Pencester Gardens & Pavilion
Pencester Gardens opened in 1924. As well as the usual lawns and flowerbeds, there was also a play area for children and a miniature golf course. The gardens have been a pleasant green space in the centre of the town since then and have provided a venue for many fetes and funfairs.
In 2000, a pavilion for band concerts and other performances was built to commemorate the new Millennium. The Millennium Path, which runs around the pavilion, was completed in 2001. The path is made up of 100 flagstones each commemorating an event in Dover’s history, each one sponsored by a local resident or business. Read more about Pencester Gardens & Pavilion.
We are proud to work with the Dover Society, who assist in the preservation of our Historic Town of Dover. The Dover society is the civic amenity group passionate about Dover’s past, present and Future.Members help improve, conserve and celebrate Dover by influencing planning decisions, lobbying councils, maintaining Cowgate cemetery, organizing Town Hall tours and Heritage Open Days and hosting the Blue Plaque Trail. They enjoy winter meetings with local interest speakers, summer outings, quality newsletters, annual quiz and festive feast and consultation events. Visit the Dover Society for more information.
White Cliffs Country
Dover is a beautiful place, and Dover Town Council are the very proud owners of a wide section of open chalk land that is open to the public all year round and is well used by ramblers, Dog walkers and naturists, and is also home to the Konik Ponies.
It is managed by White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, who quite frequently runs workshops for all.
If you would like to find out more about the White Cliffs of Dover, you can also visit the National Trust.
As Dover has played such a significant part of England’s history, there are many memorials and tributes to the men and women of Dover, from the Dover War Memorial Project to Zeebrugge.
View our Memorials page for more information on the memorials in Dover.
The River Dour
The River Dour is the little known heart of Dover. The name Dover is thought to derive from the Dour which may be related to the Celtic word for water. The river flows for four miles from Temple Ewell, through Kearsney, then the town centre to the sea at Dover Wellington Docks.
You can find out more about the River Dour at The White Cliffs Countryside.
More information about the River Dour can also be found at Kearsney Parks, including a new 4-mile signed walking trail from Wellington Dock on Dover seafront to Temple Ewell.
Up on the Downs
Up on the Downs is a £2.5 million Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme that aims to make a significant difference to the easily recognisable and iconic landscape of the Dover and Folkestone area.
The scheme will operate until 2017 and will be working with partners and local communities to conserve and celebrate the landscape and heritage of Dover and Folkestone and surrounding areas.
It has been set up to help enhance the landscape of the internationally famous white cliffs of Dover, both for wildlife and people. There are two stretches of Heritage Coast within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find 55% of the chalk grassland of Kent, or 5% of the chalk grassland in Britain or an estimated 1% of the chalk grassland in the world. Find out more about the Up on the Downs project today.