Family visit to Bateman's

A family playing pooh sticks at Bateman's

Planning a day out with the family? Grab your wellies and get outdoors, exploring the gardens and estate at Bateman's. With family trails in the garden, plus the family-friendly tea-room (takeaway only) and facilities for when you need a quick pit stop.

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

Due to the current lockdown restrictions we are unable to open the house.  

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. 

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.

At the end of your visit, if your little ones still have loads of energy, then stop off in our natural play area by the car park and explore this hidden gem. With its giant swings and climbing frames and a Kipling inspired totem pole to discover you can let the kids race around and get them ready for a sleepy journey home.

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 (takeaway only) or 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.