East Kent Association

The East Kent Association, whose membership comes from Canterbury and the East Kent area, has a programme that offers something for everyone.

The Association is based in Canterbury and covers the coastal towns from Whitstable round to Hythe and includes Ashford and Faversham.

We offer a varied programme of coach outings, lectures, and usually a short holiday. Some outings are to National Trust houses, gardens, countryside and we visit other interesting places.

Most outings start from Canterbury and winter lectures are held at St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Canterbury.

Our talks cover subjects as diverse as bricks and brickwork in Kent, John Betjeman, the seaside holiday in art, Queen Elizabeth I in contemporary portraits or contempoary clothing from the 1930s.

Our programme also includes other social and fundraising events - coffee mornings, bring-and-buy sales and a Christmas lunch.

Our current events programme:

Wednesday May 4th 2022, 2.15pm. 49th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (to be held in the United Reformed Church, Watling Street, Canterbury) followed by a talk – 

TALK - EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS AT OUR WINCHELSEA RESERVE As a result of the generosity of our members, we have been able to make donations to the Winchelsea National Trust Reserve. This is an important area for wildlife and our history, when Winchelsea was a major port

Tuesday 17th May – Saturday 21st May 2022, HOLIDAY TO NORTH NORFOLK
On our holiday to North Norfolk, we will be visiting Blickling Estate, Felbrigg Hall, Sandringham House, Sutton Hoo, The Norfolk Broads and with time in Ely and Norwich. if you are interested in this holiday, please contact Mrs P Gelman (01227 793419) as places may be available. You will need your National Trust Card. Cost: £680.00 per person. No single supplement subject to availability.

Wednesday July 6th 2022, IGHTHAM MOTE
Ightham Mote is a medieval, moated manor house set among tranquil gardens deep in the Kent countryside. Dating from the early 14th century, the house has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Donated to the National Trust in 1985 by Charles Henry-Robinson, the Trust has ensured the survival of this important building through a £10 million, 15 year conservation programme. Cost: £24.50 (NT members)

Thursday August 25th 2022, HAM HOUSE AND THE POPPY FACTORY
In the morning, we visit Ham House on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond. This beautiful Stuart house was largely the creation of the Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband. It has a superb collection of paintings, furniture and textiles, including a rare Chinese teapot and an ivory cabinet. Outside, the formal 17th century restored gardens surround the house, including a kitchen garden, and a maze-like wildness with summerhouses. Eat a light lunch in the Orangery café, or picnic in the grounds. After lunch, we go on to the Poppy Factory in Richmond: it began in 1922, offering veterans with mental and physical health problems a place of employment. It still supports veterans with health conditions, to find employment today, giving one-to-one advice. The factory manufactures Remembrance products for the Royal British Legion and the Royal Family. We end our visit with a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Cost: £43.10 (NT members) Includes tea/coffee and cake

Wednesday September 14th 2022, SCOTNEY CASTLE
Scotney is a Victorian country mansion with a 14th century ruined picturesque castle, all set in romantic gardens and a wooded estate. Scotney Castle has a long history, dating back to 1137. The Hussey family occupied the estate from 1778 until it was left to the National Trust in 1970. They built the new house and it remains as it was, a welcoming family home filled with books and paintings. This contrasts with the old castle’s moated ruins at the bottom of the extensive gardens. Cost: £24.50 (NT members)

If you would like more information about coming to an event, please get in touch with the membership secretary on 07803 951008 or you can email us

All of our events raise funds to support projects at National Trust places such as South Foreland Lighthouse to the White Cliffs, Scotney Castle and Knole, amongst others.

There is a small annual subscription to cover the printing and postage of twice-yearly programmes and newsletters - £10 for one member and £5.00 for each additional member at the same address. Joining is easy, just download our membership application form, send it to us, we'll do the rest. You don't have to be a National Trust Member to join the association.

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you if you would like come and join us.

Get in touch

Please contact our Membership Secretary on 07803 951008 or email for further information