Whatman Park combines a beautiful natural riverside landscape with specially constructed activity areas to offer visitors a fantastic experience. Attractions include a skate park, adventure play area, toddlers play area and the Riverstage Arena (a modern roofed amphitheatre used for a variety of events).
There’s also a rose garden set amongst the landscaped parkland, and surfaced paths throughout. Woodland, wildflower meadow and riverside nature reserve areas ensure the park functions as a peaceful retreat as well as a great place for kids to play. Just half a mile from Maidstone Town Centre, the 18 acre park makes up part of the larger Millennium River Park, which runs along the banks of the River Medway from Teston Bridge Country Park to Allington, with 10km of easily accessible paths linked by three nationally acclaimed, historic pedestrian bridges.
The River Park was opened in 2001 as one of the ‘lasting legacy’ projects funded in part by the National Lottery to celebrate the new millennium. New footpaths were created to offer improved access, and 1,500 new trees were planted along the route.
Two pleasure boats – The Kentish Lady and The Allington Belle – stop at Whatman Park Wharf on request, and fishing spots are available.
Easy access information
This park and open space has well surfaced routes suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has no width restricting features, such as stiles or non RADAR kissing gates.