Half-term visits

The forecast looks good for the coming week.

Visit some of your favourite #WheelsofTime sites this half-term but don’t forget that some of them have closed for the winter. We have created a special planner showing the sites that are open until the end of October and beyond

Some will have special activities; check their websites and Facebook pages.

The planner won’t print in colour – click the print icon to download a colour pdf version

Sevenoaks

J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Eden Valley Museum cu-face32
2 Chiddingstone Castle cu-face32
3 Sevenoaks Museum cu-face32

Medway

J F M A M J J A S O N D
4 Guildhall Museum, Rochester cu-face32
5 Huguenot Museum cu-face32
6 Fort Amherst cu-face32
7 Royal Engineers Museum cu-face32
8 Medway Queen

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

J F M A M J J A S O N D
9 Maidstone Museum cu-face32
10 Lashenden Air Warfare Museum cu-face32

Sheppey

J F M A M J J A S O N D
13 Queenborough Guildhall Museum
14 Blue Town Heritage Centre cu-face32
15 Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities cu-face32
17 Eastchurch Aviation Museum cu-face32

Swale exc. Sheppey

J F M A M J J A S O N D
20 Heritage Hub, Sittingbourne cu-face32
21 Old Forge Wartime House Events or bookings only
22 Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
23 Fleur de Lis Museum

Ashford

J F M A M J J A S O N D
26 Ashford Museum cu-face32
27 Willesborough Windmill

Folkestone & Hythe

J F M A M J J A S O N D
29 Romney Marsh Wartime Collection
30 Lydd Town Museum
31 Hythe Local History Museum
32 Elham Valley Railway Museum cu-face32

Canterbury and Thanet

J F M A M J J A S O N D
33 The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay cu-face32
34 RAF Manston History Museum
35 RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Dover

J F M A M J J A S O N D
36 Sandwich Guildhall Museum
37 Deal Maritime & Local History Museum cu-face32
39 Dover Transport Museum
cu-face32 Site is verified by Kent Children’s University for Wheels of Time and other Learning Activities (details are shown on the site’s page)
Main Season
Early and late seasons (reduced opening hours)
Closed

Site opening hours

Some of our sites close for winter so if you are planning to visit don’t forget to check opening hours on our website. Start at the Planner which gives an overview of sites that are open and those that operate at reduced hours. Click on the name of any site for details for that site.
https://wheelsoftime.uk/planner/

Sevenoaks

J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Eden Valley Museum cu-face32
2 Chiddingstone Castle cu-face32
3 Sevenoaks Museum cu-face32

Medway

J F M A M J J A S O N D
4 Guildhall Museum, Rochester cu-face32
5 Huguenot Museum cu-face32
6 Fort Amherst cu-face32
7 Royal Engineers Museum cu-face32
8 Medway Queen

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

J F M A M J J A S O N D
9 Maidstone Museum cu-face32
10 Lashenden Air Warfare Museum cu-face32
11 Cranbrook Museum cu-face32
12 Union Windmill, Cranbrook

Sheppey

J F M A M J J A S O N D
13 Queenborough Guildhall Museum
14 Blue Town Heritage Centre cu-face32
15 Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities cu-face32
16 Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum cu-face32 Open BH Weekends
17 Eastchurch Aviation Museum cu-face32

Swale exc. Sheppey

J F M A M J J A S O N D
18 Milton Regis Court Hall
19 Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway cu-face32
20 Heritage Hub, Sittingbourne cu-face32
21 Old Forge Wartime House Events or bookings only
22 Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
23 Fleur de Lis Museum

Ashford

J F M A M J J A S O N D
24 Tenterden Museum
25 Woodchurch Village Life Museum
26 Ashford Museum cu-face32
27 Willesborough Windmill
28 Agricultural Museum, Brook

Folkestone & Hythe

J F M A M J J A S O N D
29 Romney Marsh Wartime Collection
30 Lydd Town Museum BH Wknds & 15/6
31 Hythe Local History Museum
32 Elham Valley Railway Museum cu-face32

Canterbury and Thanet

J F M A M J J A S O N D
33 The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay cu-face32
34 RAF Manston History Museum
35 RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Dover

J F M A M J J A S O N D
36 Sandwich Guildhall Museum
37 Deal Maritime & Local History Museum cu-face32
38 The Timeball Tower, Deal
39 Dover Transport Museum
40 Crabble Corn Mill
cu-face32 Site is verified by Kent Children’s University for Wheels of Time and other Learning Activities (details are shown on the site’s page)
Main Season
Early and late seasons (reduced opening hours)
Closed

Earn Learning Credits at Wheels of Time sites.

