Events

Samphire Hoe events taking place from November 2014 to March 2015

Please read the safety advices and recommendations below before attending an event

Merci de lire attentivement les recommandations et les conseils de sécurité ci-dessous avant de participer à un évènement.

Every care has been taken to ensure that the details given here were correct at the time of publishing but we cannot accept any liability for any errors or omissions on our web site. You may wish to check with the leader by telephone before travelling, particularly when weather conditions are likely to be poor.

Nous nous attachons à ce que l’information fournie et publiée sur ce site soit correcte et actualisée mais nous ne pouvons garantir de prendre en compte tout changement éventuel de manière immédiate sur ce site. Nous vous recommandons donc de contacter le guide de chaque activité par téléphone avant d’entreprendre votre voyage, notamment en cas de conditions météorologiques dégradées.

  • The grading system explained

    To help you choose a suitable event we have graded all the walks.
    Grade 1: very easy walk, generally on pavements
    Grade 2: easy walk in the countryside, with only gentle hills. No stiles
    Grade 3: typical country walk with some steeper hills or stiles
    Grade 4: more difficult walks with steep hills, or likely to be muddy paths
    Grade 5: difficult walks such as rocky shores, shingle or night walks
  • Comprendre le barème de classement

    Pour vous permettre de choisir un évènement, nous avons classé chaque randonnée ou marche selon un barème de niveaux de difficulté.
    Grade 1 : très facile
    Grade 2 : facile, promenade dans la campagne avec quelques collines en pente douce. Aucun passage d’échalier
    Grade 3 : modéré, randonnée dans la campagne avec quelques terrains plus vallonnés ou passage de quelques échaliers
    Grade 4 : soutenu, randonnée sur des terrains très vallonnés ou sur des sentiers potentiellement boueux
    Grade 5 : difficile, randonnée avec passages sur des rivages rocheux et sur des galets ou randonnées de nuit
  • Advices on safety and equipment

    Please wear suitable boots or shoes with good grip. Bring waterproof clothing if rain is forecast. Please wrap up warm in cold weather and you might wish to bring something to drink. Please remember a sun hat and suntan lotion in warm weather.
    Whatever the weather the leader will be at the start of the walk, although the event may have to be varied or even cancelled in some circumstances.
    Please note that you attend an event at your own risk.
    Anyone suffering from any serious health condition is advised to check with their doctor before attending a guided walk or any event.
    We advise you toinform the walk leader of any condition, in confidence, at the start of the walk of the event. But please note that you attend an event at your own risk.
    For more information, including details regarding access for those with disabilities, please contact the leader of the event.
    The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover District Council, Eurotunnel and the sponsors accept no liability for any accident or loss.
  • Conseils sur la sécurité et l’équipement

    Nous vous recommandons de porter des bottes ou des chaussures adaptées à semelles crantées. Selon la saison et les prévisions météorologiques, merci de porter ou de vous munir de vêtements imperméables ou chauds, d’un chapeau de soleil et d’une crème solaire. Vous pouvez également apporter une boisson chaude ou fraîche.
    Quelle que soit les conditions météorologiques, le guide (leader) sera présent au départ de la marche, même si l’itinéraire doit être modifié ou la randonnée annulée sous certaines circonstances.
    Il est recommandé à toute personne souffrant d’une maladie de consulter un médecin avant de participer à une randonnée. Si vous êtes aptes physiquement, merci d’informer le guide (leader) de votre condition médicale en toute discrétion au début de la marche ou de l'évènement. Pour plus d’informations, notamment en ce qui concerne les accès pour les personnes handicapées, merci de contacter le guide de la randonnée.
    The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover Disctrict Council, Eurotunnel et les sponsors déclinent toute responsablité pour tout préjudice, dommage, accident ou perte.

›› November 2014

  • Friday 7 November 10am – 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391.
  • Friday 14 November to Thursday 18 December 11am until 3pm daily

    My landscape my story exhibition
    A daily exhibition at the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Discover local people’s favourite places and views.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Friday 14 November 10am – 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391.
  • Saturday 15 November 1pm

    Digital Photography workshop (Please book)
    Come along and learn more about your digital camera (SLR, bridge or compact) with enthusiasts from Folkestone Camera Club. There will be the opportunity to learn how to make the most of your camera in terms of settings and using it out in the dramatic landscape of Samphire Hoe. Favourite photos taken during the workshop can be put on display in the Education Shelter. Booking essential.
    LEADER: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649) and Local Camera Club Photographers.
    MEET: Site management office, Samphire Hoe.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (3 hours).
    GRADE: 2
  • Friday 21 November 10am – 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391.
  • Saturday 22 November 10am

