Events

Samphire Hoe events taking place in 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.

›› May 2017

  • Tuesday 2 May to Wednesday 31 May 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: Orchids of the Downs
    An exhibition looking at the stunning beauty of the orchids found up on the downs. 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 7 May 11.00am

    Create a tricky orchid (please book)
    Orchids have a close relationship with insects. We shall have fun creating beautiful but deadly orchids to attract even the most reluctant insect. 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: 2 hours. No dogs.
  • Sunday 14 May 2.00pm

    Early spider orchids of Samphire Hoe
    Discover the amazing life of this trickster orchid, with a short illustrated presentation followed by a guided walk. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649)
    Meet: Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone) (pay and display parking)
    Distance: 1.5 miles (2 hours). Grade: 2. No dogs

›› June 2017

  • Thursday 1 June to Thursday 31 August 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: the making of Samphire Hoe
    This year Samphire Hoe celebrates its twentieth birthday of being open to the public. Over this time it has become an important place for wildlife and a favourite place to visit. This exhibition documents the construction of the site and subsequent colonisation by wildlife. 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 4 June 11.00am

    Create an amazing night scene (please book in advance)
    Now Samphire Hoe is a tranquil wildlife site however back when TML were fitting out the Channel Tunnel it was an amazing night time scene of industry. We shall create a dramatic night scene in vivid colour. Family event for all ages, all abilities. Suggested donation of £5 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: 2 hours. No dogs.
  • Saturday 10 June 7.00pm

    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. Charge: £3 entry per person.
    Leader: Volunteer Rangers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. The Hoe is signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone, CT17 9FL (TR 294 391).
  • Sunday 25 June 10.00am

    20 years of birds at Samphire Hoe
    An opportunity to discover the unusual birds which can be seen from Samphire Hoe including the fastest creature in the world and a 45 year old albatross! Find out how the birdlife has changed in the 20 years that the Hoe has been open. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649)
    Meet: Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone).
    Distance:: 4 miles (2 hours). Grade: 2. Dogs on leads.

›› July 2017

  • Saturday 1 July to Thursday 31 August 11.00am to 3.00pm daily

    Exhibition: the making of Samphire Hoe
    This year Samphire Hoe celebrates its twentieth birthday of being open to the public. Over this time it has become an important place for wildlife and a favourite place to visit. This exhibition documents the construction of the site and subsequent colonisation by wildlife. 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 23 July 12 noon– 4.00pm

    Countryside Funday Sunday at Samphire Hoe - celebrating 20 years
    Bring your family along to our TRADITIONAL STYLE COUNTRY FAIR to celebrate 20 years of SAMPHIRE HOE. There will be fun side shows such as: feed the trout, Insect roulette, excavate the T-Rex skull, the orchid challenge, Guess the weight of the cow pat and see giant bugs. There will be many more stalls and an exhibition of THE MAKING OF SAMPHIRE HOE. Food and drink will be available. For more information phone 01304 225649. Free entry, donations are welcome.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Venue: Samphire Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display car park).
  • Tuesday 25 July 11.00am to 3.00pm

    Drop in for art fun at Samphire Hoe
    Fun things to do in and around the Education shelter. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Steve Walker, 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 car park). No dogs.
  • Thursday 27 July 9.30am

    Rockpool rock star
    Discover the incredible creatures that make their homes in the rock pools at Samphire Hoe. Whilst you explore, you’ll have a chance to be filmed and after, we’ll turn you into rockpooling stars in a movie! We have plenty of nets but you’re welcome to bring your own. Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear and, bring spares as you may get wet! Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt and Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone) (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1.5 miles (2.5 hours). Grade: 5 (rocky shore). No dogs.

›› August 2017

  • Thursday 3 August 10.30am (Booking essential)

    Stone age adventure
    This exciting two part adventure starts with the key to surviving in Stone Age times. After lunch we shall have fun with Stone Age art and discover how to make paint. Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear. Please book. If you want to book a packed lunch let us know before the end of Monday 31st July. Suggested donation of £5 appreciated plus money for lunch.
    Leader: Paul Holt and Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: TSamphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone) (pay and display parking)
    Distance: 1.5 miles (3.5 hours). Grade: 2. No dogs.
  • Sunday 27 August 11.00am to 3.00pm

    Drop in for art fun at Samphire Hoe
    Fun things to do in and around the Education shelter. Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm. Donation 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). No dogs.
  • Wednesday 30 August 2.00pm

    Samphire Hoe beach adventure
    Come along and join in a family walk to the west beach and back at Samphire Hoe. On the beach we will do a scavenger hunt, the pebble challenge and search for Hag Stones. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Paul Holt, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Distance: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours). Grade: 4 (shingle beach). Dogs on leads.
  • Thursday 31 August 2.00pm

    Grassland groovers
    Come along and join in a minibeast safari in the inches high savannah at Samphire Hoe. You can be intrepid Grassland Groovers in a Facebook movie. There will be the chance to create your very own bug superstar. Donation appreciated.
    Leader: Paul Holt and Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649).
    Meet: Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone) (pay and display car park).
    Distance: 1 mile (2 hours). Grade: 2. No dogs.

›› September 2017

  • Friday 1 September to Friday 29 September 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 signposted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone (CT17 9FL) (pay and display parking).
  • Sunday 10 September 10.00am (Please book)

    Art on the beach
    We shall make a giant fish on the beach. Suitable for 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: Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (off the A20 heading from Dover to Folkestone) (pay and display parking).
    Distance: 1.5 mile (2 hours). Grade: 4 (shingle beach). No dogs.
  • Sunday 17 September 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 17 September 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.
  • Saturday 30 September From 10.30am (Please book)

    Bird box making & bird trail at Samphire Hoe
    Help the birds this year by building yourself a bird box from our specially prepared kits. When finished, you can take it home together with instructions on where best to site it. Rangers will be by the Education Shelter with binoculars and telescopes for visitors to use to see the wildlife up close. Have a go at the bird quiz trail. Booking essential. Please phone WCCP on 01304 241806 to book your 30 minute time slot. Donation appreciated (materials kindly funded by Affinity Water).
    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. No Dogs.