In with the new: opening 30 March 2019
Work on Betteshanger’s new Visitor Centre, encompassing a Green Energy Centre and the Kent Mining Museum has now commenced and is due to open in March 2019.
The new £9.5m state-of-the-art facility will be an architectural icon built to the highest levels of sustainable design (Kent’s best EPC rating and BREEAM Excellent certification). It will provide retail, cycling facilities, education, conferencing, events, gardens and public spaces, as well as offering an outstanding entrance to the 250-acre country park and its exceptional leisure and recreation facilities.
With energy at the core of the Betteshanger offer, celebrating East Kent’s mining heritage will be a key focus. It will showcase the unique story of Kent’s mining communities and profile their heritage through an exciting combination of the Museum, heritage trails and online mining archive. A Green Energy Centre will make use of solar panels and a CHP biomass boiler to generate clean energy for both the Park and the national grid. Visitors to the Park will be able to see energy production, engage with and learn from it.
Betteshanger will deliver a unique opportunity for everyone to see how ‘old energy’ can be transformed into ‘new energy’. It will connect people with energy and energy with people.
Out with the old
November 2018 marks a significant milestone in the development of the Betteshanger Project. With 5 months to go until our state of the art new Visitor Centre opens its doors, it’s time to say goodbye to the original Fowlmead Café/Visitor Centre and Cycle Hire “shed”.
The visitor facilities at the Park will be removed during the week commencing 5 November. Until our new Visitor Centre opens, on 30 March 2019, we will be operating from temporary facilities which will be located in the car park.
The temporary facilities will include a warm, dry space with toilet facilities and limited catering. Our Cycle Hire facility will also be operated from this location. A portion of our mountain bike trails will be re-routed to allow for this move.
We recognise this will have some disruption to your experience at the Park but hope that you’ll bear with us during this time whilst we work on building a better Betteshanger. Safe access will be maintained to the play area, cycle track, mountain bike trails and MY/PT plus the wider Park throughout the development period. Undertaking this work during the winter months will allow us to open our new facilities with landscaped grounds.
Facilities in the new Visitor Centre
Countdown to opening
Please note timings for individual elements are subject to change.