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A surprise package in Kent

Sittingbourne has a proud industrial heritage, and you can still see evidence of its barge-building and paper-making past today. It also has a rural side to it. Surrounding the bustling town are fruit orchards and farmland leading to idyllic picture-perfect villages. If you're after the buzz of a city, both Canterbury and London are within easy reach.

All aboard the Sittingbourne steam railway

Don't miss a steam train ride through the rolling countryside. The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway takes you across a mile-long viaduct, through the marshes of Milton Creek country park to Kemsley Down where a working paper mill still exists. Rail enthusiasts will also enjoy the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, home to a collection of steam locomotives, a model railway and train rides.

Fun-filled adventures on Sheppey

Nicknamed Kent's Treasure Island, Sheppey offers a wealth of great escapes, from miles of sandy beaches to bird-packed nature reserves. Ride the waves at Minster Leas beach, or go kayaking, aqua zorbing or geocaching at Barton's Point Coastal Park. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Sittingbourne? Travelodge Medway M2 is about 5 miles from the town, just off the motorway. Travelodge Chatham Maritime is also Nearby, just a stone's throw from the historic dockyard.