guide. Elmley – the only National Nature Reserve in England that you can stay overnight in – is a true wilderness and haven for wading birds, wildfowl and birds of prey (Abbie gives us the lowdown on what species to watch out for when). Day visitors are welcome and there’s a stunning converted barn for food and drink.

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Series Two - Wellbeing

Nik Mitchel

Pegwell Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife, wild plants and for busy minds. We’re so incredibly lucky to have a place of such beauty right here on our doorstep. On a blustery day, our very own Rachel Mills went to meet Nik Mitchel, a wildlife conservationist and blogger. The two walked and talked; spotting seals, birds and discussing the challenges that nature is facing here in Ramsgate. 

Series Two - Wellbeing

Amie Evans 

In this episode, we talk to Amie Evans as she prepares to open the new Union Yoga HQ in Ramsgate's town centre - a new and exciting business comprising of a new Cafe, Yoga Studio and community hub. Listen in as our very own Rachel Mills looks around the new space and talks to Aime about why she chose Ramsgate, what effects the pandemic has had on her business and her plans for the future. 

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Series One - Ramsgate Harbour:

New Dawn Traders

It's summer 2020 and we're on board The Gallant, a cargo sail boat run by New Dawn Traders - an experimental business who import produce from across the Atlantic Ocean and along European coastlines pollution-free. Inspired by people, projects and businesses that promote resilience in local food systems, they have designed the Voyage COOP to apply this way of thinking to international trade. With their network of ships, producers and allies, they are at the forefront of building new models for supply chains that puts the planet and people first

We watched The Gallant sail in to the harbour from our studio and we then went on board to talk to the crew and their port allies, Kent Sail Cargo. Not only did we have the time of our lives, we also fell in love with the project and the people who make it happen. 

Listen to this extraordinary episode of Over Here with host Rachel Mills 

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Series One - Ramsgate Harbour:

Archive

Ramsgate is a laidback café culture kind of place. 1940s themed tea houses, beachside caffs for a cuppa, and since 2014, Archive Homestore and Kitchen for coffee and a bun. Owner Naomi talks to us about Scandinavian styled Archive with its two floors and pavement tables with gorgeous views of the marina.

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Series One - Ramsgate Harbour:

Harbour Bikes

Harbour Bikes have the arch at number 20 – you’ll see orange Pashley cycles lined up and available to hire outside. Founder Toby has been on the bike scene – and music scene – in Thanet for decades and we talk about his pride in Ramsgate, the best local cycle routes and re-using, re-cycling, re-building.

Series One - Ramsgate Harbour:

Arch 16

Local boy Thomas is the co-owner (with business partner Ivor) of Arch 16, an Aladdin’s cave of antiques and curios which is quite literally filled to the brim. Thomas has a knack of finding the most eccentric stuff and his arch is the most delightful place to poke about – we talk about hoarding, his fashion designer Mum, trade secrets and being a daytime TV star that gets spotted in Toby Carvery.

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