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Whatever is on your shopping list, you’ll find it here. The shopping centres in Maidstone, Ashford and at Bluewater, the variety of shops in Canterbury and the unique shopping in Tunbridge Wells in the Pantiles and old High Street, offer all the big brands, designer names, as well as fascinating small independent shops. Browsing in towns and villages such as Folkestone, Hythe, Tenterden, Margate, Faversham and Westerham is also a pleasure.

Ashford is well catered for when it comes to shopping. As well as the much improved town centre, there is the large MacArthur Glen Outlet Centre, with its white tent-like canopy, just across the railway bridge. In the town centre, the County Square indoor shopping mall is impressive. Just the other side of the road is the Park Mall Shopping Centre. Undercover: In the centre, the County Square Shopping Centre is wholly indoors, and the Park Mall Shopping Mall is largely sheltered. The Designer Outlet is technically outdoors, although the walkways are all sheltered.
Parking: The town centre is well served with multi-storey & other car parks, which are well signposted from the ring-road. The Designer Outlet has its own pay-and-display parking.
Tenterden is certainly one of the nicest places in Kent to just amble around the enticing stores. The High Street is a wonderous medley of small and historic whitewashed buildings, that are a joy to explore.
Dover: The main town centre isn't large as a shopping centre, although the market square itself is quite pleasant. The main shops are along the partially pedestrianised High Street. On the other side of the busy coastal dual-carriageway is the De Bradleigh Wharf Outlet Centre. Set in some period dockyard buildings, it's not too large, but is undercover, and popular with those seeking a bargain.
Hempstead Valley: There are around fifty stores, covering a wide range of products, plus a number of cafes and snack bars. Several events are held at Hempstead Valley each month, including craft fairs and farmers markets. The light and airy feel of the place is enhanced by the wide aisles, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a very pleasant place to shop.
Chatham: An increasingly popular shopping centre by the waters edge. It's open seven days a week, with stores selling well known brands at discounted prices. There are some pleasant restaurants and cafe's, It's set in a Grade II listed Victorian building, although a clever design gives it a much more modern feel.
Chatham's Pentagon Shopping Centre remains popular, and with a good selection of shops. There is a big choice of stores, from major retailers to smaller independents.
Undercover: The Pentagon Centre is on two levels, and completely indoors (including a bus station), but the rest of Chatham town centre is outdoors.
Rochester is probably best described as a good old fashioned historic high street. Nowadays it's an interesting & delightful place to explore, with a wide variety of independent shops and hostelries to explore.
Westwood Cross is a cross between a true shopping centre, and an out of town retail park. It's almost like a modern town centre - without the town. It has a bright, modern feel, and good coverage of all the main retailers, makes it a popular & convenient place if all you want to do is shop. Access is easy -if a little congested at busy times - and it continues to expand as new areas are added.
Tunbridge Wells and The Weald
Tunbridge Wells has two separate and very different shopping areas within the town centre. The newer, modern part, with the very impressive Royal Victoria Place shopping centre and pedestrianised area, is at the top end of the town. At the lower end, the famous 'Pantiles' with the classic charm of a bygone age, and where you can still 'take the waters' in the spa. In between the two areas are an endless stream of shops of all kinds and sizes. Together, they make Tunbridge Wells one of Kent's best towns for shopping.
Bluewater: Europe's largest indoor shopping centre is set in an old quarry close north east Kent. It's modern design is bright and appealing, and its circuit on either upper or lower levels from wherever you park. Just about every leading retailer has a store here, but there are also a good number of interesting and unusual independent shops.
Featuring well-known High Street chain stores, including M&S, BHS, Debenhams, Boots The Chemist, Primark and Game and a good variety of independent shops, two shopping centres and a six-day Borough Market hall, Gravesend Town Centre boasts a wide range of good value shopping.

Visit the Gravesend Heritage Quarter and Gravesend's old High Street, then head for the ‘big name' stores in the main shopping street of New Road and the adjoining shopping centres at Thamesgate and St George's Centre.

On the edge of town, Imperial Business and Retail Park has larger diy, carpet, food and electricals stores and elsewhere across the borough there are local shopping centres, including Perry Street in Northfleet.

Further afield is the regional shopping and new events venue at Bluewater.
Faversham: With a market every Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, Faversham remains a popular place to shop, despite its lack of many major retailers. The historic streets head of in all directions from the old Market Place, with the photogenic Guildhall building in the centre.
Folkestone: A market is held each Thursday and Saturday in the town centre, & once a month it includes a good French market. The 'Lanterns' is the older part of the town centre, & has many interesting independent shops. The winding, cobbled, Old High Street, is exactly what it says, and is now home to a thriving artistic quarter.
Hythe: The long ancient High Street is restricted to traffic, making it a delightful place to wander and discover the many small independent shops that reside there. There is a heavy emphasis on antiques, but there are plenty of other tastes catered for. The historic Malt House at the Dymchurch end of the High Street houses an indoor antiques, crafts, and bric-a brac type market every Friday and Saturday.
Just outside Kent - London
London: Top of many peoples lists for favourite shopping destinations, the centre of London could keep you busy for a week with its wonderful diversity of stores. Oxford Street and Regent Street offer all the big names (often several times over), plus signature store like Hamleys and Selfridges. For the really posh end of the market, head to Knightsbridge, where the glitterati frequent Harrods and a succession of top designer stores. More interesting perhaps are the smaller independent shops around Carnaby Street, and the ever popular Covent Garden with the lively undercover market.
Canterbury has two very different facets. There is the modern pedestrianised shopping area around the Marlowe Arcade, and the more recent Whitefriars development. And there is the Canterbury of narrow streets and small shops snuggled inside historic, half-timbered buildings - a favourite haunt of the ever-present tourists. Both areas have plenty to offer, and are equally popular. Head in any direction from the Buttermarket - the picturesque square just outside the main Cathedral entrance - and you'll be surrounded by buildings from centuries past. It's a great place to wander, and discover the kind of shops you just can't find in less historic towns.
When it comes to Maidstone shopping centres and shops, you have plenty of choice. Leading off the High Street, is Week Street, the main pedestrianised shopping street. From here you can easily wander into Fremlin Walk, a stylish open air shopping centre where you will find many well known high street brands. The Mall Chequers, a spacious indoor shopping centre, can be accessed off King Street.

Maidstone also boast one of the largest selection of independent retailers in the country. There is a eclectic mix of businesses from jewellers to kitchenware, gifts to ladieswear that can be found in the many ancient streets.
Tonbridge and Malling
Just outside Kent - Lakeside
Lakeside: The vast indoor shopping complex just the other side of the Dartford Crossing used to be the place to head for... until Bluewater was built. It’s still impressive and popular, but at busy times the extra hassle of the crossing can mean it’s easier just to stick to Kent’s own Bluewater.
Just outside Kent - Rye
Rye: A couple of miles into Sussex is the picturesque and historic town of Rye. Nestled on top of a hill, the towns narrow medieval streets are lined with a wealth of enticing small shops, which lend themselves perfectly to a leisurely exploration. The lack of large high street chains is a refreshing change, and no doubt the reason it’s such a popular destination.
Just outside Kent - Across the Channel
Across the Channel: Still a popular day out, a shopping trip across to France can be many things. From the traditional ‘booze cruise’ to stock up your drinks cabinet, to a chance to sample the delights of the French produce markets and local patisseries. If you’re taking the car, try heading half an hour out of the ports to St Omer or Le Touquet, where you’ll get a far more authentic French ambience.
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