Frost Leeds CastleLeeds Castle is a great choice on any occasion but don’t rush through the duckery or along the streams, but take a slow stroll.  Here you will find beautiful reflections, bubbling brooks and sometimes elegant and beautiful birds who are over wintering.

Ready to set off on a winter bike tourOn the crisp bright days, hiring an e-bike at Headcorn and discovering quiet country lanes, cosy pubs, cafés with hot chocolate and marshmallows makes for a memorable day out.  You may have to do this more than once, as there are lots of different directions to explore!

Bring your camera for some extraordinary photography opportuntiesBring your camera with you to Maidstone as exploring along the River Medway or Mote Park can bring some extraordinary pictures. Mists, birds shaking off water droplets, gnarled and ancient trees and different shapes and colours, crystal clear blue skies with silhouetted trees, reflections and indeed sometime the wildlife is easier to see.

Exploring within Maidstone itself, can also be interesting. There is the completely free of charge, downloadable, historical town tour, which reflects the town through prosperity and war.  The Maidstone Distillery is a great place to stop and find out about the towns amazing distilling past or join a workshop to flavour your own gin.  Or you can simply shop.  Maidstone has a really good offer for shopping.

Urban Golf at Gravity (or New York)Lockmeadow Entertainment Complex has bowling, an Odeon Luxe Cinema, with fantastically comfortable, reclining seats where you can be absorbed into the film. Or you can bounce your way around Gravity or explore just beyond and find the Urban adventure Golf.  Love Food in lightsFoodies are also discovering “Love Food”, which is a collection of small independently run food outlets creating unique flavours and choices.  Meeting up with friends here is brilliant as everyone can have what they like and the shared seating areas makes it easy for everyone to sit together!

Tackling one of the Escape Rooms is a good fun challenge provided you don’t get locked in! The Extraction Room in Lower Stone Street is an exciting challenge. The choices of Escape Rooms means that no matter the size of your party everyone can take part. Check out for all sorts of things to see and do.

If you are brave you can tackle a winter watersport!  Mote Park Watersports Centre is open all year.

Archery Challenge at Maidstone Leisure CentreCheck out Maidstone Leisure Centre for some great things to do over the winter.  The Archery Challenge is exactly that at challenge, but you never know when those skills will come in handy.  Of course there is swimming but also the Aqua Challenge, which is tough going.

Whilst writing this we also discovered an article written during the pandemic but nevertheless has some great ideas for celebrating and enjoying winter.


Leeds Castle
Castle / Fort
Leeds Castle early morning sunrise.

Set in 500 acres of Kentish parkland, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

Electric Bike Hire & Tours
Discover villages on the electric bikes

UK Electric bike tours are able to offer a choice of tours, taking in vineyards, castles, the Kent countryside and great food destinations or alternatively you can hire a bike and make your own tour.

Lockmeadow Entertainment Complex
Adventure Park / Playground
Front of Lockmeadow Entertainment Complex

This exciting entertainment centre offers an 8-screen multiplex Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hollywood Bowl 10 pin bowling, Gravity Trampolining, Urban Golf, a gym, "The Feathers" a family friendly pub and Frankie and Benny's. Brand new is the food court at Lockmeadow which is known as Love Food @ Lockmeadow, where you will find a huge variety of street food from around the globe, Jamaican, Thai, Stateside Street Food, world influenced Superfoods, gourmet burgers, cocktails, coffee and bakery, and fine dining with a street food twist.

Love Food @ Lockmeadow
Friends eating at Love Food @ Lockmeadow

Love Food @ Lockmeadow features communal dining selling global inspired street food within a collection of eight independent food and drink producers.

Mote Park
Parkland / Woodland Garden
Mote Park in Autumn

Mote Park is an award-winning park with 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30 acre lake, providing a wide range of recreational activities. Featuring a children's play area, and a miniature railway.

Maidstone Leisure Centre
Leisure / Swimming Pool
Family in the pool at Maidstone Leisure Centre

Maidstone Leisure Centre is a fantastic community leisure centre that has a wide range of leisure and sporting facilities.



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