Front view of Bateman's

Things to see and do

Things to see and do


What's on

Bateman's House behind a tree

Hallowe'en Trail

There's fun for all the family this Halloween with spooky goings on at Bateman's.

Upcoming events

Hallowe'en Trail

Sun 23 Oct 2016
Follow our haunted trail and see which spooky characters are watching you. If you wear your spooky costume it might just scare them off and win you an extra prize.

Chainsaw sculpture

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Watch in awe as sculptor Steve Andrews creates the fairy ring from 'Puck of Pook's Hill' out of wood from the Bateman's estate. The carved toadstools will then form part of our winter garden trail.

Museum at night

Fri 28 Oct 2016
See intriguing items from the Kipling Collection that are normally in storage and hear their stories in a unique tour of the house. Includes a 2-course dinner.

'Rewards and Fairies' winter garden trail

Sat 03 Dec 2016
Start your adventure in Puck's fairy ring of wooden toadstools and follow our sculpture trail around the garden to find a wise tree spirit and search for the hidden little homes of Puck's woodland fairy friends.

'Rewards and Fairies' woodland Christmas

Sat 03 Dec 2016
Kipling's stories of Sussex fairy tales will be the theme for decorations, talks & storytelling. Using the local landscape Kipling loved to provide the ingredients for natural handmade decorations for the house, tea room and water mill. Locate...

Tonbridge mummers performance

Sat 03 Dec 2016
The Tonbridge Mummers launch the festivities with outdoor performances of traditional seasonal plays throughout the afternoon.

Eating and shopping

Cream tea Batemans tea-room food

The Mulberry tea-room and Oast House shop 

Take time to relax and unwind in our Mulberry Tea-room on a visit to Bateman's. Not only will we welcome you with something delicious but you'll also be able to pop into our Oast House shop for the perfect souvenir to take home too.


Get involved

Volunteering at Batemans East Sussex

Join our team 

Volunteering is so important to us at Batemans and many of the team here give their time to us as volunteers. Why not find out how you could join us?



Batemans History Image

Kipling's time and earlier 

Most notable as the home of world famous author and poet, Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's history dates back further and is connected, we think, to the iron industry.




Venue hire

Rose buttonhole for weddings at Bateman's

Hire Bateman's 

Whether it's a wedding, special occasion or corporate event you are organising, Bateman's is a unique venue which can provide a stunning backdrop for your day. We can help to organise everything you'll need to make your event a memorable one.