Visit Kent is inviting Londoners, commuters, tourists and residents across the South East to discover more of the Garden of England this week as its summer campaign gets underway. From Monday (21st May), striking images of Kent will be displayed across London underground and over ground stations...

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New CEO of Visit Kent announced

Published on 10th May 2018

Deirdre Wells OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Visit Kent, it was announced this week. The CEO of UKinbound and former Head of Tourism for the Government and Chair of the Tourism Alliance, has been appointed the new CEO of leading Destination Management Organisation Visit Ken...

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A diverse collection of Kentish wineries have joined forces to form a brand-new partnership to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering.  The Wine Garden of England represents the diversity of top quality producers and wineries located in Kent – a group of industr...

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Visit Kent CEO to step down in 2018

Published on 22nd March 2018

After 13 successful years as CEO of Visit Kent and, more recently, Visit Herts and Go To Places, Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE has decided that the time is now right for her to step down from her position, so she can focus on a number of new and exciting personal goals. Sandra said: “My 13 y...

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Visit Kent Spring Networking Event

Published on 16th March 2018

Gravesend Town Hall and the newly renovated Gravesend Borough Market played the perfect backdrop for the Visit Kent Spring Networking event on 6th March.  Visit Kent Chief Executive, Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, launched Go Trade, an exciting new cross channel initiative which aims to revital...

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Kent Skatepark Manager Sam Watling has been revealed as one of 10 finalists for VisitEngland’s annual Tourism Superstar award, run in conjunction with the Daily Mirror. Now in its seventh year, the Tourism Superstar competition recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the...

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  PRESS RELEASE: 28th February 2018 There are just a few days remaining for Kent residents to be in with the chance of winning free tickets to a host of fantastic days out across the county.  The 12th Kent Big Weekend takes place on 24th and 25th March 2018, and a record breaking 1...

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Simpsons Wine Estate has completed the installation of their new Glasshouse Tasting Room at their winery in Barham, Kent. This was the final stage in their renovation project, which has seen the conversion of their two barns into a state of the art winery, office space and visitor attraction.&nbs...

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£1 Million Refurbishment for Spitfire Pub

Published on 8th March 2018

Work is to begin next month on a £1 million refurbishment of The Spitfire in Kings Hill, West Malling.  The contemporary Shepherd Neame pub was built in 1999 on a former Battle of Britain RAF base, and that heroic history was the inspiration for its name, which is shared by the brewer...

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As the world wakes up to the plastic pollution crisis, Dreamland today joins the campaign to raise awareness of the issue with its latest commission for the Mural-by-the-Sea project. Home of Turner Contemporary and with vast numbers of creatives in the area, Margate has been recognised as a dest...

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Visit Kent is thrilled to announce Go To Places has secured £1million of Government funding to launch a series of new tourist trails showcasing England’s beautiful gardens and unique food and drink offer. On Tuesday 13th February, VisitEngland unveiled the latest bids to secure fundi...

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  London, 3 January 2018 – McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford confirmed today that McLaren Construction has been appointed on the much anticipated 100,000 sq ft. extension to the centre ahead of building works commencing later this month. This will be Ashford Designer Outlet's first...

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Visit Kent Christmas Networking Event

Published on 7th December 2017

  Over 80 tourism partners met for the Visit Kent Christmas Networking Event in the spectacular Port of Dover cruise terminal which has been transformed into a festive grotto for their White Cliffs Christmas event. As we come to the end of 2017, looking towards 2018 and beyond was a strong...

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Kent Tourism Award Winners Announced

Published on 29th November 2017

The wait is over for all the Kent businesses shortlisted for the first ever Kent Tourism Awards 2017. Following a round of public voting to find the best attractions, accommodation and pubs in the county, the seven Kent winners were announced at the awards ceremony in London on Friday afternoon...

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Ei Managed Investments which invests alongside industry-leading managed house operators, is delighted to announce the launch of its ninth venture, Hush Heath Inns, a partnership with Hush Heath Estate. Hush Heath Inns’ first site will be The Ship Inn, in the historic town of Rye, East Suss...

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A £1.3million project to create a new cultural tourist trail and arts ‘treasure hunt’ along the South East coast has been given the green light, it was announced this week.   ‘Culture Coasting’ will bring together organisations across the South East to signifi...

