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Little Satmar Summer Newsletter

We have already had the pleasure of welcoming back many of our home owners and returning touring guests, as well as meeting new visitors to the park. As the summer continues we look forward to welcoming even more of you to Little Satmar, whether it be for an overnight stay or a full on holiday.

At the end of March Yvonne joined our reception team. Yvonne has taken no time at all in getting to grips with the role and am sure many of you have already had the opportunity to introduce yourselves.

Although it was a few months ago now, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle held over the Whitsun Bank Holiday. A total of £156.00 was raised for the RNLI and East Kent Ambulance.

So far this season a couple of motoring clubs have already paid us a visit; the Trabants Car Club and the Mini Coopers Club, sporting many different varieties of mini. Later in the year we look forward to welcoming back the German Hotel Bus as well as the Mini Moke Club in September.

Our bee garden is coming on well, with a new burst of colour almost daily. We also have herbs growing for our campers to add to their culinary delights!

The summer months always see a variety of local events, including several school and church fetes. Details of what is on in the area can be found in the Caple-le-Ferne magazine, copies of which are in reception so please help yourself to a copy.

Lets hope the sun keeps shining and we hope you all have a great summer!

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Hawthorn Farm Summer Newsletter

Summer 2017 began early at Hawthorn Farm. Several rallies and groups of motorhomes, caravan owners and tent lovers have already enjoyed some amazing weather and the lush green surroundings of our park.

With hopefully many more balmy evenings to come this season, there is no better time to get away from it all and Hawthorn Farm looks forward to welcoming lots of happy campers & holiday home owners soon. Advance bookings are advised, but not always necessary. Please contact us for further details.

There are some special events happening nearby during the coming months. In early July the Deal Festival fills the town with cultural delights including; music, a street carnival, art and food galore. Dover still currently has its Banksy Brexit Mural, well worth a look whilst it is on display and the popular Dover Castle special event weekends include a fabulous jousting contest this summer.

Open Gardens are at their best now, The Secret Gardens at Sandwich and The Pines Gardens at St Margaret’s Bay are both within easy reach of Hawthorn Farm.

We are lucky to have a train station in Martin Mill, with regular services that will take you into the centre of Dover, Deal or further afield if you prefer.

If you have children, have you discovered Betteshanger Park or Walmer Paddling Pool? Or right here on our doorstep is the village playground with its giant slide, zip wire and lots more for kids of all ages. Pick up a map and more information from our on site tourist information office, next to reception. If you have stayed with us before you may have noticed the cafe/shop now has a new decked area for more diners to enjoy alfresco meals and drinks.

So, despite being in the countryside, Hawthorn Farm is a great base for exploring this little corner of East Kent. Why not stopover a bit longer on your next visit to make the most of what is on offer.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Quex Holiday Park Summer Newsletter

As always the gardening is keeping us busy here on Quex Holiday Park. The grass is always growing so there is plenty of mowing, strimming and hedges to keep in check. It is always good to look round the park when tasks have been completed, to see the lovely green spaces we have being enjoyed by both our visitors and the wildlife.

To encourage even more wildlife our ‘pollinator’ trough has been filled with plants grown for us on one of our sister parks, Woodlands Estate. We look forward to observing the butterflies, moths and of course bees over the coming months. We also have 2 smaller pots, in the form of recycled watering cans planted up for pollinators too. The blue one has wild strawberry & jacobs ladder in it and red one contains wild strawberry & buphthalmum.

With the very warm weather we have been having could we ask, as we have before, that owners, where possible, put out small bird bath/water containers which are very beneficial to our feathered friends. As always please think carefully about the location and content of bird feeders in order not to encourage unwanted visitors.

A new garden in Robins has been created and planted with both lavender and rosemary and will be lovely as it matures. We are, however, finding that the rabbits have also taken a shine to them so we are watching developments!!

We look forward to hopefully a hot, sunny summer for all our owners and touring visitors and trust you will enjoy your time at Quex Holiday Park.

If you are visiting us this weekend our neighbour, Quex Park, has several events on you may be interested in:

The Craft Fair Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017

VW Show Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017

Jazz & Swing in Quex Gardens Sunday 2 July 2017

For further details:

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It will soon be Easter and if you haven’t already made plans why not spend a few days on one of our Holiday and Touring Parks.
On Easter Sunday Little Satmar will be holding an Easter Bonnet contest, a chance for you to get creative. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, a colouring competition and in keeping with the parks Honey Bee Friendly status a chance to ‘plant a pot for pollinators’.
Hawthorn Farm’s cafe will be hosting several events over the Easter weekend. On the Saturday evening there will be a quiz and on the Sunday night; bingo. Both events are in aid of the Kent Air Ambulance. Sunday Roast lunches will also be served in the cafe but make sure you book to avoid disappointment! If you are around Easter Sunday morning why not join in the Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt. There will be Easter goodies as prizes plus an egg and spoon race to follow.

