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“An Autumn Day at the Cricket!”

St. Lawrence Ground
Ranked #33 of 107 things to do in Canterbury
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

I hadn't visited the St Lawrence/Spitfire Ground for some time,and it proved to be a much-changed place.
With several new luxury mews houses,a retirement home and a Sainsbury's Local on the fringes of the outfield,it cuts a very different picture from 2011.
Is it better for it?
Well,the Lime Tree Cafe is a welcome addition,where one can receive decent coffee and a bacon roll from friendly servers and watch the morning session from a sunlit patio.
Very nice!
On the subject of lime trees...the feature that made this fine old arena quite unique was the ancient arbor growing on the outfield,which less than half a dozen players have managed to clear with the ball over the past 170 years.
Sadly,the old tree was diseased and was brought down in a storm back in 2005.
However,a sapling was taken from it and replanted adjacent to it's parent in order to carry on the tradition.
But the ground redevelopment has meant that the tree now stands lonely and unmarked outside the playing surface.
Like the crumbling Frank Woolley Stand,it appears that tradition has been passed over in favour of the developer's dollar.

Did we have a good day though?
Yes we did: the sun shone,the runs were plundered and the wickets fell as Kent toiled against Glamorgan.
What better way to spend a golden early autumn day?

Thank David R
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This place is very good and there is a good view almost everywhere. The cricket shop is good and the cafe is nice.

Thank CU 2
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Came here to see a Kent team play the West Indies. The ground is a classic old style (in a good way) ground. lots of places to get a good view. Cafe on site is great and there is a Sainbury's just outside.

Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Visted St.Lawrence ground a few times in the past and will go again in the future. Went to see Kent play Somerset T20 at the spitfire grd. Kent won in a rain affected game so not too bad there then. Good food and good beer. New retirement apts. now overlook the pitch - windows could be broken.??

Thank CHARLES H
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This was a really good ground to have a concert, Plenty of room for seats and standing. Much better than a large stadium as you can see everything when you are seated.
The actual concert was really good Into the Ark were the warm up group they were Tom's duo group in the voice who came second. It must have been very hard for them to perform as not a lot of people had heard them. Give them a couple of years and I hope they will do more interacting with their audience. As for Tom what can I say We were dancing, clapping, singing all the way through. As for the car parking right near was park and ride. Coming out busses were lining up ready to take you back. A good time by all

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