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Tunbridge Wells Area Guide

The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells Image courtesy of Flickr user Wendy Cutler

Royal Tunbridge Wells is often called the archetypal Middle England town. Home of the fictional "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" who writes all those letters to the national newspapers, it became famous as a spa town in Georgian times. It is within easy reach of London, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, making it an attractive location for commuters with growing families.

It is also the administrative centre for Tunbridge Wells Borough and the parliamentary constituency with the same name.

Demographics

Tunbridge Wells has 115,000 residents, about 95% of whom are white. Almost 22% of the population is aged 16 and younger, and about 16.5% is aged 65 and over. Only about 3% of the population is unemployed, which is lower than the 4.4% of the population in England.

Education

As may be expected of a town that epitomises middle class England, Tunbridge Wells has a surfeit of excellent schools, most of which are rated good or higher by Ofsted. Amongst the primary schools rated outstanding are Claremont Primary School, Langton Green Primary School and St James' Church of England Junior School.

Similarly, there is a lot of choice in secondary schools. Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School is the Ofsted-rated outstanding girls' secondary school, and just down the road, The Skinners' School is the outstanding boys' school.

Transport

The main roads into Tunbridge Wells is the A26, which goes from Maidstone to Newhaven, the A264, from West Sussex to Pembury in Kent, and the A267, from Tunbridge Wells to Hailsham. Bus services, run by Arriva Kent & Sussex, go all through the town and the countryside, and they also run services to Bromley and Maidstone.

Tunbridge Wells rail station is in the centre of the town, and it has services to London Charing Cross and Hastings. High Brooms, just north of the town, has services to the same locations as Tunbridge Wells station, as well as service to Tunbridge Wells station itself.

Amenities and Shopping

Tunbridge Wells may well be the centre of Middle England, but it offers tonnes in the way of culture, sport and shopping.

Museums, theatres and venues

The Tunbridge Wells Museum has extensive collections of toys, Tunbridge Ware woodwork, costumes, Victorian oil paintings, natural history specimens and much more. At the other end of the spectrum, Overspray is an urban art gallery specialising in graffiti and other street art. It also sells the supplies needed to create street art.

The largest theatre in the town is the Assembly Hall. It can seat over 1000 people, and it hosts the Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society. The Trinity Arts Centre is a theatre in a converted church, showing performing, film and visual arts performances.

The Forum is a 250-person music venue, renowned for featuring up and coming talent.

Festivals

The Playgroup Festival, held in Eridge Park, has four stages, art installations and themes that encourage attendants to get in on the fun. The Royal Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival is both a festival and a competition, ensuring all the dancers bring their best performances. The Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival is a celebration of orchestral, symphonic and art music.

Sport

The Kent County Cricket Club is a first class county cricket club, sharing the Neville Ground with the Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club. The Linden Park Cricket Club plays in local leagues and is based at the Higher Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells Common. Tunbridge Wells F.C. plays in the Kent League Premier Division, and Tunbridge Wells RFC represents the city in the London 1 South rugby union league. The rugby league team is the Weald Warriors RLFC.

There is also a RTW Swimming Club and a Tunbridge Wells Squash Club. The Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon is held 18th February every year.

There are also several outdoor activities at the Tunbridge Wells Common and the Rusthall Common.

Shopping

The Pantiles is one of Tunbridge Wells's most famous landmarks. A Georgian colonnade that is based around a wellspring, it features a selection of specialist shops, galleries and places to hang out. Independent shops with original Victorian shop fronts can be found dotted around the old high street, Chapel Place and Vale Road.

The Royal Victoria Place shopping centre has more than 90 shops, encompassing the best of the high street and some boutiques, plus department stores BHS, Fenwick and Marks & Spencer.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.