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“Good museum - well worth a visit”

Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Birchington
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Owner description: Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors, Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres in Birchington-on-Sea on the stunning Kent coast near Margate. Quex Park has in more recent times developed a bespoke leisure destination for all the family to enjoy. Within the Park there is a Children's Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball, Build-a-base, Laser Rush, Quex Barn Farmshop and Restaurant and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze along with a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to enjoy. One of Quex Park's best known visitor attractions is the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, which attracts visitors from near and far to engage with its eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art. Its natural history collections are of world-class importance as a scientific resource. The Museum as well as Quex House and Gardens are open to the public and is one of the best things to do in the Canterbury area. Within the grounds there is also a beautiful wedding and functions venue Mama Feelgoods Boutique Cafe Entry onto Quex Park is free, and each leisure facility that makes up the destination has its own opening hours and admission fees where applicable. Please see the Quex Park website for further details. Visit us today and expect the unexpected at Quex Park
Reviewed December 8, 2013

The museum at Quex House is well worth a visit. We were particularly interested as we had been to Africa in the summer. The rooms are well laid out and there is plenty to interest everyone, even children. The gardens are lovely, but we had to cut our walk short as it rained heavily. Unfortunately there was a private party in the restaurant, so we had to go to Quex Barn for lunch - but the food there was great, so we didn't mind that at all.

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"the barn"
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"amazing collection"
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"visited this attraction"
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"natural history"
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"tractor ride"
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Each year Powell-Cotton Museum host a superb Christmas Craft Fair with over 70 stalls throughout this fascinating museum and even utilising the beautiful gardens too, with heated marquees :-)
This is brilliant family day out. While the grown ups browse through the wonderful craft stalls stocking up on those special and unique Christmas goodies, the children are kept busy by quiz trail, for which they win a prize for each completed entry.
Plus there is festive entertainment too in the form of carol singing.
And the amazing Santa's Grotto, which is situated in the sumptuous dining room of Quex House complete with roaring open fire, traditional decorations, a huge tree, and many period pieces including a vintage rocking-horse. This is how we all imagine Christmas should be. What a wonderful experience for children of all ages.
The dining room is carefully prepared and decorated for this event by Major Powell-Cotton's great granddaughter and his great great grandchildren .... A truly wonderful family Christmas experience NOT TO BE MISSED
Sunday 24 November 2013 10 -4 http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/quexmas.html

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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a very strange and bizzer museum. You and your children will learn from this experience. There is a lot of stuffed animals. The garden's attached to the house and museum are s must see too. A great afternoon out and doesn't cost much.

1  Thank Emma C
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited this place on rather a wet day. The gardens were lovely but would have been better in sunshine. The big attraction is the museum which has amazingly large dioramas with all the African animals. Children were well catered for and this could be a great learning experience. The wonder to me was how the animals, tiny and huge, were transported and then stuffed in England. It was a fantastic collection. The house was interesting but we did not see many rooms for instance the kitchen. One word of warning, phone on a Saturday to see if there is a wedding, as the restaurant is shut down, and the day we were there was only coffee and a biscuit to be eaten in the corridor outside the shop.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

this museum at first glance is shocking as it hold thousand of dead animals which young children may find shocking but in historical context the museum is fascinating but really warrants a few days to look at all the artefacts. The bell tower is also worth a visit.

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