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Events and Activities

Free Lullingstone Family Fun Day

Date of Event: 24 June 2017

Event Category: Family Event

Come along to the gorgeous Lullingstone Country Park on Saturday for completely free and fascinating family fun.  Set in the beautiful Darenth Valley with plenty of pretty walks and the village of Shoreham within pleasant walking distance.  Arrive early to benefit from good parking facilities as well as an on site cafe serving full refreshments and a children’s playground.

Join a guided walk at 2pm across wonderful chalk grassland set in all it’s summer glory, look out for rare wild flowers, orchids, insects and butterflies which thrive in the parkland.

Get your hands on locally made produce and take some home with you.   Meet the people behind all this wonderful goodness and discover more about how local food is produced and the passion behind it.

Meet the park rangers and find out what it is like to be a ranger! Discover the daily work carried out by a ranger and ask those burning questions to find out more about the work they do!

If you have little ones who love den building, they’re sure to love creating a den outside in the open of their very own! Learn insider tips on creating the ultimate den for those important secret meetings with friends!

Drop in anytime between 11am & 3pm to take advantage of the activities on offer!

The Festival Of The Yew Tree

Date of Event: 24 June 2017

Event Category: Conference

One Day Conference, covering all aspects of old yew trees including folklore, cultural, medicines old and new; best practice for the management of old yew trees & workshop; and the natural history and history of old yew trees.

Tickets in advance only, £20 includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee, biscuits.  There will also be a Folklore Book Sale.

Agenda:

10 am Arrival, registration, tea/coffee

10.30 am Talk 1 – ‘ Mystery Of The Ancient Yew ’ by Jeremy Harte, Author & Curator of the Bourne Museum, Surrey. Jeremy is an expert & researcher into folklore. His books include: The Green Man; Explore Fairy Traditions and English Holy Wells.

11.30 am Break

11.45am Talk 2 - ‘ Medicines of Yew Old and New ’ by John Linch-Batten, retired pharmacist. John will tell us about medicines both old and new that come from Yew (Taxus Baccata)

12.30 pm Cold Buffet Lunch.

1.30 pm Talk 3 – ‘ Old Yew trees and ‘ best practise ’ for their management ‘ by Russell Ball of the Ancient Yew Group, tree surgeon and arboculturalist. He comes highly recommended by The Conservation Foundation.

2.30 pm Workshop – Russell Ball. Outside around the old Yew tree, Anatomy & Best practise maintenance and management to conserve old yew trees for future generations.

3.00 pm Break

3.15 pm Talk 4 – ‘ The Natural History of Old Yew Trees ’ by Martin Newcombe, Ecologist and Mycologist. Martin is an engaging and enthusiastic specialist with a wealth of knowledge to share.

4.30 pm Finish

Kent Junior Orienteering Festival 2017

Date of Event: 24 June 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

This is a junior only event in a small area where juniors can feel confident about orienteering on their own knowing they are never too far away from the start/finish.  There will be adult helpers patrolling the area in distinctive vests, available to assist juniors should they need it.  There will also be lots of prizes to be awarded after the events – please bring a picnic to celebrate whilst the results are confirmed.  The events is open to all juniors, including those from outside Kent.

There are fours courses.  In order to be competitive for the junior championship, the juniors must choose the correct course for their National Curriculum. Year 3 & 4 may compete on the white course:

Y 5/6 – White Course

Y 7/8  – Yellow Course

Y 9/10 – Orange Course

Y11/12/13 – Light Green Course

Shadowing is allowed but the child will then not be eligible for the championship.  This is a great opportunity to allow the child to orienteer independently as the area is so small and contained, and there will be helpers patrolling the competition area.  White and Yellow course competitor’s may view their maps before the start.

A Celebration of Orchards, Meadows and Orchids

Date of Event: 25 June 2017

Event Category: Family Event

Discover the link between our beloved meadows, orchards and the ash tree. With music, arts and crafts, walks, story telling and cakes to die for!

St Margaret’s Village Garden Safari

Date of Event: 25 June 2017

Event Category: Gardens

St Margaret’s Village Garden Safari

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017

St Margaret’s Garden Safari has been a popular biennial event for the last 12 years. It all started as a simple village fund-raiser but is now a major event in every Kent gardener’s diary and has raised over £50,000  for Pilgrims Hospices since its inception.

Organised by the South Foreland Rotary Club, the event is held in the picturesque coastal village of St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe/St Margaret’s Bay between Dover and Deal. Various gardens in the village will be open to the public over the weekend together with other village attractions and places of historic interest .

Colourful flower gardens, beautiful and spectacular sea views across the channel to France,  combined with sales of lunches, afternoon teas, plant sales, various artworks and other in-garden attractions will make the 2017 Garden Safari a very enjoyable event for the whole family. There will also be Pilgrim’s Hospice merchandise and raffle tickets for sale with many valuable prizes donated by local businesses to be won.

All proceeds go to Pilgrims Hospices.  Please put this event in your diary and come for a fun time out whilst contributing to support a worthwhile charity.

Pond Dipping at George’s Barn

Date of Event: 1 July 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

Join the Western Ramblers to catch watery beasts in our pond and stream.  Learn about the life cycles of some of the animals that we catch.

Nature’s Art at George’s Barn

Date of Event: 1 July 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

On the first Saturday of each month from April to November we choose a different theme each month and learn about changes of season.

We use art to explore the nature of the Tangled Bank – a small wooded area and grassy bank that is full of wildlife.

Sessions involve using clay, paint, papier maché and other materials to create your own piece of art.

CHARGE: £2.

The Song of the Ash

Date of Event: 1 July 2017

Event Category: Workshop

Ash trees are dying, and our landscape is changing as a result.

This ecopoetry workshop faces that reality head on, and asks how we respond to the situation.  One answer is to connect with what remains.

After a guided walk through ash woodland, we will work on creating poems that explore ash tree ecology and respond to the trees in a direct, sensory way.

In doing so, we will enhance our individual relationships to ash trees, which make up such a huge part of the landscapes that surround us, and which may soon be gone.

This is the first in a series of ecopoetry workshops that will take place as part of The Ash Project.

CHARGE: Free, but please book  as places are limited

Find out more about Chris Poundwhite’s ecopoetry courses & workshops at www.gotothepine.com.