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“Very interesting museum”

Kent Firefighting Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Ash
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Owner description: The Aim of the Kent Firefighting Museum Charitable Trust is: "To advance education for the public benefit in the subject of firefighting in Kent, its history and heritage by the establishment and maintenance of a museum and learning resources"
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We had no clue it was here - sometimes it is worth doing a map search of your own area as we live only a couple of miles from this! It is at the back of the garden centre so is nice and quiet. The staff a re all volunteers and ex-firefighters so are very knowledgeable and give some great information and anecdotes about their own experiences - worth coming for that alone, really. The centre will not take a long time to visit but the exhibits are varied and well labelled and there is a nice outside area and cafe (open weekends only) for families.

Thank Urgo42
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"colouring sheets"
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"helmets"
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"donation"
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"spoon"
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"volunteers"
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"equipment"
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"firefighting"
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"twig"
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A nice touch , and very friendly staff, just a small museum attached to the garden centre itself. Free to enter and just ask for donations , and a plastic fire helmet £1.50 which my son loved.

Didn't stay long as only small stayed for 30minutes, but a nice idea if you need things at the garden centre , and had kids to keep amused.

A nice history of the fire service , and you can get into a fire engine again which is great for the kids. A nice visit and if you don't have kids sure you would immerse yourself for a bit longer

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

comprehensive guide to historic fire services and plenty of exhibits. A very helpful retired fireman was on duty when we visited and he was extremely helpful and informative.

2  Thank John B
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

The museum can be found to the rear of the Woodlands garden centre and entry is free but donations can be left if you want to. Before the museum was opened all the pieces were stored in an old fire station in Chatham. The museum has lots of interesting exhibits which are well displayed with informative descriptions. The volunteer staff are also very knowledgeable, friendly and keen to ensure you have a good visit. Outside there is a decommissioned modern fire engine that the kids both young and old can climb over. Nearby there are some picnic tables and a café which was not open when we visited.

1  Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

A group of us went to visit the fire museum with children aged 1 - 3. They loved being able to sit in the fire engine and looking around the museum. The people working there where full of information. A shame the cafe wasn't open in the week only at weekends. We will be going back.

1  Thank Emma E
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