Maidstone offers plenty of choice with its lively mix of history, art, culture, shopping and entertainment, whether you want to visit the theatre or a first class restaurant, all this can be found in the very heart of the town. If your looking for something a little closer
The George Inn has a warm welcome and a great choice of food. The Mulberry Tree is a contemporary country restaurant and bar with a relaxed, informal atmosphere, excellent food, and wine. The White Horse in Bearsted has a modern contemporary style that reflects over into the restaurant and its food, you can also find a touch of the continent with Soufflés French cuisine there too.
The Windmill is situated in the ancient village of Hollingbourne and has excellent traditional English food.
The Dirty Habit can be found here too. This completely refurbished and restored 13th Century pilgrims inn and eating house is steeped in history. Out towards Lenham on the A20 The Park Gate Inn public house & restaurant nestles seemingly into the countryside with its large garden for the family to eat Alfresco style, also the entrance to Leeds Castle Golf Course can be found here.
Encircled majestically by a moat and surrounded by a beautiful parkland and gardens, the castle is full of antique furnishings. Other attractions include an Avery, Maze, Grotto, Duckery, Vineyard, Knights’ Realm, Playground/picnic area and hot air balloon, what a better way to see Kent? Plus annual events including jousting, classic cars, garden theatre and classical concerts to mention just a few. Tel. 01622 765400 www.leeds-castle.com.
Countryside & Villages
Tucked away in the Weald of Kent, between the pretty village of Rolvenden and the charming town of
Cranbrook lies Hole Park Gardens which has to be one of the best gardens in Kent.
An attractively laid out, privately owned 15 acre garden, Hole Park is often referred to as a hidden gem, and
there are plenty of treasures to be found within its walls and hedges.www.holepark.com
The Garden of England
.......Where each season yields its treasures in a myriad of colour.........Enjoy the English countryside at its best. Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and it’s the perfect place to get away from it all. Gently rolling hills and wooded valleys are typical of the rich varied landscapes here and you’ll discover something special in each season of the year. Villages in the heart of Kent add great character to the countryside. On a leisurely tour, you’ll discover some delightful settings, with picturesque half-timber cottages, lovingly tended gardens and traditional village greens, often the focal point of rural community. Chillington Manor at Otham 15th Century half timbered house and garden, Tel. 01622 862157.
Golf and Leisure
Cobtree Manor Park, an 18 hole golf course, just off junction 6 off the M20. Tudor Park at Bearsted, offers an 18 hole round of golf for all you keen golfers, as does Leeds Castle golf course set in magnificent views over 500 acres of parkland .... Buckmore Park 1200 International Kart Circuit, just off junction 3 of the M2 Chatham booking required Tel: 01622 661615
Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
Maidstone has an exceptional regional museum housed in a charming Elizabethan manor house. in the centre of Maidstone- Kent’s county town. Each gallery will fascinate and surprise; with a wealth of exhibits and objects to see and enjoy including Maidstone’s very own dinosaur! As well as regular storytelling and children’s holiday activities. Entry to our museum is free! Tel: 01622 602838
Boating and River Trips
Allington Bella, One hour trips throughout the summer, private hire available for up to 40 persons, board at Maidstone Town Centre or Allington Lock near The Malta Inn, 12pm - 5pm daily. Tel: 01622 661064
Kentish Lady, Hire Cruisers Ltd one hour return trips with commentary, three hour cruises with picnic box, private hire for special occasions with licensed bar. Tel: 01622 753740