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National Lottery Thanks to You Open Days - Wanstone Rediscovered 2024

As part of the National Lottery Open Week 2024, take a guided tour of the newly uncovered remains of one of the largest guns installed on the British mainland. Also, visit the remains of the nearby D2 heavy anti-aircraft battery.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

In July 2022, the remains of one of the Second World War cross-channel guns, nicknamed 'Jane', were uncovered at Wanstone, near Dover, Kent. Part of the largest gun battery ever built in Britain, and the largest breech-loaded weapon ever installed on British soil, Jane could fire a 1980 lb shell 26 miles.

As part of the National Lottery Open Week, take a guided tour of the spectacular gun site, magazine, crew shelter and the D2 Battle of Britain 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft battery, which have laid hidden since the 1950s.

We'll have our team of friendly volunteers on hand to welcome you and share the detailed history of the site, together with photographs of the guns in action.

We hope to open our additional car park at Wanstone, approximately 300 metres from the event. Entrance off Upper Road at postcode CT15 6HY - www.what3words.com/fidelity.book.approve. If this is not available due to ground conditions, the all-weather parking at the White Cliffs visitor centre will be used, which is approximately 25-minutes walk from the site.

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The basics

Suitability

Supervised children are welcome.

Meeting point

The event will be signed from the additional parking and the cliff paths, heading towards South Foreland. Meet at the welcome point tent just inside the site - www.what3words.com/fidget.goofy.atomic

What to bring and wear

The site is uneven and some paths are unmade and slippery when wet, so please wear stout footwear. The location is exposed with limited shelter - please dress appropriately.

Accessibility

The site is relatively level with gentle slopes. The car park and the path from the car park to the site are cut grass. There is a ramp from the gun site up to the D2 battery, but once in D2, the site has concrete roads. Most of the site should be suitable for wheelchair users. A few of the D2 buildings will not be accessible due to steep steps and narrow entrances.

Other

This project has only been possible due to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and this event is primarily designed as a thank to players. Please bring a National Lottery ticket, Instant Win Game, or scratchcard (physical or digital) for free parking and admission. Anyone who isn't a National Lottery player who would like to visit on these dates and who isn’t a member of the National Trust can still attend and there is a suggested donation of £5 per person. If the weather has been wet, ground conditions may make our additional parking field unavailable. We will post parking details and directions on our White Cliffs Facebook page each day. Alternatively, please check the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover website: https://bit.ly/3PzCKpS before travelling. The nearest facilities are at South Foreland Lighthouse, approximately 1 km walk. You can keep in touch with the project on the White Cliffs of Dover Facebook page: https://bit.ly/3WR94Zy and on our web page: https://bit.ly/3cypq6I - why not bookmark our page now? #ThanksToYou #Wanstonerediscovered

Contact info

White Cliffs Property Office

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