Dame Kelly to launch Cafe 1809 Active
Dame Kelly to launch Cafe 1809 Active

Kent’s Cyclopark near Gravesend will have an Olympic flavour soon as Dame Kelly Holmes opens a new cafe there.

The double gold medalist from 2004 will launch Café 1809 Active at the outdoor multi-sport centre on Tuesday June 6th following the success of her first enterprise and having fallen in love with cycling in recent years.

The Kent athlete already has Café 1809 in her home town Hildenborough, between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks and is now venturing into supporting the purpose built facility in the North of the county.

Customers are currently invited to “eat, drink, relax and smile” in the eatery, which sells a lot of Kent produce and Dame Kelly will be taking that ethos into the new venture at Cyclopark.

Cafe 1809 boasts a healthy menu and offers activities such as yoga classes as well as encouraging customers to eat well and keep active using loyalty cards.

A spokesman for Dame Kelly said: “Café 1809 Active is the first lifestyle café in the area and is set to become a social hub for local people who want to be part of a likeminded, active community and feel good about themselves.”

“It seeks to bring families and friends together and also support the runners, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts who visit Cyclopark.”

“There is a strong emphasis on having an active lifestyle to enjoy a healthy mind and body. Kelly hopes to take the concept further with her new ‘Active’ brand, getting more people to enjoy social interaction as part of their healthy active lifestyle.”

The cafe at the venue off Wrotham Road will be officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9.45am on Tuesday 6th June.

From 11am guests will be invited to take to the track for a short running and technique session with Dame Kelly followed by refreshments and a chance to chat to her in her new café.

Dame Kelly will be back to welcome afternoon visitors with a timetable of hosted running and cycling activities from 4pm onwards.

The Olympian will also be taking part in the Goatham’s Great Kent Cycle Ride this summer. The three day, two hundred mile ride, in aid of Help for Heroes and Kent Sports Trust Foundation will see hundreds of cyclists take to two wheels around Kent between 14th and 16th July.