A – Z of Locations: Q is for Quex Park

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

Q is for Quex Park

The Quex Park estate dates back to the 15th century. There is a Victorian walled garden, cucumber pit, woodland walk, croquet lawn and resident doves and peacocks.

The Grade II listed Quex House is located in Birchington close to the Thanet coast in Kent and home to the Powell-Cotton Museum which houses unique natural history dioramas of African and Asian animals and wildlife, culturally significant and meaningful world-culture objects and, local archaeology from the Thanet coastline.

My visit though was to see the historic Victorian Walled Gardens

which is still undergoing restoration.

But these are not the only attractions at the site which has 15-acres of gardens, an activity centre, play areas, adventure golf, Jungle Jim’s, the Maize mazes and build a base to keep the kids amused.

There is also a craft village, Quex Barn to buy your organic fish, meat and vegetables or sit for something to eat, The Secret Garden Centre, Mama Feelgood’s café and a packed programme of events.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

29 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: Q is for Quex Park”

    1. Thanks Denzil. I am always attracted to a walled garden so seek them out wherever I go. Thank you for popping over to the original post.

  1. A wonderful place Jude. What is a cucumber pit? Does it accept a glut of any vegetable or fruit? or is it used for something else?

    1. I understand that a cucumber pit was a structure used to grow cucumbers or melons in a sunken bed which could be heated either by lots of straw/manure or steam.

    1. It was a great day out as I recall. A bit gloomy and I was over at Reculver to photograph the towers so in the area, and you know how much I love a walled garden.

    1. Have you looked at the original post? Lots more photos there. I do seek out walled gardens on my travels. And Quex has proved very useful!

  2. On my numerous visits to that area, I had never even hear of Quex Park. I just checked out their website, and it seems there is a lot going on there. I must remember to go there when next in Kent.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Yes, there does seem to be a lot happening there. I was only interested in the walled garden at the time. Have you visited nearby Reculver with the amazing towers and Roman fort?

    2. You were in Trash, I’ll check my settings to see why, you and Bushboy and Anabel get caught. I changed my discussion settings a couple of days ago so people have to be logged in to WP to make a comment as I was pulling my hair out with the amount of spam RV/Camper/Van, there were too many to go through every time to check for real comments. Changing to ‘must be logged in’ seems to have stopped them.

  3. It looks very lush along that path. I hope that those glasshouses will be thoroughly restored – they can be such places of wonder and joy when full of plants. (You might be able to guess that I love old glasshouses. 🙂 )

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