A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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.


A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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.

A Little Wander in Maidstone TownA Little Wander in Maidstone Town

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.

A Little Wander in Maidstone TownA Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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.

A Little Wander in Maidstone Town
A Little Wander in Maidstone Town
A Little Wander in Maidstone Town
A Little Wander in Maidstone Town
A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


The kids  then wanted to cross the footbridge and so along we went. The view looking back from bridge was quintessentially breathtaking.


A Little Wander in Maidstone Town A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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.

A Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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.


A Little Wander in Maidstone TownA Little Wander in Maidstone Town


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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  1. 09/08/2017 / 8:38 pm

    That looks like such a lovely walk. Plenty to do and see. Gorgeous photos. #CountryKids

  2. 10/08/2017 / 11:22 am

    It’s so nice to discover a new town, isn’t it? You had such a beautiful sunny day to do your exploration & you took some stunning photos! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK

    • 10/08/2017 / 12:03 pm

      The weather was glorious! Thank you so much for your lovely compliment. Maidstone is such a beautiful town. Thank you for hosting.

  3. 10/08/2017 / 5:51 pm

    Do you know I have driven past the turning to Maidstone so many times in my life and never once gone into the town. I had no idea it was so pretty with the river running through it. Those river cruises do look fun and the church an impressive building. I was on the look out for Amphitheaters in Greece last month, however I never thought to spot any in the UK. What a lovely use of a few hours before you caught the train.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • 11/08/2017 / 1:57 pm

      Oh! You are missing the beauty! We’d love to go on the river cruise perhaps next time with better planning. Teehee It would be fantastic if the have something on at the Amphitheaters. Thank you for hosting. x

  4. 12/08/2017 / 8:52 am

    oh wow it is just so breathtakingly beautiful. I love all your photos, it does look peaceful #mainylovessummer

    • 13/08/2017 / 1:37 am

      It was a great Sunday walk and the sun was shinny. Just perfect. Thanks for commenting Mac. x

  5. Kelly Peters
    13/08/2017 / 7:33 pm

    Sometimes, the more spontaneous family activities can be the nicest? I don’t live far from Maidstone but I’ve never been, it looks much lovelier that I thought so I think I’ll head over there. Lovely pictures too!

    • 17/08/2017 / 1:35 pm

      Maidstone is so lovely. We are so glad we went on a stroll that morning. Thank you for the compliments of the photos. x

  6. 13/08/2017 / 11:43 pm

    Love this! Who knew there were so many pretty places in Maidstone. I personally love exploring my home city and surrounding towns. We’re always finding new places to play and explore.

    • 17/08/2017 / 1:40 pm

      I know! The river side walk was so lovely. I saw many cyclist there too. I bet they have such a lovely ride a long the it. I am so jealous! lol! x

  7. 15/08/2017 / 10:41 pm

    I’ve never been and it’s just down the road but it looks beautiful, I love towns that sit on the river. We haven’t been exploring for ages but really need to see some new places now the girls are older.

    • 17/08/2017 / 1:50 pm

      Oh! Sarah – you must! It is gorgeous there. And it is such a lovely walk there. Perhaps, you can go in the evening when the restaurant on the boat is open, so you can chill with the girls. A great excuse for Gin! 😉 xx

  8. 16/08/2017 / 9:56 pm

    Great walk and so lovely to take a chance and see where you end up. We need to do more of that, we walk but could do more I think.

    • 17/08/2017 / 1:56 pm

      Yes, it was so lovely. I little spontaneous walk wouldn’t hurt at all. 🙂 x

  9. 19/08/2017 / 7:55 pm

    Aw Su you have taken some really lovely photos of Maidstone. We don’t live far and I do visit often. They have really great shops and a nice Pirmark too! So that is always where I go when I need my Primark fix! The Archbishops Palace Garden looks beautiful and actually that is where I was married. It is really beautiful inside and quite big. A pretty place for wedding photos they have such lovely gardens in the back too. xx

    • 20/08/2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Oh Wow! The Archbishops Palace Garden is so beautiful! This must bring back lots of lovely memory for you. We didn’t had a chance to go inside as it was closed at the time, but I bet it must be amazing in there. You got to have a wedding of your dream! How wonderful Tanita! If we go there again, we must meet up too! xx

  10. 23/08/2017 / 12:47 pm

    How fun! I love spontaneous walks through new cities and areas; you just never know what you’ll find.

  11. 23/08/2017 / 11:05 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. Sounds like a gorgeous day out, sometimes those unplanned days are the best days #explorerkids

    • 29/08/2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot. & I absolutely agree with you. x

  12. 05/09/2017 / 4:27 am

    Going for spontaneous walks in unfamiliar places is just the kind of thing I like to do, but sadly haven’t done in ages. Your walk looked really idyllic with beautiful weather! Sorry for very late commenting. #ExplorerKids

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