20 Things To Do near Hersden

At Oaks Vehicle Service Centre in Hersden we want to ensure the best service for your vehicle. This may take a little extra time. So below is a directory of things to do in the local area while you wait. Make the most of your time by doing the weekly shop in a superstore. Or just pop into the local shop for a pint of milk. You may like to have a meal at one of several pubs.

With the River Stour nearby, there are riverside pubs, boat trips and a picnic site. There are even a couple of national nature reserves. As well as a wildlife animal park. The area is also steeped in history. Our aim is to provide the best experience for vehicle and driver alike.

Ways to while away the wait.


Avenue Stores, 6 The Avenue, Hersden CT3 4HL – Tel: 01227 710275 – Website: premier-stores.co.uk

For that pint of milk… A very convenient convenience store. It stocks much more than simply milk. Open 7.30am-7pm Monday-Friday. 8am-7pm Saturday. 9am-1pm Sunday.

Bocadillos Sandwich Bar – 10 Sparrow Way, Hersden CT3 4JH – 01227 719972.  For a map, click here.

Not far from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre. A classic cafe open 8am-2.30pm Monday-Friday.

Post Office, The Avenue, Hersden CT3 4HL – Tel: 0345 611 2970 – postoffice.co.uk

Just down the road from Avenue Stores. Post offices also available in Sturry – 9 High Street CT2 0BD and Upstreet – 67 Island Road CT3 4BZ.

Sturry – approximately 4miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

Asda Canterbury Superstore, Sturry Road, Sturry CT1 1DG – Tel: 01227 479719 – Website: Asda.com

For the weekly shop… This superstore is located 4 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre. 24 hours opening from 7am Monday to 10pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. Includes disabled facilities, pharmacy, petrol, opticians.

Sturry Pharmacy, 8 High Street, Sturry CT2 0BD – Tel: 01227 710451 – Website: paydenspharmacy.co.uk

Next door to Sturry Post Office. The pharmacy is open from 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday. 9am-1pm Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

Westbere – approximately 1.5 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

Ye Olde Yew Tree Inn, 32 Westbere Lane, Westbere CT2 0HH – Tel: 01227 710501 – Website: yewtreewestbere.co.uk

Reputedly the “oldest pub in Kent”. In a lakeside setting with great food and drink. Where possible produce is locally sourced. Open Tuesday-Friday 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm. Open all day on Saturday & Sunday. Closed on Monday.

Fordwich – approximately 3 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

Fordwich Town Hall, King Street, Fordwich CT2 0DB – Tel: 01227 711950 – Website: canterbury.co.uk.

The historic town of Fordwich is known as “Britain’s Smallest Town”. It’s therefore fitting that Fordwich Town Hall is “Britain’s Smallest Town Hall”. It is also probably one of the oldest. Rarely open to the public please check their website before going. It’s still worth a look from the outside though.

The Fordwich Arms, King Street, Fordwich CT2 0DB – Tel: 01227 710444 – Website: fordwicharms.co.uk

A beautiful riverside inn. The Guardian has just given it a rave review. So book early to avoid disappointment!

Fordwich River Tours, King Street, Fordwich CT2 0DB – Tel: 07399 097997 – Website: fordwichrivertours.co.uk

The twice daily relaxing river tours are on board the “Ethelbert”. From 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. The boat is moored next to the Fordwich Arms.

Canoe Wild, King Street, Fordwich CT2 0DB – Tel: 07947 835688 – Website: canoewild.co.uk

For those who fancy something a bit more adventurous on the river. It’s best to book on line, but you can just turn up. Summer Season 1st April-31st October daily. Winter Season 1st November-31st March by appointment only.

The George and Dragon, King Street, Fordwich. CT2 0DB – Tel: 01227 710661 – Website: georgeanddragon.hcpr.co.uk

An historic riverside pub. Highly recommended for its “welcome, great food and atmosphere”. Canoe Wild is based nearby.

Upstreet – 2.3 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

The Royal Oak, 60 Island Road, Upstreet CT3 4DA – Tel: 01227 860314 – Website: thegoodpubguide.co.uk

Just 1.5 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre on the A28 in Hersden. Open Thursday 11.30-2pm & 7pm-11pm. Friday 4pm-11pm. Saturday 12pm-11pm. Sunday 12pm-3pm & 7pm-10.30pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Great for games with one bar devoted to them! The main bar is long with comfy seats.

Grove Ferry River Trips, Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP – Tel: 07985 273070 – Website: mob.groveferryrivertrips.co.uk Check website for seasonal opening times. Booking recommended.

The “Ellen Mary” takes up to 12 passengers along the River Stour. She is an electrically powered, eco friendly boat. The one hour trip is through an area of outstanding natural beauty. The “Ellen Mary” is moored at the Grove Ferry Inn.

The Grove Ferry Inn, Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP – Tel: 01227 860302 – Website: thegroveferry.co.uk

A lovely riverside pub which also has rooms should you wish to stay. The Grove Ferry Inn serves good British food. There is also an outside bar and a terrace.

Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP – Website: explorekent.org

Perfect for picnics and dog walks. With views across the River Stour. The site offers disabled facilities, refreshments and toilets. It is open from dawn to dusk (or 9pm whichever is earlier).

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve – Tel: 0845 600 3078 – Website: Visit visitkent.co.uk

An area of nearly 1,500 acres of wetlands, lakes and woodlands. It is home to a variety of wildlife and especially water fowl. So a great place for birdwatching and walking.

The nature reserve can be accessed from Grove Ferry, Upstreet. There is also an entrance at Stodmarsh where there is a car park. However, this is just over 5 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre.

Stodmarsh – approximately 5.5 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

The Red Lion, Stodmarsh Road, Stodmarsh CT3 4BA – Tel: 01227 721339 – Website: theredlionstodmarsh.com

Red Lion in Hersden

You may like to have a meal at The Red Lion at Stodmarsh. From here you could visit the nature reserve. Thereby your choice of entrance is made! The Red Lion is described as a “cosy pub” with a “great atmosphere” and “brilliant food”.

Herne Common

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common CT6 7LQ – Tel: 01227 712111 – Website: wildwoodtrust.org

Wildwood in Hersden

Heading north on the A291 from Sturry – 4.8 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre. Open daily from 10am. Check website for prices and closing times.

With a veritable A-Z of British wildlife past and present. From adders to wolves, barn owls to turtle doves. They’re all here in 40 acres of ancient woodland.

East Blean Woods, Hicks Forstal Road, CT3 4JS – Tel: 01622 662012 Website: kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Heading north from Westbere on Oak Hill – 4.1 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

Our second national nature reserve. East Blean Woods is an ancient woodland with ancient trees. It’s great for walking and birdwatching. Wildflowers change with the seasons. Open all year.

Ickham – approximately 6 miles from Oaks Vehicle Service Centre

Tor Spa Retreat, Wickham Lane, Ickham CT3 1RD – Tel: 01227 728500 – Website: torsparetreat.com

And finally… Ickham is a little further away. But if your car is being pampered why not treat yourself too? Spa day packages are available, as are individual top to toe treatments. Check out the website for full details.