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Kench Hill

Kench Hill Centre,
Appledore Road,
TN30 7DG
Telephone: 01580 762073 (24hr answerphone)


Who we are:

Kench Hill Centre is an elegant, homely Georgian mansion set amongst beautiful gardens in Kent countryside.

It has hosted London Borough of Hackney’s school journeys for over 35 years, providing high quality, safe and fun educational activities for all pupils.

It is run by The Kench Hill Charity working with Hackney Learning Trust, the education division of Hackney Council.

The Centre is open all year, including holidays and weekends, to benefit Hackney’s learning community and other charitable groups.

We welcome day and residential visits from a diverse range of groups, for formal and informal educational purposes.

We are also available for hire to families and groups looking for a relaxed venue for special occasions, events and training – from wedding receptions to weekend breaks.

Everyone is welcome and Hackney residents and employees can receive discounted rates.


What we do

Kench Hill Centre provides a relaxing, inspirational, residential environment in rural Kent for London’s learners – schools, community groups, families and residents of the London Borough of Hackney.

Hackney groups are given priority but groups from elsewhere can book when availability allows. Please contact us to find out more. 

Kench Hill Mission Statement

Kench Hill exists to provide a high quality, safe and enjoyable residential learning experience for Hackney’s learning community, serving to inspire, enhance educational achievement and develop social skills.”

The Centre is a great location to teach National Curriculum subjects like: 

  • Science
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • and creative art and craft activities

Our staff can devise and help teach programmes tailored to your groups needs, or advise on development of your own programme using our facilities.  


During certain times of the year Kench Hill may offer a residential Short Break of all‐inclusive family break in the Kent countryside for children with special needs  aged 5-17 years old. 

A range of a ctivities can be suggested but may change according to the needs of those who book.

Adults are offered the opportunity to spend time on their own if wanted to visit Tenterden shops and cafes, while qualified staff supervise children aged 4 years and over. 

Record Last Updated on: 14/08/2018

How to Get Here

Kench Hill has a 17-seater minibus available for outings and by prior arrangement to bring groups to the centre. 

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