Visiting Longmead Stadium
Tonbridge Angels’ Longmead Stadium is an excellent venue to watch football with facilities including; sizable covered terraces behind both goals, nearly 800 seats in the main (West) stand running almost the length of the pitch, plus a comfortable clubhouse with fully licensed bar. Real ale is usually on sale and as a point of interest for the keenest aficionados of the cask craft the Angels host an annual beer festival.
In the ground, there are the usual amenities and services including refreshment outlets, club shop, toilets and an Executive Suite for officials, visiting directors, premium members and other VIPs.. A separate Sponsors Lounge is now available to recognise those individuals and organisations who donate generously to the club. Please note that the refreshment kiosks will generally not be available for Reserve and Youth team matches. However, tea and coffee will always be available in the clubhouse bar.
Longmead Stadium meets the grading benchmark for the second tier of non-league football (National League South) so it is well appointed. Tonbridge compete in the Premier Division of the Ryman Isthmian Football League and are aiming for promotion.
The Angels are very much a family-friendly outfit and have recently become a fully-fledged community club.
Information for first time visitors
The address is:
POSTCODE : TN10 3JF
Telephone: 01732 352417
Admission prices for league games (Ryman Premier) during 2016/17 have been frozen and are as follows:
Adult (aged 18 and over) £10
Senior (aged 65 and over) £6
Youth (aged 13 to 17) £4
Junior (under 13) FREE when accompanied by an adult or £2 if unaccompanied
FA Cup and FA Trophy ties usually have the same pricing policy but the club reserves the right to adjust these as necessary.
Season tickets and Executive club membership are also available with the former costing £200 for an adult, £120 for a senior citizen, with even cheaper deals for the younger fraternity.
People preferring a touch of exclusivity in the Executive Lounge may be surprised to learn it is available for only £325 with similar terms to season tickets. Various offers are available such as bar credits and early bird deals (usually up to the end of June), with further reductions for those opting for dual membership.
For more details please read the section on Entry prices, which can be found under Information.
The ground has a large, FREE car park, so there are no problems trying to squeeze into a space on the street, worries about receiving penalty tickets, or being wheel-clamped.
The well-appointed clubhouse has a good selection of beers, including real ales, and other beverages, snacks are available and people can enjoy watching live televised sports including top-flight football. There are very few pubs in the vicinity, so it is best to get to the ground and enjoy the pre-match build up in the Longmead Lounge.
Getting to Longmead
Tonbridge Railway Station (Southeastern) benefits from an excellent train service and is at the junction of four routes, which makes it accessible from most parts of the UK.
The usual timetable serves places along the following routes (operator South Eastern, website http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
London and Sevenoaks six trains an hour
Ashford and the Kent Coast two trains an hour
Tunbridge Wells four trains an hour
Hastings Line two trains an hour
Maidstone, Strood and connections to North Kent one train an hour
Redhill and connections to Brighton(Southern) one train an hour
Longmead Stadium is approximately a mile and a half (45/50 minutes’ walk) from the station.
There is a taxi rank at the station (turn right on exit). A cab ride is about 10 minutes.
Buses serve the nearby housing estates, with the nearest stop served by regular services (approximately every 15/20 minutes) known as “The Pinnacles” (a former pub now a housing development).
Services, which can be changed, are operated by Arriva, so information will be on the company’s website http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/southeast
The route numbers are usually 218 and 219 and drivers will advise the nearest stop.
A journey planner on Arriva’s site enables users to type in the time they are likely to be travelling. The departure point is usually Tonbridge Rail Station “Stand Stop H” with the destination shown as “Cage Green, The Pinnacles”.
Please be aware that buses after midweek evening matches are very limited. A taxi bookable at the train station may be a better option.
Directions on foot from the railway station
Turn left outside the station and walk the length of the High Street, continuing in this direction passing Bordyke (traffic lights) until reaching Tonbridge School (on the left). Cross the road at pedestrian crossing near the school entrance and proceed in the same direction, going straight ahead towards Shipbourne Road (this road starts at a set of traffic lights).
Ignore the branch to the left (London Road) and walk for approximately 10 minutes up Shipbourne Road, until reaching a mini-roundabout (junction with Dry Hill Park Road to the left and Yardley Park Road to the right).
Cross the mini-roundabout and return to the other side of the road. Continue in the same direction (towards North Tonbridge) for a few more minutes, then take the second turning left into Welland Road (just passed the Royal Oak pub).
Go down the steep hill on Welland Road and at the bottom, turn right into Long Mead Way. Stay on this road, (about half way along it bends to the left then right, before straightening out again). At the end of Long Mead Way you will come to a junction with Darenth Avenue. The entrance to the stadium is on the left (will see the gates and large car park). Head along the path through the middle towards the white buildings. The turnstiles are on the left-hand side of the clubhouse.
Travelling to Longmead Stadium by car
There is a large free car park, which makes attending games using a car convenient.
Directions from the north, heading southbound, (M25 and A21)
At junction 5 take right-hand lanes to continue to forward onto the A21 (signposted Sevenoaks, Hastings).
After approximately five miles, branch left, then at roundabout take the second exit onto London Road (signposted Hildenborough, B245).
After about another four miles, and having driven through Hildenborough, turn left onto Dry Hill Park Road (signposted Shipbourne).
At roundabout take the first exit (left) onto A227 (Shipbourne Road, signposted Shipbourne).
At next roundabout turn left onto Darenth Avenue (first exit, left) and signposted Tonbridge Farm Sportsground.
Go down the hill on Darenth Avenue and you will come to the entrance to the car park (gates).
You will see the football ground in front of you (white building).
As mentioned the car park is large and free of charge.