Brenzett Aeronautical Museum

aeronautical museumLow key volunteer-run museum dedicated to the heroes and victims of WW2. Exhibitions on the Girls Land Army, real planes, examples of engineering including radar etc. Exhibits bought to life with guided tours by WW2 veterans, chance to sit in a cockpit. Gift shop, WC’s, wheelchair access. Half-day trip.

Cost: £1 each donation + minibus
More Info: www.brenzettaero.co.uk

Hastings

hastingsHastings is a typical seaside resort, a shingle beach with an Old Town, fishing industry, lifeboat station and beach amusements, plus the new Jerwood Art Gallery.  The Victorian pier was burnt down but now houses a roost of starlings and is being rebuilt. 40 minute drive

Fairlight Glen                     FREE plus coach hire
Arrive for an invigorating morning’s walk through the fairytale setting of Fairlight Glen in Hastings Country Park with its picturesque sandstone landscape and views over Hastings and English Channel.  Visit an indoor attraction in the afternoon at Hastings before going home by coach. 50 mins drive. Please note that access through Ecclesbourne Glen is now closed due to land slips.

Hastings Attractions        £4.75 each, 1 adult free/10 +  minibus cost
Combined tickets possible, but we recommend  one option only.

  • Smugglers Adventure
    Explore St Clements Caves labyrinth, history of C18th smuggling with fun interactive exhibits, sound and light shows (Limited disabled access)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
    Marine nursery, shark tank, ray pool, good interpretation. (Wheelchair access) www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk
  • Hastings Castle & the 1066 story
    Audio-visual show within a siege tent. (Limited wheelchair access)    Gift shops, WC’s.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust)

sissinghurst_castleTudor manor house with access to tower, library. Home of Vita Sackville-West. Stunning gardens, woodlands and lakes, oast house exhibition and farm buildings. Quizzes, excellent stimulus for art. Minibus option for up to15 pupils, half-day. 30 mins drive. Open Mar-Oct only. Gift shop, WC’s, wheelchair access to most areas.

Cost: FREE entry + minibus costs
More Info: website

Leeds Castle

leeds castleNorman castle, residence of kings and queens, lovely gardens, aviaries, maze, grotto, dog collar museum, moats. 1930’s interior – pre-booked time essential, but guides do not always pitch answers to age group. Educational trail and teachers’ notes on website. Gift shop, WC’s. 30 mins drive. Wheelchair access, but long walk from car park.

Why not save money on coach hire – visit Friday on the way back home (or for smaller groups it is possible to access the grounds and view the Castle via free public footpaths, using minibus transport.)

Cost: £5.75 each + coach hire
More Info: www.leeds-castle.com

Hever Castle

hever castleC14th home of Anne Boleyn, display on Tudors, mazes (Easter-October only), adventure playground, moat, model houses. Open March-November only. 1 hour drive (near M25). Gift shops, WC’s. Limited wheelchair access. Long walk from car park. Why not save money on coach hire – visit Friday on the way back home.

Cost: £6.70 each, 1 adult per 10 + coach hire (Additional adults £11.75)
More Info: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Dover Castle (English Heritage)

dover castle2000 years of history – A Norman keep with displays, Anglo-Saxon church, Roman lighthouse, medieval tunnels and guided tours of Secret World War 2 tunnels (Hellfire Corner). Views to France, interactive education rooms. Can combine with brief stop at Dover beach, Samphire Hoe or WW2 memorial. Early booking advisable, especially for workshops. (Thursdays only Nov-Mar) Gift shops, WC’s.

Limited wheelchair access, steep paths.

Cost: FREE entry + coach hire. Workshops approx. £100 per class
More Info: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Historical Places – Castles

bodiam castleHow many castles are there in Kent? 28 according to Wikipedia!

  • Battle Abbey

    Site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, monastic buildings, exhibition, gardens, WC’s, shop. April-October only.  Optional Discovery Tours – Monks and Marvels or Conquest Tales £100 per class (up to 30)

    www.english-heritage.org.uk/education/discovery-visits/battle-abbey/ 40 minute drive.

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  • Hastings

    hastingsHastings is a typical seaside resort, a shingle beach with an Old Town, fishing industry, lifeboat station and beach amusements, plus the new Jerwood Art Gallery.  The Victorian pier was burnt down but now houses a roost of starlings and is being rebuilt. 40 minute drive

    Fairlight Glen                     FREE plus coach hire
    Arrive for an invigorating morning’s walk through the fairytale setting of Fairlight Glen in Hastings Country Park with its picturesque sandstone landscape and views over Hastings and English Channel.  Visit an indoor attraction in the afternoon at Hastings before going home by coach. 50 mins drive. Please note that access through Ecclesbourne Glen is now closed due to land slips.

