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Port Lympne Open Day

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Past Event – Thursday 5th May 2016

Nr. Ashford, Kent CT21 4LR.

African Experience Port Lympne Reserve crop  Pinewood Camping Pods At Port Lympne Reserve crop    Port Lympne logo

Book your place on the open day for Thurs 5th May at the award winning Port Lympne Reserve. Set in over 600 acres, Port Lympne is home to the UK’s most authentic safari experience. You can also explore areas of the park on foot and discover how Port Lympne have created a range of accommodation options, from family friendly camping to luxury lodges. You will also have the chance to step into the newly opened Dinosaur Forest, the largest collection of life size Dinosaurs in Europe.

The day also includes a range of inspirational and informative presentations. See Programme below for details.

If you are travelling down on Wed 4th, why not take the opportunity to call in to Kent Life Maidstone, just off M20 Jcn6 and/or the Rare Breeds Centre just 10 miles outside Ashford. Complimentary admission for Open Day delegates has kindly been offered on Wed 4th by these two NFAN members. No need to book, just turn up during normal opening times and mention you are with NFAN.

If you are travelling on Wed and staying Wed night, why not join other delegates for an evening meal at the Ashford International Hotel. Book the Networking dinner with NFAN below. Book your accommodation directly with the hotel- see below.

Download a Port Lympne open Day event flyer here

Wednesday 4th MayPre-Visits & Networking Dinner
 Flexible – time to suit you

Kent Life, Maidstone ME14 3AU

Rare Breeds Centre, Ashford TN26 3RJ

Why not call in and visit either or both of the above NFAN members on your way to Ashford. You are welcome to drop in anytime during their standard opening times. Just mention NFAN on arrival.

7.30pmAshford International Hotel, TN24 8UX. Networking Dinner – Book with NFAN below.
Thursday 5th MayOpen Day Port Lympne Reserve
8:45amOptional Coach Transfer departs Ashford International Hotel to Port Lympne
09.30amArrival with tea, coffee and pastries: The Manor (hotel) inside Port Lympne Reserve
10:00amWelcome talk from Bob O’Connor, Managing Director, Aspinall Foundation

On Safari: All aboard the NFAN exclusive African Safari trucks for a guided tour of the Animal Reserve.

Chance to explore other areas on foot including: Primate Trail, Discovery Zone, Basecamp, and Pinewood Pods accommodation, and the newly opened Dinosaur Forest the largest collection of life size Dinosaurs in Europe.

1.00pmNetworking Buffet Lunch – The Manor

Presentations including:

Port Lympne short breaks business: Chris Kelly, Short Breaks Director.

The Inside-Out & Upside-Down… Method to Successful Masterplanning. Ray Hole, Ray Hole Architects


3.00pmTea & Coffee
3.30pmCoach departs for Ashford International Hotel and Train Station. We expect to be back in Ashford by approx 4pm, but please allow time for delays if booking your train.
Hotel Options

Ashford International Hotel TN24 8UX

We have arranged a special NFAN rate of B&B Single £111.35, Double £121.55
There are only a limited number of rooms available at this rate which must be booked by 4th April. Call 01233 219 988 and quote NFAN.

If you can’t get in at the Ashford International Hotel or prefer another option, there are two other hotels less than a mile away. If staying at these hotels or elsewhere you are still very welcome to join the Networking Dinner, book the dinner option with NFAN below.

Premier Inn Ashford Eureka Park

Travelodge Ashford

There is also the option of staying at Port Lympne, the following accommodation options can be booked (subject to availability). If you are interested in booking a night with a difference call the Port Lympne Short Breaks team directly on 01303 234 112, mention you are with NFAN.

Treehouse luxury accommodation – each Tree House is designed to sleep a maximum of 4 people (one double bedroom and one twin bedroom) and is self catering. It offers a natural retreat combined with contemporary furnishings and appliances, including 50” smart TV, Wi-Fi and superior sound systems. Cost of £450.00 per tree house per night.

The Bear Lodge Glamping –  designed to comfortably sleep up to 6 people on 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, and 1 small double cabin bed. The sofa bed can be made up to accommodate two extra people for an additional £50.00 per night. All tents have individual shower cubicles and toilets. The tents  are priced at £220.00 per tent per night and include entrance to Port Lympne Reserve, Howletts Animal Park and an evening drive safari (first come first served).

Pinewood Pods – sleep up to 4 people on twin beds and a pull out double futon. You can choose to hire bedding packs at £7.50 per person (include a duvet, bed sheet, pillow and a towel) or you are welcome to bring your own sleeping bags. The communal shower and toilet block is located only a few steps away from your pods.  Pinewood Cafe offers a variety of hot food and is open every day for breakfast and evening meals. Priced at £109.00 per pod per night and includes entrance to Port Lympne Reserve.

Coach Transfer

Why not take the train. Ashford International is less than 40 mins by Train from London St Pancras. The optional coach transfer from the Ashford International Hotel is convenient whether you have arrived by train or wish to leave your car at the hotel. The coach will leave Ashford International Hotel at 8.45am returning from Port Lympne at 3.30pm arriving back in Ashford approximatley 4pm with a drop off at the Station before returning to the hotel. Cost £12 per person return.


Thanks to our Port Lympne Open Day sponsors Ray Hole Architects and Timberplay



Port Lympne Open Day

Online Booking below:

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