As a holiday company organizing bespoke tours to Kerala, our minds are mostly submerged in the beautiful culture and landscapes of Southern India. However, for today we have taken a moment to consider the immediate surroundings of our offices in Maidstone, Kent. What an eye opener it has been! Did you know?…
Kent was the home of an actual dinosaur!
A dinosaur fossil 13 metres long was discovered in Queen’s Road, Maidstone. Fondly nicknamed ‘Iggy’, there is a plaster cast of the dinosaur on display at the Maidstone Museum. So proud of the discovery are we, that the dinosaur also features on Maidstone’s coat of arms.
Pocahontas is buried in Gravesend!
The story of Pocahontas is quite well known by most of us. However, you may not be aware that she married a Brit. After a visit to our country, the couple boarded a ship back to Virginia, but the princess was struck down with tuberculosis. She was brought back to Kent, where she died and was buried.
Henry VIII honeymooned in Sheerness!
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon in Eastchurch, Sheerness. It was more of a party than anything else, as they bought almost 300 people with them. Not quite the romantic escape to a deserted island that we all dream of!
The delicious Gypsy tart originated in Kent!
Apparently, on the Isle of Sheppey there was an old gypsy woman who took pity on a group of hungry children, so decided to make them a tart with the ingredients she had to hand. This concoction of evaporated milk and muscovado sugar led to the invention of the gypsy tart.
Folkestone is the sunniest place in the UK
With an average of over 2000 hours of sunshine a year, this town is easily one of the sunniest places in the whole of the country.
Pluckley is the most hunted village in the UK
With 12 different ghosts reported, this village is said to have a particularly high density of spirits, each with an intriguing story. Worth a visit…. but maybe not at night!
So there are many, many reasons to be proud to live in our county, and we couldn’t be prouder to be based live in Maidstone – Kent’s county town!