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Inspiration & Ideas

Are you looking for inspiration and ideas for your short break or holiday to Maidstone?

There is so much in Maidstone to inspire you and this page is full of ideas to help you plan the perfect trip.

Maidstone is an ideal place to base yourself to visit a host of amazing attractions and things to do in the south east of England.

Within 40 minutes of the Town Centre are some of the best castles in the world, unique flying experiences, world-class wines, amazing history and heritage to discover in this area of England, where its lands have been fought for and protected since the beginning of time.

For The Adventure

If you have a sense of adventure then inspiration and ideas can come in the form of parachuting, karting, hiking, riding, fishing, treetop and segway adventures, ballooning, flying, racing, sailing, canoeing, climbing, hovercrafting, and a whole host of experiences can be discovered close to Maidstone.

For The Soul

'Inspire me' can sometimes mean making something uniquely yours, such as the silver paste jewellery at This Art of Mine workshops, or it could equally be painting, drawing, photography or pottery, but it is about satisfiying the desire from within you.

Exploring our history and heritage is another way to feed your soul through your imagination.

Stand on the battlements, listen to your heart, feel the wind on your face, hear the birds sing.

People have been doing this for centuries in this place and you can be transported there too.

For the Spirit

The area around Maidstone offers some great events ranging from the spectacular, such as Leeds Castle and the outdoor concerts with fireworks, to fly pasts with Spitfires, to vast antique and collectors fairs, motor racing and super bikes at Brands Hatch, outdoor summer festivals at the Hop Farm, unique native wildlife observation and monitoring programmes which you can join, and lots of very good local and free music events from May to September.

For The Good Life

Alongside these unique experiences are opportunities to sample food from the store cupboard of wonderful Kentish produce in a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, farmers markets, farm shops and local stores.

To complete your visit, stay in an amazing place - this could be anything from a cabin to a castle. Locally purchased food can provide great inspiration and ideas for dinner if you are enjoying a self-catering holiday.

Walk along the riverbanks, across the top of the North Downs to blow the cobwebs away, walk through the countryside and the woods and simply enjoy this beautiful part of the world.

Inspire me

All year round there are things to inspire and delight you.

Check out our 10 best ideas for either a themed itinerary or for lots of different ideas engaging in lots of interesting things to do and see.

10 Best Active Days Out

10 Best Things for Free

10 Best Experiences

10 Best Days Out for Families

This section is also useful should you experience changes in weather-dependent sports or activities, so that you can make the most of your time off.

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Discover, explore and enjoy Maidstone.

Things To Do Highlights

Big Cat Encounter at Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Big Cat Encounter at Wildlife Heritage Foundation

A fantastic opportunity to join one of the professionals who look after the big cats...

Airborne Balloon Flight  over Leeds Castle

Airborne Balloon Flights/The Leeds Castle Balloon

Operating the Leeds Castle Balloon and the Out Of This World balloon flights in Kent...

Segways at Leeds Castle

Segways at Leeds Castle

Take an escorted tour of the castle's picturesque grounds on a Segway, the world's...

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