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BEST WESTERN PLUS The Coniston Hotel & Restaurant

70 London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1NT

Ratings & Awards

4 stars Hotel inspected by the Tourist Board (Visit Britain) for level of service and facilities. (Reflected in the number of stars awarded)
Gold CSR award from Green Tourism.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (100 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

Hotel Information

Hotel Restaurant closed on Sunday nights but bar menu available

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN PLUS The Coniston Hotel & Restaurant, Sittingbourne

Kent County Show

The Kent Show, held on Kent Showground in Detling, features livestock classes, judging competitions, agricultural presentations, a flower show and arena demonstrations. The six-acre Forestry Area is the setting for exhibits on wildlife, conservation, country crafts and the environment.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Kent Garden Show

The spring and autumn Kent Garden Shows take place at the dedicated Kent Showground in Detling, surrounded by the hat-shaped oast houses characteristic of the Kentish countryside. Over 300 exhibitors display everything for the garden, from plants to outdoor furniture.

Available : Jun 2013 (various dates)

Maison Dieu

A 13th-century haven founded by Henry III, which served as a Royal Lodge, pilgrims' hostel, hospital and almshouses for retired royal retainers, Maison Dieu is now a museum. Beautifully restored, it houses Roman and medieval objects excavated from nearby sites.

Available : Apr - Nov 2013; Weekends only (annual)

The National Fruit Collection

Fruit trees stand two by two at the National Fruit Collection - a 150-acre orchard of thousands of rare varieties of British apples, pears, plums and more. See Brogdale Farm's blossom in spring or visit in autumn for fruit tasting.

Available : Daily

Brogdale Farm Autumn Cider Festival

Brogdale Farm in Kent celebrates the recent revival of interest in cider with the Brogdale Farm Autumn Cider Festival. As well as offering dozens of ciders to sample, experts give advice on making cider at home.

Available : Sep 2011 (annual)

Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours

The Publican's Managed Pub Company of the Year 2005, Shepherd Neame opens its doors for Brewery Tours and a chance to sample its finest ales. Your taste buds could not be in safer hands - this is Britain's oldest brewer!

Available : Daily; not Sun

Jousting Tournament

Heralded by resounding fanfares and the thunder of galloping hooves, knights stage dramatic battles on horseback twice daily. Daredevil stunts, falls and fights are all part of the spectacular Jousting Tournament held in the grounds of Leeds Castle.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Faversham Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Faversham, called the "market town of kings", is taken over by a selection of the most beautiful classic cars in the south of England. Live music, craft stalls, trade stands and competitions transform the town during this popular annual show.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Faversham International Hop Festival

This hop-mad event pulls in the crowds with promises of morris dancing, live music, local crafts, beer...and more beer. The two-day festival takes over Faversham's medieval square and streets to celebrate the market town's hop-picking tradition.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Fort Amherst Paranormal Investigation

Fort Amherst and the surrounding area has been inhabited for over 3000 years and the area in an around it includes a Saxon burial ground, a Roman mosaic and the original site of old Chatham. Join a team of experts investigating local paranormal activity.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Britain's most important naval base for over 400 years, the now-restored Historic Dockyard Chatham is a key heritage site. Kent's largest museum, it includes Royal Navy's last operational Second World War destroyer, HMS Cavalier, and the Chatham-built submarine, Ocelot.

Available : Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Mote Park

Set in 450 acres of parkland, Mote Park features football pitches, a pitch and putt golf course and a children's play area. The large lake in the middle of the park offers opportunities for sailing, fishing and model boating.

Available : Daily

Upnor Castle

Mighty Upnor Castle was built to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. This rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort is a treat to explore and the peaceful riverside grounds are also open to the public.

Available : Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Kent Life

Discover 150 years of Kent's rural history at Kent Life. A 28-acre animal farm, a craft village and a working Oast house encourage visitors to learn about everything from growing and harvesting hops to making pottery.

Available : Daily

Maidstone's Original Beer & Hop Festival

Sample Cobtree Ale, brewed from Kent Life's own hops, at Maidstone's Original Beer & Hop Festival. Wider-ranging than most beer festivals, there's not only live music, but also the chance to help in the brewing process by hop picking.

Available : Sep 2011 (annual)

The Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

The Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery is home to more than 600,000 artefacts. Kent's largest publicly-owned art collection features Dutch and Italian Old Masters and other highlights include the dinosaur and fossil exhibits in the new Earth Heritage Gallery.

Available : Daily

Dickensian Christmas Festival

Dickens spent 18 years in Rochester (five as a child, and 13 at the end of his life). Since 1988, the Medway town has held this Christmas celebration in honour of the Victorian author, complete with guaranteed snow.

Available : Dec 2013 (annual)

Dickens Festival

Rochester boasts close links to Charles Dickens. He spent five years of his childhood there (1817-1822) and returned for 13 years at the end of his life (1856-1870). Since 1978 Medway has held this annual celebration in honour of the Victorian author.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Rochester Sweeps Festival

Traditional Morris dancers and musicians converge on Rochester for the colourful and enjoyable Rochester Sweeps. This typically English festival was originally celebrated by chimney sweeps, who welcomed the good weather and hung up their brushes for a sunny day off.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Rochester Castle

Built for William the Conqueror in 1087, imposing 113-foot-high Rochester Castle covers 70 square feet. Trek to the top of the tower for stunning views of River Medway and the castle grounds, which often host festivals and concerts.

