News

10th August 2020

We are happy to be receiving guests again in this wonderfully hot weather, we hope everyone enjoys a safe staycation in our lovely county.

4th July 2020

We are pleased to be able to open and are taking a couple of weeks to ensure that we are ready to receive new guests. Until then, keep safe everyone, we look forward to seeing you soon.

1st June 2020

We remain closed at this time until we are instructed that we may consider reopening by the government. The health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to us.

The government have confirmed that holiday accommodation will not be allowed to open before 4th July at the earliest.  Please monitor the site for further information when known, we are obviously looking to reopen when allowed to do so but with modified processes to ensure everyone’s safety.

1st January 2020

Happy New Year to all our guests. We hope that the winter weather is soon blown away and we welcome spring with a flurry. There are many events throughout February half-term locally from the White Cliffs Partnership to the local arts scene, along with, of course, our fabulous local castles.

28th November 2019

Back again at the Cruise Terminal Dover from this Sunday is the White Cliffs Christmas Event, the ice-rink is bigger this year and is accompanied by Santa and his helpers and Stalls offering crafts and gift ideas. Our village’s very own Christmas light switch on is on the 8th December 2019 at 6pm at the new venue of the Village Hall and car park.

7th October 2019

Although quieter at this time of year. There is still life in the village with the Players putting on “Something’s afoot” from 17th-20th October in St Margaret’s Hall.

13th September 2019

It has been a lovely summer and it is hard to comprehend that we are already in the middle of September. There are still plenty of local events with the Heritage open days from this Friday until the 22nd September. Its also Sandwich Arts Week and Deal Bradelie is on this Sunday 15th.

There is still time to enjoy some fair weather and some interesting days out.

18th July 2019

Well its turning out to be a fabulous summer in weather and local events. Its Deal Regatta week from Saturday and there are rare chances to see the Drop Redoubt Fort and Grand Shaft in Dover as both open this Sunday 21st July 2019.

24th April 2019

What a fabulous Easter Bank Holiday for the amount of activities and the wonderful weather!

Let us hope that the May Bank holidays and half term holidays, shortly upon us, are just as good. Coming up in May we have, to name but a few, the Deal Classic Car show; The Sandwich Food Fayre as well as the usual Bank Holiday weekend events at The Dover Transport Museum; Dover Castle and East Kent Railway. ..Enjoy!

17th March 2019

Happy St Patrick’s day everyone.

Lets hope the weather is a little calmer into the coming weeks and months. The Astor Community Theatre in Deal is hosting a busy calendar – see further details on their website http://theastor.org/theAstor.dll.

As always the White Cliffs Country website also details further arts, foodie and historical activities throughout the local area.

15th February 2019

I hope you are all feeling loved this fine day. Spring looks like it has arrived early today, its wonderfully sunny and double digit temperatures, a bonus for this time of year which bodes well for half term holidays hopefully!

As always there are activities throughout half term locally for young and for the more mature. Secrets and spies at Dover Castle looks at the use of ciphers. Betteshanger Park has more energetic activities including the obstacle course and the Wooders Forest school and Goodnestone Park has Snowdrop day on 17th February in the gardens.

7th January 2019

A very Happy New Year to you all.

January, although traditionally a little quieter for us all, still has activities to get involved with. A flavour of some of those on offer: Sunday 13th January 2019 there is an introductory tour of Fort Burgoyne, hidden in the hillside to the North of Dover Castle. (Booking essential). St Margaret’s Players are putting on Beauty & The Beast – Panto from 24th – 27th January 2019 and the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership are running walks and educationals throughout the month.

14th December 2018

Seasons Greetings to all our guests, past and future, may everyone have a happy and restful holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you new and returning in 2019.

15th November 2018

We are witnessing the wonderful sights and colours of nature as the leaves turn and fall and our thoughts turn to Christmas and the onset of winter. Christmas lights are starting to be switched on in towns throughout the County and Christmas Markets commence from this weekend.

Back for a third year is The Port of Dover’s White Cliffs Christmas. The launch event on Sunday 2 December at the historic Dover Marine Station (Cruise Terminal One, Dover Western Docks) will once again be beautifully decked out with Christmas decorations and will feature ice-skating on the fantastic indoor real ice rink, Father Christmas in his grotto, rides including bumper cars, market stalls, Christmas activities, a new bar managed by Breakwater Brewery, tea room and many delicious food outlets.

There will be a packed programme of entertainment for the launch from 10:00 until 20:00 including live music from local bands and Father Christmas’ arrival.

12th October 2018

As we head firmly into Autumn we are blessed with sunny warm days.

The young among us can prepare to be scared at the spooktacular event this half term at Dover Castle 20th-28th October 2018 and Crabble Corn Mill are arranging pre-booked ticketed tours for Children with a Halloween theme on 26th and 27th October 2018. Betteshanger Park have a range of outdoor adventures over the half-term week.

Whatever you plan to do – make Kent part of your plans, enjoy its countryside, towns and fabulous coast!

29th August 2018

There’s still plenty of local flavour to keep everyone amused and busy this summer. Head to Walmer Green for East Kent 102 and see a static display of over 25 vintage buses this Saturday 1st September.

Bae Systems Brass Band will be playing a variety of music at Deal Memorial Bandstand on Sunday 2nd September at 2.30pm.

Book your tickets to the Smugglers Festival.  See live music at this Family Folk Music Festival located in beautiful woodlands near Deal. Thursday 30 August – Sunday 2 September 2018.

