The town centre stretch of the river park is a short walk from the bustling shopping streets.

St Faith’s Street, Earl Street, High Street, Mill Street and Knightrider Street lead to and from the riverside.

Maidstone is one of the largest shopping towns in the south east, where major retailers such as House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer are complemented by an outstanding selection of independent stores.

Earl Street, one of the main routes down to the river park, boasts a fine selection of bars and restaurants including ASK Italian, Nandos, Pizza Express, Wagamama and Zizzi.

The riverside shopping centre – Fremlin Walk – has more than 40 shops and restaurants, as well as an 800-space car park.