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Hever Castle Unveils New Adventure Playground

Published on 26th October 2017

Hever Castle’s new adventure playground was officially opened today (Tuesday 17 October). ‘Henry VIII’ escorted the specially invited visitors to the new play area and Richard Guthrie, son of owner John Guthrie, cut the ribbon alongside members of the Waldegrave family –...

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The University of Kent in Canterbury is delighted to announce the launch of the new state-of-the art Sibson building to the conference, meetings and events sector. The innovative design of the new state-of-the-art event venue succeeds in ‘bringing nature into all the lecture theatre and te...

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Visit Kent has welcomed a new member to its corporate investor scheme. Property development and investment group Quinn Estates has joined the destination management organisation as a corporate investor in order to support the county’s visitor economy, and as part of a drive to build mutual...

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Canterbury Festival is delighted to support an exhibition of a new artwork, the Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination - a breath-taking neon illumination on show during the Festival at the Cathedral Chapter House.  The tapestry recently had its world premiere in Brussels and will...

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Voting opens for the first Kent Tourism Awards

Published on 21st September 2017

The finalists for the Kent Tourism Awards 2017 have been announced, so it’s time to vote for the winners! 22 tourism businesses have made it through to the final shortlist for the seven categories in the brand new awards scheme, which rewards exceptional standards of customer service and o...

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A group of London residents affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy have been welcomed to The Garden of England on a special day out with Visit Kent. On Thursday 31st August, several tourist attractions and businesses in Kent opened their doors to 49 people affected by the tragic fire at the Lond...

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Kent’s high-speed rail link to London helped to add more than £311million to the local visitor economy, a new report by Visit Kent has found. HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates High Speed 1 (HS1), has released the findings of the new wave of consumer research by Visit Kent a...

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Visit Kent and Go to Places CEO Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her achievements in her 25 year career in the local and national tourism industry.  Sandra has been chief executive for Visit Kent for the last 12 years, and was previously a s...

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Visit Kent Autumn Networking Event 2017

Published on 11th September 2017

Over 80 tourism partners met in the beautiful surrounds of Eastwell Manor – A Champneys Spa Hotel to network and receive the latest industry updates from Visit Kent. Our Chairman, Jonathan Neame, shared the impressive figures from the recent economic impact report commissioned by HS1. News...

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Kent attraction that pays tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain was amazed to find its visitors’ book had notched up signatures from nearly 50 countries in just seven months. The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which includes the iconic Wing visitor centre, has welco...

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Kent Mining Museum Grows

Published on 3rd August 2017

The Kent Mining Museum, due to open at Betteshanger Park near Deal in 2018, have become custodians of over 500 artefacts relating to the history of the Kent Coalfield. The new collection, on loan from Dover Museum, includes mining workwear, signage, equipment and ephemera and will form part of t...

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Royal Harbour History Festival Launch

Published on 3rd August 2017

On Friday 21st July the tourism and leisure sectors of the Isle of Thanet along with future heritage regeneration projects received a significant boost with the official announcement of the first ever Royal Harbour History Festival in 2018. The announcement was made at the Royal Harbour Brasserie...

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Visit Kent Chairman's Garden Party

Published on 14th July 2017

Last week over 100 partners from Kent's tourism industry gathered in the beautiful surroundings of Quex Park for the Visit Kent Summer Garden Party with delicious cakes provided by Mama Feelgoods. Visit Kent Chairman, Jonathan Neame, announced our new Kent Tourism Awards scheme. The aw...

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On 12th July, Eurotunnel held an Exclusive Press Preview of its new Flexiplus lounge at the Coquelles terminal in France, as part of the celebrations for the millionth customer to use the Flexiplus service since its introduction in 2006. Eurotunnel’s Flexiplus ticket is unique in...

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Visitors to St Augustine's Abbey will be able to experience medieval England in virtual reality from this weekend. In an English Heritage first, the virtual reality experience 'rebuilds' significant parts of the abbey, enabling visitors to view the ornate buildings as they would have looked in th...

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The University of Kent in Canterbury has won Group Travel Organiser’s ‘Best University Accommodation for Groups’ award for a tenth consecutive year. Dan Lobb, TV presenter and former international tennis player, presented the award to the team from the University of Kent at the...

