See our new School visits video

Thank you to Hackney Council’s Communications and Media team who created this new video highlighting our work with school groups.  https://tinyurl.com/y2qjs2y7

Trustees required

We are seeking dynamic Trustees to join our dedicated Board, to take Kench Hill Charity into the next stage of growth. Are you passionate about the value of outdoor learning and the benefits of nature for health and well-being, especially for children and young people from areas of urban deprivation? Can you bring skills to sustainably develop this small, but thriving Centre? We are looking for individuals with particular experience in marketing, fundraising, property and business management.  Can be local or London-based. Meetings currently held quarterly at Kench Hill or in Hackney. Contact sandi.bain@kenchhill.co.uk for further information.

Country Adventures Short Breaks 2020 -Mini-holidays for special children & their families!

NEW DATES 2020: 1 family space left – August 14-16th (Friday -Sunday) Country-AdventuresSummer20Booking-form

Summer holiday Short Break. August 25-27th (Tuesday-Thursday) Limited spaces Country-AdventuresSummer20 2

Email us if you are interested.

Register for our popular Country Adventures Short Breaks.  Aged 5+, particularly Autism. Siblings and carers welcome too. The final programme is chosen with the participants. Hackney families registered with Short Breaks can use Individual Budgets to fund the trips.  Support is given with transport to Kench Hill from London. From £50 per child inclusive of catering, accommodation and activities for 2 nights. Register your interest with us so we can let you know the next dates available. Email your details to admin@kenchhill.co.uk

Collect and Connect to Nature with Tesco Bag for Help

£4 000 was raised at Tesco’s Tenterden Store for the continuation of our Collect & Connect to Nature project for local schools. The money funded a series of day visits for all classes at Tenterden Infant and Junior Schools in 2019.

Wittersham CE Primary Reception class dig for worms

Pond-dipping

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Kitchen garden

Planting

Our fun activities

millfields_largeWhatever the weather, a week at Kench Hill is packed with things to do and memorable experiences.  Bring the curriculum to life with engaging, practical lessons that stimulate real learning.  A country walk becomes a great adventure, while team games such as orienteering foster personal development.

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.

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