Royal Military Canal, Appledore Village

military_canalAn easy walk, no steep hills, with views across Romney Marshes, a World War 2 pill-box to explore, and the story of the Canal, built as a defence against Napoleon’s army 200 years ago. The church has interesting tapestry telling the history of the village. An alternative Monday afternoon walk for the whole class, especially for any with mobility problems, or combine with Park Wood for a full day with a picnic at the Recreation ground.

Cost: FREE + minibus shuttle
More Info: www.royalmilitarycanal.com

Tenterden

tenterdenA little town with a big history based on the wool trade! Ideal for a comparative settlement studies, the famous High St has a wealth of historic buildings, including churches, interesting shops, services and even a steam railway. Just 10 minutes away by minibus, it is also the site of our Leisure Centre with its popular swimming pool. Take the whole class for a saunter along the High St (wheelchair access), or a circular walk in the surrounding countryside beginning and ending at the old railway, ideal for mapping (but not suitable for wheelchairs).

Cost: FREE
More Info: www.tenterdentown.co.uk

Rare Breeds Centre

rare breedsA firm favourite with all ages throughout the year, even in wet weather. A great day out combining close-up encounters with farm animals, birds of prey, woodland walks and challenging physical adventures at Mysterious Marsh and the Swing Bridge Barn. Plenty of stimulus on life cycles, with piglets and chicks being born all year. Excellent value for money. Run by Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities. Good wheelchair access in most areas. 15 mins drive. Gift shop, WC’s, café.

Cost: £5.50 each + minibus shuttle (£20+)
More Info: www.rarebreeds.org.uk

Park Wood

park-woodA local ancient woodland with mixed deciduous trees (oak, hazel) and a conifer plantation. Suitable for a half-day visit to explore woods using a variety of Earth Education and sensory activities. Ideal to take half a class, whilst others work on-site. Or take a whole class for a full day, with a picnic lunch at Appledore Recreation ground and visit to the village. 15 mins drive, nearest WC’s 5 min drive in Appledore. Wheelchair accessible to most areas, flat paths.

Cost: FREE + minibus shuttle (£10+)

Samphire Hoe

sapphire_howA newly created habitat constructed from chalk dug from the Channel Tunnel. Walk to a shingle beach along the nature reserve below steep cliffs above the tunnel. WC’s, café, information. Suitable for a short stop on the way back from Dover.

Cost: £1 car park fee only

Camber Sands

cambersandsThe longest sandy beach in England! Collect shells, see the dramatic rise and fall of the tide, explore ecology and plant adaptations amongst the fragile sand-dunes, play a game on the beach, make sand-castles and paddle in the sea. Can be very windy! Whole or half-day. Public WC’s, souvenir shop.

Cost: FREE + coach hire OR minibus shuttle (£30) + parking
More Info: www.eastsussex.gov.uk

Woodchurch Village

woodchurch villageIdeal for a half-day comparative locality study, worksheets and discovery trail available.
Optional extras include:

  • Village Life Museum (£1 per pupil donation) Wheelchair access.  Newly furbished museum History of village with artefacts from Bronze Age to present day, big section on WW2. Audio records.  Transport collection. Run by volunteers. Guided talk available, quiz. Limited gift shop. See www.woodchurchmuseum.com  Highly recommended – excellent value.
  • Windmill  (£1 per pupil donation) A recently refurbished C 18th Kentish smock mill.  Guided visits inside the mill are possible by prior arrangement with volunteers. www.woodchurchwindmill.co.uk.

The village also has a C13th church, a large green and wonderful examples of historical homes. WC in car park, children’s playground.  Suitable for a half-day visit – take half the class morning/afternoon, combined with a choice of on-site activities for the rest of the group.  Also suitable for a longer visit with a packed lunch. 15 mins drive

Smallhythe Place (National Trust)

smallhythe(Can also travel by foot from Kench Hill across country).

Home of Ellen Terry, Edwardian actress (1899-1928). Display of old theatrical costumes. Early Tudor house, former Port House for local shipyard. Gardens, Thatched Barn theatre. Quiz, trail. WC’s. Open March-October only. Limited wheelchair access (ground floor and gardens only).

Cost: FREE entry + minibus costs
More Info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Rye

ryePicturesque cobbled streets, mediaeval houses and a walled citadel make Rye unique, an old Cinque Port now marooned away from the sea. Follow a fun trail to focus observation and provoke curiosity. A convenient half-day stop in combination with Camber Sands, Camber/ Bodiam Castle.

  • Castle Museum Small local museum in C13 th Ypres Castle, former town prison, telling history of wool trade and the sea. Suitable for half a class at a time. Small entry fee – please ring to check prices. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Rye Town model £1 per pupil At Rye Heritage Centre, a sound and light show telling the history of Rye, based on a small-scale hand-built model. (Audio-tape can be hard for children to understand.) Also free exhibitions – currently old penny slot machines. Wheelchair access.

Cost: FREE entry + coach hire OR minibus
More Info: www.visitrye.co.uk

Hastings Fishing Museum

hastings fisherman museumSmall local museum with a real fishing boat, artefacts, video clips. Located amongst the old fish ‘shops’, bizarre tall huts where nets hang to dry. The area still supports a lively fishing industry. Close to Underwater World. No need to book, but opening times not guaranteed as staffed by volunteers. Useful indoor venue to spend 30 mins if wet weather at Hastings.

Cost: FREE entry + coach hire to Hastings
More Info: www.hastingsfish.co.uk/museum.htm