Sound Mirrors Photography Session - CANCELLED

Sunday 27 September to Tuesday 8 December

Times vary, please see Eventbrite for more details.

Price: £30 per person + booking fees. 20% discount for RSPB members.

Booking essential


The historic Sound Mirrors are beautiful structures in their own right. Standing tall and strong in a windswept wilderness, these structures were built for a purpose during the 1920s and 30s - to protect Britain’s coastline and listen for enemy aircraft coming in over the English Channel.

Modern day developments have changed the landscape around the Sound Mirrors, but these concrete structures have stood against all the elements thrown against them. There is something fascinating about these military defence systems and how well they have stood the test of time.

The Sound Mirrors are an iconic part of UK history, and many artists have used these to create an amazing backdrop in films, photo shoots and music videos. Usually, the Mirrors are closed off to the public so come along for one of our photography sessions to draw, paint, photograph or even just admire these structures up close.

These sessions are for amateur individuals interested in photographing the mirrors. Join us on a morning session for early light facing the Mirrors, or an evening session to catch the sunset going down behind them. There will be a maximum of 15 people on the Sound Mirrors island at one time. A brief introduction to the Mirrors and their history will be given at the beginning of the session. No photographic tuition will be given. Please do not climb on these structures as they are protected as a scheduled ancient monument.

If you are a group of more than 15 people, please email for more information on group visits. Photographs and videos taken during these sessions are for non-commercial use only. No props, models, lighting, sound systems or drones allowed. If you wish to hire the site privately for commercial use, please email

The RSPB have the right to refuse entry to anyone on the day.

We use Eventbrite to take bookings for this event. To book your place on this event please click here or search for 'Sound Mirrors Photography Session' on 




What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please park at the public car park on Greatstone/Lade sea front on Coast Drive, TN29 9PE. This car park has toilets. You will then need to walk from this car park either straight up Taylor Road and across the small stretch of shingle to the Lade Pits site, or along the seafront to Derville Road and then onto Leonard Road where you will walk down the track onto the site. You will be met by a member of staff at the entrance. Please follow the directional signs.

The 101 bus runs from Folkestone to Rye and will stop on Coast Drive/Derville Road. The 11A from Ashford also stops here. Please check the Stagecoach website for more details about the bus timetables.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please. You may not be admitted if you cannot provide a valid ticket on the day.

Do RSPB members receive a discount?

Yes, a 20% discount is applied for members of the RSPB. Please select member admission in the tickets window. You must present a valid membership card on the day of the event along with your ticket.


RSPB Dungeness Lade Pits Greatstone (Car park on Coast Drive opposite Taylor Road, TN29 9PA)

Full list of dates

  • Sunday 27 September 2020
  • Monday 19 October 2020
  • Monday 9 November 2020
  • Tuesday 8 December 2020

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.949063042795366, 0.965654046855691 (Google Maps)
  • Postcode: TN29 9PE
  • County: Kent

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