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What Is Life Like In Bearsted?
Bearsted is a picturesque Kent village, located just 2 miles from Maidstone. Much of village life centres around the quintessential green, with beautiful listed buildings and two pubs framing the idyllic village and epitomising the country lifestyle it offers. The village attracts commuting families and first-time buyers, with convenient rail connections to London (taking less than 70 minutes) and a close-knit community that is perfect for bringing up children.
Not surprisingly, roads close to the Village Green and those within walking distance of the station and fantastic local schools are amongst the most sought-after.
History Of Bearsted
Just one of Bearsted’s 59 listed buildings is the Holy Cross Church, which is Grade I listed and is believed to be on the site of where an ancient festival celebrating Holy Cross Day, was held in 335 AD! The church’s arch is partially Saxon, with later work added.
Bergestede, as it was known, is Anglo-Saxon for a place on the hill or barrow. Its village green was named the Hothe and used as shared land during the 15th and 17th centuries. It was during this time that the buildings surrounding the green which most add the traditional English character to the village, were built. They have delighted residents and visitors ever since.
Just a few of the many listed buildings within the village include: The Limes, The Old Bakery, Old Manor Cottages and The Old Manor House, all of which date back to the 15th century.
Days Out In Bearsted
As Bearsted is just 2 miles from the busy town centre of Maidstone, it means there’s a wide range of great days out to be had, just a short distance from the village.
For families, there’s water park and play centre Polar Adventure and Pool, outdoor adventure assault courses (at Leeds Castle) and the beautiful 28 acres of a real working farm to be found at Kent Life, along with so much more! For more city-based fun, there’s Fremlin Walk shopping centre and Maidstone’s famous market to peruse and plenty of bars and restaurants for a varied dining experience!
Love tea? Then you must visit Teapot Island – one of the quirkiest visitor attractions in Kent! Teapot Island opened its doors in 2003 and has attracted the attention of tea-lovers and the Guinness Book of World Records for the sheer number of teapots owned (roughly 6,700!). Explore the exhibition, paint your own pottery and, of course, treat yourself to clotted cream scones and a nice pot of tea, whilst you are there!
Being in the Garden of England, and with a third of the borough of Maidstone within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll be sure to find a variety of walking and cycling routes, with breathtaking views of the countryside, within easy reach of Bearsted.
Things To Do In Bearsted
Much of Bearsted life revolves around the village green – be it dining in one of the excellent restaurants (Fish on the Green and The Oak on the Green), enjoying a tipple or two in The White Horse pub, or watching a game of cricket during summer weekends.
As well as being famed for its cricket club (it’s believed that cricket has been played on the green for over 250 years!), the village also has football, bowls, tennis and two golf clubs – whether you want to get directly involved or just support from the sidelines!
Prefer a slower place of life? Visit a boutique coffee shop and watch the world go by – these are also great places to meet like-minded locals and strike up a friendly conversation! The village also has a selection of independent stores, from a butcher to a delicatessen, a hairdresser to delicious restaurants, giving you all you need for daily village life and more.
Schools In Bearsted
Bearsted has a number of schools in and around the local area.
Primary and first schools include:
- North Borough Junior School
- Archbishop Courtenay Primary School
- St. Paul's Infant School
- East Borough Primary School
- South Borough Primary School
- Roseacre Junior School
- Thurnham C. Of E. Infants School
- Madginford Primary School
- Secondary schools include:
- Maidstone Grammar School For Girls
- Invicta Grammar School
- Valley Park Community School
- Maidstone Grammar School
Transport In Bearsted
Bearsted has a number of transport links, connecting it to larger towns and London.
Bearsted Rail Station has fantastic, direct rail links to London Victoria, taking less than 70 minutes. Regular routes also run to Bearsted International (25 minutes) and Canterbury West (in 55 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Arriva run a regular bus service from Bearsted to Maidstone.
Both London City and Gatwick airports are just 42 miles away, whilst Heathrow airport is 60 miles drive from the village.
Bearsted is conveniently located close to junctions 7 and 8 of the M20, connecting the village with London to the north (in just over an hour) and Folkestone and the Kent coast in the south (less than 50 minutes’ drive).