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    The Friars

    Englands rst Carmelite priory built in 1242 and restored in 1949by Carmelite monks. The medieval buildings are surroundedby tranquil riverside gardens. Free wheelchair access toall areas.

    Open dawn to dusk. Tea rooms and shop, pottery and upholstery workshops.Summer 10.00 - 17.00, winter 10.00 16.00.

    01622 717272Aylesord near Maidstone

    Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

    Aviation exhibits rom 1911 to present day and wartimememorabilia, including a V1 piloted fying bomb.

    Open Easter - end October, open Sundays and bank holidays 10.30 - 18.00.

    November - Easter, Sunday 10.30 - 15.30.01622 890226Headcorn Aerodrome, Headcorn

    Leeds CastleSurrounded by 500 acres o landscaped parkland andgardens, this romantic castle set on two islands in the middleo a lake is described as the loveliest castle in the world.The grounds eature an aviary, maze, cottage garden andMediterranean garden and several places to eat. Specialevents held throughout the year.

    Open daily April - September 10.00 - 17.00 (Last admission 17.00).October - March 10.00 - 15.00 (Last admission 15.00).

    01622 765400Leeds, near Maidstone

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    All Saints Church

    Described as the grandest perpendicular church in England,

    this ascinating church with its memorial to the Washingtonamily dates rom the 14th century.

    Open May to September, Tuesday - Thursday 10.00 - 16.00,Saturday 10.00 - 12.30.

    01622 843298Mill Street, Maidstone

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    Maidstone Carriage MuseumHoused in the medieval stables o the Archbishops Palace,the wonderul Tyrwhitt-Drake collection o carriages andtransport curiosities is unique in Britain. The collection is widelyregarded as the best in Europe with some o the nest statecarriages originally owned by Royalty and titled amilies.Free admission.

    Open 1st May - 31st August, Wednesday - Sunday plus bank holidays12.00 - 16.00, please call.

    01622 602838Mill Street, Maidstone

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    Stoneacre

    Idyllic hal-timbered 15th century yeomans house, with centralhall, urnished in period style. Romantic cottage garden withlarge collection o unusal plants.

    Owned by the National Trust and open to the public Saturdays only11.00 - 17.30 (last admission 16.30) rom mid March - early October.

    01892 893842Otham near Maidstone

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    Kent LifeLocated near the boat landing at Allington Lock, Kentspremier heritage arm attraction portrays rural lie in Kent overthe past 100 years. With 28 acres o un including improvedamily activities, exciting new indoor and outdoor playareas, traditional breeds, discovery trails and a hands-oncuddle corner.

    Open early April - early November, daily 10.00 - 17.30(16.30 last admission).

    01622 763936Lock Lane, Sandling

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    Maidstone Museum andBentliff Art Gallery

    With its Earth Heritage Gallery eaturing dinosaurs and naturalhistory, Maidstone Museum is a must-see. The museumshows art and arteacts rom around the world which will

    educate and intrigue. The Bentli Art Gallery stages a variedprogramme o contemporary exhibits, while the museumoers an imaginative programme o childrens crats andactivities. Coee/git shop/ree admission.

    Open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.15, Sunday 11.00 - 16.00.

    01622 602838St Faiths Street, Maidstone

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    Yalding Organic CentreSixteen individual gardens take the visitor through gardeninghistory including the Cottagers Garden, a knot garden,herbaceous borders and a wildlie haven. Wheelchair access.Local produce arm shop and ca.

    Open April - October, daily 09.00 - 18.00. November - March,Monday - Saturday 09.00 - 17.00, Sunday 09.00 - 16.00.

    01622 814650Benover Road, Yalding

    Iden Croft Herb Garden

    Herb gardens and a 15th Century walled garden. Collectionsinclude National Oreganum and Mentham aromatic wildfowers and bee/butterfy plants. Wheelchair access. Plant gitshop/tea room.

    Open March - September, 09.00 - 17.00, Sundays and bank holidays11.00 - 17.00. October and November Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00.

    01580 891432Frittenden Road, Staplehurst

    Brenchley Gardens

    Situated in the town centre, it provides an oasis o calm incontrast to the bustling shopping streets. The Victorianbandstand is the venue or Sunday aternoon concerts duringthe summer.

