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Events and Activities

Ackroyd & Harvey artist talk @ The University of Kent

Date of Event: 22 February 2017

Event Category: Events

Come to the University of Kent next Wednesday and find out how the commission for the The Ash Project is progressing as esteemed artists Ackroyd and Harvey talk about their research development stage of their work.

The artists will be talking specifically about their role in the development of the Ash Project, conceived by Kent Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to the devastating effects of Ash dieback, and combines a major new commission by Ackroyd and Harvey which continues their environmental investigations. Ackroyd and Harvey will speak about the development process for this work and explain more about how the outcomes will be realised across Kent.

For 25 years, Ackroyd & Harvey's work has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide; sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology are disciplines that intersect in their work, revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event. Often reflecting environmental and scientific concerns, they are acclaimed for large-scale interventions in sites of architectural interest.

“Our research has revealed a hidden wealth of industries carved from the ash, a myriad of wooden objects and artefacts that occupy historical significance and domestic use. Mythologies address the Ash as the tree at the centre of the world, the 'cosmic' tree. Contemporary science is studying genetic traits to understand how to cultivate disease resistant Ash stock. David Nash's "Ash Dome" is an internationally recognised artwork. The emotional, social and metaphorical relationship with this tree gives deep-rooted material for our artistic exploration." Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, November 2016

The commission is complimented by a two year programme of public engagement to include artists' walks, green wood working, an evolving Ash Archive, public programmes at University of Kent and Folkestone Quarter house. These events will involve communities in actively documenting the contemporary and historic importance of the Ash in collaboration with the research and scientific community of the Kent Downs and artists and educators Outdoor Studios, who work with school students to create extraordinary experiences in the outdoors.

The Trosley Challenge - celebrating over 40 years of Trosley Park!

Date of Event: 19 February 2017

Event Category: Run

The Trosley Challenge is a 5k and 10k run in the breathtaking Trosley park, with stunning woodland and an expansive array of wildlife.  Your run certainly won't be like any other.  When running in this wonderful woodland, all your senses will come alive with a mixture of terrain, stunning scenery and the smell of the great outdoors.

The Trosley challenge is a great way for you and your family to get active.  There's a designated kids playing area and an on site cafe selling fresh seasonal produce.  

Haunted Landscapes Screening:

Date of Event: 25 February 2017

Event Category: Display on Main Section Page: Getting InvolvedDisplay on Main Section Page: Visiting

Haunted Landscapes Screening:

What better way to watch two creepy films about the English landscape than in the woods after dark? Join us for a rare screening of two short television films, adapted for the BBC from M.R. James' classic ghost stories.

Sat 25 Feb 2017, 7:15pm

The Ash Tree: Lawrence Gordon Clark |UK |1975| 32 mins | Edward Petherbridge, Lucy Griffiths, Preston Lockwood, Barbara Ewing A View From a Hill: Luke Watson | UK |2005| 40 mins | Mark Letheren, Pip Torrens, David Burke PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OUTDOOR SCREENING, SO PLEASE DO COME DRESSED EXPECTING SOME COLD WEATHER AND BRING SEATING.

Mrs Wolfes Eighteenth Century Recipes

Date of Event: 26 February 2017

Event Category: Events

Try out some homemade treats from the eighteenth century

Booking not needed, normal admission charges apply (NT members free)

With map and musket

Date of Event: 4 March 2017

Event Category: Events

Bring history to life with an historic re-enactment

Join our eighteenth century surveyor as he explains how map makers played a key role in the Quebec campaign.

Barham to Adisham Woods

Date of Event: 11 March 2017

Event Category: Guided Walks

Following the footpath to Out Elmstead, then crossing the road via the footbridge towards Ileden and Adisham Woods.

Distance of 4.5 miles, allow 2.5 hours

Please wear suitable footwear and bring water to drink.  Suggested donation of £1 to the White Cliff Countryside Partnership appreciated.

Be Inspired to Paint Flowers like Anne Pratt

Date of Event: 12 March 2017

Event Category: Events

Anne Pratt (1806 – 1893) lived in Dover and made beautiful illustrations of wild flowers.

This is your opportunity to draw some flowers of your own or to colour some of Anne’s drawings.

Please wear clothes that can get messy.  Suggested donation of £5 appreciated.

Please book.  No dogs please.

Artists of the White Cliffs

Date of Event: 19 March 2017

Event Category: Events

Join the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership for a walk around Samphire Hoe where you will discover a variety of artists who have featured the White Cliffs in their work.

Distance of 1.5 miles, allow 1.5 hours

Donations appreciated.  Dogs on leads please.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Date of Event: 14 April 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

Explore the house and garden with our family trail and collect your Cadbury Bunny at the end.

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!