Have fun in a workshop at Westenhanger Castle

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

This summer, Strange Cargo will be hosting family workshops to help people understand the history and heritage of the Otterpool Park site.

The free events, called Telling the Otterpool Tale, are open to all ages and over 60 people attended the first workshops in May.

Visitors will learn about the site’s rich history – including the hippodrome, castle, and Roman villa – through arts and crafts activities.

It will be possible to craft a Roman Emperor’s Medal and a Winner’s Rosette, as well as learn carpet-making techniques to create a racehorse garland.

At the end of the month, the fun continues with a family open house at Westenhanger Castle near Hythe, Kent.

The castle will be open to the public with games and manual activities under the marquee. There will be a map showing the historical finds that archaeologists have unearthed at the site.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds, with an exciting treasure hunt to end the day.


Brigitte Orasinski, of Strange Cargo, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Otterpool Park again throughout the summer and look forward to helping visitors learn about local history and get creative.

“It should be a few fun days and we expect it to be a free and popular family day over the summer vacation.”

Events take place on

  • Friday August 6 at the Sellindge village hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday August 12 at the Lympne village hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday August 21 at Westenhanger castle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Andy Jarrett, of Otterpool Park LLP, said:

“We are delighted to organize these events during the summer vacation. The Otterpool Park site has many rich historical features that we want to celebrate, protect and share with the local community through events like this.

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