Shopping around Ashford isn’t just restricted to the town centre and the outlet. Sprinkled around the edges of the town and a bit further out are a number of little shopping venues worth a visit.
If you are venturing out and shopping around Ashford, then a good place to start is here. Just off the A2070 at Sevington is Ashford Retail Park. Featuring a number of larger stores including –
Dunelm, T.K.Maxx, Argos, Tapi Carpets & Floors, B & M Store & Garden Centre, Carphone Warehouse, Hobbycraft Ashford, Dreams Ashford and a Costa Coffee.
Then there’s Orbital Business Park. Ashford. Just off the roundabout on A2070 is where you’ll find nearly all the main car dealers as well as Ashford’s Saturday Market and Sunday boot Fair, within the Hobbs Parker site. Being one of Kent’s biggest agricultural markets for livestock, as well as cars and commercial vehicles along with garden and machinery stock, it also houses a number of shops and boutiques. With play areas for children and a number of places to eat it’s well worth a visit on a weekend.
Less than 3 miles along the A20 from Junction 10 Ashford (M20), you’ll find the delightful Evegate Business, Retail and Artisan Village. Home to small stores, boutiques and restaurants, combined with some magnificent walks to enjoy while you are there makes it a place well worth taking the time to visit.
The town of Tenterden, within Ashford borough is about 30 minutes away by car, along the A28. It’s a breath of fresh air when it comes shopping as it manages to maintain its rural village appeal. Granted, not a huge selection of shops but big on beauty and quality as well as some wonderful eateries.
Tenterden is also home to England’s leading award winning vineyards – Chapel Down Winery with Biddenden Vineyards also just down the road. Tenterden also has its own steam railway station – The Kent & East Sussex Railway. This historical railway runs from Tenterden to Bodium.