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Shopping & Wellbeing 

03 Jan 2020

From unmissable designer bargains, to tracking down one-off antiques or discovering a delectable eatery – Kent and East Sussex has it all. With several of the regions’ towns and cities offering uniquely independent  stores selling everything from the latest trends to vintage chic, you'll be sure to find a bargain. Feel relaxed and refreshed by enjoying a little retail therapy...


Ashford Designer Outlet 

Situated in the Heart of Kent, McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet has over 70 of your favourite brands including: Abercrombie & Fitch, Jack Wills, Fossil, Nike, Ted Baker, The Body Shop and Gap all at up to 60% off the RRP. If you're feeling peckish why not stop off for a bite to eat at places like Five Guys, Pizza Express or Wagamama. Or enjoy some delicious food from a range of street food pop-ups. 

ashford outlet

Photo credit: Visit Kent


Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs frequent buses into Ashford throughout the day. There are high frequency local buses that connect with trains at the International Rail Station and out of town buses from Maidstone, Tenterden, Romney Marsh, Folkestone, Canterbury and Wye. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey   planner here



Canterbury is one of Kent’s top tourist attractions, with an iconic World Heritage Site, exciting cultural scene and great shopping and dining, there’s little to rival the ever-popular city.   Canterbury’s streets are alive with people browsing top trends, home-ware, specialty goods and is home to an independent chocolaterie, traditional British sweet-shop and craft brewery. 

CanterburyPhoto credit: Visit Kent


Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and the town centre is right near the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here



Located on the north Kent coast, Faversham hosts an amazing array of independent shops, regular markets and fine foods. Discover the traditional, Best of Faversham market, renowned for its range and quality of food and drink products as well as locally made arts and crafts – all crafted, sourced and made by people within 15 miles of Faversham.


FavershamPhoto credit: Visit Kent 

Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach bus route 3/3X serves Faversham town centre. On Saturdays you can get buses into Faversham every hour from Sittingbourne and every 15 minutes from Canterbury. On Sundays buses run hourly from Canterbury. The Market Place is a short walk from the Newton Road Library bus stop which is the stop you’ll need to get off the bus if you’re coming from Canterbury. From Sittingbourne and Bysingwood you’ll need to alight at the Court Street bus stop right next to the Market. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here


Westwood Cross

With over 50 high street stores, cafes and restaurants to choose from there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Or if you want to relax with your feet up, why not head over to the on-site Cinema and chow down on a bucket of popcorn whilst watching the latest blockbuster. Ah retail therapy never sounded so good!



Getting there by bus..

There are frequent buses to and from Westwood Cross serving the bus hub on the Margate Road side of the shopping centre.

The number 8 bus from Canterbury, Birchington and Westgate runs every 30 minutes throughout the day on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. The last bus back to Canterbury is at 18:53 on Mondays to Saturdays and 17:28 on Sundays.

The Thanet Loop bus runs up to every 8 minutes throughout the day on Mondays to Saturdays and every 10 minutes on Sundays, serving all major towns around Thanet. Loop buses operate late into the evening.

To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here. 



Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops. Quirky items are easily accessible. You can purchase anything from retro kitchenware to model Dinky toys down on Rye’s Strand Quay or meet the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow glass expert, Andy McConnell, at Glass Etc. In-between browsing, take a rest at a local café or pub, all proud to use locally sourced produce. 



Getting there by bus..

Rye is served by 'wave' bus routes 100, 101 and 102 from Hastings or Folkestone, New Romney and Lydd. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here



Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for refurbished antiques, modern homeware and various art galleries. Little Chelsea offers the perfect opportunity to sample appetizing delis, find one-off antiques and discover exclusive brands including: Hunter, Cath Kidson and L’Occitane.

Or nearby you can visit Meads Street with its parade of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and Parish Hall at the beating heart of the local community. 


little chelsea
Getting there by bus..

Stagecoach bus route 3/3A serve The Meads from Eastbourne town centre. Eastbourne town centre is served by buses from far and wide so you can always connect with the 3/3A bus in the town centre. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

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