    Photodrawing ('Art in the Shelter’) (Booking essential)
    Our ‘Art in the Shelter’ mornings will explore different ways of looking at and doing art. We shall walk the site taking a few photographs. We shall choose our favourites to make giant projections and then draw what we see. All ages, all abilities. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 3 hours.
  • Friday 28 November 10am – 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391.
  • Sunday 30 November 10am

    Storytelling workshop (Please book)
    Spend an afternoon in the company of storyteller Richard Neville while he spins yarns, legends and folktales around Samphire Hoe and beyond. Find out what happens when the imagination of a storyteller meets the White Cliffs of Dover! Stories will range from animal fables to supernatural legends. This event is suitable for families (children must be 6+ years), and depending on the weather, will be out on the Hoe and around the cosy wood burning stove in the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Booking essential (please ring WCCP on 01304 225649).Free event.LEADER: Richard Neville for the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme (01304 225649). MEET: Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park). DURATION: 2 hours. GRADE: 2. NO DOGS
  • Sunday 30 November 1pm

    Stories around the samphire (Please book)
    What do you do if someone asks you for a story? Come to this workshop and learn tips, tricks and exercises to get your storytelling muscles moving. Learn how to make up stories, how to tell them, and how to keep an audience of all ages hanging on your every word! No previous experience necessary. Booking essential. Free
    LEADER: Richard Neville for the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2 hours.

›› December 2014

  • Friday 5 December 10am – 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management. For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649. 10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391.
  • Saturday 6 December 10am

    It's my landscape ('Art in the Shelter’) (Booking essential)
    Our ‘Art in the Shelter’ mornings will explore different ways of looking at and doing art. We shall walk the site to discover our favourite places. Back in the teaching room we shall use Matisse's cut outs to inspire our pictures. All ages, all abilities. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated. Booking essential
    LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 3 hours.
  • Wednesday 10 December 7.30pm

    Illustrated talk: The White Cliffs of Dover
    An illustrated talk at the new Samphire Hoe Education Shelter by Kirk Alexander about the history and wildlife of the world famous White Cliffs of Dover. The coast from Folkestone to Dover and from Dover to Kingsdown, near Deal, are the only stretches of Heritage Coast in Kent. Donation of £3 per person appreciated (to include refreshments).
    SPEAKER: Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 01304 225649).
    MEET: Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe, near Dover (signposted from A20 travelling from Dover towards Folkestone) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2.5 hours.
  • Friday 12 December - 10am to 1pm

    Samphire Hoe: easy to do half day conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task helping to care for Samphire Hoe; work could include path clearing, scrub clearing, and other vegetation management.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    10.00am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (sign posted off A20 driving from Dover to Folkestone), TR 294 391
  • Sunday 14 December 2pm

    Make your own natural christmas decorations at the new, cosy Hoe shelter (Please book)
    Using natural materials (some are provided, but you can also bring some of your own) come and make your own Christmas decorations, such as a door wreath or a table decoration, gift tags, cards or tree decorations - you choose. In the cosy, new Hoe shelter, with the wood stoves glowing, come and make some decorations for your friends and family and get into that Christmassy mood! Suggested donation of £5 per family to cover cost of materials. Booking essential (01304 225649).
    LEADER: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07880 706990).
    MEET: Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 3 hours.
  • Saturday 20 December to Thursday 8 January 11am until 3pm daily

    Bleak winter beauty photographic exhibition
    Exhibition at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. A display of last winter’s photographic competition.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).

›› January 2015

  • Saturday 10 to Saturday 31 January 11am until 3pm daily

    Stargazing-Samphire Hoe
    Exhibition at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter - The wonders of the night sky.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Saturday 17 January 10am

    Samphire Hoe night sky (‘Art in the Shelter’) (Please book)
    Our ‘Art in the Shelter’ mornings will explore different ways of looking at and doing art. This week we shall create a magnificent domed night sky. Using the delightful fifteenth century painting ‘Salamanca sky’ by Fernando Gallego as our guide. We will create exciting new constellations to express the wonders of Samphire Hoe. All ages, all abilities. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated. Booking essential
    LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park). DURATION: 3 hours.
  • Saturday 17 January 2pm

    It is rocket schience (Green Gang)
    Discover the principles behind rockets, then make your own water or air powered rocket that you can launch and take home with you! Booking essential.
    LEADER: South East Kent Astronomy Society (SEKAS) for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2.5 hours.
  • Saturday 17 January 6pm

    Stargazing at Samphire Hoe
    Discover the universe. We shall be stargazing with astronomers from South East Kent Astronomical Society (SEKAS). Bring your binoculars and telescopes if you have them. Find your way around the heavens. This is your chance to speak to experts about the night sky. Warm clothing essential. Please note even if the weather is cloudy there will be activities inside.
    LEADER: SEKAS.
    For more information phone Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The Samphire Hoe Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2 hours.
    Dogs on leads.

