How to get there

Downloads for this page


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 (Entrance 4 on the Show Map that you can download here).

 

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. You can see details of the timetables by clicking the Arriva 334 button above.

Buses stop outside the main entrance to the showground on the way from Maidstone towards Sittingbourne and Sheerness, 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 Sittingbourne and 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 bus stop officially known as South Street).

 

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 buses back to Maidstone, the connection again being made at the car showroom bus stop. They will depart from just outside the pedestrian entrance to the bus festival site (by the footbridge across the entrance road) at 1010, 1040 and then at 10 and 40 minutes past each hour until 1710.

You can see the full timetable for the free connecting bus here. Please note that the vehicle identities shown above each journey are subject to availability on the day.

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

In Maidstone, Arriva 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 buses towards the showground and Maidstone depart from the Bus Hub which is located in St. Michael's Road, just a short distance from the railway station entrance.

Please also note that Stagecoach Service X3 and X4 buses between Canterbury, Faversham and Maidstone do not stop at the South Street bus stop towards Maidstone, nor at Kent Showground on the way back from Maidstone towards Faversham and Canterbury.

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.

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 by train to Sittingbourne you can catch Arriva 334 buses from the Bus Hub in St. Michael's Road, located across the road from Sittingbourne Station to reach the showground.

 

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 Arriva 334 buses at the Roydens Prestige Cars showroom bus stop (officially known as South Street) to get you safely from that side of the road to the showground.

You can see the full timetable for the free connecting bus here. Please note that the vehicle identities shown above each journey are subject to availability on the day.

Please also note that Stagecoach Service X3 and X4 buses between Canterbury, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Maidstone do not stop at the South Street bus stop towards Maidstone, nor at Kent Showground on the way back from Maidstone towards Faversham and Canterbury. You must use Arriva 334 to get to and from the showground if travelling by train via Sittingbourne.

 

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.

 

Please note that there will be no Southeastern High Speed service from London St. Pancras to Sittingbourne due to engineering works in the Dartford and Gravesend area.
 

Admission tickets can be bought in advance from the Kent Showground website. For more details please see our Admission Prices page.
 

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

IMG_1716.JPG