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Project Update May 2017

As summer is on its way, more events are happening in the parks! We’re working with the local community to minimise the impact on residents living nearby.

Outdoor cinema and parking restrictions

On Friday 26 May, we will be screening The Lion King in partnership with the Luna Cinema. Please note that this event has now sold out.

In order to minimise the impact on local communities, a number of parking restrictions will be in place. There’ll be no parking on Alkham Road, next to the parks, and Chilton Way from 2pm on Friday 26 May. We’ll be running a Park and Ride service from Dover Rugby Club to the old bus terminus on Lewisham Road before and after the film. The bus terminus will be closed to traffic from 2pm until midnight on Friday 26 May to allow the Park and Ride buses to turn around.

Crafts in the park

On Sunday 18 June from 11am–1pm, join Dover smART in the marquee in Kearsney Abbey. Children can cut out a large leaf, write why they love the park on the back and then paint the front. The leaves will be hung up as an installation inside the tent and children can collect them after 1pm. Please book your place. There is no fixed price for the workshop, but Dover smART will ask for a donation to take part.

At the same time, help us to make an ‘alternative’ map of the parks! We’d really like to hear about any nicknames you have for different places in Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens. Email your names to, or drop in to see us at the marquee in Kearsney Abbey on Sunday 18 June, from 11am-1pm.

Yoga in the park

Join us on Sunday 18 June for a yoga session in Kearsney Abbey! The yoga will take place in the marquee, on the site of the old outdoor theatre. The sessions are being led by local teacher Hilary Horton.

There will be a session for children from 2pm-2.30pm, and a session for adults from 3pm–4pm. The children’s session is £1.50 per person and the adults’ session is £3.50 per person. Proceeds will be split equally between the Kelly Turner Fund and the Kearsney Parks project.

All levels are welcome! Mats will be provided.

Big Tree Climb

There are still a few tickets left for the Big Tree Climb on Saturday 1 July! If you fancy seeing the trees and park from a different perspective, join the Big Tree Climbing Company. Under the supervision of an instructor, and wearing a safety helmet and harness, you’ll climb high into the tree canopy. The activity is open to children aged six and over, and adults. Tickets are £20 each. To book a place, go to 

Next forum meeting

The next Kearsney Parks Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 June, 5.30-7.30pm at Dover District Council offices. There will be the chance to meet other Friends groups of local parks, to share experiences and to network. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to come along, please email by Friday 2 June.

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