Welcome to the Kearsney Parks website


If you are going to the park, please respect the social distancing measures and keep at least 2 metres away from other people. You can see the latest government advice on Coronavirus at www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Please use our parks responsibly.

The car park at Kearsney Abbey has been re-opened. We will be closely monitoring how it is used. If it becomes apparent that national guidelines are not being followed, we may be required to close the car park again.

There is a temporary café and temporary toilets (including one with disabled access) in Kearsney Abbey.

The Kearsney Park permanent café and toilets will open once the development works have been completed and DDC takes possession of the building.

All applications for events on DDC land will each be considered on merit, in line with government guidance, as to whether the event is able to go ahead. More information is available at www.dover.gov.uk/events 

The following statement has been issued by our contractors, idverde:

idverde are continuing to work with their clients to monitor and review this rapidly changing situation. In line with Government information and guidelines, we are constantly putting further measures in place for sites that are still open to ensure the safety of our colleagues.

This is constantly being reviewed. Additional guidance and safe working measures have been put in place to ensure those colleagues able to work can travel there safely and can adhere to the prescribed social distancing measures both in workplaces and in transit to work. Where the minimum distance measures cannot be maintained, including travelling, work will not continue.

Thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.

If you are concerned or have any queries please contact 0800 917 6263.

Welcome to Kearsney Abbey & Russell Gardens

There's something for all the family at Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey - visitors already enjoy great days out at Kearsney Parks but we're looking to make the experience even better. We're restoring these two historic parks to create a unique heritage, community and event venue.

THANK YOU! To everyone who contributed to our Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the Kearsney Parks. We've secured a £3m investment for our restoration and improvement plans.

While the work is taking place, there is limited parking available on site. Please think about using public transport, cycling or walking to the parks. If you do drive, please think about the nearby residents. Please park considerately, and do not block emergency access routes. Thank you.

Works In Russell Gardens

Site works are under way in Russell Gardens. This means there is no access to the north side of the ornamental lake at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We have closed off some pathways into Russell Gardens. The pathway from the new timber gate main entrance to Russell Garden is open, and access to Bushy Ruff is via the ornamental brick boat house and pathway.  Due to site limitation we are not able to have a step free access route currently, however further pathway works and route closures/openings will be notified in due course.

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Cafe extension

As part of our National Lottery funded project at Kearsney Abbey we're building a 180 sq. m. extension to the cafe. This will provide an enlarged café with modern kitchen facilities, along with new customer toilets.  The extension and toilets will be fully accessible, including a Changing Places facility.  A new outside space will provide additional seating.

Please excuse our apperance whilst this exciting project is underway.   

Next Events...

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

Model yacht race

Join the Model Boat Association in Kearsney Abbey for their yacht race

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

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