List of CU credits at WoT sites

A reminder of the learning credits, Childrens University participants can earn by visiting Wheels of Time sites.

At all sites that are validated Learning Destinations, Wheels of Time visits earn 2 Credits.

By completing a Visit Log at other Wheels of Time sites and sending it to KCU, 1 Learning Credit can be earned. Download a visit log from http://www.kentchildrensuniversity.co.uk/…/the_new_you__2_.…

Validated Learning Destinations are marked on our planner with a CU logo.

Heritage Explorers from outside of Kent

We have noticed a number of children from outside of Kent have been collecting Wheels of Time badges.

We really appreciate you visiting Kent’s heritage sites and don’t want you to miss out on an award because you can’t collect it from a Wheels of Time site.

If
– you have collected 10, 20, 30 or 40 Wheels of time badges
– your home address is not in Kent or Medway and
– you cannot get to one of our sites to collect your award,
ask your parents to request an award using our online form but not to select a site for presentation of the award. We will arrange to post your award to you.

We may first ask for evidence that you have collected the number of badges stated, e.g. a photo of your lanyard.

Canal wanderers visit Medway Queen

Prunella Scales and Timothy West, stars of Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys, had a great afternoon visiting the Medway Queen Paddle Steamer and the Visitor Centre at Gillingham Pier Today. They were keen to find out more about the #WheelsofTime and were presented with a Medway Queen badge and lanyard as one of the souvenirs they kindly took away with them. The volunteers thanked them for their interest and permission to share some of the special memories captured on these photographs.

Story and images: Martin Goodhew, Medway Queen Preservation Society.

40 Kent heritage sites join in badge project

Wheels of Time is a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 40 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year olds.

Join Roamin’ Rex, our time travelling character, as he discovers Kent’s fantastic museums and heritage sites.

Roamin’ Rex is on a mission to learn about Kent by following his trusty Wheels of Time map to different places. Why don’t you join him, and pick up each one of the 33 exclusive badges along the way?!

Children aged 5-11 visiting any of 40 Wheels of Time venues will be given a different badge at each site, showing the site’s logo or related picture. A map featuring the Wheels of Time mascot, ‘Roamin Rex’, guides children to all of the sites. Children can ask for a lanyard, to display their collection, when they visit their second site.

Children who have collected 10 badges will be awarded Roamin’ Rex’s ‘Bronze Award’, those that have 20 or 30 badges will receive a Silver or Gold Award and those that collect all 40 badges a special Wheels of Time 2019 Award.

With comments from parents such as

  • We have all learnt so much and explored places we didn’t know existed” and
  • This is a really great initiative for Kent – we are really enjoying it!

the Scheme is very effective at encouraging children and their families to discover museums and heritage sites in Kent.

Roamin Rex’s map, showing all of the participating sites, can be collected from any of the sites, some Tourist Information Centres or downloaded from the Wheels of Time website, http://wheelsoftime.uk.

Check opening dates and times for individual sites on http://wheelsoftime.uk

Wheels of Time is recognised as a Kent Children’s University Learning Activity, and many of the sites can give Learning Credits to children registered with Children’s University.

Badges are FREE. Normal entry fees to each museum or heritage site apply – check on http://wheelsoftime.uk/ Some sites are free to enter but rely on donations from visitors; please give generously.

Notes for editors

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Sarcophagus story on South East Today

Wheels of Time site, Chiddingstone Castle’s Egyptian sarcophagus featured on BBC South East Today. Make sure you see it when you visit and collect your Wheels of Time badge.

A 3,000-year-old mystery has been solved, thanks to a visit to Chiddingstone Castle by a group of experts.Now we know who the Castle's famous Egyptian coffin was made for.

Опубліковано BBC South East 11 квітня 2017 р.