Model railway enthusiasts can visit AIMREC – the Ashford International Model Railway Exhibition Centre at Elwick Place.
Six huge model railway sets have been laid out in Unit 2 of Elwick Place. Open to the public free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays, the AIMREC board use the unit as a marketing suite to promote their longer term plans to create a permanent model railway entertainment and educational centre in the Kent market town.
The suite is open every weekend from, 10am to 4pm and is used to display model railway layouts in various scales, along with display information panels showing the public, investors and sponsors of the project, its aims for a future.
Ashford Picturehouse introduces a unique Cinema experience to the borough of Ashford. Continuing the Picturehouse legacy of bringing quality blockbusters, art-house film and regular and diverse programming strands.
Ashford Picturehouse features a spacious foyer and outdoor and indoor seating. A large auditorium is available for affordable private hires and community functions in a relaxed and stylish space. Picturehouse takes pride in serving delicious hot food, an extensive drink menu, indulgent treats and healthy snacks, making the cinema a perfect spot for food, film and socialising.
The cinema has six screens, half of which are capable of screening 3D titles. Ashford Picturehouse is also the first Picturehouse Cinema to have a laser projector. This uses the latest digital cinema technology and is more energy efficient than traditional projectors.
The cinema is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift and disabled parking bays. Every screen will have an infrared system to play audio-described tracks (when available). This offers voice commentary, through headphones provided, which describes the film to those who would benefit.
Carefully curated regular strands include Discover Tuesdays, Vintage Sundays and Screen Arts, which will bring the best of live theatre from around the world to Ashford. The cinema will also host a range of community-focused, price-adjusted events including Big Scream, Toddler Time, free Student Screenings with E4 Slackers Club, Autism-Friendly, Dementia-Friendly and Silver Screen.
Monday – Sunday | 9.30am – Late
WWW.PICTUREHOUSES.COM/CINEMA/INFO/ASHFORD_PICTUREHOUSE ~ 01245 52152
Snap Fitness 24/7 have arrived at Elwick Place and have brought brand new concepts of fitness to the town with them. All of their clubs are open 24 / 7 and all members have access to every single club in the brand.
Club users have access to state of the art Matrix Fitness cardio and weight training kit, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week! Alongside the ability to come and workout whenever suits you, a team of fitness instructors are on hand to offer advice, run a variety of classes and work alongside members in personal training sessions during staffed hours.
“We pride ourselves on using top of the range equipment – only the best in our clubs – and we are focused on providing the best member experience to each and every one of our Snap Family.
Along with top of the range kit – we have a fantastic functional training area that is equipped with all of the latest equipment to make your work out explosive and fast paced.
We take great care in employing the most talented and dynamic staff and pride ourselves on making our member journey memorable and with this ensuring you GET RESULTS.
Collaborating with Matrix, Octane Fitness and Escape – we are going to bring Elwick Place a fantastic space for you to get motivated, get fit and be part of our ever growing Snap Nation.”
The UK’s very first Dansaki Afro-Caribbean restaurant is also planned to open in December, bringing an exciting new food and drink concept to the town.
Combining a tapas lounge, cosmopolitan bar and full service dining, Dansaki will serve an exquisite range of Afro-Caribbean and continental cuisine in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. The menu will have exotic flare throughout and be a ‘complimentary mingling of traditional Afro-Caribbean and continental cuisine’. During the summer months, diners can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a special summer menu, including BBQ grills and exotic themed drinks.
Alongside second-to-none dining experiences, both venues are looking forward to offering the people of Ashford exciting events, including; food tastings and tutored classes with Macknade and live music and themed nights celebrating Nigerian culture from Dansaki.
Situated on the stunning Elwick Place leisure and restaurant facility, the new Ashford Town Centre hotel is ideally located for superb shopping opportunities, delicious dining and terrific travel opportunities from the Ashford International station.
With the 50 exciting outlets of the County Square Shopping Centre just a hop across the road, you can browse and buy to your heart’s content, before retiring for a well-earned rest. If you are after a European adventure, you can catch a train to Disneyland Paris, Brussels or Marseille, while those staying at home for business can be at St Pancras station in under 40 minutes.
This new hotel features rooms each with a comfy king size Travelodge Dreamer™ bed complete with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Our on-site Bar Café serves our unlimited breakfast and tasty evening meals.
Chargeable parking is available at this hotel on a first come first served basis.
Minimum stay 2 hours.
Up to 2 hours £2.20
2-3 hrs £3.30
Between 4pm and 9am £1 flat charge.
www.travelodge.co.uk ~ 08719 848484
Faversham-based Macknade’s new venue will offer an all-day dining experience, bar and delicatessen. It will be the go-to spot to enjoy freshly prepared produce with rich provenance for breakfast, lunch and evening dining, delivered in a relaxed and communal environment.
You can expect to see a huge variety on the menu, including burgers and steaks prepared by Macknade butchers, vegan options reflecting Macknade’s Kentish and Mediterranean roots and home baked cakes served with delicious coffee. Pair this with a bar stocked with the very best beer, cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks from Kent’s flourishing drinks scene and it’s easy to understand why we’re so excited for their arrival.