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Kent County Council has launched a special website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime, following the recent cyber-attacks on the NHS and big businesses across the world. Companies and large organisations are prime targets for this type of activity, and the Fed...

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Visit Kent is calling on Londoners, commuters, tourists and residents across the South East to sample the exotic fruits of the Garden of England this week as its summer campaign gets underway. From Monday (22nd May), striking images of Kent will be displayed across London underground and overgro...

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Stagecoach are pleased to confirm that the hugely popular open-top bus will be returning to Thanet this summer. In fact, they'll be running two open-top bus routes! The number 69 bus will be back from Saturday 22 July running the same route as last season between Ramsgate Boating Pool and Broads...

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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which carries passenger vehicles (cars, coaches, caravans, camper vans and motorcycles) between Folkestone in Kent and Coquelles in France, is celebrating the success of its Pet Travel service, with the 2 millionth pet to travel on the service crossing today, 18 May. This i...

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Hush Heath Estate hosts Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kent producer welcomes local farming community to meet Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom and MP Helen Grant Hush Heath Estate, one of the top premium wine producers in England, h...

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On Wednesday 3rd May 2017 Wingham Wildlife Park welcomed their first ever European wolf pups to the world. Wolves have been part of Wingham Wildlife Park since 2013, with Dakota (the mother of this litter of pups) and her sister Arya came to the UK from Parc Animalier de Sainte Cro...

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Over 18,500 visitors entered Betteshanger Park, near Deal, during April 2017 - an all-time monthly record for the Park. Betteshanger Park, led by The Hadlow Group and operated as part of the wider Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project, recorded a total of 18,508 visitors during April 2017 &ndas...

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New Hotel Manager for Tudor Park

Published on 18th April 2017

Nick Hawkes is bringing 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his new role as hotel manager of Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Bearsted. The 55-year-old began his career with Marriott International as a pastry chef in 1990 and has risen through the ranks of execut...

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Stagecoach goes contactless

Published on 12th April 2017

Customers on Stagecoach buses no longer need to carry cash to pay for their travel. The bus company has invested in new contactless technology enabling customers to make fast, easy and secure cashless payments on the bus. Contactless payment went live on all Stagecoach services in Kent and East...

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Improvement work continues at Betteshanger

Published on 7th April 2017

Work at the £40m Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project, on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery near Deal, is building momentum. Led by the Hadlow Group, a new £8m Visitor Centre, including the Kent Mining Museum and Green Energy Centre, is due to open at the country park si...

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Dreamland Margate announces further expansion

Published on 6th April 2017

Dreamland Margate announces further expansion to 2017 plans Hot on the heels of announcing the sold-out Demon Dayz festival, Dreamland today unveils an exciting expansion of its 2017 plans for the park. The new additions for this year will further secure Dreamland as one of Britain’s...

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Willesborough Windmill Welcomes Damian Green MP as part of English Tourism Week Rt. Hon Damian Green, MP for Ashford, received a warm welcome on Friday (31st March), from Pat White and the team of volunteers at Willesborough Windmill when he visited the working mill, situated on t...

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A Knight at the Museums

Published on 3rd April 2017

A Knight at the Museums North Thanet MP, Sir Roger Gale, received a warm welcome on Friday (31st March), from two of the district’s popular visitor attractions, the Powell-Cotton Museum and the Seaside Museum at Herne Bay. The visits were organised by Visit Kent and took place d...

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The Copper Rivet Distillery starts production of Kent’s first single malt whisky  Production of Kent’s first single malt whisky is finally underway at The Copper Rivet Distillery, Chatham Maritime.   The new grain to glass craft distillery, which distilled its first s...

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Visit Kent Spring Networking Event Gallery

Published on 24th March 2017

On 22nd March, representatives from tourism businesses across Kent gathered to help launch our new INTERREG PROFIT Big Data for Small Businesses project at Brandshatch Place Hotel and Spa Visit Kent Chief Executive, Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, presented the Big Data for Small Businesses project...

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Visit Kent has announced the launch of a new European tourism project to help empower small and medium businesses to be more innovative. The project, PROFIT, aims to stimulate innovation and revenue growth in the tourism and leisure sectors within the 2 Seas region, which brings together the...

