Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
Yesterday was Bonfire Night in the UK, remembering the failed gunpowder plot of 1605, in which Guy Fawkes and others tried to assassinate the King. Shortly after Guy Fawkes’ arrest, the public were allowed to celebrate the King’s survival by lighting bonfires, and today those commemorations continue. The history is, of course, rather more complex than that – but you get the general idea!
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, just outside Faversham, is an interesting mix of history and nature. Previously an important site for the gunpowder industry, the space ceased to be used for that purpose in 1934, and today is both a nature reserve and heritage site. It’s a peaceful, pretty place, with marked trails that take visitors past the old factory remains and through a variety of different habitats.
This was my second visit to the park, and the first with my sister, and was an opportunity for us to catch the autumn colours as they started to emerge.