London, 27–31 December 2017Registration opens in Autumn
Come and join us for our first ever London New Year’s Course. Lectures will be given by Lama Ole Nydahl and Lama Jigme Rinpoche as well as other Diamond Way teachers, and we will enter the New Year together with the Bodhisattva Promise. Accommodation and food will be provided at the course venue, which has a capacity of up to 5,000 people and is a one hour drive from Central London.
The details of the programme will be announced nearer the time. Lectures will be given by Lama Ole Nydahl and Lama Jigme Rinpoche.
The Kent Event Centre,
From Central London you can get to the venue by taking the train from London Victoria Station to Maidstone East. The journey takes approximately one hour.
London has five airports and the closest to the venue is Gatwick Airport. From here you can take an Uber to The Kent Event Centre which should be a 45-minute drive and cost between £50- 100 depending on the time and day of your travel.
If you’re travelling by coach, train or Tube from any airport, you have to travel to London Victoria station. From here you can take a train to Maidstone East. The train journey takes about one hour.
When you use the National Express coach service, you can save money by travelling in a group: travel anywhere in the UK (including airports) in a group of four or more and save 25% on standard fares. To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.
For using the public transport in London, you must have an Oyster card or a contactless credit or debit card. For more information, please visit the website of Transport for London.
If you're arriving before the course, please note that due to the Christmas bank holiday, public transport is not running on the 25th of December.
Trains usually depart every half hour from around 6 am until midnight, but please check the exact timetable before your journey. The 25th, 26th December and the 1st January are bank holidays (public holidays) in the UK and there will be limited service on these days.
When you arrive at the train station in Maidstone, you can take a taxi or our shuttle to the venue.
Streamline +44 1622 750000
Sapphire Cabs +44 1622 663000
Angels Express +44 1622 201020
If you’re taking the Eurostar, you’ll arrive either at London St Pancras International station or at Ashford International.
From King’s Cross St Pancras tube station, take the Victoria line to Victoria station and then the train to Maidstone East. You must buy a separate ticket for the train journey to Maidstone East as your Oyster card is only valid for public transport in London.
From Ashford International, you can take the direct train to Maidstone East. The journey should take approximately 30 minutes.
Visit the National Rail website to book your connecting train from Ashford or Victoria.
If you’re taking a ferry, the nearest port to Maidstone is Dover, which is a 45-minute drive (38 miles/61 km) away.
If you’re travelling via the Channel Tunnel, you will arrive at the Eurotunnel in Folkestone, which is a 40-minute drive (35 miles/56 km) away.
The venue is located near the A249. From the M20 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction (7) and follow signs to Sittingbourne and Sheerness A249. From the M2 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction (5) signposted Maidstone A249.
The Kent Event Centre is clearly marked and is approximately 2 miles away from the junction. From the M2 Motorway, exit the motorway at the junction (5) signposted Maidstone A249. The Kent Event Centre is approximately 5 miles from the junction.
There is plenty of parking space at the venue for both cars and buses. The venue is gated and security will be provided at the entrance and exit gates.
If you’re arriving with a caravan, please let us know in advance. Most caravans will be able to park on the tarmac but we will need to consider the state of the grounds (weather dependant) and advise you accordingly. It will be possible for you to access electricity for your caravan, but there will be an extra charge.
We will be providing a shuttle/minibus service between Maidstone East train station and the venue during the course.
The on-site sleeping hall will be able to host up to 1500 people. Additionally, the main lecture hall will provide sleeping space for up to 2500 people.
If you would like to stay in a hotel, bed & breakfast or Airbnb in Maidstone, please check the following websites:
Food stands, a food truck, a mini market, a café and bar will be open throughout the course. Please note, food is not included in the course price. Please note, if you follow a special diet, you can find several supermarkets in Maidstone. We are unable to provide food storage.
Disclaimer: The Kent Event Centre shall not be liable to the Hirer for any loss of or damage to any goods, articles or property of any kind brought into or left in the Function Room(s) or Kent Showground either by the Hirer or any of his/her/its guests, visitors or agents or by any other person except where such loss or damage is caused by the negligence or wilful misconduct of Kent Event Centre.
We will provide space for children and families; however, childcare will need to be provided by parents.
Please check the following website whether you require a visa for travelling to the UK:
During the course, the Beaufoy will be open only on certain days and at certain times. We will organise trips to the Beaufoy at these times. For more information about the tours, please visit the Information Point during the course.
Please note that the centre will be closed from 18 December to 8 January, and will open only for pre-arranged tours during the New Year's Course.