Rainham, Kent

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Region:South East England
Ceremonial County:Kent
Traditional County:Kent
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Dialling Code:01634

Rainham is now a suburb of the Unitary Authority of Medway but traditionally part of the County of Kent in England. It lies on the ancient Roman road, Watling Street, (now the A2) between London and Canterbury, about 32 miles (50 km) from London.

The town is surrounded by countryside and its northen border is the River Medway.

Rainham's railway station has a direct route into London's Victoria station with frequent fast trains allowing easy commuting.

The town is also two miles to the M2 motorway, giving quick access to London and both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and the channel ports for the ferries and channel tunnel.

The Medway river has many marinas nearby, making it a popular venue for local boating enthusiasts. There are also many good venues for the sea angler on the river and on the Thames estuary, and many lakes in the surrounding area for freshwater angling.

River Valley Farm Golf Club is on the edge of the town. This has a popular restaurant which is open to non-members.

There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools within a few minutes of the town. The pool at the Strand in Gillingham is open air, whilst the Black Lion sports complex at Gillingham houses a superb indoor pool. Many of the town's residents support Gillingham Football Club, which is now in the first division.

Situated just on the town's outskirts, within the Gillingham Business Park, there is an Ice Bowl where ice hockey matches are a regular feature.

For those interested in skiing there is a dry ski slope at Capstone Road, which is just 5 miles away, and close by is the Capstone Country Park with its lake and pleasant walks, there is also a mini zoo of farm animals for the children. The park also has a cafeteria for refreshments and ice creams etc.

There is another country park on the Lower Rainham Road called Riverside and is situated on the bank of the River Medway, and again has some lovely walks and a visitors centre with a cafeteria, where one can enjoy a hot meal or just a hot drink after a stroll around the park. A few miles further along the river is the Strand at Gillingham, which has a small pleasure beach with plenty of grassy areas to picnic. You will also find a pitch and putt course here along with a miniature railway for the children, and there are regular shows at the band stand during the summer months.

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Rainham is also home to the first ever Oasthouse Theatre which regularly performs for the crowds, the Rainham Ameatur Theatrical Society or RATs.

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