World Book Day weekend at Bateman's

Copies of Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill books on a stall at Batemans in East Sussex

Join us for a weekend of celebrating some of Kipling's most magical tales.

Celebrate World Book Day

Visit Bateman's during the weekend of 9 & 10 March and celebrate World Book Day in the much loved family home of Rudyard Kipling,where the surrounding Sussex countryside inspired some great children's books.

  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019
  • Normal admission charges apply
The front entrance to Bateman's in East Sussex bathed in May sunshine

Kipling's tales

Throughout this World Book Day weekend, you'll be able to enjoy the delight of one or more of our storytelling sessions.

Bring the family and settle down to listen to some of Kipling's most famous children's tales read by one of our storytellers. These 15 minute sessions are always popular and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

A storyteller in the old kitchen at Bateman's in East Sussex

Bookworm trail and Guest book trail

As part of our celebrations we'll also have a special free Bookworm trail for the children, particularly the younger ones.Pick up your trail at visitor reception and set off on your bookworm voyage of discovery.

For older children we have our Guest book trail. Explore in the gardens to find clues to some of the famous visitors that came to Bateman's when the Kiplings lived here. When you've found all the answers, visit the house to find the original guest book and search for the signatures of some of these well-known guests.

  • Bookworm trail is free.
  • Guest book trail costs £2.50 with a prize for each completed trail.

World Book Day tokens

Don't forget to bring along your World Book Day voucher and visit our Oast gift shop to exchange it for one of the special £1 World Book Day books.

We'll also have plenty of the Kipling story books on sale in the shop and, if you prefer you can use your World Book Day voucher to get £1 off your favourite one to take home.