Original article from Kent Live
It's likely you've heard one or more of the following jokes and statements before if you grew up in Kent.
"I'm pretty sure the only thing in Kent is the White Cliffs?"
"Isn't it basically in London anyway?"
"You must be so bored living there?"
Yes, very dull indeed but why do people think these things about our wonderful county?
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The answer, as usual, lies in the details and misconceptions about Kent.
And unfortunately there are plenty of them.
Here are 10 of the most reasons people call Kent 'boring' – and why they're nothing but false.
The coastline is just boring
The claim:Kent is a county that gave up its battle with the sea years ago and is just waiting to be consumed.
The reality: Can you actually beat the White Cliffs of Dover?
People often think it's a joke that on a clear day you can see Calais from Deal to Folkestone.
Well, guess what? We're not laughing because it's true.
There's no exotic wildlife
The claim: Kent is a suburban dream but that means wildlife is limited
The reality: Have you forgot about the majestic lions and tigers at Port Lympne and Howletts?
East Kent has more tigers that some parts of India!
And you can't forget about the cute micro pig farm in Faversham, too.
It's just so far away from everything
The claim: If you move to Kent you may as well forget about seeing any of your friends and family again.
The reality: You can get from Ashford to London in less than 40 minutes, but for most people that's probably a bit too slow…
You can also get to the continent in under an hour if you use Folkestone's Channel Tunnel.
Please, eat your words immediately.
There are no local celebrities
The claim – Kent is so middle of the road that nobody of any note would ever choose to live there.
The reality – Excuse me?
Pete Doherty obviously thinks Margate is cool enough to open his own hotel and wolf down a gigantic breakfast.
And Gregg Wallace has been turning eyes in Ashford with his elaborate fitness regime.
Its seaside towns are in 'decline'
The claim – The Kentish coast is where people used to go on holiday before planes.
The reality – Despite what some national radio presenters may say, towns like Margate are fast becoming some of the most fashionable areas outside of London.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the beaches of Thanet have been as popular as they ever where, although for the wrong reasons.
The shopping is awful
The claim – Everybody orders things online in Kent because there's really nowhere to go.
The reality – Although we haven't been able to make much use of them over the past 15 weeks, Kent has shopping destinations coming out of its ears, from Ashford Designer Outlet to Canterbury's Whitefriars.
Oh and Bluewater just really isn't big enough…
It's just full of fields
The claim: Kent is a county filled with beautiful countryside but not a lot else.
The reality: Despite preconceptions, Kent offers a lot more than its Garden of England title. There are a host of interesting, vibrant towns spread about the county and even an admittedly small city.
If you really think Kent is just full of fields, maybe you're lost?
There's no architecture
The claim: Kent is an ugly, undeveloped place with little in the way of architectural beauty.
The reality: Kent is home to an array of stunning old and modern buildings.
The twin cathedrals of Rochester and Canterbury are breathtaking, and an array of visually unique Martello Towers are scattered across the east Kent coast.
Are you convinced, yet?
The nightlife is non-existent
The claim: There's no nightlife in Kent anywhere you look. People just stay in on the weekend and watch awful TV.
The reality: Despite its holy roots, Canterbury is known for its bustling pub scene and has recently started hosting drag nights attracting queens from American reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race.
In Maidstone, you can try the town's three nightclubs or dance on the tables in Bierkeller – German-themed beer hall serving up huge two pint steins.
If a music-thumping night out isn't your scene, you can always opt for a bar crawl in Ramsgate or Folkestone.
It's not diverse at all
The claim: Kent is a county of OAPs and racists and isn't very progressive at all.
The reality: We might not be London or Brighton, but Kent is slowly becoming the place to be for the LGBT community.
Meanwhile, the reaction of the community to the Black Lives Matter movement has shown we're a county that cares.