Shorne Country Park (22/07/2006)

There were three reasons to visit Shorne Country Park on this particular Saturday: a guided tour of excavations of Randall Manor, the chance to see the new visitor centre and medieval entertainment. None of them have disappointed.

Randall Manor is thought to have been the home of the de Cobham family from the 12th century until they built Cobham Hall in the 16th century. The many helping hands on the site have found flint walls and lots of roof tiles from what would have been the domestic area (kitchen, stores etc.).

The new visitor centre is a welcoming building, made to a large extent from locally grown sweet chestnut wood. It is designed to be eco-friendly including a wind turbine to supply energy. There were many families enjoying a first glimpse of this modern building and enjoying the food on offer.

The medieval entertainment consisted of a tented village, where the inhabitants, dressed in period costume, showed their expertise in various trades. Entertainment was supplied by a group of minstrels and dancers.