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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

Monday to Sunday – 7 days a week
Summer: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  (April to October inclusive)
Winter:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm  (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

  • September Astronomy
  • 16th September 2018

  • More details about the September 28th astronomy viewing session has now been posted in the Events section. Details include what the pre-viewing presentation will be about and what will hopefully (weather allowing) be visible in…

  • Heritage Open Day – FREE entry
  • 1st September 2018

  • On the 15th September the Reserve will have FREE entrance as part of the Heritage Open Days event. Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across…

  • Summer Holiday Activities
  • 3rd August 2018

  • Monday through to Friday during the school summer break we have daily activities aimed towards our younger visitors. With pond dipping, arts & craft, museum Q&A’s, book swaps and birds of prey, there is something…

  • Nationwide cake sale
  • 29th March 2018

  • We would like to send out a huge thank you to the four local branches of the Nationwide Building Society (Canterbury, Margate, Birchington and Cliftonville) who held a cake sale on Wednesday 28th March to…