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Kent: Where to watch the World Cup

By Jenna Dobbs

Things are hotting up for England as the World Cup continues, with temperatures in Kent set to soar ahead of tonight's match.

Met Office experts have predicted another warm day with plenty of sunshine as the home side take on Belgium in Russia.

Despite things looking slightly overcast this morning, any grey clouds are set to disappear before the 7pm kick-off.

Here's our pick of places to enjoy the games in Kent...

1 Folkestone Harbour Arm

Showtime - Folkestone Harbour Arm's cinema (2776386)
Showtime - Folkestone Harbour Arm's cinema (2776386)

If you're looking to enjoy both the warm weather and the football, why not watch the match on a large cinema screen by the sea?

The recently installed, state-of-the-art LED panel screen measures in at 7.5 metres by 4 metres, and will be showing every game throughout the World Cup.

Popular for its food, drink and entertainment, the venue has promised a family friendly environment which will bring the community together.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance here, where you can also see full terms and conditions.

Hooden Smokehouse and Cellar, Ashford

The Hooden Smokehouse and Cellar is opening a garden bar during England matches. Picture: Andy Jones
The Hooden Smokehouse and Cellar is opening a garden bar during England matches. Picture: Andy Jones

Formerly the Hooden on the Hill, this Grade II listed smokehouse was restored and re-named after it was gutted by fire in 2016.

The popular pub is screening all World Cup matches outdoors and garden bar, the Hooden Shack, is also open during England games.

For more information, visit the pub's Facebook page

Dreamland, Margate

Sunday, July 15 only

Dreamland in Margate will screen two games as part of the Fifa World Cup 2018
Dreamland in Margate will screen two games as part of the Fifa World Cup 2018

Margate's seaside amusement park will show the 2018 World Cup final on the site's large outdoor screen.

Football fans can take in the action while enjoying the sunshine with family and friends.

The cost of watching the match will be included in the park's usual admission fees. For more information, visit dreamland.co.uk

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Dartford

A giant popcorn trophy will be at Bluewater to celebrate the 2018 World Cup
A giant popcorn trophy will be at Bluewater to celebrate the 2018 World Cup

For those determined to catch the football without venturing into the sunshine, Bluewater's Showcase Cinemas are showing all World Cup games, free of charge.

Matches will be screened in HD and surround sound, and the cinema has also commissioned a life-size World Cup trophy, made entirely out of popcorn.

The impressive artwork, created by food artist Prudence Staite, took more than 50 hours to create and contains more than 2,000 pieces of popcorn.

To reserve your tickets, click here

The Source Bar, Maidstone

Sun worshippers can catch the match at Maidstone's Source Bar, which is showing all England games on a huge outdoor screen.

Doors open at 5pm, and the venue will offer guests special deals on drinks alongside an outdoor barbecue.

To book your free ticket, click here

Casino Rooms, Rochester

Casino Rooms in Blue Boar Lane, Rochester, will be showing every England game. Picture: Peter Still
Casino Rooms in Blue Boar Lane, Rochester, will be showing every England game. Picture: Peter Still

Fans looking for a slightly louder experience can visit Casino Rooms nightclub, which is screening every England match.

The game will be available on HD screens around the bar, with DJs on hand to blast Britain's favourite football anthems.

Entry is free and sportswear will be allowed. For more information visit the Casino Rooms website

Cramptons, Broadstairs

Cramptons in Broadstairs. Picture: Google Street View
Cramptons in Broadstairs. Picture: Google Street View

Situated at the top of Broadstairs High Street, Cramptons is a long-standing favourite with east Kent's sports fans.

The bar, which couples as a diner, is showing all World Cup games on screens inside and outside.

For more information, visit the Cramptons Facebook page

Cargo Bar, Gillingham

Student-friendly Cargo Bar in Pier Road, Gillingham, is inviting people to come and support their team
Student-friendly Cargo Bar in Pier Road, Gillingham, is inviting people to come and support their team

This student-friendly bar has seven screens and is showing every 2018 World Cup match.

Special deals and promotions will apply when England are playing, and everyone is encouraged to go and support their team.

For more information, click here

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