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Open to all and free to visit, one of the UK's finest collections of Masonic artefacts will take you on a surprising and informative interactive journey through the history of Freemasonry in Kent and beyond, dispelling myths along the way.
Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP, Tel: 01227 786109, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/support-for-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/
Situated near Canterbury Castle and the only standing pre-Norman conquest church inside the city walls.
Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, Tel: 08458 247 600, Email, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site
Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.
North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PW, Tel: 01227 768072, www.martinpaul.org
St Martin's Church is the oldest in England still in use as a parish church and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. This church was the first base of St Augustine when he came to Canterbury in 597.
Off Whitehall Road, Canterbury, CT2 8NL, Email
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island dates back to the Doomsday period. Today it is one of a few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.
Cockering Road, Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, Email
This beautiful ancient 45-hectare woodland has spectacular displays of wildflower including many species of orchid.
Island Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1EP, www.favourite.org.uk
This oyster yawl, which is also known as a smack, was built in 1890 by the Whitstable Shipping company and worked until 1944. She can now be viewed between the seawall and Island Wall, about 200m east of the Neptune pub.
Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676, Email
Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.
80 London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8LS, Tel: 01227 786109, Email
The church is 1000 years old and was the first to be dedicated to St Dunstan.
Herne Bay, CT6 8DR, hernebaycoastalpark.org/
Full of fun activities for everyone, Herne Bay’s Coastal Park features historical buildings, children’s play areas, a rich and diverse natural habitat for plants and wildlife.
Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.
Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PR, Tel: 01227 862162, Email
The ruins of the Canterbury Norman Castle keep and castle walls and one of the three original royal castles in Kent. There are interpretation panels, a tactile model of the castle (circa 1200AD) and elevated viewing areas.
Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, Tel: 0300 0600 4763, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh
Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is a unique and beautiful area of wetland, internationally recognised as an important home to a rich variety of wildlife, especially birds. Image Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffiths, Natural England
Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7TY, Email
Curtis Wood Park is an informal area of protected open space situated on the outskirts of Herne. The site provides local residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of semi-natural habitats in a relaxed and pleasant setting.