Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil woodland setting. Guy Fawkes is rumoured to have bought gunpowder from here and Oare was a key ammunitions factory during the First World War. The Country Park is a nationally important archaeological site and is designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Oare Gunpowder Works is a Green Flag park and has a rich variety of habitats including woodland, wetlands and open glades, meaning that the site is wonderful place to discover wildlife. Birds, bats, amphibians, and much more call this place home, and make the country park a perfect walk or cycle ride.
Note: The visitor centre is currently closed due to Covid 19, however you can take yourself off along a network of trails and just enjoy the countryside.
Please come early to make the most of your visit and kindly note the country park car park and gate opening and closure times, thank you.
The site is open to the public seven days a week. Please note that vehicle access to the car park will be restricted to the following times: 9 am to 5pm weekdays all year round, and currently from 10.00am to 4.00pm weekends and on Public Holidays from April to November inclusive. It is vitally important that vehicles vacate the site before 4pm as the gate will be closed and locked at this time or very shortly after. The country park can still be accessed by pedestrians out of Visitor Centre and car park hours.