We all know the importance of supporting local businesses and independent shops and as a special incentive to visit Tunbridge Wells town centre over the coming months, Royal Tunbridge Wells Together has announced that parking on Sundays will cost a flat rate of £2 for a 3 month trial period.
For less than the delivery cost of most online shopping outlets, Royal Tunbridge Wells Together is hoping that this will encourage you to linger for longer and really soak up the atmosphere of our beautiful town’s high street at Christmas.
The £2 flat rate offers a significant saving from the previous cost of a 6 hour visit (which was £6.30) and gives you plenty of time to ‘shop until you drop’ as well as enjoy a special Sunday lunch, explore some of the fantastic parks in the local area or catch a matinee at one of the local theatres.
There are so many reasons to inject time into our local area in the upcoming months – the Ice Rink will be making a welcome return to Calverley Grounds again this year which is always well worth a visit. If ice skating isn’t your thing, a hot chocolate in the park whilst watching the festivities will thaw even the frostiest of feet!
You could always duck into Bod and Ted, an independent retailer, on the high street and pick up some unique Christmas gifts or pay a visit to Jeremy’s Home Store for some stocking fillers. Personally, I am looking forward to using the reduced parking as an excuse to have a long, lazy Sunday Lunch at The White Bear before ambling down the road to The Pantiles and picking up some Christmas gifts from Trevor Mottram for my culinary keen family and friends. Or why not make it a family day out and visit Father Christmas at Royal Victoria Place or the Ice Rink?
Car parks that are taking part in this scheme include Meadow Road, Linden Park, Major York’s Road, Great Hall Arcade, Crescent Road and Royal Victoria Place. The latter of which may be worth a visit on Sunday 27th October as family favourites, Catboy, Owlette and Gecko, of PJ Mask fame, will be paying a visit to Royal Victoria Place so you can be on your way (“into the night to save the day!”).
Whether you’re a local culture vulture who fancies watching a performance at Trinity Theatre or the Assembly Hall Theatre, a family making the most of what’s available on their doorstep or fancy having a few hours to yourself to do some shopping, there’s a reason for everyone to take advantage of the lower priced parking on a Sunday!
Find out more about the £2 parking on Sundays in Tunbridge Wells HERE.
This is a collaborative post with Royal Tunbridge Wells Together.