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Ground opens at 10:00, First Ball at 11:00, Lunch scheduled for 13:00, Tea scheduled for 15:40, scheduled Close of Play 18:00

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The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is a cashless venue. The Kent Cricket Shop, ticket sales, and food & beverage payments at all outlets are conducted without cash during matches.


172nd Canterbury Cricket Week

A lot of work across all areas of the Club is going into Canterbury Cricket Week to ensure that it’s a celebration of cricket in Kent across all levels, and we hope that our Festival Week will be an occasion that our Members and supporters are rightly proud of.

Kent Spitfires’ Vitality Blast match against Essex, and Kent’s Vitality County Championship match against Lancashire, form 2024’s edition of the oldest surviving cricket festival in the world.


Sunday 23 June sees the beginning of the red-ball leg of Canterbury Cricket Week:

  • Day One (Sunday 23 June)

The Invicta Jazz Orchestra, who have entertained audiences for over 20 years, will be playing before the start of play and during the lunch interval at The Spitfire Ground.

There will be facepainting available between 12pm & 2pm by Floodlight Four. There will also be cricket activities for juniors will be taking place all day with the Kent Cricket Community Team.

Free NHS Health Checks will also be available to all throughout the day on the Southern Bank.

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  • Day Two (Monday 24 June) – Schools’ Day Out

Over 1,650 schoolchildren from across the county will be given a free taste of County Championship cricket at our annual Schools’ Day Out.

Cricket activities for juniors will be taking place all day with the Kent Cricket Community Team.

A Tea Time Talk for Kent & Lancashire Members will take place during the Tea break in the Chiesman Pavilion, about the history of Kent v Lancashire, and of course the match between the two sides in 1906 which became one of the most iconic paintings in our sport.

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  • Day Three (Tuesday 25 June)

The ‘Useless Pluckers’, a collection of musicians who play an entertaining mix of musical numbers and styles, will be playing throughout the day.

A Members’ Forum will take place inside the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre during the Lunch break. Simon Cook, Director of Cricket and Simon Storey, CEO will be there to take questions from Kent Cricket Members.

A Wreath laying, in honour of the Kent cricketers that have perished in war, will take place with the Kent Cricket Supporters’ Club and the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment during the Tea interval.

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The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Ground Tours

This season, comprehensive tours of all of The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will take place – revealing the history and mystery of the place that Kent Cricket has called home for around 180 years.

Led by experienced & knowledgeable guides, you will visit parts that other spectators cannot always reach, and learn about the people, events & trees that have made our home so famous & well-loved.

Tours begin at 13:00 on matchdays, and at 11:00 on non-match days, costing £5 for adults & FREE for Under 14s accompanied by an adult. Each tour will last around 60 – 90 minutes.

Tickets are available to buy at the Box Office at the Kennedy Gates on matchdays.

For more information, please contact the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust:

Contact the Kent Cricket Heritage Trust


Before travel/arrival

  • What do I need to do before I come to the match?

    • Non-members must print or download their matchday ticket
      • This is downloadable via the Club’s Ticket Portal here
      • Click on ‘VIEW ALL TICKETS CLAIMED’ > ‘SEE DETAILS’ > ‘PRINT’
    • Members & Six Pack Ticket Bundle holders can gain entry by scanning their valid 2024 Membership/Ticket Bundle Card at the gate
      • If you haven’t received your 2024 Card yet, please come to the box office on arrival
      • If your Card does not contain a photo, please visit the Kent Cricket Office where a photo will be added to your Card at no further charge
    • Be prepared for changeable British weather
    • Bring a payment device for cashless payments. The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is a cashless venue
  • Do I have to print my ticket?

    • Match tickets and Memberships can either be downloaded directly into the wallet on your smart device, or the PDF e-ticket can be scanned directly at the gate from your device
    • Members & Six Pack Holders can gain entry by scanning their valid 2024 Card at the gate
  • What should I think about when I plan my journey to and from the ground?

