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 winter or 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 challenge

Are you up for our 50 things to do before you're 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.