Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Heritage Site and Nature Reserve

Bluebells Old Boating Leats Dragonfly Old Rails Green Flag Green Man Old Entrance Gates
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Education and Learning

Facilities and Site Resources


Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is a wonderfully diverse venue for learning.  With a well-equipped visitor centre and classroom, the site is easy to use with well-made paths leading to a range of important wildlife habitats in a relatively small area.  There are many educational opportunities at Oare Gunpowder Works. 

For further information please email countryparks@swale.gov.uk

Un-assisted sessions


Schools can opt for an unsupervised visit, where you are free to take your class around the country park independently.  Please complete your own risk assessment and be aware of the site health and safety issues. To help you with your visit why not take advantage of our School resources and species ID guides below, Click on the subject title to view the resource.

Gunpowder factory checklist                                                    Predator Prey 

The Great Explosion                                                                My mini-beast databank

Why build a gunpowder works at Oare                                    The use of trees at Oare Gunpowder Works

Gunpowder a recipe for disaster                                              Tree seed dispersal 

The transportation of gunpowder                                             Whats this mini-beast called?

Transporting gunpowder by water                                            Identifying trees from leaves

Workers at Oare Gunpowder Works                                         What type of seed have I found?

Matchlock and Flintlock muskets                                              Fresh water mini-beast ID guide

                                                                                                 Flower ID sheet 



At key points throughout the site there are interpretation panels helping to interpret the site.  Reflecting the unique blend of wildlife and history the boards include old photographs of buildings and comments about the wildlife present in the area.



Old Visitor Centre Celebrations Old Corning House Fungi On Tree Old Cartridge Filling Yellow Iris New Visitor Centre