Quex Holiday Park is holding a ‘design your own Easter egg’ drawing competition with the winners of the 3 age groups to be announced Easter Sunday Morning. You can also take a guess at how many eggs are in the jar, just for a small charge all of which goes to charity. Sunday afternoon sees the return of the popular quiz, which has already sold out but you could always pop along for a hot dog or burger, available from the BBQ between 3pm and 5.30 pm.

If you would like further details on any of the above or wish to make a booking please contact the relevant park directly (contact details available on our website).

Whatever your plans we hope you have a very Happy Easter!

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Welcome to old friends and new at Hawthorn Farm in 2017!

The quiet season has allowed us to make some great changes throughout the park, which both our holiday home owners and touring visitors alike can benefit from.

There has been lots of tree landscaping and a new decking area installed at the cafe. We have a gleaming new coin operated, eco friendly laundry room. This now brings the entire amenity block up to a very high standard, following last year’s refurbishment of the washroom facilities. Let us know what you think of the improvements once you have tried them out!

Looking forward; Easter weekend at Hawthorn Farm will see a host of activities for everyone. There will be a Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt with Easter treat rewards, a ‘Name the Bunny’ competition and the popular events at the cafe will include special menus, a quiz and bingo. Many of our nearby tourist attractions are holding special events too. So even if the weather doesn't look too good, Hawthorn Farm will offer you a warm welcome with plenty to keep you occupied. Online bookings for touring spaces are recommended.

When you are here, why not take a look at our latest range of new holiday homes, open for viewing near reception. There are often some pre-loved holiday homes looking for new owners as well, check our website for current availability. Now is the perfect time to explore the advantages of being a holiday home owner at Hawthorn Farm, allowing you to enjoy this season and many more to come. The keys are waiting for you!

We hope to see you soon.

The Hawthorn Farm Team
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Little Satmar is now open...

Welcome back to our holiday home owners, we hope you have another enjoyable season with us.

We also look forward to meeting old and new touring guests and campers to the park. A real treat awaits you in the form of a brand new toilet block in the touring field, making your stay with us a little more luxurious.

The closed winter period has enabled us to start planning our activities for the year. Our annual David Bellamy assessment always gives us plenty of ideas to work on. We have made a start to inject a splash more colour into the gardens with new bulbs and hopefully the additional flowers will bring the bees buzzing back. We have actually seen a few already. A new bird house is soon to be put up and we are planning on introducing some hedgehog houses too.

We will of course be having our Easter Egg Hunt again this year, on Easter Sunday (16th April).
There will also be a colouring competition, plus a prize for the best Easter bonnet. If the weather permits we are planning to plant up some bee friendly pots, continuing our commitment as a Honey Bee Friendly park.

Locally, there is also an Easter Egg Hunt at the village primary school on Friday 31st March, everyone welcome. If you don’t happen to be here over the Easter period for these events there is always the weekly farmers market to visit. It’s open every Tuesday from 10am - 12.30pm and comes highly recommended, especially the home made cakes and pies!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Quex News for 2017 Season...

With 2017 well under way and the new season upon us maintenance works are being completed to ensure the parks readiness to welcome owners, tourers and visitors.

Many of you will already have met Lucy during last season but we would like to officially welcome her to our full time team here and are sure you will do the same.

The winter hedge cutting programme has been completed and tree work is now under way.
The new garden in Robins has been dug and prepared in readiness to be planted with lavender which will not only look lovely but also help in our commitment to being a bee friendly park. We also plan to have a “pollinator pot” on site. These pots are planted with nectar rich plants to help with butterflies, moths and of course bees. Further details to follow!

As always we will be working towards a David Bellamy Award again this year and hope that we will continue to retain our Gold status. Please could owners, where possible, put out small bird bath/water containers which are very beneficial for our visiting wildlife. As always please think carefully about the location and content of bird feeders in order to not encourage unwanted visitors.

Now some of our older holiday homes having left the park you will notice a few spaces in our fields. We look forward to welcoming new owners during the course of the year as new homes are sited on these spots.

We have had some very cold and frosty weather and whilst it is a little milder now we may yet have some cold spells. We would, therefore, like to suggest that if you are using your home at this time, please can you turn your water off at the stop cock when leaving and leave your internal taps open to help prevent frost damage. Thank you.

