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  • Lyminge

    The area around Folkestone has changes a great deal since St Ethelburga the Queen founded Kent's first monastery at Lyminge in AD 633. But this is still a very pleasant part of East Kent and Lyminge was, in fact, judges Kent Village of the Year in 1998.
    Ethelburga was the daughter of King Ethelbert, the first Christian King of Kent, who made Augustine and his monks welcome and allowed them to make Canterbury the headquarters of their mission. She was married to the pagan Edwin of Northumbria and when he died she returned to Kent and founded a monastery and nunnery of which she became abbess and which took her name.
    She built on the site of a Roman settlement which took its name from the Roman name for the river, the Limen, nowadays the eastern Rother. In its turn, Lyminge gave its name to one of the original seven (later reduced to five) Saxon lathes into which the kingdom and later the county was divided. It became the lathe of Shepway, which remained on of the five, and the name survives as that of the district council today.
    Ethelburga died in AD 647, afer which part of the monastery was given to St Augustine's at Canterbury. In AD 804 the nunnery was transferred to Canterbury. The monks remained in the monastery at Lyminge until about AD 965, then they, too, moved to Canterbury. The church of St Mary and St Ethelburga, however, remained and was rebuilt by Archbishop (later St) Dunstan. Today, together with the old railway station, it is at the heart of a busy and generally pleasant village.
  • Brockhill Country Park

    The park is rich in wildlife, including marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops. It is also a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, and has three distinctive areas to explore: the Deer Paddock is an attractive grassy area featuring trees such as the walnut and the variegated sycamore, while The Lake is a shady oasis for wildlife fringed with overhanging trees, where ducks can be found paddling around its edges.
  • RHDR - Railway

    For the past 87 years the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, a World Famous one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world. With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, our railway provides you with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent.
  • The Royal Military Canal

    The Royal Military Canal at Hythe Kent is a declared historic monument, and enjoys a tourism Green flag award.
    Constructed before the age of Steam, over 200 years ago, the canal was dug by hand by an army of Engineers and Prisoners of War. As a defence against invasion.
    Created in a time of conflict, the canal is now an oasis of peace and quiet, a haven for bird life and flora totalling 26 miles across South Kent.
  • Hythe Museum

    Housed in Oaklands, adjoining the public library in Stade Street, the museum comprises 3 rooms stocked full of local interest items relating to the town and port of Hythe. The rooms are themed as ‘Story of Hythe’, ‘History of the Small Arms School’ (an important presence in the town from 1853 until 1968) and the ‘Civic History of the Town and Cinque Port’. The majority of items have been donated by local people, or those who have past links with the town.  Much of the material not on display is held in secure stores, and will be used from time to time.  The Town’s important collection of Archives, dating back to the Charter of 1278 are now housed at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.
    Entrance to the Museum is free, with full access for the disabled.  Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm.
  • Hythe Swimming Pool

    Hythe Swimming Pool has an exciting programme of swimming activities for all ages and abilities
    Early Morning Swims - Senior Sessions - Adult Only Session - Family Sessions - Lane Swimming - AquaFit Classes - Atlantis Swimming - Lessons For All Ages - Pool Parties - Swimming Galas - Hythe Aqua Swimming Club - Water Polo - Synchronised Swimming - Diving - Snorkelling - Personal Survival
    The main swimming pool is 25m x 11m and the dedicated teaching pool (baby pool) is 9.5m x 4.5m
  • Sound Mirrors

    On the roughs above Hythe in Kent, on Ministry of Defence land, stands a 30 foot high concrete ear. Borne on a frame of umbrella-shaped iron rods, the disc is angled towards the sky, ready to catch any sounds that come its way. The sound mirror looks out over the flat expanse of Romney Marsh, and miles out to sea (France is just 23 miles away).
  • Port Lympne Animal Park

    The Howletts and Port Lympne wild animal, safari and wildlife parks are the UK based sites for endangered animal conservation. Unlike ordinary zoos, these parks allow visitors to see conservation in action, providing kids, families and adults alike with a wide variety of ‘Totally Wild’ fun days out, packed with exciting activities for the whole family.
  • Folkstone Racecourse

    The War and Peace Revival returns to Folkestone Racecourse this year from 16-20 July 2014. Join them as they mark the centenary of the start of WW1, the 75th anniversary of the start of WW2 and the 70th anniversaries of both D-Day and Arnhem. Learn about the Great War among the trenches and view the beautifully preserved uniforms and personal items.
    Featuring military and civilian re-enactors, living history, battle re-enactments and arena events, military vehicles, vintage entertainment, book signings, shopping, funfair and models it’s a great family day out! The Vintage Village features civilian displays from the 1930s to the 1960s including Home Front, Land Army (with real cows!) classic cars, vintage fashion features and makeovers and much more - something for everyone whether you're into the military side or just vintage living. Live music day and night gives a real festival feel to the world’s biggest military vehicle event. Camping available with exclusive evening entertainment so you won’t miss out on a moment!

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