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Kent Showground is located alongside the A249 to the east of Maidstone and between the M20 (Junction 7) and M2 (Junction 5) motorways. It has a very large car parking area and parking is free.

 

There is an area for Blue Badge holders close to the pedestrian entrance from the car park into the event. If you need to park in that area please tell the marshals who will be directing cars through the car park.

We run a frequent free bus service around the showground that can be used to get from the entrance from the car park to the vehicle displays, the main exhibition hall and the Heritage Transport Show.

A map of the area showing the location of the showground can be seen by clicking the 'Area map' button at the top of this page

For those using SatNav, the showground's Post Code is ME14 3JF.

By bus

Buses from Maidstone, Sheerness and Sittingbourne are provided by Arriva Service 334 and from Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Faversham and Canterbury by Stagecoach Services X3 and X4. You can see details of the timetables by clicking the relevant buttons above.

These buses stop outside the main entrance to the showground on the way from Maidstone towards Sittingbourne, Sheerness and Canterbury, but there is no equivalent bus stop opposite the showground as it was one of several taken out of use a couple of years ago for safety reasons.

 

So, for the benefit of those visitors travelling by bus from Canterbury, Faversham, Sittingbourne or Sheerness, we will run a free connecting bus to meet Maidstone-bound buses at the bus stop on the southbound A249 carriageway at Royden's Prestige Cars showroom (this is the one officially known as Rumstead Lane and shown on the Service 334 and X3/X4 timetables). These buses will then take you safely to the showground without the need to cross the busy dual-carriageway road.

Similarly, these same connecting buses will provide a free link from the showground for people wishing to catch Arriva and Stagecoach buses back to Maidstone, the connection again being made at the car showroom bus stop. They depart from just outside the pedestrian entrance to the bus festival site.

Buses towards Sittingbourne, Sheerness, Faversham and Canterbury pick up at the bus stop lay-by on the A249, just past the entrance road into the showground.

In Maidstone, Service 334 buses pick up in Maidstone Bus Station which is located between King Street and Romney Place, adjacent to The Mall Shopping Centre.

In Sittingbourne they depart from the Bus Hub which is located in St. Michael's Road, just a short distance from the railway station entrance.

By train

The nearest rail stations are at Maidstone and Sittingbourne.

From Maidstone East station you can take a bus (Arriva Service 155) to Maidstone Bus Station from the bus stop at County Hall, located around the corner from the station entrance, or walk down Week Street and along King Street to the bus station (approximately six or seven minutes' walk). When you reach the bus station take Arriva Service 334 destined for Sheerness from Stop H5 to the showground.

 

Alternatively, Stagecoach Services X3 and X4 pick up at the bus stop in King Street at its junction with Week Street.

If you arrive at Maidstone West Station, take Arriva Services 3, 6, 7, 8, 71, 71A or 72 to the Bus Station. They run frequently from the bus stop at the bottom of Rocky Hill which is across the road from the station. You can then transfer in the Bus Station to Service 334 to the showground.

For those travelling from the Kent Coast to Sittingbourne you can catch Arriva 334 or Stagecoach X3 and X4 buses from the Bus Hub at the rear of the Forum Shopping Centre, located across the road from Sittingbourne Station.

 

Due to the nature of the A249, alongside which the showground is located (a very busy dual carriageway with fast-moving traffic and a barrier along most of the central reservation), we provide a free bus that connects with Maidstone-bound buses at the Roydens Prestige Cars showroom to get you safely from that side of the road to the showground.

 

Train times can be found on Southeastern Railway's website by clicking the 'Southeastern' button at the top of this page.

For specific rail journey information telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website by clicking the 'National rail' button at the top of this page.

 

Should there be any railway engineering works planned for the day of the event, we will advise details in advance.
 

Admission tickets can be bought in advance from the Kent Showground website. For more details please see our Admission Prices page at https://southeastbusfestival.wixsite.com/sebf/admission-prices.
 

If you buy your tickets online, please have them ready for inspection at the gate when you arrive, to avoid delays at busy times.

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