Friday, 26 October 2012

Wildwood half term event & Jobs


1) Half term events at Wildwood!
2) Change of opening hours
3) Wildwood vacancies

1) Half term events at Wildwood!
Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

We have lots going on this half term (and beyond) at Wildwood!

Monday 29th Oct - Harvest Moon Night Tour
See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour around the park to coincide with the full moon.
6.30pm - 9pm. £25 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). Min age 10yrs. Includes hot meal.  Must book.

Monday 29th - Friday 2nd Nov - Nature Detective Trail
Be a true nature detective and pick up your free CSI trail to solve the half-term mystery around the park. Crack the case to claim your special badge and certificate.
Drop in any time (no need to book). Only available whilst stocks last. Free event.

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd Nov - Celtic New Year Tales & Crafts
It's time to look forward to the Celtic new year! Learn all about the animals that were important in Celtic times and listen to amazing animal stories, plus make celtic crafts to take home.

  • Make a model Iron Age roundhouse
  • Make your own celtic raven
  • Clay modelling
  • Celtic animal tales

2pm - 3.30pm each day.  £2 per person, one adult free per family. Must book.

Sunday 4th Nov - Observational Drawing Course
Draw animal skulls, bones and antlers with advice on drawing techniques from local artist Terri Maloney. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
10am - 12pm or 2pm - 4pm each day.  £10 per person per session, or book both sessions for £15 per person. Min age 12yrs.  Must book.

Wednesday 7th Nov - Godmersham Game Night
Another amazing game night with Godmersham Game - back by popular demand! Enjoy a night walk to see our deer followed by 3 courses featuring fabulous local game. Bring a bag and stock up on game for your freezer. Strictly not for vegetarians!
6.45pm - 10m.  £25 per person.  Must book.

Saturday 17th Nov - Kent Mammal Identification Course
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings (please note this course does not include mice, shrews or voles as these are covered on the Small Mammal Survey Skills course)
9.45am - 4pm  £30 per person (book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills for £50)
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email

Saturday 24th Nov - Introduction to the Smaller British Mustelids
This course will cover: identification, field signs, ecology, survey techniques and conservation in a classroom session and will include a site tour of the weasels, stoats, polecats, pine martens and American mink of Wildwood.
10am - 4.15pm  £30 per person 
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email


2) Change of opening hours

After the clocks go back and the nights draw in, our winter opening hours will be:

Sun 28th Oct - Sun 4th Nov: 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Mon 5th November - March: 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm)


02) Wildwood vacancies

 We currently have the following vacancies at the park:

Park General Manager

This exciting new role of 'Park General Manager' will lead the park operations & commercial activity of our charity, dedicated to giving our visitors a great day out. Reporting to the Chief Executive with a remit to develop, exploit and manage all secondary spend opportunities whilst ensuring that the park is running smoothly and efficiently.

The Park Manager must have a deep understanding of customer service, facilities management, health and safety and project management, ideally coming from an environment where customer service is paramount.

The role will involve motivating and managing a team, dealing with visitors, personnel, accounting, facilities management and operations. You will be an experienced senior leisure professional, an accomplished and experienced team leader, combining strategic and business awareness with the ability to influence and collaborate across the whole organisation. You will understand leisure best practice in the UK and have delivered steady growth and innovative commercial developments in the leisure industry.

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2012


Office Manager

Your primary focus will be the smooth running of a busy office. To maintain the Wildwood procedures and systems and ensuring an efficient secretarial facility.

The post holder will work closely with the Chief Executive, our finance team & with the managers of the operational teams.  This is a post which will make extensive use of the mix of skills and experience the successful applicant will bring to the job, including:

  • Internal communication
  • Financial Administration
  • Meeting servicing
  • Assisting the Chief Executive
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is  19th November 2012



Working with the Office Manager, your primary focus will be the smooth running of a busy office. To maintain the Wildwood procedures and systems and ensuring an efficient secretarial facility.

Duties will include:

  • Ordering Items needed by other departments
  • Record Accidents & Health and Safety information
  • Managing stocks of various equipment such as first aid and uniforms
  • Internal Communications
  • Assisting the Chief Executive
  • Human Resources
  • Health and Safe

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2012


To apply for any position:

Please download and read the relevant job description.

Application is by C.V. and must contain the following information:

- Name, address, contact phone numbers at home and work (for discreet calls only)
- Employment history
- Educational history

You should include a statement of the relevant skills and experience that you believe you will bring to the job, paying careful attention to the requirements outlined in the job specification. You should give two referees that we may contact for a confidential reference, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.  References will only be taken up for those candidates chosen for interview or, with regard to current employer, on offer of contract.

Please note that we do not acknowlege applications.  If you would like yours to be acknowledged, please send via post and enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Applications should be sent to Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ or  Email:


Fiona Paterson
Wildwood Trust
Tel 01227 712 111




Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wildwood Food Fair & Hallowe'en crafts!

Wildwood Food Fair & Hallowe'en 2012


Wildwood Food Fair - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October

Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

Come to Wildwood this weekend for fabulous food from some of our best local producers. Our first mini-food fair will feature local produce from a range of suppliers, so bring a bag and stock up!

Godmersham Game (fresh game and BBQ)
Cheesemakers of Canterbury
Pearsons Sweet & Tasty Bread & Cakes
Invicta Herbs
Core Fruit Juices
Farmhouse Kitchen Jams & Preserves
Quex Oils and Crisps
Moore Apple Juice
Plus! Wildwood Honey and locally produced sweet treats from the Wildwood Shop

The food fair will be open from 10am to 4pm each day. Please note that Wildwood entry membership or entry fees apply. No need to book, drop in any time.


Spooky hallowe'en crafts - book now!

Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

It's that terrifying time of year again! Get ready for hallowe'en with our annual creepy craft event. Make your own spooky decorations to take home themed around pumpkins, bats, rats, spiders and cats. It's enough to send a shiver down your spine!

Please note that this is a very popular event so early booking is advised.

Monday 29th October

Tuesday 30th October

Wednesday 31st October

 11.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 3.30pm each day. £2 per person, one adult free per family. To book please call 01227 712 111. (Wildwood membership or entry feeds also apply).


The Wildwood Team
Wildwood Trust
Tel: 01227 712 111

Registered Charity no: 1093702

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