Wheels of Time 2021 Award launched

Wheels of Time 2021 Award

All of the Wheels of Time sites that joined the Scheme in 2020 have now opened, so we are able to announce the launch of the Wheels of Time 2021 Award for heritage explorers who have visited all 48 sites on Roamin’ Rex’s 2020/21 Map.

As with all Awards, badges collected during previous years count toward the Wheels of Time 2021 Award. There is a separate ranking system for E-badges so they do not count toward awards.

Parents can request the Wheels of Time 2021 Award on our Award Details Form

Heritage explorers that haven’t visited all 48 sites yet can earn

  • the Roamin’ Rex Bronze Award for visiting 10 sites,
  • the Roamin’ Rex Silver Award for visiting 20 and
  • Roamin’ Rex Gold Award for visiting 30.

Arts Council Funding

Thanks to our participating families, the expansion of Wheels of Time has been phenomenal, but that has created a scheme that is too big for the current organisation and for which further growth will be inhibited by the resources at our disposal.

So we are pleased to announce the grant of funding by Arts Council England for a three year project to:·

  • Create a new Wheels of Time organisation·
  • Streamline our administration and·
  • Develop a model for expansion of Wheels of Time beyond Kent

As a result we are seeking a part-time, freelance, Development and Delivery Officer to manage many aspects of the project. If you or somebody you know might be suitable for the role please view the Role Profile.

Opening of Wheels of Time sites

Some sites have announced their re-opening plans. We list below all 48 sites colour coded to indicate whether they have announced plans to open.

We will keep this post updated as sites inform us of their plans.

Sites that have opened are indicated in green. Click the site name to visit their website for times and booking details.

Sites that have announced plans to open are indicated in orange with the planned opening date. Opening dates may change.

See which sites are open on the online version of Roamin’ Rex’s map.

Please check directly the websites and, where they have them, social media accounts of museums and heritage sites before leaving home. Some sites will require visitors to pre-book. We will not be able to maintain details of opening times on the Wheels of Time website.


1 Eden Valley Museum cu-face32  
2 Chiddingstone Castle cu-face32
3 Sevenoaks Museum cu-face32


4 Guildhall Museum, Rochester cu-face32
5 Huguenot Museum cu-face32
6 Fort Amherst cu-face32   Booked visits only
7 Fort Luton    
8 Royal Engineers Museum cu-face32
9 Medway Queen  

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

10 Maidstone Museum cu-face32  
11 Lashenden Air Warfare Museum cu-face32
12 Cranbrook Museum cu-face32  
13 Union Windmill, Cranbrook      


14 Queenborough Guildhall Museum    
15 Blue Town Heritage Centre cu-face32  
16 Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities cu-face32    
17 Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum cu-face32
18 Eastchurch Aviation Museum cu-face32

Swale exc. Sheppey

19 Milton Regis Court Hall      
20 Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway cu-face32 Booked visits only
21 Heritage Hub, Sittingbourne cu-face32   20th July 2021
22 Old Forge Wartime House     Booked visits only
23 Sittingbourne Heritage Museum    
24 Fleur de Lis Museum    


25 Tenterden Museum    
26 Woodchurch Village Life Museum  
27 Ashford Museum cu-face32
28 Willesborough Windmill    
29 Agricultural Museum, Brook    

Folkestone & Hythe

30 Romney Marsh Wartime Collection    
31 Lydd Town Museum      
32 Hythe Local History Museum    
33 Elham Valley Railway Museum cu-face32
34 Folkestone Museum    
35 Folkestone’s Fishing Heritage Museum    

Canterbury and Thanet

36 Fordwich Town Hall    
37 The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay cu-face32
38 RAF Manston History Museum    
39 RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum    
40 Margate Museum    
41 Tudor House    
42 Ramsgate Tunnels   Booked visits only


43 Sandwich Guildhall Museum     Booked visits only
44 Deal Maritime & Local History Museum cu-face32   15th July 2021
45 The Timeball Tower, Deal      
46 Dover Transport Museum  
47 Crabble Corn Mill  
48 Dover Museum   Booked visits only
  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)
      Site open
      Site has announced opening plans
      Site temporarily closed
      Site is seasonally closed
      Site has not announced opening plans
    Site has acquired Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark

E-badge scheme launches

WoT E-badge logo

In January we promised an exciting new way for you to earn virtual rewards for learning about Kent’s heritage.

Today, we launch the chance to explore Kent’s heritage, when you are unable to visit our sites. Earn digital E-badges badges by visiting some of their websites and completing activities provided.

Unlike the Wheels of Time (physical) Scheme you don’t have to be between 5 and 11 years of age to participate in the E-badge Scheme; it is is open to all.

To get started:

  • visit wheelsoftime.uk/e-badge-scheme/
  • register to participate
  • visit a website linked to one of the e-badges in our gallery
  • complete the marked Wheels of Time activity to collect a code
  • enter the code on your My E-badges page on the Wheels of Time website

Roamin’ Rex Awards

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to our Awards for 2020.

Roamin’ Rex Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards will continue to be available for children who have visited 10, 20 and 30 sites respectively. The Awards will be posted direct to childrens’ homes instead of being presented at a Wheels of Time site. The Awards can be requested using our online form

We would like parents to to take their children to a Wheels of Time site, after receiving the awards to take a photograph of their child with their award. We would really appreciate you sharing the photograph on Facebook tagging @WheelsOfTime or on Twitter tagging @RoaminRex.

Because we don’t know yet how many sites will re-open, we will decide whether to make a Wheels of Time 2020 Award available late in 2020 or early 2021.