Things to see & do

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What's on

Enjoy a variety of events throughout the year with lecture lunches, family trails and summer specials.

The First World War experience of John Kipling is featured in the Exhibition Room. 

Summer walks on our estate

Come and experience the woodland trails

Come and experience the woodland trails

It's the perfect time to explore areas that you haven't seen before. We have some incredible natural woodland walks over our estate. Put some walking shoes on and see the countryside that inspired Kipling.

For families

Why not enjoy the spacious lawns and winding paths to the watermill just as the Kipling children did. Explore the house and discover the phonograph and wireless.

50 Things to do

 Are you up for the 50 things to do before your 11¾ challenge? Start ticking them off your list at Bateman's.  You can fly a kite, climb a hill, hunt for bugs or call an owl. Discover the full list of outdoor adventures on the 50 Things website and start earning your badges

Dogs now welcome

We only welcome responsible dog owners to most parts of the garden but not in the house. We do request  that they are kept on a lead at all times so that everyone is happy. For more info. please pick up leaflet at Visitor Reception or call us 01435 882302


Delicate flowering plants to inspire you © NTPL/Arnel de Serra

Delicate flowering plants to inspire you

Roses for you in Kipling's garden

Kipling wrote a poem called ‘Blue Roses’ when he was just 21 and a journalist in India. It's about a lady that insisted that he bring her blues roses. We have plenty of roses for you to see which are now blooming in perfect style within the pinks, yellows and whites spectrum. Our favourites are the lovely British ‘Fairy rose’ which climbs over the garden arches as you walk in towards the grounds and house. It produces large clusters of small rosette shape blooms that will flower all through the summer for you and has a delicate scent. Just divine. In the rose garden by the Lilly Pond we have the ‘Betty Prior’ rose that produces many single carmine/pink blooms and also flowers non- stop. For the romantic in you we have the ‘Valentine heart’ rose which is highly scented with pale pink with cream frilled petals.  They will make the perfect back drop for any photo. The ‘Blue rose’is elusive, but it may come to Bateman's in the future.