A Knight at the Museums

North Thanet MP, Sir Roger Gale, received a warm welcome on Friday (31st March), from two of the district’s popular visitor attractions, the Powell-Cotton Museum and the Seaside Museum at Herne Bay.

The visits were organised by Visit Kent and took place during Tourism Constituency Day, when Sir Roger Gale showed his support for local tourism businesses in North Thanet as part of English Tourism Week and ahead of the Kent Big Weekend.

Sir Roger Gale received a warm welcome at the Powell-Cotton Museum in the 15th-century Quex Estate at Birchington from Carrie Malone, operations manager at Quex Park. During his visit, he was treated to a tour of the Powell-Cotton family’s extraordinary collection of unique natural history artefacts, ethnography and fine and decorative arts.

Sir Roger Gale also visited the latest addition to the leisure activities at the park, the 18-hole Adventure Golf area. The Powell-Cotton Museum is a regular supporter of Kent Big Weekend and has donated 80 tickets to the campaign, so that local Kent residents can experience the park for themselves.

“It’s an amazing attraction, it used to be East Kent’s best kept secret but thank goodness it’s now no longer a secret,” commented Sir Roger Gale. “The thing that I really enjoy about it is that every time I come here there are new things and attractions to see.”

In the early afternoon, the North Thanet MP took in the sights of the Seaside Museum in Herne Bay, where he was joined by Councillor Andrew Cook and greeted by two of the museum’s dedicated volunteers, Alan Porter and Clare Goodwin.

The museum, which is managed and run entirely by volunteers, has a rolling programme of changing exhibitions as well as an enchanting permanent collection. The current exhibition, which is open until Sunday 23 April, is entitled Herne Bay Through the Seasons. The Seaside Museum is also supporting Kent Big Weekend and has donated 100 tickets as part of the big ticket giveaway.

“There are so many voluntary groups all working together in Herne Bay, which creates a huge vitality in the town. So, from the first weekend in April right the way through to October there is something always happening,” added Sir Roger Gale.

Sir Roger Gale MP was joined by Rt Hon Damian Green, MP for Ashford, in visiting attractions that are participating in the Kent Big Weekend.

Kent Big Weekend is part of English Tourism Week, which highlights tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy. This year over 100 attractions have come together to donate more than 22,000 pairs of tickets to local residents during the Kent Big Weekend event.

For more information about Kent, please visit www.visitkent.co.uk