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Future of historic treasures now secure as National Trust opens doors to new conservation studio at Knole • State of the art conservation studio is part of largest building and conservation project in National Trust’s history • The charity’s conservation speciali...

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Biddenden scoops Juice Producer of the Year for first time at Taste of Kent Awards 2017 Biddenden Vineyards is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Juice Producer of the Year at Produced in Kent’s prestigious Taste of Kent Awards 2017, which were held last night (Thursday 9 March...

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Record breaking year for the Kent Big Weekend

Published on 8th March 2017

A record breaking year for the 11th Kent Big Weekend Kent Big Weekend 2017 has received a record-breaking number of applications for its 11th year – and there are still a number of tickets up for grabs! A total of 184,143 applications were made on www.kentbigweekend.co.uk for this year&rs...

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Creative Foundation is delighted to announce details of the artists taking part in the fourth edition of Folkestone Triennial (2 September – 5 November 2017), one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions. Internationally recognised artists have been commissioned to create a collect...

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Kent, England, February 2017: The recent R&A announcement that The Open Championship will be played at Royal St George’s Golf Club in 2020 represents a huge boost for Kent, one of England’s premier golfing destinations. In the build-up to the 149th staging of The Open Championshi...

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Little and often minibuses launched in Ashford

Published on 6th February 2017

Stagecoach is set to launch its fleet of Mercedes ‘little & often’ minibuses at a special ‘peoples’ launch party at the Ashford Designer Outlet on Saturday 11 February. The high frequency ‘turnup-and-go’ service will begin operating on Sunday 12 F...

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Dover Western Docks Revival construction plans

Published on 26th January 2017

The first stage of construction of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR)is now underway with the appointment of VSBW, a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, to deliver the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Rev...

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West Kent College launches new luxury restaurant

Published on 17th January 2017

Guests braved the snow for the opening night of The Artisan, West Kent College’s new luxury restaurant, on Thursday 12th January. A canapé and drinks reception was provided by the College’s Professional Cookery and Hospitality students, who welcomed guests into the attractive i...

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From baby kookaburras to a royal visit and record sales of bubble guns, it has been a fascinating year in the life of Leeds Castle, which has been open to the public for over 40 years and currently employs 270 staff. In 2016 the Castle made 258 tickets available for raffles, which has so far help...

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It’s full steam ahead for a new campaign to bring more visitors on board Kent’s beautiful network of heritage railways. Visit Kent officially launched its Connecting Kent’s Heritage Railways project on Friday 9th December with a special reception at the historic East Kent Railw...

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden marks an important milestone this winter as it opens the South Cottage, with previously unseen objects and spaces to explore. Rarely accessible to the public, the South Cottage was the intimate retreat of famous residents Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West for ove...

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Visit Kent sets out ambitious five year vision for the Garden of England’s visitor economy Visit Kent has unveiled ambitious plans to grow Kent’s visitor economy by a further five million visitors by 2021. On Monday, Visit Kent chairman Jonathan Neame laid out the destination manage...

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Visit Kent Christmas Networking Event Gallery

Published on 5th December 2016

Leaders from Kent's tourism industry gathered on Monday 5th December at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge to celebrate a successful 2016 and look forward to plans for 2017. Visit Kent shared encouraging figures from the latest Cambridge Model Economic Impact reports for Kent which showed a stron...

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Kent’s visitor economy has topped £3.6billion for the first time ever, after welcoming a record 60 million visitors in 2015. Independent research commissioned by Visit Kent has revealed that 60.6 million visitors came to The Garden of England last year, and the county remains the thi...

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Dates announced for Folkestone Triennial 2017

Published on 21st November 2016

Folkestone Triennial 2017: double edgeDates Announced Creative Foundation is pleased to announce the dates of Folkestone Triennial 2017, which will return for its fourth edition and will be held over a nine week period from 2 September – 5 November 2017. Curated for the second ti...

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Stagecoach launches smartphone tickets

Published on 14th November 2016

Bus operator Stagecoach has launched mobile ticketing through its new smartphone app. Customers across the south east will benefit from the convenience of using the Stagecoach Bus app to instantly buy and download day tickets to their smartphone. Payments via the app can be made by PayPal, or...

