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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. OPEN WEDNESDAYS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY.
Summer (April to October inclusive): 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, last admission onto the Reserve 4.30pm
Winter (November to March inclusive): 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, last admission onto the Reserve 2.30pm

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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

  • Weather Notice – Sunday 9th Feb
  • 9th February 2020

  • The Reserve is open today, however, the woodland area above the quarry will be closed for safety reasons.

  • We are open Wednesday during February half-term
  • 4th February 2020

  • The Reserve will be open on Wednesday 19th February during the school half-term. Opening time will be the normal winter opening time of 10am to 3pm. See the Events section for the activities we have…

  • Christmas Opening Dates
  • 5th November 2019

  • Here are the dates that the Reserve will be open or shut over the 2019 holiday period. Monday 23rd December CLOSED Tuesday 24th December CLOSED Christmas Day CLOSED Boxing Day CLOSED Friday 27th December CLOSED…

  • Disruption due to new flooring
  • 25th October 2019

  • Starting Monday 4th November we are having new flooring being laid in the Field Study Centre. The new flooring will cover the entrance lobby, reception area, natural history museum, bird viewing area, main bookshop room…