Whatman Park is the centrepiece of Maidstone River Park.

Just half a mile from Maidstone town centre, this 18-acre park combines a natural landscape of woodland and wildflower meadow. It has adventure play areas, a treetop walk, and riverstage open-air performance arena, offering a retreat with countless activities for all the family.

This tranquil area was previously inaccessible to the public, sandwiched in between the River Medway and Medway Valley Line. The land was donated by Whatman Plc as part of the Millennium River Park project in the late 1990s.

There is a stunning piece of public art in the shape of the Double Helix – the structure of DNA. The helix, which is more than 60 yards long and 10 feet high, was sculpted by David Annand.

The park was opened in 2001 by Terry Waite CBE and the then Mayor of Maidstone Paulina Stockell.

Whatman Park is accessible from St Peter Street or via two bridges – the Kent Messenger Millennium Bridge (off James Whatman Way, next to the Gallagher Stadium) and the Downstream Millennium Bridge (off Monckton’s Lane, Ringlestone).

The Kentish Lady stops at Whatman Park Wharf on request.


Mill Meadow
Off St Peter Street
ME16 0SX

Pedestrian entrances via Mill Meadow (off St Peter Street), the KM Millennium Bridge (off James Whatman Way) and the Downstream Millennium Bridge (off Moncktons Avenue)


On-street parking bays on James Whatman Way:

Up to 30 mins: 60p
30 mins to 1 hour: £1.10
1 hour to 1.30 hours: £1.70
1.30 hours to 2 hours: £2.20
2 to 3 hours: £3.30
3 to 4 hours: £4.40

Charges apply seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.

(There is no parking for Whatman Park at Mill Meadow and Monckton Lane)


Adventure play area
Aerial slide
High level tree walk
Jolly Roger toddlers’ play area
Wildlife pond

Open hours

Opens: Dawn
Closes: Dusk