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Proposals for Earth Lodges at Bewl Water unveiled

Published on 11th November 2016

Plans to create 60 earth lodges to provide self-catering accommodation at Bewl Water have been unveiled by its owners Markerstudy Leisure. The two bedroom earth lodges would be cut into a slope, covered by earth banks and sheltered beneath a wild meadow roof. Each would incorporate high performa...

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Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent today reported its best 12-month visitor figures since 1997 and the first time in almost 20 years that the historic Castle welcomed over 300,000 visitors annually. The attraction reports its annual visitor intake from 1 October - 30 September, and experienced a...

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Champneys acquires Eastwell Manor

Published on 28th October 2016

We’re delighted to announce an extension to the Champneys portfolio with the acquisition of Eastwell Manor on a 99-year lease. Effective from 1st November 2016, the historic property in Ashford, Kent, sits within 3,000 acres of beautiful grounds and includes 62 bedrooms and suites, two res...

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The hotly anticipated Copper Rivet Distillery, will finally open its doors to the public this weekend. Following a three year restoration and refurbishment project, the premium craft distillery based inside the historic Pumphouse No. 5 at Chatham Maritime, will be open for public tours....

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Betteshanger visitor centre reaches new milestone

Published on 16th October 2016

Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, located near Deal, in East Kent, has reached a new milestone with the 'topping out' of its new Visitor Centre. The £40m project, incorporating a state of the art green energy visitor centre, was conceived by the Hadlow Group as part of the regeneration of the...

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Visit Kent autumn networking event

Published on 12th October 2016

Over 80 delegates from the Kent tourism industry gathered to hear exciting updates at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells on Monday 10th October. Visit Kent shared updates on the delivery of our year one Discover England Fund project, 'Gardens and Gourmet', as well as the successful Heritage R...

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Visit Kent welcomes its first Corporate Partner

Published on 11th October 2016

Visit Kent has welcomed the first member of its brand new corporate investor scheme. Leading law firm Brachers has joined the destination management organisation as a corporate investor, as part of a drive to build mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with businesses that have links to or...

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The Port Lympne Hotel, at Port Lympne Reserve, has been shortlisted in three categories this year in the hotly contested Kent Wedding Awards 2016. The popular venue has been named as a finalist in Wedding Venue of the Year and Wedding Venue – Something Different categories, whilst dedicated...

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Sevenoaks Town Council receives national award

Published on 1st October 2016

Sevenoaks Town Council is proud to announce they received a second award for 2016 providing national recognition for its work in the community Sevenoaks Town Council celebrated the New Year with the information that it had been accredited with a Quality Gold Award. At that time Sevenoaks Town C...

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Major tourism education conference comes to Kent

Published on 20th September 2016

Leading academics from around the world arrived in Kent in September 2016 for one of the biggest tourism education conferences. The ATLAS Annual Conference took place at Canterbury Christ Church University from 14th to 16th September, celebrating and discussing Tourism, Lifestyles and Locations....

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Summer boom for tourism in Kent

Published on 16th September 2016

Kent’s tourism industry looks set to enjoy an Indian summer, as recent figures show a big boost in visitor numbers. Figures from Visit Kent’s monthly business barometer show a very positive picture for numerous tourism attractions across the county, with visits up 18.8% in July alone...

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Keep Churchill at Chartwell

Published on 6th September 2016

A £7.1 million appeal has been launched today by the National Trust to reinvigorate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest statesmen – Sir Winston Churchill – and to acquire hundreds of historic and personal objects that belonged to him at his home, Chartwell in Kent. It...

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Discover England Fund success for Kent

Published on 31st August 2016

Visit Kent has secured substantial Government funding to launch an ambitious project to promote Kent and four other premier UK destinations to the world. On Friday (26 August 2016) VisitEngland announced the first successful projects who have succeeded in winning the Discover England Fund, a fun...

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Thanet District Council has today (Friday 19 August) launched the global #2minutebeachclean initiative in Thanet. As part of the launch, Councillors, staff and visitors took part in a lunchtime beach clean at Margate Main Sands to encourage everyone who uses our beaches to keep the area clean....