›› February 2015

  • Sunday 1 to Saturday 28 February 11am until 3pm daily

    White Cliffs wild weather
    An exhibition at the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter– Discover the impact that wild weather has on the dramatic landscape of the white cliffs. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Wednesday 11 February 7.30pm

    Illustrated talk:Geology of the White Cliffs
    Come and hear about the rocks and fossils and ancient habitats that form the White Cliffs of Dover.
    Donation of £3 per person would be appreciated (to include refreshments).
    SPEAKER: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 01304 225649).
    MEET: Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe, near Dover, CT1 7FL (Signposted off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone) (pay and display car park).
  • Saturday 14 February 10am

    Wild weather(‘Art in the Shelter’) (Please book)
    Our ‘Art in the Shelter’ mornings will explore different ways of looking at and doing art. We shall walk the site to discover evidence of the weather then using J M Turner as our inspiration we shall have fun finding ways to express wild weather. All ages, all abilities. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated. Booking essential.
    LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 3 hours.
    GRADE: 2.
    NO DOGS
  • Saturday 14 February 1.30pm – 4.30pm

    Build a bird box and make pine cone seed feeders (Green Gang) (Please book)
    Help the birds this year by providing a nest box and seed feeders. Join us and build yourself a bird box from our specially prepared kits. We will have volunteers to help and guide you to complete your box. When finished, you can take it home together with instructions on where best to site it. We will also be making bird seed fat balls using pine cones and string. Get creative and join us for this hand’s-on event. Booking essential. Please phone WCCP on 01304 225649 to book your 30 minute time slot.
    Suggested donation of £5 appreciated for a box and a bird feeder fat ball.
    LEADER: Paul Sampson, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07773 619121).
    MEET: Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 30 minutes. .
  • Sunday 22 February 2pm

    Wacky weather event (Green Gang)
    Make a cloud, show the Coriolis Effect in a bottle, and discover how the air can turn ships upside down!
    Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    LEADER: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2 hours.

›› March 2015

  • Sunday 1 to Saturday 28 March 11am until 3pm daily

    Flint and Fire
    An exhibition at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter - Flint and Fire the Tools of Choice for 400,000 years. Discover how humans have used flint to survive, see examples of flint tools found in the local area.
    Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Wednesday 11 March 7.30pm

    Illustrated talk: Folkestone warren in a special place
    An illustrated talk by Kirk Alexander about the history and wildlife of Folkestone Warren, one of Britain’s most important nature reserves but also important for its history and archaeology.
    Donation of £3 per person would be appreciated (to include refreshments).
    SPEAKER: Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 01304 225649).
    MEET: Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe, near Dover CT17 9FL (TR 294 391) (Signposted off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone) (pay and display car park). .
  • Saturday 14 March 10am

    Look what I have found(‘Art in the Shelter’) (Please book)
    Our ‘Art in the Shelter’ mornings will explore different ways of looking at and doing art. Inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy we shall look for only natural found objects that stone age people could have used and make an interesting sculpture as we walk around the Hoe. All ages, all abilities. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated. Booking essential.
    LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 3 hours.
  • Saturday 21 March 10am

    Flint knapping workshop (Please book)
    Have you ever wanted to have a go at fashioning tools from flint ‘knapping’? Well, here is your opportunity! Booking essential
    LEADER: James Dilley, Ancient Craft for the Up on the Downs Landscape partnership scheme (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).).
    DURATION: 2.5 hours.
  • Saturday 21 March 2pm

    Prehistoric pop-up
    See how the oldest tools in the world were made. Watch flint knapping demonstrations and discover the items of daily life of prehistory.
    LEADER: James Dilley, Ancient Craft for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    DURATION: 2 hours.
  • Sunday 22 March 1pm – 4pm

    Fire lighting and survival at Samphire Hoe
    Come and have fun learning about survival at Samphire Hoe:
    1.00pm – 2.00pm Fire lighting demonstration.
    2.00pm – 3.30pm How would you survive at Samphire Hoe?
    3.30pm – 4.00pm Toasting marshmallows on the fire!
    LEADER: Hannah Nicholls from Natural Pathways and Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649) for the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme.
    MEET: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).