Romney Marsh, home of JAM on the Marsh, is easily accessed by road and rail. It is approximately 20 minutes from Ashford International Station, serving London in less than 40 minutes, and Europe via the Eurostar. Junction 10 of the M20 (for Ashford) is also approximately 20 minutes away, enabling road access from central London in under 2 hours.
Things To Do / Local Attractions
“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh…”, according to the 19th century author and cleric Richard Harris Barham in The Ingoldsby Legends. Romney Marsh is an amazing and remote part of the UK, yet can be found less than 2 hours from London. It is a sparsely populated wetland area in Kent, fitting between the towns of Hythe and Rye, incorporating Dungeness – one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world – and covering about 100 square miles. It is known for its natural beauty, its fascinating history, its 14 mediaeval churches and its vast skies.
On a visit to Romney Marsh there are some definite musts:
For the past 90 years the RH&DR has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, the world wamous one-third full size steam locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness. With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, the railway provides a unique opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent.
JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent Romney Marsh and its famous medieval churches. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Romney Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and Lympne to New Romney. The Marsh churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival.
Accommodation / Where To Stay
There are many places to stay on and around Romney Marsh, including B&Bs, pubs and hotels. You can choose from a quiet, rural farm setting, to the beautiful Camber Sands, to a former HM Coastguard station on the beach at Dungeness. The variety is huge and varied!