Hopefully things will have warmed up by Easter when we will be inviting the children to take part in a drawing competition; to design your own Easter egg. Chocolate egg prizes for the winners!! Entry paper will be available from reception. Details on other Easter events will follow shortly!!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Hawthorn Farm's Newsletter...

The rain on 12th June didn't stop the fun at Hawthorn Farm’s Tea Party for the Queen’s Birthday celebrations. After battling through the morning's downpour, a sturdy gazebo kept the party goers dry enough to enjoy the afternoon, with a Pearly Queen singing some Old Time favourites in a sing-a-long. The children took part in finding the "Crown Jewels" on a treasure hunt around the touring park areas, turning their buried treasure into crowns at the craft table in the cafe!

The gazebo over the cafe decking area will now remain for the summer, providing additional seating at the regular bingo & quiz nights. Perhaps on balmy summer evenings it will also provide the perfect place to enjoy an alfresco home cooked meal or a refreshing drink.

Much work has been done to add more bee & butterfly friendly plants to the park as part of our commitment to the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme. Our new raised wooden flower troughs include a rose bed filled with pink "Queen Elizabeth" roses to mark our Monarch's 90th birthday.

A new addition this season is our nature journal, for visitors to record their wildlife sightings whilst here. You can find it in our information office; please feel free to add to it or just have a read; we have already had some lovely comments.

So why not come and stay in White Cliffs Country, where the coast and countryside meet. Relax, watch the wildlife and let us know what you see!
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Summer News From Quex Park...

Our new garden by reception has really come to life since being revamped over the winter. It is providing a colourful welcome to all our visitors as well as being very popular with the bees and birds; the birds taking full advantage of the two water features for drinking, bathing and playing!

We would like to remind everyone, as we did at the start of the season, to please be very careful with bird feeders as they have a habit of attracting unwanted guests. The birds have so much natural food around the park at this time of year that a small bird bath/water dish feature may be more appropriate - the birds will certainly appreciate it in the warmer weather.

It has proved a constant battle to keep abreast of the grass cutting, with the copious amounts of rain we have had. It has made the grass grow very quickly!! The silver lining of course, is how lovely and green everywhere is. The wonderful British weather has also proved very frustrating in hampering the development of the new garden in Robins; we promise it has not been forgotten about!!

The winds on Easter Sunday meant our visiting birds could not carry out their flying display; however, everyone was still able to observe the Harris Hawk (shadow) and a small owl (Angel) up close and even stroke them. We are planning to have a flying display from the birds on the August Bank Holiday Weekend and trust that the weather will be kinder then.

We are pleased to report that a kestrel which had been injured and nursed back to health was brought here by the falconers and released successfully from the park.

The sun shone for the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations last month and we were able to have a Royal themed quiz and BBQ outside. A toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth along with a slice of home-made cake rounded off the afternoon beautifully!!

The Ramsgate Old Motor and Motorcycle Club will be visiting again for their rally at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st September. Why not come and have a look at these beautiful, classic vehicles – the BBQ will be in action too!!!
Further details for August Bank Holiday weekend will follow. Please keep checking our blog and social media pages for details on this and other events.
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Little Satmar's Summer Blog...

What a wild and very wet start to the season we have had so far. Rain and thunderstorms seemed to have engulfed the entire country at some point over the past month. Here’s hoping the sun shines again soon and we can get on with enjoying a great summer.

Fortunately the weather was glorious for our BBQ and quiz night, to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday earlier this month. Everyone agreed it was an enjoyable get together, as well as an opportunity to raise money for the Air Ambulance Service. A total of £160.00 was raised so thank to everyone who gave so generously to a worthy cause.
We will continue to collect for the Air Ambulance and also for the Lifeboat Service throughout the season.

Our bee garden is currently being re-vamped with the addition of some herbs; chives, mint and sage, as well as lavender, which the bees seem to love.

This Sunday is the Battle of Britain Memorial Day, held here in the village of Capel-Le-Ferne, at the Battle of Britain Memorial. The activities run throughout the day, beginning at 10.30am. If the weather permits you will be able to watch a Spitfire and Hurricane take to the skies.

Should you be visiting at the end of July, Dover Castle is holding a Roman Festival on the 30th and 31st. A chance to try your hand at archery, taste some Roman culinary delights and for the youngsters to train and dress up as a gladiator!!

Back nearer the park the Farmer’s Market is held in the village every Tuesday and well worth a visit. Or there is always the option to just relax on site whilst the children have a go at the quizzes, colouring and fun facts sheets we have on offer which proved really popular last year.

Whatever you choose we can offer a warm welcome and a peaceful place to stay.
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