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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 WEDNESDAY’S.
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

  • Children’s astronomy session
  • 16th November 2018

  • Children’s Friday astronomy viewing session – IMPORTANT UPDATE #2 This session, which was originally scheduled for Friday 16th Nov, will now be held on Saturday 17th Nov instead. Unlike Friday evening, Saturday is looking clear….

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE – Children’s astronomy session
  • 12th November 2018

  • Children’s Friday astronomy viewing session 16th November – IMPORTANT UPDATE The current weather forecast is not favourable for the Friday session. There may be the possibility, therefore, that the session will be pushed back a…

  • Birthday Party Winner!
  • 7th November 2018

  • The winner of the dinosaur colouring-in activity for the birthday party held at the Reserve on Saturday 3rd November is Poppy. Well done, Poppy!

  • Winter Opening Times
  • 1st November 2018

  • From 1st November the Reserve will be changing to its winter opening times. The Reserve will be open from 10am-3pm, 6 days a week, closed on Wednesday’s.