March/April Update 2024

Published Friday 19 April 2024 in General category



March/April Update

General update

Happy couples can now celebrate their wedding day at the historic Billiards Room at Kearsney Abbey.

In January, the Grade II listed venue was granted a licence to host wedding ceremonies for up to 40 people and it has now been licensed to offer receptions, including an evening bar and entertainment, until 10pm. For more information about hiring the Billiards Room, please see

Despite the cold and wet weather, the park is bursting into life with spring upon us. The orchard is in blossom and the nesting season is well under way. Unfortunately, the water levels are still high in the parks, so the lower pathway in Russell Gardens remains closed. We will reopen it as soon as the water subsides, and the pathway is safe.

The main car park in Kearsney Parks is now open summer hours from 7am until 9pm and is locked overnight. There are additional disabled parking spaces in the parking area alongside the café - which has staff/disabled spaces and is open from 8am-5.30pm.

The Easter Trail/Community Day went well in March, with over 200 people taking part in the Trail. White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust also came along and there were crafts in the Billiards Room. A big thank you goes out to all our volunteers, and to everyone who helped out and who came along on the day.

The café continues to be busy offering its popular homemade treats to eat in as well as a range of items to take away. The Kearsney kiosk will be open at weekends from early May until the end of October selling a whole range of treats, including drinks and ice creams.


It is a busy time of the year in the park for the wildlife, and nesting season is well under way.

Please be aware of all the birds in the park as they begin their nesting season. There are at least two pairs of swans nesting in the parks and swans can get protective of their nests/mates.

Please remember that even though dogs are allowed off the lead in some areas of the parks, they must always be under control and kept away from the breeding birds.

Forthcoming Events

A free 'riparian owner' workshop for people whose property backs onto the River Dour is being held in the Billiards Room at Kearsney Abbey on 26 April from 10.30am-12:30pm. For details, or to book a place, please see the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership website here.

Temple Ewell Art Workshop, with River Art Group, is holding an Art at the Abbey exhibition in the Billiards Room at Kearsney Abbey on 6 July from 9am-5pm, and on 7 July from 9am-4pm. For more details, please see our events page.

Volunteering at KearsneyParks

Volunteer tasks continue in the parks on a weekly basis. We continue to carry out general maintenance in all three parks, including working on the grand border and orchard in Russell Gardens. If you are interested in volunteering, and would like to be put on our database, please get in touch at


There are always great opportunities for taking photos in the parks, be it with a camera or on your phone.  We are always happy to receive photos taken in the parks, so please feel free to send any photos in and we will try to use them in our publications, including the Kearsney Parks Calendar, and on our social media.

Please send your photos to