Available : Daily


Kids can climb aboard some monstrous machines at the unique Diggerland adventure park in Kent (weekends and school holidays only). Under strict supervision, children can take a ride or even a drive in mechanical diggers of all shapes and sizes.

Available : Daily

Southend-on-Sea Carnival and Illuminated Procession

The carnival is a highlight of Southend-on-Sea's summer festivities. A week of fun is capped by an illuminated procession on the last day, when the seafront lights are switched on and a spectacular fireworks display takes place.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Kursaal Complex

Southend-on-Sea's Kursaal Complex retains some of its original grandeur and is affectionately used as a point of reference by both locals and visitors. These days it contains a bowling alley, casino, amusement arcade and a popular fast-food restaurant.

Available : Daily

Sealife Adventure

Whoever scoffs at the idea of sharks and piranhas residing off England's coastline will have to eat their words at Southend's Sealife Adventure. Children and adults alike spend hours getting close to and admiring unknown underwater life.

Available : Daily

Southend Pier

Southend's pride and joy is undoubtedly its pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.33 miles. Dating back to 1830, it has amazingly survived countless fires and boat collisions, the area's economic hardship as well as two world wars.

Available : Daily

Ganesh Hindu Festival

Southend's seafront is always a good place for a party and one of the biggest is the Ganesh Hindu Festival. Attracting thousands annually, it celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god. Events are concentrated on Shoebury East Beach.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Festival of Fireworks at Southend Seafront

There are at least some benefits to the nights getting darker earlier in winter. On Saturdays from October to November Southend's Seafront is illuminated by a free and fabulous fireworks display. Local bands entertain spectators at ground level.

Available : Oct - Nov 2013; Sat only (annual)

Adventure Island

Screams of delight ring out from Southend-on-Sea's Adventure Island, where children run between rides like Jumping Jolly Roger's, Pharoah's Fury and Dragon's Claw. The rides and entry fee are categorised by height and divided into Mini, Junior and Big Adventures.

Available : Daily

Southend Festival of the Air

The Southend Festival of the Air is one of Europe's largest free air shows. Aerial demonstrations and wing walkers fly high over Southend's seafront. On the ground there are exhibitions by the RAF, Royal Navy and Army, giant inflatables and more.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Godinton House & Gardens

Join a guided tour of the Jacobean Godinton House mansion and explore the stunning medieval hall and beautifully restored labyrinth of rooms. The house is surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds including a rose garden.

Available : Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Beau Rivage

Local ingredients - Faversham free-range chicken and freshly caught skate - are served up with French flair at Beau Rivage in Tankerton, Whitstable. Pick rosé or white from the wine list - the perfect partner for seafood.

Available : Daily; not Mon or Sun

Focal Point Gallery

The Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea specialises in media arts and photography, hosting a programme of cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions. The gallery is located on the second floor of the town's Central Library.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Southend Discovery Centre

Part of Southend's Central Museum, the Southend Discovery Centre promotes a hands-on approach to delving into all aspects of the area's local history. This makes it as fascinating for adults as it is for school children.

Available : Daily; not Mon or Sun

Ashford Borough Museum

Delve into Ashford's history at the Ashford Borough Museum, which houses local archaeological and geological artefacts. There's also a fascinating range of black-and-white photography featuring old Ashford, and a special exhibition entitled Ashford at War.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013; not Sun (annual)

Willesborough Windmill

Kids love watching the resident miller grind corn at Willesborough Windmill near Ashford, a Grade II-listed landmark which has been restored to full working order. Tours of the 19th-century structure run at weekends and on Wednesday during the summer.

Available : Apr - Sep 2013; Weekends only (annual)

The Marlowe Theatre

Local culture vultures flock to the Marlowe Theatre, named after Canterbury-born Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, to applaud everything from classic Shakespeare to modern musicals and offbeat stand-up. Beat interval queues by phoning the café/bar with orders in advance.

Available : Daily

Dane John Gardens

Located below the city walls, the Dane John Gardens is a historic site with a burial mound dating from the Iron Age. A nearby stone castle was constructed in 1086 and transformed into a conical structure in the 18th century.

Available : Daily

Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the world of 14th-century England and is an amusing way to introduce children to the delights of Geoffrey Chaucer, one of English literature's most important writers.

Available : Daily

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is a hallowed place of pilgrimage with church buildings that date back to 597AD, and one of England's most glorious sights. A long line of distinguished archbishops has kept the church on its spiritual feet for nearly 1500 years.

Available : Daily

Lounge on the Farm

Don your wellies and head to Lounge on the Farm music festival in Kent. Established artists and new talent make up the excellent line-up performing across seven stages at Canterbury's green Merton Farm.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

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BEST WESTERN PLUS The Coniston Hotel & Restaurant
70 London Road
ME10 1NT

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