Events

Samphire Hoe events taking place from October 2016 to March 2017

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.

›› October 2016

  • Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October - 11.00am - 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: YOUR stories and recollections of Samphire Hoe
    People have lived, worked and enjoyed being at Samphire Hoe. Come and see a selection of these stories and bring your own along on our special days.
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Education centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). No dogs.
  • Saturday 22 October - 10.30am (please book in advance)

    Lookering training day at Samphire Hoe
    Do you regularly walk in the countryside? Would you be willing to check that the grazing animals are ok? If so, we have a free training day organised for all existing and potential new lookers. Come and find out more about grazing animals and how they are looked after and how you can help. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please book by Tuesday 18 October.
    Leader: Paul Sampson, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806).
    Meet: The new teaching room, Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park). Duration: 4 hours.
  • Thursday 27 October - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Create a bug Super Hero (Art in the shelter)
    We shall look at bugs and their super powers and then you shall choose super powers to create your own bug super hero. Bring clothes that can get messy. Suitable for Age 4+. Please book. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Education Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). No dogs.
  • Saturday 29 October - 10.00am - 4.00pm

    Wildlife migration day live Samphire Hoe #wildlifemigrationday
    With wildlife enthusiasts along the coast, Samphire Hoe will act as a plotting room for live migration reports during the course of the day - come along and see the live action, follow the news on twitter #wildlifemigrationday. There will be a wildlife guided walk at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The new teaching room at the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park). Duration: 1 hour for walk.

›› November 2016

  • Tuesday 1 November to Saturday 31 December - 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Samphire Hoe in photos – through the eyes of the rangers
    Our volunteer rangers are on site at all times of the day and many are out there taking cracking photographs. Here are a selection we have chosen. For information please call 01304 225649.
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Dogs on leads.
  • Sunday 20 November - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Make a pin hole camera (Art in the shelter)
    We shall make our very own pin-hole cameras, take a photograph and develop up the image just like the early photographers. Age 4+ (with help from parents). Please bring a shoebox if you have one. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Duration: 2 hours. No dogs
  • Sunday 27 November - 2.30pm

    Sunset at Samphire (Photographic walk)
    We see many glorious sunsets at Samphire Hoe so grab your camera and join us at the Hoe for a short talk and then a guided walk as we go in search of a classic Samphire Hoe sunset! Please bring a camera. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: James Kirby for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: 10.15am at the Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe, Dover (signposted off the A20 when driving from Dover to Folkestone), CT17 9FL.

›› December 2016

  • Monday 26 December - 2.00pm

    Boxing Day walk at Samphire Hoe
    Stretch your legs and join a gentle guided walk around the Hoe. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate or mulled fruit juice from the Spindrift Café and warm up by the wood burner. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Distance: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours). Grade: 3. Dogs on leads.
  • Tuesday 27 December - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Create a magical night scene of wildlife art (Art in the shelter)
    Whist we want to cuddle up in a cosy house after dark a whole world of activity is taking place outside. Moles are busily digging, the catchfly is attracting moths, the red fox is after whatever it can find and high up the redwings are on migration. Help paint a picture of wildlife after dark. Wear clothes that can get messy. Please book. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Duration: 2 hours. No dogs

›› January 2017

  • Sunday 1 January to 28 February - 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Women working in the Kent countryside
    Here is a snap shot of jobs that women do working in the local countryside now and in the past. For information please call 01304 225649.
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Dogs on leads.
  • Sunday 15 January - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Create your own imaginary creature (Art in the shelter)
    Imagine your ancestors sitting around the fire on long dark nights, dancing shadows on the cave walls, wild creatures feared at every flicker. There is terror and safety in the cave as our ancestors imagine the wild creatures of the night lurking outside in the dark. What was that sound? Join us to create your own magical creatures. Please wear clothes that can get messy. Please book. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The Education Shelter, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391).
    Duration: 2 hours. No dogs
  • Sunday 22 January - 2.00pm

    A raven’s eye view of Samphire Hoe
    Join us on a guided walk from the Hoe and onto the cliffs above to gain a different perspective on the Hoe and Dover. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1.5 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 4. No dogs

›› February 2017

  • Saturday 11 to Monday 13 February - 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Coast and Countryside
    A display of artwork from the Temple Ewell Art Group. For information please call 01304 225649.
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Dogs on leads.
  • Sunday 12 February - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Make a magical sun print (Art in the shelter)
    Anna Atkins (1799 – 1871) the first woman photographer created books of her sun prints. She was able to document seaweed in great detail. We shall use the power of sunlight to recreate Anna’s prints. Please wear clothes that can get messy. Please book. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649)
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    Duration: 2 hours.
  • Saturday 18 February - from 10.30am (please book in advance)

    Build a bird box & make a pine cone feeder)
    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 241806 to book your 30 minute time slot. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated for a box and a cone bird feeder.
    Leader: Paul Sampson, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07773 619121).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
    Duration: 30 minutes.
  • Sunday 19 February - 2.00pm

    A woman of the white cliffs
    Join Mel Wrigley (local naturalist) who’s been working in science and the nature conservation for over 30 years (she started as a child!!). Mel will share her enthusiasm for our own ‘Cretaceous Park’ of plants, animals, rocks, fossils (there will be a few specimens to see) and dinosaurs; the making of the iconic White Cliffs and the English Channel. Come and share her enthusiasm for working in the coastal countryside. It might be cold, dress up warm! Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (07880 706990).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Centre, Samphire Hoe is sign posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1.5 miles (2 hours). Grade: 2 (or 5 if we walk down onto the shingle beach). Dogs on leads.

›› March 2017

  • Friday 1 March to Friday 31 March - 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Art of the White Cliffs
    The iconic white cliffs are a welcome sight to many visitors to our country but how do we see them? We display copies of art work by the famous and not so famous to discover different meanings. For information please call 01304 225649.
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking). Dogs on leads.
  • Sunday 12 March - 11.00am (please book in advance)

    Be inspired to paint flowers like Anne Pratt (Art in the shelter)
    Anne Pratt (1806 – 1893) lived in Dover and made beautiful illustrations of wild flowers. We shall colour in drawings or make our own drawings and colour them. Please wear clothes that can get messy. Please book. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    Duration: 2 hours. No dogs.
  • Sunday 19 March - 2.00pm

    Artists of the White Cliffs
    Come along and join a walk around Samphire Hoe where we will discover a variety of artists who have featured the White Cliffs in their work. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Venue: Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours). Grade: 3. Dogs on leads.