Events

Samphire Hoe events taking place from April to September 2016

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.

›› April 2016

  • Friday 1 April to Saturday 2 May 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Samphire Hoe painting with light
    “During the years I have worked at Samphire Hoe I have seen and heard many amazing sights and beautiful stories. Using a digital tablet I create pictures inspired by these experiences. To me I am ‘Painting with light’ as these artworks are created with it. This exhibition shows some of these works.” Steve Walker Ranger at Samphire Hoe since 2008.
    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.
  • Friday 29 April 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site. It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    It Could Include Path Clearing, Beaching Clean Or Erosion Control. For More Information, Call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership On 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.

›› May 2016

  • Tuesday 3 May to Thursday 30 June 11.00am - 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: grassland superstars
    East Kent has the most amazing chalk grassland with up to 40 different plants in a square metre. This exhibition focuses on some of those Superstar plants with great stories to tell. 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). No dogs.
  • Friday 6 May 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Friday 6 May 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Saturday 7 May 11.00am (Please book)

    Make a giant flower (Art in the Shelter)
    We shall make a giant plant with many different paper flowers and make some flowers to take home. Suitable for all ages and all abilities. It might be messy so please wear suitable clothing. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader:Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL. Duration: 2 hours. No dogs.
  • Friday 13 May 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Sunday 15 May 2.00pm

    The early spider orchids of Samphire Hoe
    An illustrated talk about the fascinating life of the early spider orchid, followed by a walk to see them in flower. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Distance: 1 mile (2 hours).
    Grade: 2. No Dogs
  • Friday 20 May 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.

›› June 2016

  • Friday 3 June 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Friday 10 June 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    Join us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Saturday 11 June 2.00pm

    White Cliffs superstar peregrine falcons and more
    Come along and discover the amazing wildlife of the white cliffs. Binoculars and telescopes will be provided. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 01304 225649.
    Leader:Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649). Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391).
    Distance: 1 mile (2 hours).
    Grade:2. No Dogs.
  • Friday 17 June 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: helping the Hoe morning
    WJoin us to do conservation and maintenance work around this important chalk grassland site.
    It could include path clearing, beaching clean or erosion control.
    For more information, call Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership on 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.
  • Sunday 19 June 11.00am (Please book)

    Fantastic photograms (Art in the Shelter)
    This is a rare opportunity to try out this fascinating technique. We shall walk around the Hoe collecting suitable textures and patterns and come back into a traditional darkroom to make our beautiful Photograms. Suitable for all ages and all abilities. It might be messy so please wear suitable clothing. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL.
    Duration:2 hours. No dogs..

›› July 2016

  • Friday 1 July to Wednesday 31 August 11.00am - 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: get out and up on the downs
    An exhibition to encourage you to get out and explore Up on the Downs.
    Venue:Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
  • Wednesday 27 July 10.00am (Green Gang)

    Rockpool rock stars
    Be filmed while you discover what creatures live in the rockpools. Later you shall be rockpool stars in a movie. Please wear footwear that can get wet and some spare clothes! Suggested donation of £2 per person appreciated.
    Leader:Steve Walker and Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet:Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL. Distance: 2 miles (2/3 hours).
    Grade: 5 (rocky shore). No dogs.
  • Friday 29 July 2.00pm (Please book)

    Make your own magical map (Art in the Shelter)
    Every day we walk/travel somewhere: our favourite place, school, work, to the town and in the countryside. We shall be inspired by the work of Simon Lewty to have fun making our very own enchanted maps of our journeys. Suitable for all ages and all abilities. It will be messy so please wear suitable clothing. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649). Meet:Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL.
    Duration: 2 hours. No dogs.

›› August 2016

  • Thursday 4 August 2.00pm (Green Gang)

    Grassland groovers at Samphire Hoe
    Be filmed while you bag some bugs on a minibeast safari in the inches high savannah at Samphire Hoe. Later you shall be intrepid Grassland Groovers in a Facebook movie. Suggested donation of £2 per person appreciated. Leader:Steve Walker and Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649). Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL.
    Distance:1 mile (2/3 hours).
    Grade: 2. No dogs
  • Sunday 7 August

    Festival finale at Samphire Hoe
    An exciting celebration to mark the end of the Up on the Downs 2016 summer festival. There will be lots of fun, exciting things to do to celebrate our stunning landscape and heritage. For more details see www.uponthedowns.org.uk.
    Venue:Samphire Hoe Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
  • Saturday 13 August 11.00am (Please book)

    Create a 3D scene of dinosaurs (Art in the Shelter)
    Dinosaurs roamed the land as the chalk hills were made. You will make and paint your very own dinosaur landscape. Suitable for all ages and all abilities. This will be very messy so please wear suitable clothing. Booking essential. Suggested donation of £5 per person appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet:Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL
    Duration: 2 hours. No dogs.
  • Saturday 27 August 11.00am (Please book)

    Discover geocaching up on the downs at Samphire Hoe
    Introductory workshop to geocaching by Andrea Cassidy to discover the world of geocaching and a chance to meet fellow geocashers; with an explanation of the activity and the adventures that it can lead to. The workshop will be followed by a chance to discover the hidden caches on the Hoe with a guide; noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (please book). Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Andrea Cassidy for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet:Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391).
    Distance: 2 miles (3 hours).
    Grade: 2. No dogs.
  • Monday 29 August 10.30am – 4.00pm (Green Gang)

    Bug roadshow at Samphire Hoe
    Are you brave enough to handle the bugs! See and handle giant millipedes, stick insects, katydids, cockroaches, leaf Insects and giant moths to name but a few and learn some fascinating facts about them. Come to the new Education Shelter any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Tony Rouse, Bug Roadshow for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet:Samphire Hoe 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.
  • Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2.00pm (Green Gang)

    Samphire Hoe bugtastic adventure
    Come along and discover the weird and wonderful world of bugs. We will go on a bug safari and also make one to take home! Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet:Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display car park). The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391).
    Distance: 1 mile(2 hours).
    Grade: 2. No Dogs.

›› September 2016

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

    Exhibition: your stories & 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 Centre. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    No dogs.
  • Saturday 24 September - Closed

    Please note that Samphire Hoe will be exceptionally closed to the public all day.