    Open all year.

    01622 602747St. Faiths Street, Maidstone

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    Fremlin Walk

    This stylish, open air shopping development is built on theriverside site o a Victorian brewery. Here you can nd thelatest trends, luxury brands or gits, with 50 stores selling arange o ashion goods and 800 parking spaces with easyaccess or disabled people.

    01622 356580

    Royal Star ArcadeOriginally an old coaching inn, the Royal Star Arcade hasbeen transormed into an attractive shopping centre or avariety o ashion outlets housed under one roo.

    01622 690395

    The Mall, Chequers

    The Mall is a popular shopping centre located in the centre otown. It contains many o the high street shops and eateries.Facilities include car parking and shopmobility.

    01622 690395

    One of the best retail centres in the south eastof England.

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    All Saints Church

    Bredgar & Wormshill

    Light Railway

    Cobtree Manor Park

    The Friars, Aylesford

    Yalding Organic Centre

    The Hop Farm Family Park

    Iden Croft Herb Garden

    Larkfield Leisure Centre

    Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

    Leeds Castle

    Maidstone Carriage Museum

    Maidstone Leisure Centre

    Maidstone Museum

    & Bentlif Art Gallery

    Mote Park

    Kent Life

    River Trips

    Stoneacre

    Teapot Island

    Maidstone Town Hall

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    Go Ape

    Buckmore Park Kart Curcuit

    Renaissance Crafts

    AMF Bowling

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    Maidstone Leisure Centre

    One o the best equipped leisure centres in the south east,with our swimming pools and two water slides. There is an

    exciting indoor adventure play area or the children as well asa ull tness suite.

    0845 155 2277Willow Way, Maidstone

    AMF Bowling

    This bowling alley also has pool tables, arcade games andsnackbar. Also glow in the dark bowling with party music sixnights a week.

    0844 826 3023King Street, Maidstone

    Hazlitt Arts Centre

    The Exchange and Hazlitt Theatre oer a varied programmerom the contemporary drama, music, mainstream andalternative comedy, ballet, opera and childrens dramaincluding a traditional Christmas pantomime.

    01622 758611Earl Street, Maidstone

    Go Ape

    An award-winning high wire orest adventure course o ropebridges, tarzan swings and zip slides... all set high up in thetree tops. Providing a un day out with riends, amilies or

    colleagues, youll be tted with a climbing harness and giveninstruction beore trekking rom tree to tree high above theorest foor.

    0845 643 9215Leeds Castle, near Maidstone

    As the vibrant County Town, Maidstone enjoys athriving entertainment scene and facilities for a widerange of sports and interests and the surrounding areahas no shortage of gardens waiting to be explored!

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    Maidstone Millenium River Park

    Stroll along the well maintained riverside path or six milesbetween Allington and Teston, enjoying the natural tranquilityso close to the town centre.

    Mote Park

    An attractive 500 acre landscaped park near the town centre,surrounding a picturesque lake. Walking and cycling trails,mini gol, childrens play area and ca.

    Teston Country Park

    Three meadows nestling beside the River Medway. This is anideal location to watch the boats cruising or to sh. Picnicarea, childrens play area and car parking.

    Lying at the heart of the rolling Kent countryside,Maidstones varied rural landscapes are a delightto explore, and provide a contrast to the hustle andbustle of the town centre.

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    North Downs Way

    The North Downs Way is a well established National Trail whichstretches along the ridge o the North Downs rom Dover to

    Surrey. Passing through the Kent Downs Area o OutstandingBeauty near Maidstone, with panoramic views.

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    Renaissance Crafts

    Family run pottery painting studio and art gallery wherepottery painting is un and suitable or all ages and abilities.Make an original git in a relaxing cae-style setting.

    01622 750467Starnes Court, Union Street, Maidstone

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    Kent Wildlfe Trust Visitor Centre

    Set in a wonderully restored 17th Century barn, which houses

    a large exhibition o wildlie and conservation. Also visit thedemonstration nature park and education centre. Wheelchairaccess. Ca and git shop.

    Open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 16.00 (exceptDecember 23 - January 23).

    01622 662012Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone

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