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Follow the Ice Cream Trail to Discover Ashford & Tenterden

Ice to See You!

This summer, follow Whip & Loli on a treat-filled adventure to rediscover familiar favourites and uncover new local destinations for days of fun, treats and memories.

Brought to you by Love Ashford, Experience Ashford & Tenterden and Sideways PR, as part of the celebration of being back on the highstreet and in the local community, shake free from the ‘steps-out’ shackles and plan some staycation days out to remember on a FREE Ice Cream Trail that will take you from the cosmopolitan buzz of Ashford’s regenerated cultural centre to the leafy embrace of Tenterden’s thriving market town.


Follow the trail and discover

To follow the trail simply pick up your trail map, or download from the Experience Ashford & Tenterden or Love Ashford websites to find out where Whip & Loli, the fun summer mascots designed by local illustrator Tiny Beegle, will be hiding with their special clues. 

Taking you from creative spaces, cultural happenings and some fabulous eating and drinking pitstops, to some of the best attractions and shops in town, not only will you have the chance for selfies with Whip & Loli, but you’ll also be able to shop and support local; uncovering a whole host of award-winning outlets and independent businesses along the way. 

Fabulous pinstops on the route include: Elwick Place’s Chill Lounge, a unique installation space perfect for selfies and a place to relax to the sounds of summer; Made in Ashford, Park Mall’s very own creative hub for local independent artists; Coachworks, Ashford’s go-to creative and cultural shared space; Coffee Shed in the beautiful Victoria Park; and Macknade’s newly expanded food hall and restaurant in Ashford. Whilst Tenterden’s trail will have pit stops for coffee and cake at The Latte Lounge; to burn off some energy at family play space Spoonful of Sugar; will you to ‘lead’ you to dog-friendly local fave Amy’s Pantry; whilst not forgetting the best gelato-makers in town – Bottega Montalbano! As well as a host of other places for you to discover and explore.

And there’s more… For every window sticker and destination icon you find you’ll also collect letters to help you solve the mystery ice cream anagram for your chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

Follow the trail and win

Collect the clues to solve the puzzle and you’ll be eligible to enter the Ice Cream Trail Grand Prize Draw for your chance to win a fantastic bundle of local goodies worth over £300; including an afternoon tea, artisan hamper, vouchers, and more! 

There will be designated drop off points indicated on the map for both towns for you to post your completed map, or follow the instructions on the LoveAshford website to digitally submit your answer. 


Follow the trail and enjoy

Launching on 31st July at Elwick Place’s Chill Lounge and on 1st August in Tenterden High Street, the first ‘trailers’ will not only get a beautifully illustrated trail map pinpointing some of the not-to-be-missed shops, eateries and attraction destinations this summer, they’ll also nab a limited edition Whip & Loli ‘Love Local, Love Ashford’ / ‘Think Local, Think Tenterden’ ice cream tote bag, special discounts for participating pinstops and possibly even an ice cream treat or two too!

So whether you are a vanilla and sprinkles traditionalist, a gelato-loving licker, a fruit-bursting sorbet fan, are looking for some doggo-friendly treats, or simply want some days of fun-filled discovery, fill your cones, tubs and boots with ice cream this summer; remembering to tag your trail treats and adventures with Whip & Loli: #IceToSeeYou #LoveAshford #ThinkTenterden #WhipAndLoli. Don’t forget to follow @loveashford, @visitashfordtenterden and @insidekent for extra clues and spotlights on the trail destinations too.

With giveaways, colouring competitions and prizes galore, Ashford and Tenterden’s summer Ice Cream Trail is set to be a real treat!

Instagram: @loveashford / @visitashfordtenterden


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