What will the Discovery Centre offer?

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Design image of the interior the Discovery Centre

A modern, flexible space for an exciting programme of activities

The Discovery Centre will be a flexible space to meet the many uses it needs to provide for. As a result, it will provide:

  • Space for up to three different Exhibitions a year for people to learn about science, wildlife and the region’s rich heritage
  • Education classrooms and training rooms, for school groups, visiting colleges and research into the Reserve’s unique ecosystem
  • Seated areas for talks and seminars, all equipped with the latest technology for presentations and group events
  • A modern café, for people to relax in and take in the spectacular views of the Reserve
  • Meeting rooms for local groups and societies
  • Training rooms for our volunteers, with facilities for them to meet, get changed, and plan conservation work programmes out on the Reserve
  • A shop, with all sorts of guides, books and essentials for a day out in the wild
  • An information desk, with free guides to the Reserve, to make bookings for events or just answer questions people may have
  • Public toilets, including facilities for disabled access and baby-changing facilities
  • A Community Wildlife Garden, for people to relax in and take in the fresh air, and featuring some of the Reserve’s rare and endangered plant species.

You can see the layout of the proposed Centre here:

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Why not become a sponsor?

You can sponsor any part of the Centre, as well as some of the features and/or equipment we’ll need to run it successfully. If you’d like to know more just email us at appeal@sussexwt.org.uk

An exciting Programme of Activities

The Centre will also act as the focal point for a broad range of activities and projects that form part of a wider project we call “Discover Rye Harbour” – in short, all the activities and events we hope to deliver once the Centre is up and running.

These include:

  • Regularly changing exhibitions on science, nature, wildlife, art and heritage so there’s always something new to see and explore
  • Guidance & maps on how to explore the Reserve and what to see here and at other nature and wildlife sites in the region
  • Improved interpretation & signs throughout the Reserve so people can learn about its wildlife and special plants and habitats
  • A regular programme of illustrated talks and seminars on wildlife, nature and other subjects related to the Reserve and the wider region
  • An extensive programme of guided walks around the Reserve
  • Regular events & family days centred around exhibition subjects and key dates in the calendar
  • Seasonal weekend festivals, with fun activities, food and events for people of all ages to take part in
  • Viewing platforms with binoculars to observe the wildlife from the Centre café
  • A much-expanded Education programme for school pupils at all key stages
  • Training in a broad range of practical conservation skills, countryside and heritage management
  • Research into migrating bird patterns, natural habitats and endangered plants
  • An expanded volunteer programme, with new recruits and better training to help look after the Reserve
  • A series of Community Projects, exploring the area’s history, its art and its fantastic ancient monuments
  • Health Walks and activities for senior citizens or the disabled to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Running events for people keen to use the Reserve to stay healthy
  • Cycling events, for people keen using the Sustrans national cycle network, which passes through the Reserve
Health walk
Health walk

Why not sponsor an Event or Activity?

If you’d like to know more about how you or your company could sponsor – or help deliver – any aspect of our planned activities, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Just email us at: appeal@sussexwt.org.uk