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Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
You can enjoy displays about the history and wildlife of the Marsh in the Visitor Centre, and then discover the landscape of the Marsh on three walking trails around the Romney Warren Country Park, which surrounds the centre
Opened in 2004, the centre has been designed using sustainable construction methods such as rendered straw bale walls and a living roof. The centre provides facilities for visitors to the Country Park including exhibitions, local information, a shop, toilets and refreshments.
There are three walking trails - dragonfly, rabbit and sheep - which start from the Visitor Centre.
The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is located to just north of New Romney on the A259 Dymchurch Road. [location map].
It is within easy walking and cycling distance of New Romney and St Mary's Bay and a regular bus service stops outside. There is a railway halt on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railwaywhich is open on special occasions and events at the centre.
There is a car park at the Visitor Centre with parking for coaches.
The Visitor Centre is open:
October to Easter: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am to 4pm
Please telephone 01797 369487 to check opening times.
The Romney Warren Country Park is open at all reasonable hours throughout the year.
The Romney Warren Country Park was set up and is managed by a partnership of the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, the Kent Wildlife Trust and Shepway District Council.
The Marsh Community Garden Project, started in 2011, is a four year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund to establish a community garden at the Visitor Centre. The garden consists of three polytunnels, several raised beds and a refurbished hut consisting of a kitchen area, meeting room, wood burning stove and toilet, all with disabled access.
The Lookers Hut was the domain of the Looker or shepherd who used the hut as temporary accommodation while tending the flocks, a store for his tools and medicines,and an operational base for his shepherding work.
You can see a faithfully reconstructed Lookers Hut at the centre. Based on the remains of a hut at Cutters Bridge, Midley this hut was built at the Romney Warren Country Park and is the only publicly accessible hut on Romney Marsh.
The Lookers Hut were plain, small and of simple design and construction, with very little in the way of domestic comforts, yet they were an important part of working life on the Marsh. At their peak the huts probably numbered in the hundreds. Today less than 20 buildings remain standing, with a further three in ruinous condition.
The Visitor Centre is also home to The Art Shack, a venue for the many arts communities on Romney Marsh; a place where they can show, perform and demonstrate their art and skills.
There is always something to see at The Art Shack and the exhibitions change regularly. Exhibitions, Workshops, etc are held continually and are always open to the public. Exhibitions are free of charge to visit and it is usually free to book.
There are many highly talented artists on Romney Marsh with a huge range of techniques and skills - see our The Arts on Romney Marsh page. Each exhibition varies greatly, with many works of art for sale at a wide range of prices to suit all purses. For more information, please visit their website.
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