The Spitfire Ground,
St Lawrence, Canterbury
Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ
01227 456 886
The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is located approximately a mile from the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury.
Directions by car
From the North
From M20 junction 7 turn left onto A249. At M2 junction 5 (Sittingbourne) bear right onto M2. At junction 7 (Boughton Street) turn right on to A2. From the A2 ignore the first exit for Canterbury (Harbledown, A2050) Continue on the A2 till the Bridge exit. Take the exit and then turn right travel 70 metres the take the first right with a sign directing to Canterbury. Follow the road on to the A2050 (not left and back onto to the A2). Continue on the Roman Road and at the Gate roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the Old Dover Road (B2068). Continue on Old Dover Road for 800 metres and the ground will be clearly visible on the left hand side.
From the South
From M20 junction 13 bear right onto A20. Follow this road to junction with A260. Bear left and continue to junction with A2 (north). Continue to junction with A2050 and then proceed as north.
Canterbury East – 1 mile. Canterbury West – 1.5 miles. Passenger information – 08457 484950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
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Stagecoach East Kent
Buses to/from Folkestone via the Elham Valley (route 17) and Hythe (route 18) serve the bus stops immediately outside the Cricket Ground on Old Dover Road.
Buses to/from Deal (route 12), Dover (route 15), and Folkestone via Hawkinge (Stagecoach Gold 16) all serve the bus stops on New Dover Road (a short walk down St. Lawrence Road opposite the ground).
There are frequent buses direct to Canterbury City Centre from the bus stop on New Dover Road adjacent St. Lawrence Road.
For timetable information visit www.stagecoachbus.com/eastkent or call traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).
There are two formal car parking options for visitors to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Canterbury on match days:
Situated approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from the ground or short bus ride. £3.50 per day for a car and up to 6 passengers.
Monday – Saturday, 7am – 7.30pm,
The bus heading into town stops in front of the turnstiles on Old Dover Road.
For the return journey, you can either catch the bus from outside the ground and take the round trip into town and back out to the Park & Ride car park or catch the Park and Ride bus or any Stagecoach from the far side of New Dover Road near the St Lawrence Road junction and take them back to the Park and Ride site.
You can also catch Stagecoach buses 15, 16 and 17 from 7.30pm until 11.30pm (Monday to Saturday) with a valid Park and Ride ticket.
Sunday 10am – 6pm,
The bus heading into town stops in front of the main turnstiles on Old Dover Road.
For the return journey, before 6pm, you can catch the bus where you were dropped off and take the round trip into town and back out to the Park & Ride car park.
There will be additional departures for cricket spectators only from opposite the Ground at 6pm, 6:15 and 6:30 to get back to the site.
We have arranged a special return bus that will operate from 9:45pm until 10:45pm (or earlier if the game finishes sooner).
- The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
On match days, there is no one-off parking at the ground for spectators, however, there are limited disabled/Blue Badge parking spaces held in reserve at a daily rate of £15 per day.
Parking is available on the ground on day four of Specsavers County Championship matches, subject to capacity.
You are welcome to enjoy our surroundings on the banks or seats, with your own food. We also provide picnic tables, which are available to all.
For Royal London One-Day Cup and Specsavers County Championship limited quantities of alcohol are allowed into the ground – one bottle of wine or four cans of beer, per person.
For Vitality Blast fixtures NO alcoholic drinks are allowed to be brought into the ground.
Public options to purchase Food & Beverage include:
- Cornwallis Room, first floor of the Colin Cowdrey Stand. Open to the public. It offers a two-course carvery meal at Specsavers County Championship matches and Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures. At Vitality T20 Blast matches it is a public bar.
- Spitfire Bar, ground floor of Les Ames Stand – public bar with real ale, eat-in or takeaway hot food at Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches.
- The Lime Tree Café – ground floor of our Office, next to Underwood-Knott Stand. Offering freshly ground barista coffees, cakes, snacks, freshly-made sandwiches and Solley’s Ice Cream.
- Concessions (One-Day Cup and T20 matches) Fast food vans and temporary bars spread around the ground. Food options include: Thai, Burgers, Paninis and Donuts.
Whether you are a large company, a small business or a private guest, we have facilities to match all of your requirements to entertain your most valued or potential clients, friends or family. We always offer a special day for you and your guests.
Our packages start from £70+ VAT per person and we offer two primary hospitality areas – the HR GO Recruitment Harris Room suite in the Colin Cowdrey stand and the Les Ames private boxes. We also offer the option to hire a private marquee near to the boundary edge or the ultimate hospitality experience.
For further information about our hospitality options, please contact Alan Hilliker on 01227 456 886 or email Alan.Hilliker.firstname.lastname@example.org
Coin toss with the Captains (day 1) 10.30am
First Session 11am – 1pm
Second Session 1.40pm – 3.40pm (provided 32 overs or less remain)
Third Session 4pm – 6pm
Timings are brought forward 30 minutes for matches where the first day of the match is scheduled to start in September.
Gates open one hour before start of play
Royal London Cup
Coin Toss 10.30am
1st innings 11am – 2.30pm
Interval 2.30pm – 3.15pm
2nd innings 3.15pm – 6.45pm
Gates open one hour before start of play
Vitality Blast (T20)
(Sunday Fixtures) (Sunday 12th July) (Friday & Saturday Fixtures)
Coin Toss 2.30pm 2pm 6.30pm
1st innings 3pm – 4.15pm 2.30pm – 3.45pm 7pm – 8.15pm
Interval 4.15pm-4.30pm 3.45pm – 4pm 8.15pm – 8.30pm
2nd innings 4.30pm – 5.45pm 4pm – 5.15pm 8.30pm – 9.45pm
Gates open two hours before start of play
The Spitfire Ground is an open ground and you can circulate the whole ground, however this does involve a variety of terrains, grass, rough track (some uneven surfaces) and paved / tarmac sections. We have a dedicated wheelchair viewing area on the lower tier at the front of the Frank Woolley Stand.
There are loop hearing systems in all bar areas and in the main club office. On-line commentary is provided for each match by BBC Radio Kent (we do not provide listening devices).
Car Parking Facilities on Arrival
Disabled/Blue Badge limited parking spaces are held in reserve at a daily rate of £15 per day. On arrival you will be greeted by our stewards, payment taken and then you will be directed to the designated parking area (this varies depending on match type and time of arrival).
Accessible toilets are available in the Les Ames Stand, the Ames Levett Sports Centre, Woolley Stand, Chiesman Pavilion and Cowdrey Stand. If you need to gain access to these facilities prior to the ground opening please liaise with one of our friendly stewards who will be able to assist.
Please call the club on 01227 456 886 opt 0 if you have any particular concerns.
The Kent Cricket Shop is located at the Ground floor of the Colin Cowdrey Stand selling Kent Cricket merchandise, replica kit and cricket equipment. On match days, the shop will be open from gates open until the close of play.
On non-match days between April and September, the Shop will be open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.
Merchandise is also available online at www.kentcricketshop.co.uk