    Hastings Attractions        £4.75 each, 1 adult free/10 +  minibus cost
    Combined tickets possible, but we recommend  one option only.

    • Smugglers Adventure
      Explore St Clements Caves labyrinth, history of C18th smuggling with fun interactive exhibits, sound and light shows (Limited disabled access)
    • Blue Reef Aquarium
      Marine nursery, shark tank, ray pool, good interpretation. (Wheelchair access) www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk
    • Hastings Castle & the 1066 story
      Audio-visual show within a siege tent. (Limited wheelchair access)    Gift shops, WC’s.
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  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust)

    sissinghurst_castleTudor manor house with access to tower, library. Home of Vita Sackville-West. Stunning gardens, woodlands and lakes, oast house exhibition and farm buildings. Quizzes, excellent stimulus for art. Minibus option for up to15 pupils, half-day. 30 mins drive. Open Mar-Oct only. Gift shop, WC’s, wheelchair access to most areas.

    Cost: FREE entry + minibus costs
    More Info: website

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  • Leeds Castle

    leeds castleNorman castle, residence of kings and queens, lovely gardens, aviaries, maze, grotto, dog collar museum, moats. 1930’s interior – pre-booked time essential, but guides do not always pitch answers to age group. Educational trail and teachers’ notes on website. Gift shop, WC’s. 30 mins drive. Wheelchair access, but long walk from car park.

    Why not save money on coach hire – visit Friday on the way back home (or for smaller groups it is possible to access the grounds and view the Castle via free public footpaths, using minibus transport.)

    Cost: £5.75 each + coach hire
    More Info: www.leeds-castle.com

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  • Hever Castle

    hever castleC14th home of Anne Boleyn, display on Tudors, mazes (Easter-October only), adventure playground, moat, model houses. Open March-November only. 1 hour drive (near M25). Gift shops, WC’s. Limited wheelchair access. Long walk from car park. Why not save money on coach hire – visit Friday on the way back home.

    Cost: £6.70 each, 1 adult per 10 + coach hire (Additional adults £11.75)
    More Info: www.hevercastle.co.uk

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  • Dover Castle (English Heritage)

    dover castle2000 years of history – A Norman keep with displays, Anglo-Saxon church, Roman lighthouse, medieval tunnels and guided tours of Secret World War 2 tunnels (Hellfire Corner). Views to France, interactive education rooms. Can combine with brief stop at Dover beach, Samphire Hoe or WW2 memorial. Early booking advisable, especially for workshops. (Thursdays only Nov-Mar) Gift shops, WC’s.

    Limited wheelchair access, steep paths.

    Cost: FREE entry + coach hire. Workshops approx. £100 per class
    More Info: www.english-heritage.org.uk

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  • Camber Castle (English Heritage)

    camber castleGuided tour with education officer, worksheets included. Tudor structure, military use. Use our binoculars to see water birds on adjacent gravel pits. Can combine with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (shingle beach, river estuary) or Rye town for a whole day. Up to 15 children half-day trip by minibus, or coach required for a full day. 30 mins to Rye, plus walk across Marshes.

    No WC’s at site, public WC’s at car park.

    Small gift shop on Nature Reserve.

    Limited wheelchair access.

    Cost: FREE entry + coach hire OR minibus
    More Info: www.wildrye.info/reserve/schools/

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  • Bodiam Castle (National Trust)

    bodiam castleC14 th castle built for defence and as a luxury home. Optional guided tours and armoury workshop – £2.50-4.50 each.

    Can combine with a morning walk or go via Rye/Camber Sands. Gift shop, WC’s. In summer term it is possible to travel by steam railway from Tenterden (£7.25 return).

    Limited wheelchair access, steep steps.

    Cost: FREE entry + coach hire
    More Info: website

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  • Other attractions

    kent lifeThe following attractions are also recommended, and are particularly suitable as options on the way back to London to extend your final day.

    Museum of Kent Life ( Maidstone)

    Cost: £4.50 per pupil + coach hire
    40 mins drive
    www.kentlife.org.uk

     

    Wildwood Discovery Park ( Herne Bay)

    Cost: £3.50 + coach hire
    An unique collection of native British animals including species now extinct in UK – beavers, wolves etc. 1 hour drive
    www.wildwoodtrust.org.uk

     

    Historic Dockyard (Chatham)

    Cost: £4.50 + coach hire
    Exciting displays about Victorians, WW2 and the history of sail. Teacher packs, tours etc
    www.chdt.org.uk

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Other Historical Places – Museums

hastings fisherman museumWith excellent transport links to Kent, Sussex and London the choice of museums will satisfy almost any area of interest.

