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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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Easter is soon upon us and our touring and holiday parks are getting ready...

On Easter Sunday you can join in the Easter egg hunt at Hawthorn Farm. The park cafe is also organising an Easter bonnet competition as well as an egg and spoon race. Their Friday menu will include beer battered fish ‘n’ chips and of course hot cross buns. Saturday night is quiz night with bingo on Sunday evening to round the weekend off.

Little Satmar Holiday Park will also be holding an Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning in addition to a ‘draw and colour your own Easter egg’ competition – a prize is available for the best one so bring your artistic flare with you.

A falconry display will take place on Easter Sunday at Quex Holiday Park, with the opportunity to meet the Harris Hawks; Shadow and Rambo, as well as Saxon the Barn Owl. Should the weather prevent the birds from flying you will still be able to come along to meet them and maybe get a photo or two. There will be chocolate involved and the opportunity to win an Easter egg!!

For more details on any of these events or to book your pitch for the weekend please contact the relevant park directly.

Have a very Happy Easter!

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A very warm welcome back to Hawthorn Farm for the 2016 season!

During the winter break a number of projects have been taking place. New parking bays in Cherry, Birch and Hawthorn fields have been created and we hope to add to these at the end of the season.

The tree surgeons have been back, working on the southern boundary, between the hard standing area down to Larch field. Robbie has also been busy reducing the hedge heights in Cherry, Damson and Gordonia fields as well as along the touring toilet block boundary.

The disabled toilet/shower room and the baby changing facility have been modified and updated; meaning we now have a separate disabled toilet plus a separate family/disabled shower room.

Pete has been continuing his good work on the conservation side of things to help build on our achievements to date for the David Bellamy Conservation Awards Scheme. He has added more bird and bat boxes, plus, prepared new areas around the park for the planting of fruit trees and pollen rich plants for the bees and butterflies.

After last years good show of spring flowers, Steve has planted up more areas of the park with different types of bulbs, so here’s hoping they flourish as well as last year!

Beverley and Tracey are in reception again this season. If you have any questions or queries they will be only too happy to answer them.

And finally, just a reminder that the cafe is now open; keep an eye on our website for their up-coming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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Welcome back to Little Satmar...

A belated Happy New Year to you all, we hope 2016 has started well!

As our last newsletter mentioned we had a few projects for the winter months in preparation for this season which we are pleased to say have now been completed. The shower block has had its facelift, adding a little more colour to make it feel more like a home from home. The tourer washing up area has also been revamped with a coat of paint as well as a new screen to provide protection from the elements. We have also installed a new touring sign at the park entrance; to not only highlight that we accept tourers and tents but also to direct visitors towards reception.

One project we are excited about this year is to establish a "Help for Heroes" garden at Little Satmar. A very appropriate choice as we are located so close to the Battle of Britain Memorial. We will be having fund raising events for our brave boys and girls throughout the season, so look out for more details on further newsletters.

Our wildlife conservation is important to us and we are delighted to have been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award again this year. Keep an eye out and see if you can spot our new bat boxes which were put up during the closed period. We are also striving to become a ‘bee friendly’ park so there may be some park bee projects you can get involved with too.

We look forward to welcoming back all our regular visitors and also meeting many new ones!
Hope to see you soon!

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With the new season upon us at Quex Park work has been underway to prepare the park for the return of both our holiday home owners and visitors. We look forward to welcoming you all back soon!

Reception has been given a new coat of paint in preparation for this season and the cafe/shop has also undergone some refurbishment and is ready with a warm welcome to provide amongst other things the ever popular all day breakfast!

The herb garden adjacent to reception had to be dismantled as the wooden walls were no longer up to the job. The wood has not gone to waste though; any suitable pieces have been dispersed round the park to create bug homes. The replacement garden has been constructed from brick and is in the process of being completed ready for planting.

During the closed period the scheduled road resurfacing; the driveway from the entrance onto the park, the new road in Robins and the car park in Finches, has been carried out, despite the rain trying to intervene!  

As previously reported we were pleased to retain our Gold David Bellamy Award. One of the observations by the inspector, which we would encourage owners to participate in, is providing water for the birds.  Whilst we have plenty of food naturally available for them, water can sometimes be in short supply. A small bird bath/water dish will attract feathered visitors which are a pleasure to observe.

We would like to reiterate our request that home owners please monitor any bird feeders you have to avoid attracting  any unwanted visitors, (not of the feathered variety), which then have to be dealt with.

