Family visit to Bateman's

A family playing pooh sticks at Bateman's

Planning a day out with the family? Before you’ve even managed to persuade the kids to get in the car, you’re wondering if you’ve packed everything you’re going to need. But it will all be worth it, when they return home from Bateman's worn out and you have new memories to cherish.

Family fun

The landscape around Bateman's was inspiration for some of Rudyard Kipling's famous stories, written for his children and, in the case of Puck of Pook's Hill, featuring them.

Venture out as a family, discover some of the places featured in the tales he wrote and have a go at some of our '50 things' challenges, such as playing pooh sticks, cloud spotting, or if the weather isn't great, having fun in the rain or splashing in the puddles.

Explore inside the house

Whatever day you decide to visit, pick up one of our children’s trails at the house, which will help discover some more about the house collection.  Look out too for our resident mouse on the stairs down to the kitchen.

Burn off some energy outdoors

There’s plenty of space in the gardens and estate at Bateman’s, for those needing to burn off some energy. 

Until Sunday 22 March, you can have a go at the 'Winter-Garden Bingo', which you can pick up at Visitor Reception and then head off into the gardens to spot the patterns and colours of nature and notice the changing weather and seasons. 

As part of the trail, there will be a giant elephant to spot.  This is hand made in woven willow by artist Juliette Hamilton. 

The giant willow elephant overlooking the garden at Bateman's
Giant willow elephant overlooking at frosty view of Bateman's garden
The giant willow elephant overlooking the garden at Bateman's

During your search don't forget to stop and admire the amazing framework of branches created by the pleached limes in the formal garden or stop for a while and watch the River Dudwell rushing under the bridge in the wild garden.

  • Available from 10am to 4.30pm
  • £1 per trail.  Normal admission applies
  • Suitable for children aged 4 - 12 years

50 things

How about becoming the explorer you were meant to be, with our ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. You can pick up a 50 things map on arrival. Here are three you can try at Bateman’s. 

50 things to do before you're 11¾

A family playing pooh sticks at Bateman's

No. 19 Play pooh sticks

The River Dudwell flows through the wild garden, which is where you’ll find a number of wooden bridges, which make the perfect spot to challenge a sibling to play pooh sticks

Family enjoying a picnic

No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild

There’s something very British about packing up a picnic and enjoying it regardless of the weather. At Bateman's you won’t have to look far for the perfect spot surrounded by nature.

Children building a den in the woods

No. 4 Build a den

Explore the natural play area at Bateman's, where you’ll find plenty of sticks for building your den. Be creative, once it’s up, crawl in and have fun.

Eating with us?


You have a choice when it comes to eating with your family at Bateman’s. Grab and go from our Mulberry tea-room or enjoy lunch in our tea-room all year round. We offer children’s lunch boxes, which consist of a sandwich, crisps, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice. We also offer half portions of some of the main meals on our menu. If it’s good weather, why not bring a picnic to enjoy in one of our dedicated picnic areas.   

Good to know

  • Baby changing facilities can be found in the assessable toilet next to Visitor Reception, in the car park.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our Mulberry tea-room. 
  • High chairs are available in the Mulberry tea-room.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you’re welcome to picnic in the grounds.  We have dedicated picnic tables in and around the play area and next to Visitor Reception in the car park. 
  • Feel free to ask to borrow one of hip-carrying infant seats if you want to explore the house. Just head to the entrance of the house and speak to a room guide.
  • There are buggy-friendly areas around the garden, just pick up a map from visitor reception so you know where to go.  On rainy days some of the paths on the estate can get a little muddy.

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Bateman’s l for free and if you join as part of your visit to Bateman’s, you’ll have helped support the conservation of this incredible place.