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Nestled just off Ashford High Street is the revolutionary pop-up arts venue Revelation – atmospheric, intimate and quirky, here’s what you need to know.
Address: St Mary The Virgin, Churchyard, Ashford, TN23 1QG
Telephone Number: 01233 663201
Since 2011, the Revelation has welcomed international musicians, legendary performers and incredible experiences for the community.
The venue offers a unique up-close and personal experience presenting renowned artists and supporting up-and-coming local talent. Setting up shop in a stunning church with 1000 years of history just a stone’s throw from the high street, Revelation is at the heart of Ashford’s cultural offer. Its mission is to be a beacon for the arts, in which Ashford’s growing community can come together to create and experience high-quality performances.
With its distinctive and unusual setting, Revelation has quickly become one of the most vibrant and exciting small venues in the county, winning the 2017 award for Best Cultural Venue at the Kent Creative Awards
How many people does it hold? 350
Who has played there?
Seth Lakeman, Gaz Coombes, Martha Wainwright, Tom McCrae, Eliza Carthy, The Magic Numbers, Glenn Tilbrook, Thea Gilmore, Jon Boden, Slow Club to name a few.
Have there been any “I was there” moments?
This summer Huey Morgan transported fans to the coolest Brooklyn nightclub with an incredible DJ set which ended up being a 2-hour long meet and greet, playing songs in between taking selfies with everyone in the crowd.
How do I get there?
The church is situated at the heart of Ashford town centre. It is easily accessible by bus, train and car. Use TN23 1QG for your Sat Nav.
There are several pay and display car parks within easy walking distance of the church. The nearest is in Tufton Street and is only 5 minutes walk away. Parking is free after 6pm.
Ashford International is a 10-minute walk from the station. With the Eurostar rail link providing a gateway to Europe, the HighSpeed 1 fast train to London (Ashford to the capital in less than 37 minutes) and the M20 motorway on its doorstep, St Mary’s as a church and venue is ideally located. Southeastern Trains go direct to London Bridge, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Margate, Maidstone and Tonbridge.
Where should I eat?
Curious Brewery’s brand new restaurant is the perfect place to start your evening! There’s also The Tap Room around the corner for amazing sourdough pizza or the new Coachworks Yard Bar – full of incredible street food!
Where can I stay?
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This is a unique pop up venue – church by day, venue night in an atmospheric Medieval church. You’ll have never been to a gig like this!
All the venue’s spaces downstairs are fully accessible. There is flat-level access to the foyer, bar and auditorium, where they have spaces for wheelchair users. They aim to make your visit as enjoyable as possible so please contact the venue on 01233 663201 if you have any access requirements. They also have accessible toilet facilities.
For hearing impaired visitors; the venue’s auditorium has a hearing induction loop system.
For visually impaired visitors; guide dogs are welcome in the building.
Where can you carry on the party?
Head to The Glasshouse on the High Street for a great atmosphere and a few Curious Brews!
Check out the latest listings and buy tickets to shows at Revelation through Ticketweb.co.uk