Straddling the river Medway, Maidstone  is the economic, administrative and agricultural centre of Kent.
For many years the major employment in the town was provided by the agricultural markets, insurance brokers and the toffee factory to the south of the river. Nowadays, however, many residents use Maidstone as a base to commute into London, or are employed within the retail, administrative or service sectors within the town.
Be warned - the centre of Maidstone is dominated by a complicated and sometimes frustrating one-way system.
Parking can be a problem if you do not know your way round, but it is recommended that you park in either The Chequers Center car park that is in the town center located in King Street, opposite the Bowling Alley. The entrance to this is up a ramp with a height barrier bar.
Fare and timetable information is available from South East Trains, tel. 08457 484950.
Arriva is the bus company that operates in Maidstone. Timetables and fares are available on their website. Buy your ticket from the driver when you board the bus.
If there is a large group of you, then it may be easier and cheaper to get a taxi from one of the local taxi companies, as Maidstone's bus service is not the cheapest!
Payless Taxis: +44 (0)1622 661234 (24 Hour)
Cavalier Taxis: +44 (0)1622 754000 (24 Hour)
The Hazlitt Theatre
The Oak on the Green, +44 (0)1622 737976, A restaurant/pub situated next to a large cricket green in a small village just outside of Maidstone called Bearsted. The staff is friendly and helpful. At times, like most sucessful venues, it can be a tad busy and as such, service can be a little slow. The food is primarily mexican based. The fajita's are fantastic, and come in either steak, chicken or mixed. It is belived that Vegetarian options are available. Other recommendations are Stuffed Jelepeno Peppers and Fajitas (normally shared by two people). start at £12.00, beer about £3.00.
Other places of interest in the Maidstone area
Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, tel: 01622 765400, e-mail: email@example.com. Described by Lord Cornway as "the loveliest castle in the world". Admission £12.50 for adults (£10.00 - gardens only), £9.00 for children (£6.50 - gardens only). http://www.leeds-castle.com
The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, tel: 01622 872068, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open from 10:00–17:00, 7 days a week (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Once a working hop farm, it now offers a wide variety of attractions and events. Admission £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for children. http://www.thehopfarm.co.uk/