From its world-class museum collections to the ‘loveliest castle in the world’, Maidstone has lots of hidden gems. Whether you like park life, are partial to a pot of tea or want to see a heritage farm in action, there’s plenty to see and do. Travel to Maidstone for fun days out for all the family.
Getting here: Trains to Maidstone from Victoria take 1 hour and 4 minutes.
Visit Kent County Show, the region's showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life! The three day show brings together the very best of Kent with animals, food, fun and excitement giving a true feel of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer. Experience the multiple Food Halls, Countryside area, Flower Show, show jumping, vintage vehicles and hundreds of cattle, sheep and goats. Younger visitors can have a go in the Tractor Ted area, ride on a pony, get involved in the Punch and Judy show or listen to a magical tale in the new woodland story telling area. At the 2017 Kent County Show, the opportunities for entertainment are endless.
Learn all about life on the farm in days gone by. Spread out over 28 acres, Kent Life is a working farm which breeds sheep, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks – and alpacas! Have fun with the family and get the chance to get close up to the animals in the "cuddle corner".
If you love art, history or natural history, don’t miss this amazing museum in an Elizabethan manor house in Maidstone town centre. It’s one of the best museums in south east England, with world-class exhibits in everything from minerals and fossils to modern decorative art. Includes an Egyptian mummy, a costume gallery, ethnographic collections and the biggest public art collection in Kent.
Love the great outdoors? Mote Park is huge green space in the centre of Maidstone. It dates back to medieval times and adored by local residents and visitors alike. The park is spread out over 450 acres and includes woodland, rivers and a 30-acre lake. It’s ideal for walking or cycling and includes play areas for the kids.
Time for a cuppa? Visit Teapot Island, the biggest collection of teapots in the country! Take a look at the 7,600 teapots on display, buy your own teapot, paint your own pottery, or partake from a fine selection of cream teas. It’s not literally an island but you can find it in the lovely village of Yalding, about five miles from Maidstone.
Use one of these offers and book your tickets in advance for a cheap day out.