Festive Foray into Knole Deer Park
December 12, 2020 - Saturday
Knole Deer Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, Kent
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**Due to COVID restrictions and players currently adhering to self-isolation requirements, this event has been extended to the end of the month.**
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to round out a year than with a rare chance to wander round the 1,000 acres of protected parkland that amongst the wild deer that live there. The event pin is positioned in the deer park which is not NT property. Close by you will see the oak tree and the arch used by the Beatles in their music videos for Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane in 1967.
For those who are participating in Cap 2 Unwrap (Holiday Card Collectors Club), there are double points on Fancy Flat Rob and Fancy Flat Lou activity until 23:59 MHQ on Dec 12 – Tiers 2 & 3 ONLY.
- A special event badge for those who capture it on the day (which reflects the oak tree used in the Beatles' video and the deer in the park). You will find this on a white plant tag hidden at the base of one of the Oaks near the pin location.
- A festive candy cane (over the car park)
- A festive reindeer garden (thanks to Maattmoo for setting this up)
- 50x event pins that will take you through the beautiful parkland
- A virtual trail starting at the oak tree made famous by the Beatles.
- Hundreds of virtuals and physicals to capture deployed by fellow Munzee players
The event pin can be capped by rummaging in the tree nearby. All Munzees relating to the event (including Event Indicator Pin) are temporary and will disappear at the end of December 2020.
Government guidelines around coronavirus are regularly reviewed at short notice so please check their website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae) before you visit. Please observe and adhere to in order to ensure this is an enjoyable day for everyone.
*Access and Parking*
Knole Park is open to all to enjoy. There are several pedestrian gates around the perimeter of the park and parking in the town centre to walk into the park.
The National Trust car park at Knole is available for National Trust members and visitors purchasing house tickets only (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on). The car park cannot be booked separately. Tickets are released every Friday morning. Booking closes at 3.00pm the day before your visit. If you have a query about an existing booking, please call the Booking Helpline on 0344 249 1895.
Pedestrians can visit the parkland for free and alternative car parking is available nearby in Sevenoaks Town Car Park (TN13 1LW). There is a steep, uneven path from this car park into the park that may be difficult for those with accessibility issues.
NB: There are temporary parking restrictions near Knole Park, Sevenoaks. From 27th November, a no waiting at any time order has been implemented due to dangerous and obstructive parking by visitors to Knole Park. For more info see: https://www.westkent.org/about-us/news-events/news/articles/temporary-parking-restrictions-near-knole-park-sevenoaks
*How to get there*
Address: Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP (Sat Nav: TN13 1HX)
The park is approximately a 1hr drive from Ashford, Romford, Guildford, and Croydon so hopefully easy for players in the South East of England to get to. Families are encouraged to come along (dogs on leads welcome too) and we anticipate the National Trust will be organising some festive activities which they can also be participated in (charges may apply).
By bike: Bicycles can access Knole Park through the main and pedestrian entrances. No bicycles on the golf course. Paths are mainly rough track or grass and are undulating. Cycle racks can be found adjacent to the outdoor picnic area.
By train: Nearest station is Sevenoaks
By bus: Nearest bus station is Sevenoaks
By car: Some sat nav systems will not direct you correctly to Knole using our postcode. Use postcode TN13 1HX and follow directions below. From north and west: leave M25 at exit 5 (A21) and follow signs for Sevenoaks. Turn right at mini-roundabout. Park entrance is in Sevenoaks town centre, left off A225 High Street (opposite St Nicholas Church). From south: Leave A21 at junction signposted Sevenoaks and follow A225 for Sevenoaks. Park entrance is on right after about 2 miles. From east: Follow A25 through Seal. Turn left at traffic lights. Continue ahead and through High Street. Park entrance is on left 300 yards beyond top of the High Street. Be mindful of the local traffic on the busy High Street as you turn in.
*What to wear*
Please wear suitable clothing (INCLUDING FESTIVE JUMPERS!) for tramping round a park in the middle of December. Accessorising your 'look' with tinsel, fairy lights and/or Santa hats are positively encouraged. Don't forget to have your social munzees ready!
The Brewhouse Café is open offering a reduced takeaway menu and the shop is open daily in Green Court. You can also visit the courtyards and the Orangery. There are limited toilet facilities available (including baby changing and disabled toilets), with all other facilities remaining closed for now. Please wear a face covering in all inside spaces and observe the social distancing measures we have put in place.
Because of the nature of Knole’s parkland, there are just a few things to bear in mind when you’re heading out for a scamper:
- Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. This is to protect the herd of wild deer who roam the parkland.
- Please always pick up after your dog. The park is protected by SSSI status (see below), but they do now have a few dedicated dog bins on the National Trust managed land.
- Please dispose of any dog waste in these or take it with you when you leave.
- Dogs on leads are welcome in our Courtyards only. Assistance dogs are welcome indoors.
- The car park doesn’t have shaded areas. So on sunny days, please avoid leaving your dog in the car.
- The Brewhouse Cafe has an outdoor section covered with umbrellas, perfect for a hot drink for you, and a cold one for your canine friend. The shop also sells doggie bags and other accessories.
Do’s and don’ts when in the park: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/features/wild-deer-herd-at-knole
National Trust's Knole House: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Julia Bradbury's Walk around Knole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSniQoD8oxI