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Visitors to Bewl Water can now enjoy their time there like never before thanks to the launch of two new craft – the 70-seater pleasure cruiser Bewl Belle, and a ferryboat service which acts as a water taxi. The 42 foot Bewl Belle has just been approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

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Free reminder service for tourism businesses

Published on 1st August 2016

Anyone who pays business rates on a tourist attraction – from paintball sites to planetariums – can now register online with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to get a reminder email when their new draft rateable value is published. The VOA is currently updating the rateable values...

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Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, a major project aimed at regenerating the former East Kent coalfield, is celebrating a number of grants totalling £1.8m, from successful funding applications that include the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Using money raised by Nat...

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Maidstone Museum has received a £78,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to redisplay ancient Egyptian and Greek artefacts in an Ancient Civilisations Gallery. With support from the Maidstone Museums’ Foundation, the Egyptology Department at the Briti...

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After an absence of nearly 25 years, open-top buses will be returning to Thanet this summer! Visitors and locals alike will be able to sit back and savour the bracing sea views from the openair top deck of the number 69 bus. The new route, which starts on Saturday (23 July), will run every day b...

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Over 120 guests from the Kent tourism industry gathered for a very British garden party at Godinton House and Gardens on Tuesday 11th July. The event included speeches from Jonathan Neame, Amanda Cottrell, Nick Sandford and David Curtis-Brignell who emphasised the importance of Kent tour...

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Londoners, commuters, tourists and residents across the South East can expect to be dazzled this week as Visit Kent’s summer campaign gets underway.From Monday (27th June), striking images of Kent will be displayed across London underground and overground stations, and on a host of digital...

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Tunbridge Wells’ newest hotel, One Warwick Park, opens its doors on July 1.Close to the Pantiles and combining the former Brew House Hotel, the Old School House, neighbouring buildings and a new building, One Warwick Park has 39 bedrooms, including one suite. There is also a...

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Move over Cornwall – Kent might just have the edge when it comes to award-winning beaches…Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced this year’s winners of the Blue Flag and Seaside awards, and Kent has received at grand total of 20 awards – more than any other...

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Follow The Other Boleyn Girl, walk through Wolf Hall, and don The Hollow Crown….Film fans and history buffs are invited to retrace the steps of Tudor and cinematic royalty as a brand new film & heritage tourism trail is launched in Kent. The Kent County Council Film Office, workin...

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Kent has been named Garden Tourism Destination of the Year in the 2016 International Garden Tourism Awards. Organised by the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN), the announcement was made at the network’s annual conference on 25th October in Suncheon City, South Korea.  The a...

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Big Weekend 2016 dates announced

Published on 15th October 2015

Get ready for one of the biggest birthday parties in the South East…as the Kent Big Weekend turns 10 in 2016. Visit Kent has announced the dates for next year’s Big Weekend, a two-day ticket giveaway and celebration of tourism in the Garden of England. The 2016 Kent Big Weekend will...

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Kent open for business during Operation Stack

Published on 31st July 2015

Visit Kent is spreading the word that The Garden of England is still open for business despite the disruptions caused by Operation Stack. The county’s destination management team is urging both national figureheads and those tackling the crisis on the M20 to support Kent’s tourism businesses...

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Make Your Own Story in Kent

Published on 2nd July 2015

Visit Kent is compelling people across London and South East to make their own story in The Garden of England this summer. The destination management organisation for Kent has unveiled the new images – and videos – behind its major summer marketing campaign designed to inspire reside...

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Kent has been named the top destination for family holidays in 2015 by Lonely Planet. The Garden of England was singled out as the number one spot for families by the travel experts thanks to the host of opportunities it offers ‘curious young minds’, including the ‘retro-fun on...

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Visit Kent has welcomed two new faces from the private sector to its Board of Directors. Nine candidates were nominated for the four available places on the Visit Kent board for private sector directors, and the votes for election were cast by the organisation’s private sector investors....

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Get tickets for The Tourism Symposium 2015

Published on 21st April 2015

Kent will host one of the most prestigious events for the UK tourism industry this year. The annual Tourism Symposium 2015 will come to the county on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June 2015, bringing more than 200 leading tourism professionals, decision makers, and journalists to The Garden of...

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A major guild to encourage more people to consider a rewarding career in tourism has been officially launched in Kent. Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild (Kent Guild) – and its new Facebook page www.facebook.com/kenthospitalityguild - was unveiled at the Kent Choices4U Live even...

