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Project Update January 2018

 This month, we’re already looking forward to spring with more events planned. Help us to uncover Kearsney Abbey’s prehistoric past, or relax with some yoga in the park! Details of all events are online at 

Prehistoric Folk archaeology dig 

Did our Bronze Age ancestors live in Kearsney Abbey? Join this Canterbury Archaeological Trust dig to find out!  We’ll be excavating the site of a potential round barrow on Coxhill Mount to see if we can find evidence of early settlers. There’ll also be the chance to walk the area looking for prehistoric flints. 

The dig will take place from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April, and Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd April. It’s open to people aged 16 and over and beginners are very welcome! There’ll be a free training day at Dover Discovery Centre on Saturday 7th April. 

More information is at If you would like to get involved in the dig, or attend the training day, please email 

Yoga in the park 

Improve your mobility and calm your mind in the beautiful outdoors at Kearsney Abbey! Join local teacher Hilary Horton on a Tuesday morning for 90 minutes of gentle Hatha Yoga. The sessions will run from 17th April until 22nd May. Each session costs £8, which is payable on the day and is open to adults only. 

The meeting point will be outside the café at Kearsney Abbey. All levels are welcome. You’ll be asked to complete a health questionnaire before you start. 

To book a place, please contact Hilary directly by emailing  The sessions are weather dependent. 

Industrial history of the River Dour 

On Saturday 3rd February, join Dover Tales for a walk along the River Dour to explore the history of the flour mills, paper mills, saw mills, breweries and tanneries which once lined its banks. The meeting point is outside Crabble Corn Mill on Lower Road in River, and the walk will head out to Bushy Ruff, so you’ll need to make your own way back to the start. The 3-mile walk will start at 1.30pm and take around 2.5 hours. Dogs on leads are welcome. 

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 6th February, 6pm – 7.30pm, in the café at Kearsney Abbey. If you’d like to come along and help shape future plans for the Kearsney Parks project, please email  

East Kent Parks Forum 

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will take place on Thursday 1st February, 4pm-7pm at Westgate Parks in Canterbury. There will be a tour of Westgate Parks to hear how they achieved Green Flag status. A Keep Britain Tidy speaker will then talk about the requirements needed for Green Flag status, and give an update on the Great British Spring Clean. If you’re involved with a local park or green space and would like to come along, please email 

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