Walkers are Welcome Towns by Name
Accredited since: 2015
The town has expanded rapidly over the last 20 years and now has a population of about 11 000. A further 1800 houses are planned.
Gillingham School serves the town and surrounding villages and enjoys a very high reputation. All four primaries and four nurseries are actively involved in community events.
Riversmeet, the sport and leisure centre, is the only community owned and run leisure centre in the country. Always something new to try here.
The town has an annual cultural festival known as GillFest in July (not to be confused with the annual walking festival in September) and a longstanding Carnival in October. June sees the Gillingham in Gear vehicle rally.
The Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show in August is the highlight of the local farming year. It has its own showground outside the town which hosts a varied programme of events during the summer.
The Town Meadow in the centre of the town, developed and managed by volunteers hosts smaller events throiughout the year.