Fort Burgoyne open day, 29 Feb 2020

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Dover’s stunning Fort Burgoyne will open its doors to the public for a one day, free event on 29th February 2020, 11am – 5pm.

Waking the Giant offers a glimpse into an imagined future for Dover’s hidden gem, Fort Burgoyne, and will be a celebration of craft and folklore, giving you the chance to try your hand at these traditional crafts and learn the associated Folklore.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the Fort, take a tour, see displays and take part in activities and have your say in the future use of the Fort.

With performance, music, film and pottery workshops with Future Foundry, Ceramic Art Dover, Blacksmith Michael Hart, Willow Work with Katherine Woodward and pottery with TV potter Keith Brymer Jones.


Waking the Giant crafts and folklore activities

Activities, demonstrations and food and drink during the event will include:


Getting there…

Arriving by car?
Coming from Dover, climb Castle Hill past the Castle entrance. At the very top of the hill take the small left turn signposted Guston beside the coach park. The entrance to Fort Burgoyne (signposted ‘Connaught Barracks’) is 100m on the right. Please don’t park on the coach park or on public roads. You will be directed to a big car park on site with plenty of space!

Arriving by public transport or on foot?
Take the bus to Dover Castle and walk to the gate on Guston Road. A shuttle vehicle will be available from the Fort Gate to the event.

Disabled Access – There is an allocated parking area and disabled toilet facilities.

Gates open at 11am
Event Closes – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm)

WRAP UP WARM – it is February and it’s in an old Fort! The Fort is currently not refurbished. There are uneven floor surfaces and changes in level. Some of the wall surfaces are dusty and may mark your clothes. WEAR STOUT FOOTWEAR!

About Fort Burgoyne …

Fort Burgoyne Dover
Photo: Karen Pamplin Brown

Fort Burgoyne has lain dormant for some years, a Victorian ‘Palmerston Fort’ carved out of the earth nearly 150 years ago – yet it rarely saw action in any conflict.

Since it was acquired by The Land Trust, Pioneering Places East Kent has been exploring ideas for a new role for Fort Burgoyne, and for one special day will be welcoming visitors to explore Dover’s hidden gem.

Will it be a hub for Heritage Skills or an Academy of Lost Crafts? Will it be a Museum of British Folklore? Will it become a unique creative community which helps make Dover a significant tourist destination?

Waking the Giant is an open day showcasing some of the themes Albion Incorporated have explored as part of their commission under the Pioneering Places project.

Curated by The Museum of British Folklore, brought to you by the Land Trust, Albion Incorporated, with funding from Pioneering Places East Kent supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Waking the Giant will offer a glimpse into the future of this scheduled ancient monument.

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