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Visit Kent is once again helping families to enjoy a fantastic day out in Kent, in partnership with The Family Holiday Association. As part of the My Kent Big Weekend celebrations on 21st and 22nd March, more than 2,000 tickets to Kent attractions on offer to Kent families in need. The Family H...

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Visit Kent's Sandra received MBE

Published on 10th March 2015

Visit Kent chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh has officially been made a Member of The Order of the British Empire (MBE). Sandra was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 for services to tourism in Kent. She attended the official investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace o...

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Access for All in Thanet

Published on 23rd February 2015

Thanet businesses joined with Visit Kent and VisitEngland this week to find new ways of making the stunning East Kent coast accessible and inviting to disabled visitors. Thanet is one of a number of destinations forming part of VisitEngland’s Access for All project, part-funded by the Euro...

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Meet the Experts workshop

Published on 23rd January 2015

West Kent Tourism business rolled up their sleeves, soaked up some history and got creative at a Visit Kent’s recent Meet The Experts networking event. Tourism businesses from Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks were invited to a special workshop at The Friars, Aylesford...

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Free digital skills workshops with Visit Kent

Published on 19th January 2015

Frightened of Facebook? Terrified of Twitter? Drawing a blank about blogging? Help is at hand with a series of free training workshops for local tourism businesses. Visit Kent is hosting a series of free half day and one day courses to help tourism businesses improve their digital skills.&n...

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Jonathan Neame to become Chairman of Visit Kent

Published on 5th January 2015

Jonathan Neame has been appointed Chairman elect of Visit Kent.  Jonathan, who is Chief Executive of family brewer Shepherd Neame, will succeed Amanda Cottrell OBE who has been Chairman of Visit Kent for seven years. Jonathan will take over from Amanda when she stands down as Chairman at th...

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China Masterclass December 17th 2014

Published on 1st January 2015

Visit Kent has given partners and investors a sneak preview of a major new campaign for 2015. We will soon be launching a three year campaign to make Kent ‘China ready’, as part of Visit Britain’s national GREAT China Welcome programme to make Britain the destination of choice...

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Kent's Tourism Superstar

Published on 26th November 2014

VisitEngland is once again running its Tourism Superstar campaign for English Tourism Week 2015 (14th to 22nd March), in partnership with The Daily Mirror and Mirror Online. Each year, the campaign challenges destinations across the country to nominate someone working in their tourism industry w...

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Making Kent Accessible for All

Published on 18th November 2014

Visit Kent has joined forces with VisitEngland to showcase the county as a premier destination for disabled visitors. Visit Kent is one of a number of destinations forming part of VisitEngland’s Access for All project, part-funded by the European Commission. VisitEngland is partnering with...

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Magna Carta touring exhibition for Kent

Published on 31st October 2014

Plans for a major touring exhibition celebrating Kent and Medway connections with Magna Carta has won support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Visit Kent has been awarded £81,000 towards the cost of an audio-visual exhibition, Magna Carta Rediscovered, to be staged in Faversham, Cante...

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Visit Kent launches GolfInKent.co.uk

Published on 15th October 2014

Visit Kent has launched www.golfinkent.co.uk to showcase the county as one of England’s top golfing destinations, offering outstanding golf courses, a wide range of golfing accommodation and a rich variety of off-course attractions. The ‘Garden of England’ possesses a rich...

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Autumn Investor Meeting 29th September 2014

Published on 1st October 2014

Visit Kent was delighted to see so many investors at its Autumn Investor Meeting on 29th September. Tudor Park, Marriott Hotel & Country Club, kindly hosted the event, giving Kent Tourism a great opportunity to see the hotel and its facilities. Use the links below to download the presentation...

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Kent Big Weekend 2015 - Sign Up!

Published on 1st October 2014

Visit Kent is pleased to announce that the ninth Kent Big Weekend will be taking place on 21st and 22nd March 2015, in partnership with Visit Englands Tourism Week, and we are calling on the county's tourist attractions, venues and destinations to get involved! Kent Big Weekend celebrates Kent...

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Queen's Birthday Honour

Published on 1st July 2014

Queen's Birthday Honour 14th June 2014  The team at Visit Kent congratulates chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh who has been named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 for her services to tourism in Kent. When her MBE was annou...

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