Towns & Villages
Maidstone in the heart of the Kent country side has some wonderful events each year, both at the Kent County Show Ground and at many other venues in the town including the theatre, the museum and Leeds Castle.
Leeds Castle remains a spectacular day out for all the family with great events throughout the year including Jousting, theatre, Christmas at the Castle and many other great events.
Maidstone Museum has had a £3.5 million new wing which opened in March 2012. The new space and galleries are displaying some of the wonderful exhibits which have been held in the stores for years. The new Japanese gallery has one of the best collections of Japanese Art in England and new interactive research stations will allow visitors to find additional articles within the collections in this state of the art facility.
Kent Life have lots of good events throughout the year but particularly popular is the Hops and Harvest Festival, which includes local food products from the Kent countryside including regionally made beers. This is usually the second weekend in September. The Apple Festival is usually the second weekend in October and has everything to do with Apples, including eating apples, cooking with apples, cider etc.
Maidstone Museum and Kent Life combine particularly well with a trip on the Allington Belle or the Kentish Lady, which cruise along the River Medway.
Coach Parking can be found close to the town centre with good drop off points. For longer stays in Kent, Maidstone is centrally based and offers excellent hotels and good prices to group visitors. Being located here brings you within easy reach all the castles of Kent, some brilliant gardens to visit and the best evening economy in the county, with good nightlife, theatre, bars and restaurants.
Things to see and do in Maidstone:
- Visit stunning Leeds Castle, one of the most iconic castles in England, to wander the immaculate grounds and explore the lovingly restored rooms.
- Find out more about the area’s history and its people at the Kent Life or you can see one of the country’s largest collections of horse-drawn vehicles at the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.
- Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery dates from the Elizabethan period until the present day with its new contemporary extension. Inside is one of the best collections of Japanese Art in the UK, a major collection of fine art pictures, amazing ethnological collections, an extensive costume collection and a very good natural history collections with the Maidstone Dinosaur.
- Visit the beautiful River Medway running from Tonbridge, through Maidstone to Allington Lock, where you can enjoy a range of activities from boating and fishing to relaxing in restaurant or pub.
More Maidstone Information:
Maidstone Visitor Information Centre is located at Maidstone Museum. For more information visit the official tourism website for Maidstone.
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