Summer family visit to Bateman's

These events happened in 2018. This summer there'll be more for families to explore at Bateman's in our exciting wild play area and down at the mill. Come along with the kids and their friends and fill your day with nature and exploration.

Let me tell you a story

Our storytelling tent will be back again this summer. Follow the signs to discover our cosy tent bedecked with flags and with its floor covered with rugs and cushions. Once inside our storytellers will transport you into the world of Kipling’s Just So Stories and other works.

Storytelling dates and times will be published on our website and are free of charge. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 95, there’s nothing quite like having a story brought to life by a storyteller.

Puck's summer garden trail

This summer in celebration of the mill re-opening, our summer garden trail will be based on Kipling's classic tale, Puck of Pook's Hill. Set in the surroundings of the Dudwell river, we'll recapture some of the key parts of this famous story written for Kipling's children, Elsie and John.

  • Puck of Pook's Hill summer trail runs from Saturday 20 July to Tuesday 3 September 2019
  • Trail costs £2.50
  • Prize for each completed trail
  • Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 years old
  • Normal admission charges apply.

Puppet making

Be inspired by Kipling’s animal and fairytale characters and create your own simple puppets at one of these drop-in workshops in August. Demonstrations and help is on hand from expert theatre maker, Zoe Hinks of Sabotage Theatre.

  • Puppet making workshops will be happening on 8, 12, 27 and 28 August 2019. Please note that due to adverse weather forecasts for Friday 9 August, we have moved the workshop scheduled for that day to Monday 12 August when the weather should be better.
  • Workshops will run between 11am - 4pm
  • Donation of £5 invited to cover cost of materials
  • Take home your very own puppet
  • Suitable for 7 - 12 year olds

Enjoy the great outdoors

There’s plenty of outdoor space to explore at Bateman’s, perfect for a family day out to explore some of the nature around Bateman’s on one of our estate walks.

Pick up a route map from visitor reception and see which of the 3 routes suits your walking style and time available. All routes start from the garden and venture out along the Dudwell Valley or up into Burwash village and take 1-1.5hrs depending on which one you choose. For the Dudwell Valley routes there’s the opportunity to picnic in the meadow at the start of your walk or if you’re planning on heading out towards the village then there’s the quiet picnic spot in the quarry garden opposite the house.

Play closer to home

Our natural play area can be found next to our main car park. This fenced area provides a safe area for the children to let off steam on our giant swing and see-saw or to make their own play by building dens and letting their imagination run wild.

Our ‘Grab & Go’ coffee hut is situated at the entrance to the play area so mums and dads don’t have far to go to find a warming cup of coffee or tea, cold drinks, sandwiches, tray bakes and ice creams. Handy if you’ve left something out of your picnic basket or perfect for an end of playtime treat for tired children.

For families with dogs, then we've created a new picnic area at the entrance to the play area where your four-legged friend can stay with you whilst you enjoy your family picnic.

The Mill at Bateman's
view of Batemans Mill East Sussex
The Mill at Bateman's

Down at the mill

We are really excited that, after several years of inactivity and an extensive conservation programme, our watermill will be working again this summer. Bring the family along to see the mill in action, have a go at our mill trail to learn how the mill inspired Kipling’s writings and even have a go at  dressing up.

Milling times and dates will be published on our website and advertised at visitor reception.