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Bluewater, just 25 minutes away, is an out of town shopping centre in Kent, outside the M25 Orbital motorway. It is the fourth-largest shopping centre in the UK. The centre contains 330 stores, including, 40 cafés and restaurants, and a multi-screen cinema. The centre is a huge centre of employment for the area, employing over 7,000 people.
In local Maidstone, you can choose from one of four shopping centres including ‘The Mall’ ‘Fremlin Walk’ and the High Street. Maidstone town centre has the best night life in Kent. In the town centre there is a huge choice of nightclubs and bars, including Beluga, Babylon and Strawberry Moons and many well-known restaurants. If you are looking for great entertainment, the Lockmeadow complex offers several restaurants, a bowling alley, nightclubs and a cinema. The Odeon has eight screens and shows a variety of films throughout the day and into the evening. At the Hazlitt Arts Centre you can enjoy a wide range of performances. There are shows for all tastes from the popular comedy nights, to drama, dance and musicals. There are excellent restaurants in Earl Street close to the Hazlitt, perfect for a pre-post theatre dinner. Whether you're after a few quiet drinks, or a night of Maidstone clubbing, there are pubs, bars and clubs to suit all tastes.
Charles Dickens lived in nearby Chatham with his family for several years in his childhood. The house the Dickens family lived in is still there, just a few yards from the railway station. In fact, if you stand on the coastbound platform and look up across the tracks above platform 1, you can see this historical plaque that marks out the buiding.
Located in Walderslade and surrounding areas there are many schools of various denominations they include three grammer schools, highs schools and several junior schools
A mix of properties from a studio flat to a five bedroom detached house can be found. We have the widest of choice homes to choose from and can boast the keenest prices.
Charles Dickens' long association with Rochester and the Medway area began when the Dickens family moved to a small house in Chatham. Many of the buildings found in the High Street carry plaques giving details how Dickens incorporated the site in his novels. The author's life, times and work can be explored at the Dickens' Discovery Rooms in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Only three miles from Rochester is the enchanting, indoor visitor complex themed around the life of Charles Dickens. Dickens World in Chatham Maritime, takes visitors on a journey of the author's lifetime as they step back in time to Dickensian England to experience the highs and lows of urban life, complete with sounds and smells.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a unique, award winning maritime heritage destination with a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, plus a fabulous programme of touring exhibitions at No.1 Smithery.
Easy access to the M2/A2/M20, Gatwick Airport, Ashford International, trains to Paris, Belgium and the South of France. From May 2014 a new Fast Train Service to Stratford International (12 minutes) and St Pancreas (18 minutes). Commuter Coaches including Kings Ferry Coach Service with various spick ups in Walderslade and Lordswood direct to London.
Local sports clubs include: Gillingham Football Club, Ice Hockey team ‘Invicta Dynamos’ and the Gillingham Jumpers.