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.

Explore the estate

Pull your walking boots on and lose yourself in the stunning wooded countryside that inspired Kipling.

Don't miss

  • The phonograph playing Kipling's verse set to music
  • The pet's graveyard
  • The newsreel of Kipling on the ipad in the study
  • A 1930's radio playing extracts of Kipling's unusual life
  • Our busy beehives
  • The alphabet necklace from the Just So Story
  • The wonderfully scented herb border
  • Poet's Corner - take time to read a poem or two sitting by the river

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


The wildside of gardening at Bateman's

Check out our wild flowers in our fields © Len Bernamont Head Gardener

Check out our wild flowers in our fields

Kev our ranger and volunteers have carried out a wildflower survey of the Donkey Field. This is one of our in-hand meadows in which we have managed to encourage a greater diversity of wildflowers by taking a hay cut in late August and then grazing with rare breed Manx Loaghtan sheep in winter. We’ve added some new species to our list already this year but the find of the day has to be the Green-Winged Orchid, just a single proud specimen growing in the middle of the field. It's a sure sign that our nature conservation work at Bateman’s is starting to pay dividends and is well worth a visit to see more.