February half-term at Bateman's

Girl at Bateman's on a rainy day

This article is for our 2020 events, check back here later in the year for our 2021 events. This half-term take on a mini adventure around the Bateman's garden to spot the patterns and colours of nature.

Bateman’s Winter-Garden Bingo

Even though it's still wintertime, there's still plenty to see in the garden and the 'Winter-Garden Bingo' is a perfect way to get the children out and about.

Pick up a trail at visitor reception and 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.

Pleached lime trees in the garden at Bateman's
A wintery scene in the garden at Bateman's
Pleached lime trees in the garden at Bateman's

Trails available between Sat 15 February - Sun 22 March
Available from 10am to 4.30pm. 
£1 per trail.
Suitable for children aged 4 - 12 years.

Eating with us?

You have a choice when it comes to eating with your family at Bateman’s. The Mulberry tea-room is a great place for a tasty snack, hot meal or a warming drink, there's plenty of food and drink to tempt you. For children there's children’s lunch boxes, which include 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 accessible 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.

Are you a member?

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.