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About Quex Park

JOIN US FOR FAMILY FUN AND EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED AT OUR HISTORIC KENT ESTATE

Quex Park is Kent's most exciting day out for all the family. Located just 15 minutes west of Margate, escape the stresses of everyday life and be enchanted by this 'must visit' destination.

Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors, Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres in Birchington-on-Sea on the stunning Kent coast. The Park is an oasis of parkland and trees in a Thanet landscape of open topography and urban development. Quex Park is a haven for birdlife and many different species are frequently seen hovering in the sky over the Estate and the surrounding areas, which is still farmed today. Like many traditional country estates, the profitability of farming alone was not able to provide for the upkeep of the various historic buildings and parkland. As a result the Estate has diversified its many redundant and outdated agricultural buildings.

One of Quex Park's best known visitor attractions is the Powell-Cotton Museum, with the most impressive Natural History dioramas in Europe. Visit the most inspiring museum in the UK to engage with its eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art. Quex House attracts visitors from near and far to explore the historic country home of the adventurous Powell-Cotton family. Our friendly and knowledgeable House Stewards will entertain you with many a tale about the family, their lives, and the eclectic array of collectables from all over the world. Quex Gardens have been enjoyed by the Powell-Cotton family and their friends for generations. Their love of outdoor green spaces is evident today in our seven acre gardens with their stunning Victorian layout and landscaping. Enjoy the seasonal delights of Quex Gardens your way – wander through the Walled Kitchen Garden and spot some of our unusual plants.

Within the grounds there is also a beautiful wedding and functions venue Mama Feelgoods Boutique Cafe

Visitor attractions and leisure activities abound, along with bespoke retail and food & drink outlets and a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to  enjoy.  Looking for things to do in Canterbury and beyond? Within the Park there is a Children’s Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball & Laser Rush, Build-a-base Nerf Centre, Farmshop and Restaurant  Adventure Golf course and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze. 
Entry on to Quex Park is free and each leisure facility has its own opening hours & admission fees where applicable.

A landmark within the Park is the Waterloo Tower built 1819 with its extremely rare secular peal of 12 bells, to which exclusive guided tours are run on two days during the summer. The Park also has a Guntower which was built as a sea lookout post and a clocktower built circa 1820 with a pre-reformation hour bell.

Quex Park is the home of the Trust for Thanet Archaeology which is a charitable Trust, set up to promote the study of Thanet's Archaeology.  The Trust offers professional archaeological services in Thanet and East Kent as well as maintaining a Thanet Sites and Monuments Register.

Quex Park is an all- weather, all family, all- encompassing day out, with a unique community of local leaisure businesses brought together on a 15th century country estate where you can make everlasting memories each time you visit.

 

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