Living in Kings Hill
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What Is Life Like In Kings Hill?
Kings Hill is an idyllic parish and village in Kent. Located between the quaint towns of Maidstone and Tonbridge, Kings Hill is a relatively new village (built in 1989) which mixes traditional village life with contemporary amenities.
Recently voted “Kent Rural Community of the Year”, Kings Hill boasts fantastic community amenities including two schools, a local farmers’ market and easy access to nearby towns and London. Unsurprisingly, the area is popular with families and those looking for the ‘good life’, whilst remaining close to all those modern day must-haves.
History Of Kings Hill
Although a recently developed village, Kings Hill and the parish have a rich history. During the middle ages, it was a royal hunting ground and then, during the 20th century, became an airfield, which saw fighter planes take to the skies during the Second World War. In 1989, the former West Malling airfield site was developed, creating 2000 homes and 800,000 square feet of business space. Many roads within Kings Hill (such as Braeburn Way, Discovery Drive and Melrose Avenue) nod to Kent’s apple growing history, which has been producing apples for centuries.
The parish development has been sympathetic to the area and iconic buildings like the Control Tower (built in 1942 and now part of Liberty Square shopping hub), Picketts-Hamilton Fort and Bofors light anti-aircraft gun tower are still standing, documenting Kings Hill’s important history.
Days Out In Kings Hill
With over 200,000 sq. ft. of amenity space within Kings Hill, there’s plenty of day-out options to enjoy! Unlike many other rural villages, there are shops, restaurants, a sports park, a nature reserve and so much more to be explored.
Warren Woods Nature Park has 46 acres of ancient woodland, with footpaths and picnic areas to wander, providing a great day out for all the family.
if you are a keen golfer, grab your clubs and head to Kings Hill Golf club to play 18 holes, overlooking Kent’s stunning north Weald!
Further afield, the beautiful towns of Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells are all close-by, offering a plethora of restaurants, bars and shops to uncover.
Things To Do In Kings Hill
As a rural village, Kings Hill has a busy community and a packed calendar of events!
There’s a farmers’ market on the 4th Sunday of every month selling local produce, along with many community groups to join. Just a few of these interesting clubs include the Women’s Institute, the U3A and mum and baby groups, who meet regularly in the community centre.
As well as the many restaurants spanning all cuisines, from Thai, Chinese and South Asian and bars in Kings Hill, nearby West Malling also has pubs, bars and restaurants in which to dine and drink.
Schools In Kings Hill
Kings Hill has many excellent schools and higher education facilities within close proximity.
Primary and first schools include:
- Kings Hill School
- The Discovery School
- Mereworth Community Primary School
- West Malling C. of E. Primary School
- Wateringbury C. of E. Primary School
- More Park Roman Catholic Primary School
- Offham Primary School
- St. James County Primary School
- Brookfield Infant & Junior Schools
Secondary schools include:
- Aylesford School – Sports College
- The Malling School
- Holmesdale Technology College
- Oakwood Park Grammar School
Higher education institutions include:
- Hadlow College
Transport In Kings Hill
Kings Hill has fantastic access to surrounding towns and cities via public transport and road networks.
At two miles away, West Malling station is the nearest station to Kings Hill. The station has regular routes running to Maidstone East (10 minutes), Ashford (40 minutes) and London Victoria (55 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Arriva and Nu Venture bus companies serve Kings Hill, operating to destinations such as Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.
London City and Gatwick airports are the closest airports to the village, both 35 miles away.
Kings Hill provides easy access to London, via the M20, in just over an hour. It is also close to the A26 which runs to Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and Maresfield.