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Dover Museum

    dover museumFour galleries focusing on Romans, Anglo-Saxons, World War 2, Bronze Age Boat. Education packs available at a small charge. Special workshop and festival days with craft/drama sessions run through the year at a cost of £2.50 each, inc. museum entry. Eg Romans (mosaic-making); Tudors (block-printing or drama); Victorians; WW2. Enquire asap for availability. Gift shop. 1hr drive. NB May be a last-minute option if your Dover Castle visit is cancelled because of poor weather.

    Cost: £1.25 entry + coach hire
    More Info: www.dover.gov.uk/museum

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  • Brenzett Aeronautical Museum

    aeronautical museumLow key volunteer-run museum dedicated to the heroes and victims of WW2. Exhibitions on the Girls Land Army, real planes, examples of engineering including radar etc. Exhibits bought to life with guided tours by WW2 veterans, chance to sit in a cockpit. Gift shop, WC’s, wheelchair access. Half-day trip.

    Cost: £1 each donation + minibus
    More Info: www.brenzettaero.co.uk

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  • Other attractions

    kent lifeThe following attractions are also recommended, and are particularly suitable as options on the way back to London to extend your final day.

    Museum of Kent Life ( Maidstone)

    Cost: £4.50 per pupil + coach hire
    40 mins drive
    www.kentlife.org.uk

     

    Wildwood Discovery Park ( Herne Bay)

    Cost: £3.50 + coach hire
    An unique collection of native British animals including species now extinct in UK – beavers, wolves etc. 1 hour drive
    www.wildwoodtrust.org.uk

     

    Historic Dockyard (Chatham)

    Cost: £4.50 + coach hire
    Exciting displays about Victorians, WW2 and the history of sail. Teacher packs, tours etc
    www.chdt.org.uk

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General Interest – Natural Habitats

natural habitats categoryKent is described as the Garden of England for a good reason. Kench Hill is the perfect base from which to explore some incredible places. Sandy beaches, forests, cliffs, chalk downland, wildlife sanctuaries and lakes to name a few.

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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+)

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Hastings

    hastingsHastings is a typical seaside resort, a shingle beach with an Old Town, fishing industry, lifeboat station and beach amusements, plus the new Jerwood Art Gallery.  The Victorian pier was burnt down but now houses a roost of starlings and is being rebuilt. 40 minute drive

    Fairlight Glen                     FREE plus coach hire
    Arrive for an invigorating morning’s walk through the fairytale setting of Fairlight Glen in Hastings Country Park with its picturesque sandstone landscape and views over Hastings and English Channel.  Visit an indoor attraction in the afternoon at Hastings before going home by coach. 50 mins drive. Please note that access through Ecclesbourne Glen is now closed due to land slips.

    Hastings Attractions        £4.75 each, 1 adult free/10 +  minibus cost
    Combined tickets possible, but we recommend  one option only.

    • Smugglers Adventure
      Explore St Clements Caves labyrinth, history of C18th smuggling with fun interactive exhibits, sound and light shows (Limited disabled access)
    • Blue Reef Aquarium
      Marine nursery, shark tank, ray pool, good interpretation. (Wheelchair access) www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk
    • Hastings Castle & the 1066 story
      Audio-visual show within a siege tent. (Limited wheelchair access)    Gift shops, WC’s.
    Continue reading →
  • Other attractions

    kent lifeThe following attractions are also recommended, and are particularly suitable as options on the way back to London to extend your final day.

    Museum of Kent Life ( Maidstone)

    Cost: £4.50 per pupil + coach hire
    40 mins drive
    www.kentlife.org.uk

     

    Wildwood Discovery Park ( Herne Bay)

    Cost: £3.50 + coach hire
    An unique collection of native British animals including species now extinct in UK – beavers, wolves etc. 1 hour drive
    www.wildwoodtrust.org.uk

     

    Historic Dockyard (Chatham)

    Cost: £4.50 + coach hire
    Exciting displays about Victorians, WW2 and the history of sail. Teacher packs, tours etc
    www.chdt.org.uk

    Continue reading →

Camber Castle (English Heritage)

camber castleGuided tour with education officer, worksheets included. Tudor structure, military use. Use our binoculars to see water birds on adjacent gravel pits. Can combine with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (shingle beach, river estuary) or Rye town for a whole day. Up to 15 children half-day trip by minibus, or coach required for a full day. 30 mins to Rye, plus walk across Marshes.

No WC’s at site, public WC’s at car park.

Small gift shop on Nature Reserve.

Limited wheelchair access.

Cost: FREE entry + coach hire OR minibus
More Info: www.wildrye.info/reserve/schools/