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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 17th October 2018

Kent's Thriving Market Towns: Sevenoaks and Westerham

Offering a rich history as well as modern day conveniences, there are plenty of reasons to visit the charming market towns of Sevenoaks and Westerham – from historic houses and captivating culture to fine food and educational and sporting facilities.

Sevenoaks

From schools and sports facilities, to food and fashion, the thriving market town of Sevenoaks has it all.

Ideally situated for heading to the Continent or commuting to the city, the town offers a mix of new and old properties alike, catering for everyone from the professional and the pensioner to families and local firms.

Arts and culture are well catered for too – with the Stag Community Arts Centre, art galleries, the Sevenoaks Bookshops and library, annual Sevenoaks Summer Festival (set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019), and the newly-launched community art initiative, Second Floor Studios and Arts, above M&Co in the High Street, and many more.

While on the sporting front, there’s a club for virtually all sports – from bowls and badminton to running, rugby, swimming and cricket, martial arts and many more, all to be complemented by the new-look Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, which has just undergone a refurbishment and now boasts new health and fitness facilities.

On the property front, if you’re looking to buy in the district or are planning on staying put and improving, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to local estate agents, legal firms and lawyers, and interior design experts.

Blooming marvellous!

We certainly can’t moan about the weather this summer and Sevenoaks was certainly in bloom – with brilliant floral displays around the town. And with the results of the annual South & South East in Bloom competition announced in the days before this issue went to press, Sevenoaks Town Council wanted to share the news that the town has scooped two Golds (Town Centre and Vine Gardens), two Silvers (Cemetery and Sevenoaks Common) and a Silver Gilt (Upper High Street Gardens).

Discover the wonders of Westerham

Head out of Sevenoaks on the A25 through Riverhead, Bessels Green, Sundridge and Brasted, and you’ll find a warm welcome awaits you in Westerham, gateway to the Garden of England.

The strength of the community is notorious, which is due in no small part to the combined efforts of all the local groups, sports, clubs, businesses and societies which flourish in the town, nestling in the ancient valley of the River Darent in some of Kent’s finest countryside.

With easy access from the M25, Gatwick and London, Westerham is brimming with cafes, restaurants and quirky independent shops. The town welcomes visitors who flock there for its heritage, today’s charm and to enjoy local produce, beers and wines.

Sir Winston Churchill’s home Chartwell is a magnet for visitors too, while Westerham’s green displays a statue of Sir Winston along with one of General James Wolfe, victor at the Battle of Quebec.

Westerham’s Town Partnership joins others in working collaboratively in support of the social and economic wellbeing of the town’s residents, businesses and visitors.

• To find out more about Westerham and what it has to offer, visit www.visitwesterham.org.uk

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