All of the park hedges have been cut back and are looking nice and tidy in preparation for new growth and work on the new garden in Robins will be going ahead in the near future, with planting commencing in the spring.

We mentioned in our last newsletter that a Harris Hawk visited us at the end of last season. We are hoping to arrange a demonstration with both Paris (the Harris Hawk) and some of her friends this year too - further details to follow.

Ramsgate Old Motor and Motorcycle Club have also given us a provisional date of Thursday 1st September at 7.30pm for their rally. We will confirm this with you as soon as we know so keep checking our blog and social media pages for details on this and other events.

All the staff at Quex look  forward to another enjoyable season with you!
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It was lovely to welcome back many familiar faces to Quex Park this season as well as a number of new ones; both touring guests and new holiday home owners.

We are very pleased to receive the David Bellamy Gold Award again for our commitment to conservation on the park. The team have worked hard this year; the park has looked lovely and the bee friendly plants have done their job well, attracting a large number of bees! 

As we approach autumn it is time to look at our winter maintenance plan. During the close down period the new road in Robins and car park in Finches will be tarmaced. We are also looking at the possibility of renewing the entrance driveway; we hope the weather will be kind and allow us to do this! The new gar-den in Robins was put on hold during the main holiday season but we hope to make a start on that again soon too.

Three 'dog' bins have recently been installed on the park and we ask that all dog owners please make use of them. Unfortunately, our bird feeders have been attracting some unwanted visitors so we would be grateful if you don’t put anything on them for the time being, thank you.

We recently had an unscheduled guest who stayed with us for five days. Her name is Paris and she is a Harris Hawk!!  Paris normally lives next door at Quex Park Estate, but decided to have a short break with us here on the touring park! She has now returned home but we are sure she enjoyed her stay!

Thank you to everyone who visited this year and we look forward to seeing you again next season!

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This summer at Hawthorn Farm we have welcomed all manner of camping vehicles, from the tiny teardrop trailers to some huge Winnebago’s. The ferry strike and Operation Stack (for the delayed lorries throughout Kent) prompted many holidaymakers to arrive early or stay longer, with so much to see and do in our area, no-one was complaining! We look forward to seeing our new found friends again in 2016 as many have promised to return.

The team at Hawthorn Farm have also had the pleasure to welcome a high number of fresh faces taking ownership of holiday homes this year. Our park is renowned for its tranquillity and wildlife so new owners have certainly made the right choice if peace and quiet is on their holiday check list!
We are still greatly involved in our commitment to the David Bellamy Conservation Award scheme and really pleased to announce we have achieved Gold status again for 2015/16. In keeping with this theme we would like to encourage all our holiday home owners to enter the Wild About Gardens Awards in 2016, run by the Kent Wildlife Trust. The competition is open to anyone with a wildlife friendly garden; every participant will be acknowledged and will be helping to ensure we maintain our pledge to conservation on the park. We have some lovely holiday home gardens, so please enter yours next year!

Another asset at Hawthorn Farm continues to be the shop & cafe, offering tasty, home cooked food, including Sunday Roasts; all available to eat in or takeaway! Don't forget to join in the regular bingo & quiz nights at the cafe too, all held in aid of the Kent Air Ambulance. The cafe will remain open until the end of October, re-opening on 1st March next year.
Thank you all for your support this season and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Hello from Little Satmar,

The season is gradually coming to an end and our preparations for next year are already underway!
Our ‘to-do’ list includes sprucing up the toilet and shower blocks along with the touring facilities during our closed period. The tree surgeons will also be paying us a visit: refreshing the park ready for 2016.

As we are located so close to the Battle of Britain Memorial we have started to create a small “Help for Heroes” garden to remember all our brave men and women, past and present. The poppies have already been planted and we are now in the process of creating a commemorative plaque to accompany them in the garden. We also plan to have a BBQ next summer to raise money for Help for Heroes; details will follow in next years newsletters.

It has been a positive start to our first season at Little Satmar and this has been reflected in many of your comments. We have also been recognised by the Netherlands online site, Zoover. They have awarded us a Bronze award so a big thank you to everyone who kindly put their comments forward. We always appreciate feedback as it helps us improve our service ensuring your stay is even better next time! 

We also wish to thank all our holiday home owners and touring visitors for making our first season here so enjoyable! We look forward to welcoming you back again next year and to see some new faces too!
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