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Kent and Medway

The Kent and Medway Maths Hub covers Ashford and Tenterden; Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay; Dover, Deal and Sandwich; Faversham; Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh; Gravesend; Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne; Malling; Maidstone; Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate; Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham; Sevenoaks; Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Just 30 minutes from London, Kent’s history is rich but the lure of the present is as strong as the pull of the past offering cutting-edge art, inventive cuisine, funky cultural quarters, super-fast links to Europe. In kent you can 

Kent is ideal for weekend fun – and sampling something new: spa-soothing; kite-surfing; wave-riding; fossil-hunting; chic-eating. Or rediscovering the delights of the old: exploring quaint villages; building sandcastles; strolling tranquil Downs; tracing marsh-side cycle trails and cliff-top hikes.

Schools

The region offers schools from all phases: Primary, Secondary, Sixth forms and Sixth form colleges including:

  • Comprehensive schools
  • Grammar schools
  • Faith schools,
  • SEND schools
  • Free schools
  • Academies
  • City technology colleges
  • State boarding schools
  • Private schools

Lifestyle

Visit Kent to discover big skies and wide horizons. Kent gives you space to re-charge and reconnect. In Kent, coast and countryside are attractions in themselves. Here a glorious 350-mile shoreline frames chalk downland and haunting marshes, hop gardens and oast houses, orchards and farms. Pristine sandy beaches flow towards a world-class icon; Dover’s towering White Cliffs are a must-see sight.

Culture

One of your days out in Kent could be discovering Margate’s Turner Contemporary; the gallery and links with Tracey Emin are transforming the town. Creative and culinary regenerations also ensure pockets of Folkestone, Whitstable, Broadstairs, Deal and Ramsgate now have an arty, foodie vibe

This lush landscape is good enough to eat. The bountiful Garden of England overflows with fine produce, from oysters and succulent fish to apples and cherries, hops and fine wines. And everywhere top-notch chefs are casting culinary spells in transitions from sea and furrow to plate.

Scratch the surface and history runs like a rich seam of chalk through Kentish life. The past here is unparalleled. Stunning castles at Leeds, Dover and Hever, awe-inspiring cathedrals at Canterbury and Rochester, exquisite historic homes at Penshurts, Knole, Ightham Moat and Chartwell.

Unique heritage sites like The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Wildlife parks at Howletts and Port Lympne. Legendary Kent gardens at Sissinghurst, Leeds Castle, the Secret Gardens of Sandwich and Penshurst Place.  And Kent is good for the brain as well as the soul: all around the county, sprinkled like intellectual confetti, are links to literary and scientific giants: like Charles Dickens and Darwin. 

Taste salt-spray. Smell apple blossom. Drink in pastoral views. Step off the treadmill. Duck out of the rat race. Rediscover you. Within minutes you can, in Kent.

In few other places is London so near, and yet feels so far away. Kent offers everything from ultra-modern art galleries to centuries-old heritage sites. From romantic, short weekend breaks to fun-filled family holidays. From lazy, luxury spa breaks to exhilarating cliff-top hikes. You’re never stuck for things to do in Kent. With its super-fast links to London, Belgium and France, some people speed straight through Kent. But those in-the-know appreciate there are a million reasons to slow down and explore.

The list of adrenaline-fuelled things to do in Kent is long. From tree top and race track adventures, to bike trails and safari parks, you’ll find it all in Kent.           

Wannabe racing-car stars can set their hearts pounding as they burn rubber round the kart track at Buckmore Park.. Traverse tree-top walkways, zip down zip wires and generally channel your inner Tarzan at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone and Bedgebury Forest, near Goudhurst.            

Cyclopark, near Dartford boasts skateparks, a first-class BMX track and a challenging 3-mile mountain bike trail studded with berms and drop-offs.            

You can get big thrills among the big beasts at the safari parks of Port Lympne, near Ashford and Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. And Kent’s shores, lakes and rivers offer endless opportunities for water-sports adventures – from surfing, wind- and kite-surfing, to kayaking, sailing and jet-ski rides.

Housing and transport

There is affordable housing throughout the region in rural and urban areas. Many of our coastal areas offer great value housing combined with access to the coastal landscape and beaches. The county has excellent public transport links; for example, the new high-speed rail link connects Kent to London in super-fast time (e.g. Ashford in 35 minutes, Thanet in 80 minutes, Dover in 60 minutes). For drivers, the M20 and M2 motorways cross the county, making transport from the coast to London direct and easy.