Make the most of the two Heritage day weekends coming up in September, there are plenty of venues in Dover, Deal and Sandwich. Heritage Open Days gives us the opportunity to explore hidden gems and discover a wealth of history and heritage. This year, there are two sets of dates in September:

  • 6-9 September
  • 13-16 September

Please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for details about day(s) and times of opening for each venue.

31st July 2018

As we head rapidly into August events local continue apace. This weekend sees the Collective Market at Dover Port Cruise Terminal 1  where you can shop for various goods and services as well as eat & drink (vegetarian, vegan, Caribbean, Fish and Chips, BBQ, bakery, cocktail bar, rum shack, prosecco bar etc) all with free Private Parking and Entry.  UK Paper Band will be playing a variety of music at Deal Memorial Bandstand on Sunday 5 August at 2.30pm or enjoy a memorable day out at Dover Transport Museum with a display of models and miniatures.

29th June 2018

Its been a busy and glorious summer so far, long may it continue.

Enjoy great music and inspiring art during the popular, annual Deal Music & Arts Festival from today until 14th July 2018.

There’s a full programme of events at different venues throughout the Deal area to see the complete programme, pop in to The Astor Community Theatre, or local tourist information centres for a copy of the brochure or visit the Deal Music & Arts Festival website.

Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July 2018. Sandwich streets and venues come alive with a range of ales, musical styles, Morris Dance teams and band.

The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership are running various walks and events throughout July please see their facebook page for more information.

19th April 2018

Its another gloriously sunny day on the South East Coast today. The events calendar is getting busier, this Sunday sees the National Drive-it Day at the Motor Museum Dover, a collection of classic vehicles and large model railway. There are various events in the area in the forthcoming week in connection with the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Marines raid on Zeebrugge in WWI. There are also a few festivals in Kent this year to celebrate St Georges Day, Sittingbourne;  Maidstone and Lower Rainham are all running events. Its just great weather for getting out and about and enjoying the best that Kent has to offer. Enjoy….

5th March 2018

Unlike most of the UK, the “Beast” was fairly kind to the South East and we are snow free today.

The  Annual Dover Film Festival runs from 4th to 9th March 2018  at the Silver Screen Community Cinema showing two films reflecting on the lives of people in Dover. The White Cliffs Countryside Project are running Heritage walks on 10th March and don’t forget all the lovely Mums out there on Sunday 11th with afternoon teas and lunches on offer at local establishments, for Dads the Sandwich Model Railway show also runs on Sunday at Sandwich technology school with layouts for young and old enthusiasts.

6th February 2018
A cold snap has passed through our small area of Kent this week with a smattering of the white stuff which came and went in a day. Although still nippy the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day today. Many local attractions are gearing up for the half-term break. There’s geocaching and orienteering at Betteshanger Park, Dark skies at Deal Castle (booking required), various walks with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and Fairy Castle at Dover Castle to name but a few.

Let us also not forget our nearest and dearest on the 14th, with plenty of hostelries in the area for a romantic meal for two.

1st January 2018
A very Happy New Year to all of our guests, past, present and future.

Pantos are continuing into January, oh yes they are!! in Dover and in the village of St Margaret’s at Cliffe with Aladdin running from 25th to 28th January 2018 from the St Margaret’s Players.

29th November 2017

Christmas is fast approaching and the White Cliffs Christmas at the Dover Cruise Terminal is open again Saturdays and Sundays until 1st January 2018. The undercover ice rink is present again, larger than last year bookable through the Port of Dover website. Also featured are the Christmas market, live music, stalls offering gifts, food and beverages and a Grotto for the man in the red suit. Dover Castle through to 17th December 2017 will be travelling to the Home Front to see how we used to celebrate Christmas through WWII with a Vintage Tea Dance held on each weekend.

25th October 2017

A great Halloween and Bonfire Night are in order with fair weather scheduled for both evenings. There are organised events in the area with Fireworks a plenty. Stay safe everyone and enjoy both events. The Canterbury Festival is underway with events running until 4th November 2017.

25th August 2017

Be jealous if you aren’t in Kent this weekend it has started as a scorcher and there are lots of events in the region: Dover Music Festival; Sandgate Sea Festival; Sandwich Festival; Ramsgate Sea Festival to name but a few.

29th July 2017

The Up on the Downs festival has started with plenty of activities throughout the North Downs incorporating walks, wildlife and conservation and historic landmarks, the festival continues through until 6th August 2017. Events at Dover Castle continue to be well attended, look out for Medieval Jousting 12th-13th August 2017.

24th June 2017
The fine weather continues ….
This weekend is host to the biannual St Margaret’s Garden Safari. The aim is to raise money for Pilgrims Hospice with various gardens open to the weekend to the public.

The gardens offer colourful flowers; plant sales; artworks and other in-garden attractions as well as sales of lunches and afternoon teas. A wonderful way of raising money for charity and exploring the delights of our villages.

24th May 2017
Summer has arrived in East Kent

Its a wonderful sunny week in our corner of South East Kent. We really enjoyed the open weekend at the Drop Redoubt, Dover Western Heights, hosted by the Western Heights Preservation society last weekend. Its only open for a few occasions in the year but its well worth a visit for the views alone. There are footpaths around the fortification accessible all year round if you are unable to make an open weekend or visit the Grand shaft open on various Sundays throughout the summer. If not, Dover Castle is beloved by many of our visitors and has many event days over the year.

There are plenty of activities in the area for the forthcoming Bank Holiday, which is also forecast to be fair. Details can be found at http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Whats-On/