Events

Samphire Hoe events taking place from October 2017 to March 2018

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

Every care has been taken to ensure that the details given here were correct at the time of printing. You may wish to check with the leader by telephone before travelling, particularly when weather conditions are likely to be poor. The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Anyone suffering from a serious health condition is advised to check with their doctor before attending any event. Please inform the leader, in confidence, of any serious condition at the start of the event. Please note that you attend an event at your risk. The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover District Council and sponsors accept no liability for any accident or loss.

  • 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 to inform 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 2017

  • Saturday 30 September to Tuesday 31 October 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Wildlife Migration
    The Kent coast around Dover and Folkestone is a wonderful area to see wildlife migration in action. Come along and discover more. 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)
  • Friday 6 October 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Friday 13 October 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649)
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Sunday 15 October 10.00am to 4.00pm

    Wildlife migration day – Samphire Hoe
    We will be reporting sightings from along the coast between Hythe and Deal all day on twitter #wildlifemigrationday. Come along and follow the action as it is plotted at the Hoe and join in a walk (10.00am and 2.00pm) to discover the wildlife migration at Samphire Hoe. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (pay and display car park).
  • Sunday 15 October 10.00am & 2.00pm

    Wildlife Migration Day – Samphire Hoe
    Join in a walk (10am or 2pm) to discover the wildlife migration at Samphire Hoe. Bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars and telescopes will be available and how to use them will be explained. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: 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: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours).Grade: 2
  • Friday 20 October 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Sunday 22 October 11.00am

    The Art of Flight (Art in the Shelter) (please book)
    In my dreams I can fly high in the sky. However when I am awake I can only wonder at other creatures that fly. Come along to discover the wonder and beauty of flight. You will be making things that fly. All ages, all abilities. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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. No dogs please.
  • Wednesday 25 October 2.00pm

    Samphire Hoe Ghost Stories Around The Fire (please book) (Green Gang)
    As the firelight flickers on the walls join us for some shadowy tales - we have some great ones to share. If you are feeling brave bring your own short ghost story to tell us. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker and Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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: 1.5 hours. No dogs please.
  • Thursday 26 October 10.00am

    Try Your Hand At Water Colour Painting Art in the Shelter) (please book)
    This is an opportunity to have a go at watercolour painting. We shall explore a few easy and simple techniques to get you painting our wonderful landscape. We will supply all the materials needed. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and bring your lunch or purchase refreshment from the kiosk. This event is for older children 12+ and adults. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated. There are 15 places only so booking is essential. To book please call 01304 225649.
    Leader: Colin Smithen for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.
    Meet: 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. No dogs please.
  • Friday 27 October 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.

›› November 2017

  • Wednesday 1 November to Sunday 31 December 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Folkestone To Samphire Hoe – The Really Wild Coast
    When the tide and weather are just right a few people take the perilous walk from Folkestone to Samphire Hoe. CAUTION: Always check you’re walking when the tide is falling and you can complete the walk in daylight. Along the way there is a prehistoric looking forest, dead man’s pool, many fossils, a secret river, and many more interesting places and things to discover. They are all part of the Really Wild Coast. 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).
  • Friday 3 November 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Friday 10 November 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Saturday 11 November 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

    Samphire Hoe Quiz Night (please book)
    A general knowledge fun quiz - you don’t have to be a mastermind! Organised by the Samphire Hoe Volunteer Rangers to raise funds for the Education Shelter. Teams of up to eight people. Bring your own food and drink and a torch (01304 225649).
    Charge: £3 entry per person (payable at the event).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Sunday 12 November 11.00am

    Coastal Walk At The Folkestone Warren
    A walk through the Folkestone Warren along the seafront up the zig-zag path towards the Royal Oak pub and then back along the North Downs Way to Jocks Pitch. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Jan MacNicol, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (07880 706993).
    Meet: East Cliff Pavilion, Wear Bay Road, Folkestone, CT19 6BL (TR 239 364).
    Distance:4 miles (2 hours).Grade: 3 (muddy). Dogs on leads.
  • Friday 17 November 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Sunday 19 November 11.00am

    Make A Remarkable Map Of The Chalk Coas (Art In The Shelter) (Please book)
    We shall have fun with fossils, plants and seaweed creating a map of the local coast. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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. No dogs please.
  • Sunday 19 November 1.00pm

    Wild White Cliffs
    Join an invigorating walk with stunning views around part of the Western Heights nature reserve, Shakespeare Cliff Heritage Coast and maybe views of the French coast too! Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07880 706990).
    Meet: St. Martin’s Battery car park overlooking Western Docks, South Military Road, Western Heights, Dover (TR 313 407). Nearest postcode CT17 9TW.
    Distance: 4 miles (2 – 2½ hours). Grade: 4 (muddy and steep in places).
  • Friday 24 November 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader:Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.

