There are around 23 primary schools and 15 secondary schools in the local area around Maidstone, serving a varied community of all ages. Three rail stations are short walks from Maidstone town centre, tempting you to explore the Garden of England further. For commuters, a short 35 minutes is all it takes in order to get into Central London via the high speed line. By night, the streets come alive and vibrant as party-makers explore the multitude of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that are available. The Maidstone Fringe Festival and the Maidstone Arts Festival are firm favourites amongst residents and other local towns, both free fabulous events offering music, dance and street food.