After the Big Day Out Festival event the day before, and a good night stayed at Premier Inn, it would be rather rude not to do a little exploring of Maidstone town before heading back home. After all, we had a few hours spare before hitching the train.
Off we went on foot across Broadway Bridge, over River Medway and went walking along the river side. I kind of like walking aimlessly, its kind of exciting to see what you’d discover ahead of us.
Once over the bridge, we went down the path along the river and just took its course there. The scenic town present us with ducks gathering around the kids thinking that we would have food to feed them. They were rather disappointed to learn that we had none and drifted away impetuously.
There also saw a river ride too, (Kentish Lady Hire Cruisers Ltd.), but we didn’t want to missed the train, so we’ve given this one a missed this time.
There were on board Embankments Bar & Restaurant too, but it wasn’t open at the time we were there, (11am).
We walked through The Archbishop’s Palace Garden, which is also the Kent Registry Office as well. The kids found the glittery sparkles confetti scattered all over on the floor at the front. They spent quite sometimes there gathering the ones that they wanted to take home. Well, someone certainly had a beautiful wedding of their dreams.
When we had enough of the sun, we went through the back yard of All Saint’s Church. The walk was so peaceful and so beautiful.
The kids then wanted to cross the footbridge and so along we went. The view looking back from bridge was quintessentially breathtaking.
However, as we didn’t quite know where we were going, we decided to head back and just sticks to the river path. Soon we found what looks like a giant alien egg sculpture. Ethan wanted to go inside it so he can meet the aliens when the mothership come to collect the egg but sadly there was no door to be seen.
Further along, we found the Hermitage Millennium Amphitheatre. Oddly enough – as I found out later it is not labeled on Google Map. The kids were showing off their singing skills on our entire walks, but when it come show time at the Amphitheatre – they’ve all gone shy! lol!
We spent a bit of time there – just talking about performances, but I think we could have easily spent longer – if shading were provided.
Have you been a spontaneous walk in an unfamilar town recently? What did you find? Let us know in the comment.
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