›› December 2017

  • Friday 1 to Sunday 31 December 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Folkestone To Samphire Hoe – The Really Wild Coast
    When the tide and weather are just right a few people take the perilous walk from Folkestone to Samphire Hoe. CAUTION: Always check you’re walking when the tide is falling and you can complete the walk in daylight. Along the way there is a prehistoric looking forest, dead man’s pool, many fossils, a secret river, and many more interesting places and things to discover. They are all part of the Really Wild Coast.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).
  • Friday 1 December 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Friday 8 December 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Friday 15 December 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Friday 22 December 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Tuesday 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.
  • Friday 29 December 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Samphire Hoe: Easy-To-Do ½ Day Conservation
    Join Steve for a morning task at Samphire Hoe doing a of site maintenance that could include thistle cutting, path clearing or bramble cutting.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Site Management Office, Samphire Hoe (off A20 going from Dover towards Folkestone), CT17 9FL (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a parking permit from the office.
  • Sunday 31 December 11.00am

    Rain Painting (Art in the Shelter) (Please book)
    We shall create amazing rain paintings inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and Damien Hurst. These can be a bit messy so wear old clothes. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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. No dogs please.

›› January 2018

  • Monday 1 January to Wednesday 28 February 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Amazing Wild Weather
    The coast here at Samphire Hoe can take a battering but it can be stunningly appealing. Storms, sunshine and clouds all effect the way we feel about the landscape. This exhibition is a celebration of the beauty and power of the elements. 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).
  • Sunday 28 January 2.00pm

    Weather Walk Samphire Hoe
    Discover the amazing world above our heads; have you ever seen a sundog, ice halo or fogbow? Come along on this walk to find out more about the weather phenomenon you can see from Samphire Hoe. 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.

›› February 2018

  • Thursday 1 to Wednesday 28 February 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Amazing Wild Weather
    The coast here at Samphire Hoe can take a battering but it can be stunningly appealing. Storms, sunshine and clouds all effect the way we feel about the landscape. This exhibition is a celebration of the beauty and power of the elements. 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).
  • Sunday 11 February 11.00am

    Create A Moonlit Snow Scene (Art in the Shelter) (please book)
    We shall create a magical snow scene to shine in the dark. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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. No dogs please.
  • Sunday 18 February 2.00pm

    Fun Weather Experiments (Green Gang)
    Come along measure a rain drop, create a rainbow and make a cloud in a bottle and more. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 0.5 mile (1 hour)
    Grade: 1. No Dogs.

›› March 2018

  • Thursday 1 March to Monday 30 April 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Exploring The Fantastic Local Coast & Countryside Celebrating 25 Yeast Of Green Gang
    Over the years White Cliffs Countryside Partnership has run hundreds of GREEN GANG family events, so that families could have fun finding out about nature and explore the countryside, and with arts and crafts. This exhibition shares those special natural places, wildlife and the joy of exploring and discovery. 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).
  • Sunday 11 March 11.00am

    The Snake Dance (Art in the Shelter) (Please book)
    As adders emerge from hibernation we shall make adder sculptures and create a snake dance to celebrate spring. Suggested donation of £5 per person towards materials appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: The 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: 1.5 hours. No dogs please.
  • Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 April 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Wildlife And Countryside-Temple Ewell Art Group
    Come along and enjoy a display of artwork by the Temple Ewell Art Group. Some will be for sale. 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).
  • Saturday 31 March 2.00pm

    Samphire Hoe Easter Egg Challenge (Green Gang)
    Can you conquer the eggcellent egg assault course? Dare you join in the wacky egg rolling? Donations Appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1 mile (1.5 hours).
    Grade: 2. Dogs on leads.