#BeMoreOutdoor in the Kent Downs AONB

To show our support for CoP26 and celebrate all the wonderful landscapes that we help to protect we're launching our new #bemoreoutdoor campaign to give you even more reasons to grab your coat and explore nature this Autumn and Winter. There are lots of ways you can get involved and discover new places, people and experiences along the way...

New Kent Arts Trail

We've added 2 new art installations, church information panels and loads of waymarking signs along the Via Francigena section of the North Downs Way between Canterbury and Dover. Each piece is sustainably designed, connects with the local community and acts as a sculptural seat for visitors to rest and reflect.

Explore

We're so excited to launch a range of new rural, sustainable and unique experiences, activities and itineraries across the Kent Downs from our team of experts. Discover wonderful nature, learn new skills, visit new places and meet local experts with a passion for our landscapes, there's never been a better time to grab your coat and explore.

Support

This year we know that green is most definately the new black so we're asking businesses big and small to help us support a range of local environmental projects by donating to the Kent Downs Trust. If you or a business owner you know would be interested in working with us please get in touch.

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Free Expert Photography Tuition

Join expert photographer and teacher Alex Hare to receive top tips on taking beautiful photographs with your phone or camera and learn about capturing the stunning scenery of the Kent Downs AONB throughout the seasons.

Canterbury Insta-Ready Photo Walk

21st December 10am at Chilham
This walk around this popular TV location will help your teens and tweens get some gorgeous and shareable snaps.

Dover Coastal Photo Walk

12th January 2pm at Kingsdown
This photo walk will help you feel more confident with your camera, excited about outdoor photography & include top tips.

How to #BeMoreOutdoor

There's something very special about Autumn and Winter isn't there? As the nights draw in and the air begins to cool, the trees come alive with beautiful colour and the night sky shines bright with stars. It's the perfect time to find new ways to discover your sense of adventure, to explore forgotten locations, experience new activities and meet experts with a passion for all things local. Click below to find out more about what's coming soon to a landscape near you...

Food & Drink

Discover new tastes and treats from wonderful artisans across the county.

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Wellbeing

Escape for some rest and relaxation in some of Kent's most beautiful places.

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Outdoor Activities

Blow away the cobwebs in our gorgeous woodlands, grasslands and coastline.

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Wildlife & Nature

Learn more about the nature and animals around you, perfect for little and big ones!

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Family Fun

Reconnect with the outdoors and your favourite people with family focussed activities.

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Arts & Crafts

Find your inner artist and share in the passion and knowledge of local experts.

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Farming & Animals

Visit a local farm, boost your nature knowledge, learn new skills and make memories.

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Pilgrimage

Tread in the footsteps of Pilgrims as we take you on a journey of self-discovery.

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Culture & Heritage

Learn about Kent's heritage and visit some of the iconic locations that shaped our county.

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Tell us your favourite space?

We can all use a little more space in our lives to enjoy the beauty around us and share some great experiences with our loved ones. So we want to know where your happy space is in our beautiful Kent Countryside.

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What is the EXPERIENCE project?

We're working with Visit Kent, Explore Kent and many others to launch a brand new EXPERIENCE project that brings together incredible local businesses and activities within our wonderful countryside to create new sustainable tourism itineraries. We hope this will encourage locals and visitors to discover the many special spaces, wonderful walks, knowledgeable locals and eco-friendly businesses that want to welcome you to the Garden of England.

Have you got a business nearby?

If your business is in the Kent Downs AONB or within 5km of the North Downs Way and you'd like some help to attract walkers and cyclists then please register your interest in the EXPERIENCE project and we'll be in touch to discuss next steps including exciting business promotion and training opportunities. Also check out for Visit Kent's EXPERIENCE page for support and activities throughout Kent.

How is EXPERIENCE funded?
EXPERIENCE is a €23m project co-funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme, which has committed €16m from the European Regional Development. Projects are funded in six areas across England and France: Norfolk, Kent, Cornwall, Pas-de-Calais, Compiègne and Brittany. Close collaboration across the six regional projects ensures insights and best practice are shared.

EXPERIENCE in Kent is match funded by:

Ashford Borough Council
Canterbury City Council
Dover District Council
Folkestone & Hythe District Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Kent County Council
Medway Council
Thanet District Council
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Swale Borough Council

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