Ashford is a rapidly developing town that is often regarded as one of the most desirable places to live in England. It is located in the beautiful countryside of Kent and is only one hour away from London along the M25.
In recent years Ashford has undergone a drastic makeover. Local attractions include St Mary's Church, which is an arts centre that hosts many high profile musical acts. For shopping, people tend to visit the Ashford Designer Outlet, which is one of the most popular areas of the town and attracts over three million visitors each year. Other tourist attractions include the Ashford Borough Museum and the Willesborough Windmill. The most prized asset of the town is the Mark IV First World War tank, which is displayed in the town centre and pays homage to the locals who fought in the war.
Sport is very popular in the town. Ashford Judo Club is one of the most rapidly growing clubs and has gained over 50 members since its inception in 2008. Ashford Town Football Club was formed in 1880 and has a history of competing in major UK tournaments, such as the FA Cup. Ashford is also home to a hockey team, swimming club and rugby club, the latter of which hosts a three-day beer festival every August.
Ashford is growing at a very fast rate and has plans to significantly increase the amount of homes and jobs that are available in the area to account for the population growth. The town is in easy reach of London, with the local rail link making the city accessible within 37 minutes.