    • Don’t miss a minute of play – give yourself plenty of time to arrive; gates will open at 10:00, one hour before the start of play
    • Please consider the environment when planning your travel to the ground.
    • The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is located approximately a mile from the historic Cathedral City Centre of Canterbury:
      • By rail

      Canterbury East – 1 mile
      Canterbury West – 1.5 miles

      Plan your journey [via National Rail enquiries]

      • By bus

      The ground is serviced by local bus stops heading in & out of Canterbury city centre, with National Express coach services stopping at Canterbury bus station:

      Plan your journey [via Stagecoach East Kent]

      Plan your journey [via National Express]

      • By bicycle

      Bicycles are permitted inside The Spitfire Ground, but must be locked and stored at the owner’s risk

      Bicycle locking provision is located outside the Ames-Levett Indoor School

      • By car

      Plan your journey [via theaa.com]

      Situated approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from the ground, parking is available at New Dover Road Park & Ride, operated by Canterbury City Council:

      Park & Ride information [via Canterbury City Council]

  • Is there any travel disruption?

    • Latest traffic and travel updates via Club Partners, KMFM, is available here
    • Check the latest updates on Operation Brock, which affects the M20, here
  • Can I bring my own alcohol with me to the ground?

    • Yes – spectators are permitted to enter the ground with EITHER one bottle of wine OR four cans of beer/cider
  • Can I bring my own chair with me?

    • Yes, spectators are permitted to bring their own chairs to this match
      • Please ensure that your seating position does not impact on the view of other spectators
  • What's the weather going to be like?

    • Buy your tickets with confidence – should there be less than 16 overs bowled in the day, ticket purchasers for that day’s play will receive an automatic ticket credit to their Kent Cricket Ticketing Account.
    • Follow Kent Cricket on X to receive live updates on prospects of play should there be any delays.

    View Wet Weather Policy

Getting to the ground

  • Where can I enter the ground?

    • Pedestrian access to this match will be via:
      • Via the Kennedy Gates, to the left of Sainsbury’s and the entrance to the Oriole at Lime Tree Café, OR
      • At the Nackington Road entrance to the ground
    • Vehicle access for Spitfire Ground Car Parking Pass holders and pre-booked Blue Badge holders is via the Main Gates on The Drive
  • What time do gates open?

    • Gates open at 10:00, one hour before the scheduled start of play
  • Can I buy a ticket at the gate?

    • Yes – you can purchase a ticket for each day’s play via the Box Office adjacent to the Kennedy Gates at the Old Dover Road entrance to the ground – to the left of Sainsbury’s and the entrance to The Oriole at Lime Tree Café
  • I'm a Member & I'm bringing a Guest, can they come with me into Member areas?

    • Yes – Members & Six Pack Plus Ticket Bundle Holders are able to purchase an upgrade ticket for their guests at the Box Office (£5 per day) – this will allow their guest to accompany them to Members areas for the day
  • Can Members of the visiting team enter Member areas?

    • Yes – Members from the opposition will be able to access Member areas on production of a valid 2024 Membership Card from their respective county
  • Is parking available for this match?

    • Ground Parking will only be available for Spitfire Ground Car Parking Pass holders and very limited spaces for pre-booked Blue Badge Holders
      • Windscreens must be covered at all times when sun reflection could interfere with play
      • Please enter the ground via the red gates on The Drive, where a steward will direct you to your parking area
      • Ensure you have your car parking hanger and Membership card ready to present to the steward
    • Situated a 10 – 15 minute walk from the ground, parking is available to all at New Dover Road Park & Ride, operated by Canterbury City Council:

    Park & Ride information [via Canterbury City Council]

  • Is Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School available for parking?

    • No. Situated approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from the ground, parking is available at New Dover Road Park & Ride, operated by Canterbury City Council:

    Park & Ride information [via Canterbury City Council]

  • I have a Spitfire Ground Parking Pass, what should I do?

    • Please enter the ground via the main gate on The Drive, where a steward will direct you to your parking area
      • Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis
  • I have a Blue Badge, can I park in the ground?

