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Monkton Nature Reserve

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Conservation and Education

For the local community

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Our own observatories

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Prices & Opening Times

Prices & Opening Times

OPENING HOURS

Open 6 days a week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. CLOSED WEDNESDAYS.
Summer: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, last admission 4.00pm  (April to October inclusive)
Winter:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm, last admission 2.00pm  (November to March inclusive)

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Around the Reserve

Around the Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve is a 16 acre wildlife oasis reclaimed from a former chalk quarry in East Kent, and it is now home to many protected and endangered species of fauna and flora.

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Children’s Activities

Children’s Activities

We have a variety of children’s activities that will keep our younger visitors’ entertained, and encourage an interest in nature at the same time!

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Second-hand Bookshop

Second-hand Bookshop

Our second-hand bookshop has an extensive range of approximately 8,000 books for sale, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Monkton Stargazers

Monkton Stargazers

Monkton Nature Reserve is home to the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group and the two Thanet Observatories.

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Field Study Centre

Field Study Centre

There is much of interest to see in the exhibition areas of the Field Study Centre, and entrance is FREE.

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Upcoming Events


Recent posts

  • Christmas Closing Dates
  • 7th December 2018

  • The Reserve will be closed on the following dates over the Christmas period Mon 24th Dec Tues 25th Dec Wed 26th Dec Thurs 27th Dec Mon 31st Dec Tues 1st Jan We wish all our…

  • Remote Observations of Remote Objects
  • 3rd December 2018

  • On a balmy Friday evening in September, nearly 50 people squeezed into The Cabin at the Reserve to receive an illustrated talk from Tim Long on the new “Tigra Automatic Observatory:  How we built it…

  • Celebrating our Heritage
  • On Saturday 15th September, Monkton Nature Reserve joined in the national celebrations of Britain’s heritage, by throwing open its gates and allowing free entry to the general public; and they came in droves! This annual…

  • Season’s Greetings from the Trustees
  • If you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming … and fast!  We hope you are looking forward to this time of rest and renewal, of joyful celebration and spending time with friends and family.  On behalf…