Kent is known as the "Garden of England" due to its abundance of orchards, hop gardens, and vineyards. This natural beauty and agricultural heritage make it an ideal setting for events and conferences focused on sustainability, agriculture, and nature.
Situated in the South East of England, Kent is ideally located for both domestic and international events.
With London Gatwick and London City airports less than an hour away by train, and London Heathrow and Eurostar connections within easy reach, Kent is a convenient destination for event attendees travelling from all over the world. In addition, the county boasts excellent road links via the M2 and M20 motorways, as well as the Channel Tunnel and ports of Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate.
Kent's accessibility is further enhanced by its high-speed rail links to London, with journey times from Ashford International to St Pancras International taking just 38 minutes. This makes it easy for event organizers to attract attendees from London and other parts of the UK to Kent.
Overall, with its excellent transport links and accessibility, as well as its stunning scenery and rich history, Kent is an increasingly popular destination for the MICE market, offering both convenience and unique experiences for event attendees.
Travelling to Kent
Maidstone town is easily accessible through it two major railway stations
If you're driving
To enter Kent via the M25, take the Dartford Bridge from the North or East (with toll charge) and follow signs for M2/M20. From the South or West, connect to M20 via M26 or stay on M25 to reach M2.
London to Kent with Southeastern services:
Identify your starting point in London. You can choose from the following stations: London Bridge, Charing Cross, London Waterloo East, Victoria, and St Pancras International.
If you want to arrive quickly, choose the High Speed One service that departs from London St Pancras International. This service will take less than 40 minutes to reach Kent.
enjoy the ride to the heart of the Garden of England.
Featured Destinations in Kent
The Hop Farm Family Park
With 500 acres of land and event infrastructure in-situ, the event fields for hire at The Hop Farm are only limited by imagination. There are plenty of flat event fields, but The Hop Farm also offers a woodland area, river frontage, touring facilities and an off-road driving course, plus a toilet and shower block.
With a large banked arena, The Hop Farm is ideal for spectator sports such as tank driving, hovercraft and all types of motorised activities, alongside its natural persuasion towards country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting and gun dogs.
Famous for producing Balfour Brut Rosé, one of the most iconic and exclusive English sparkling wines, Balfour Winery is set within the beautiful Kent Countryside. This stunning vineyard offers a sophisticated 'Cellar Door' visitor Center which provides a unique event space for corporate and private events. Set amongst vast woodland, vineyards and orchard, the team will be able to work with you to tailor your event and provide a bespoke package to incorporate learning about winemaking, viticulture and wine masterclasses, tours and tastings.
Battel Hall at Leeds Castle
Part of the Leeds Castle Estate, Battel Hall is located just an hour from London just on the outskirts of Maidstone Junction 8 of the M20. A medieval Manor house that has been tastefully refurbished offering an elegant yet comfortable escape to the countryside, for your next business planning meeting or team building event. With five ensuite bedrooms and a further two in an adjacent annex, a stunning dining room catering for up to 14 and private outdoor space for up to 200, Battel Hall also benefits from use of the Leeds Castle Estate.
Over the years Chilston Park Hotel has been home to eminent politicians, writers, lords and viscounts. Today it is a classic British country house hotel with style and charm to spare. These stately surroundings have been a place for business leaders and original thinkers. To this day, there remains something about the setting that seems to bring out the best in people.
The hotel offers ten meeting rooms, with highlights in the main house including the Orangery with direct access to the hotel’s lawns.
10 meeting spaces | Up to 150 delegates | 53 Bedrooms
Chilston Park Hotel
A luxury hotel set in 22 acres of the Kent countryside just 10 minutes drive from the M20. This elegant 17th Century manor house offer countless possibilities for work, rest and play. Hold an event in one of the period rooms, make key decisions free from distractions and wind down with a drink in one of the lounges. Delightful dining, complimentary wi-fi meeting technology pack.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Tudor Park Country Club
Just 30 miles from London Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set within hundreds of acres of lush parkland. As well has high end meeting facilities the hotel offers fabulous fitness facilities from a tranquil spa with an array of treatments to an indoor pool, and fully-equipped gym allowing you to delegates to stay fit and feel pampered. It also has an 18-hole championship golf course, with its awe-inspiring Kent vistas ideal for an as incentive package for your hard working staff.
With its two unique venues, Hever Castle is a beautiful choice for your next meeting or event. The private Astor Wing was added to the castle in 1904 and provides an impressive Tudor style meeting or event space for up to 60 delegates, with 28 five star bedrooms. Steeped in history the space has state of the art audio visual equipment and is ideal for a private meeting or dining experience, exclusive use residential stays’ and celebrations. The Guthrie Pavilion can be found in the castle's Italian Garden, combining a peaceful retreat with a contemporary space for up to 200. With a championship golf course and well-being centre. swimming pool and outdoor space for activities, Hever Castle offers delegates history and heritage, inspiration and rejuvenation in abundance.
2 Spaces | Max Capacity Theatre Style 200 | 28 Bedrooms
Kent Event Centre
200 acres of outdoor space and parking for 30,000 cars with secure permanent perimeter fence. Up to 6 public entrances, electricity and water throughout the site.
Tarmac roadways allow for easy movement of traffic and entire of traffic. Toilet and shower facilities that can cater for up to 30,000 visitors.
You can expect a fully integrated service that includes support from our event management team. Their experience and excellent level of customer service and attention to detail will help you with the smooth delivery of every aspect of your event from start to finish.
Elevate your meetings and conferences to new heights at the stunning Leeds Castle. Set amidst the idyllic Kent countryside, this historic venue offers an unparalleled backdrop for impactful and productive events. From intimate boardroom sessions to grand conferences, their flexible and well-equipped function rooms cater to every requirement. Enjoy the seamless integration of modern technology in an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Take advantage of expert event planning and attentive service, ensuring that every detail is meticulously executed.
Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel
The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is set in the countryside only a very short distance from the M20 with easy access to London and to Ashford Eurostar terminal. The hotel has 14 meeting rooms, fully equipped with high speed wi-fi, audio-visual equipment and space for up to 600 delegates.
Mote Park is a 450 acre site in the heart of Maidstone. Approximately 18 acres are available for outdoor events which can create a flexible and useful space. Perimeter fencing is required as are toilets as the area is open to the public. A further 28 acres of site is available for camping, glamping and parking.
ORIDA Hotel Maidstone
ORIDA Hotel Maidstone opened in January 2022, offering 146 bedrooms and 7 good meeting rooms. It is extremely conveniently situated from Junction 7 of the M20, less than 10 minutes from central Maidstone.. Great local produce is served. It is very welcoming and offers great hospitality making it the ideal locations, for conference, product lauches and exhibitions