Allington Castle

New year, new opportunities

After a successful 2017, what’s in store for Maidstone River Park over the next 12 months?

This spring will see the launch of group and society visits to Allington Castle, via the Kentish Lady. In an exclusive excursion, visitors will get to see the river park between the town centre and Allington before mooring up at the castle for a guided tour of the gardens, courtyards and Great Hall.

Springtime will also see a new cafe open along the town centre stretch of the river. The Old Boat Cafe will be moored between Maidstone and St Peters bridges.

The former Fellows Morton & Clayton Butty Boat Vienna – now known as Verbena (pictured below) – is being refurbished at Castle Quay Marina near Allington, and the aim is to open around Easter time.

Maidstone River Park Partnership – the voluntary organisation that works alongside the Environment Agency, Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council to promote the river as a visitor attraction – is working on an August Bank Holiday weekend campaign to highlight the numerous attractions along the 12km route.

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