    • Blue badge holders with a valid Spitfire Ground Car Parking Pass will not be charged to park – but must book a space in advance by emailing Members@kentcricket.co.uk
    • Blue badge holders without a valid Spitfire Ground Car Parking Pass will be charged a daily rate of £15 per day – and again must book a space in advance by emailing Members@kentcricket.co.uk 

Inside the ground

  • Are there any seating restrictions for this match?

    • There is no designated seating for this match
      • General Admission ticket holders and Six Pack Ticket Bundle Holders can sit in any of the uncovered seated areas inside the ground
      • Members and Six Pack Plus Ticket Bundle Holders can also sit in the below areas:
        • Frank Woolley Stand Upper
        • Underwood & Knott Stand
        • The Chiesman Pavilion Upper
        • The Lower Cowdrey Stand
  • Is there accessible seating inside the ground?

    • Yes – accessible seating for any spectator can be found in the lower part of the Frank Woolley Stand & outside The Oriole at Lime Tree Café, as well as a new Accessible Viewing Area to the east of the Leslie Ames Stand
  • Are printed scorecards available?

    • Yes – The Kent Cricket Shop and a stall by the Old Dover Road entrance will be selling printed scorecards for £1 on every day of this fixture
  • Will I be able to use cash inside the ground?

    • No. All match day payments at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence are now cashless. The Kent Cricket Shop, ticket sales, food and beverage payments at all outlets will now be conducted without cash
      • Spectators must use their credit/debit card, or smart device, for payment
  • Can I leave the ground and come back?

    • Yes, re-admittance is permitted for this fixture
  • Where are the toilets situated?

    • Men’s Toilets are located behind the Frank Woolley Stand and at the rear of the Leslie Ames Stand
    • Women’s toilets are situated to the rear of the Underwood & Knott & Frank Woolley Stands
    • An Accessible Changing Places pod is located to the rear of the Leslie Ames Stand
  • Where am I allowed to smoke in the ground?

    • Smoking is not permitted in any of the seated or covered areas, including e-cigarettes or vapes
      • Spectators may smoke in designated areas as signposted
  • Can I bring my own food & drink?

    • Yes. For this fixture, four cans of beer/cider or one bottle of wine are also permitted into the ground
    • Food & beverage outlets will also be available inside the ground, including The Oriole at Lime Tree Café
  • Which food & drink outlets will be open for this match?

    • Public bars are available inside the Leslie Ames Stand and the Cornwallis Room inside the Colin Cowdrey Stand
      • Food will also be available in the Leslie Ames Stand from 12:30 – 14:00
    • A Members’ Bar is in operation inside the Chiesman Pavilion with a discount on drinks for all 2024 Members
    • A Carvery dinner is available between 12:30 & 14:00 for all spectators inside the Cornwallis Room on Days One & Two ONLY
    • The Oriole at Lime Tree Café will be open on every day of this fixture
  • Can I bring my dog?

    • Yes. For this fixture, dogs are permitted into the ground on a short lead
  • Am I allowed on the outfield during breaks?

    • Outfield access remains at the discretion of the Club’s ground staff and can be affected by adverse weather forecasts
      • Final decisions made on pitch access will be communicated by in-ground announcements on the day of the match
  • Is there a Multi Faith Room that I can use at the ground?

    • Yes – there is a Multi Faith Room in operation inside the Ames Levett Sports Centre

Matchday Hospitality

  • I've purchased Matchday Hospitality, where should I go?

    • Hospitality areas are located in the following places inside the ground:
      • The Colin Cowdrey Stand
        • A steward will be at the door with a list of all Hospitality guests on each days’ play
      • The Leslie Ames Hospitality boxes
        • A steward will be at the door with a list of all Hospitality guests on each days’ play
  • Is there a dress code for Hospitality guests?

    • We’re pleased to confirm that there will no longer be a formal dress code for hospitality guests in place at Kent Cricket venues from the 2023 season onwards.The move – which is part of Kent Cricket’s Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – is designed to ensure that its venues, matchdays and major events are as welcoming and inclusive as possible.