Otterpool Park events return for the summer holidays
13th July 2021
Otterpool Park’s popular ‘Telling the Otterpool Tale’ events are back this August, with two workshops coming to Lympne and Sellindge village halls and a family open day at Westenhanger Castle to be held during the summer holidays.
More than 60 people attended the first workshops held over the May half term, and following its popularity, two further workshops will take place at local village halls on 6 and 12 August (full details below).
The free events are run by Strange Cargo, a local organisation that encourages participation in art and offer people of all ages the chance to learn about the Otterpool Park site and its history including the racecourse, castle and Roman villa, through arts and craft activities. Attendees can make a range of crafts including a Roman Emperor Medal and a winner’s rosette as well as have a go at learning rug making techniques to create a racehorse garland.
The fun continues with a Family Open Day at Westenhanger Castle on 21 August. The castle will be open to the public and attendees can enjoy games and craft activities in the castle marquee. There will be a map display showing the historic finds that archaeologists have unearthed on the site during their assessments. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the castle grounds, with an exciting treasure hunt to finish off the day.
The full event details are:
Telling the Otterpool Tale workshops:
Sellindge Village Hall | 6 August | 11am-3pm
Lympne Village Hall | 12th August | 11am – 3pm
Family Open Day:
Westenhanger Castle | 21st August | 11am – 3pm
Andy Jarrett from Otterpool Park LLP said, “We are delighted to be putting on these events in the summer holidays. The Otterpool Park site has many rich historic features which we want to celebrate, protect and share with the local community through events like this.”
Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo said, “We’re so excited to be working with Otterpool Park again throughout the summer and are looking forward to helping visitors to learn about local history and get creative. It is set to be a fun few days and we expect it to be a popular free family day out over the summer holidays.”