Summer holiday activities 2017

Mother and two children in garden

Enjoy spending time outdoors with the family this summer at Bateman's. Our estate walks are perfect for the whole family, including your four-legged friend and there are plenty of picnic spots along the way. In the garden we'll have our Jungle Book trail and when it all gets too much outside, there's the house to visit.

Enjoy summer outdoors

Nestled in the Sussex countryside that inspired Kipling to write some of his most famous storybooks, Bateman's is the perfect spot to spend some time out in the fresh air.

Bring the family to enjoy a day out exploring the formal gardens and the great estate beyond as you wander along the tranquil valley of the River Dudwell and out into the inspirational land beyond the garden gates.

Enjoy a wander around our wonderful estate
Family walking across a field

Stay outdoors under the stars

Join us overnight on Saturday 15 July as we host our second 'Big Camp' event. Families can arrive from 4.30pm onwards to pitch their tents before joining in a range of family activities including nature tours and games. We'll end the evening with storytelling around the campfire before you head off to your tent to fall asleep nestled in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald.

  • Start 4.30pm on Saturday 15 July
  • Ends 10.00am on Sunday 16 July
  • £20 per adult
  • £10 per child (aged 5 -15 years)
  • Under 5s free
  • Limited spaces available
  • Book online via our website or call 0344 249 1895
Some quality family time at the Big Camp weekend
Mother and daughter reading in a tent

Children in the garden

Throughout the school holidays, we'll have a Jungle Book trail for the children in the garden. Some of Kipling's famous animals from The Jungle Book have escaped from the pages and are hiding around the garden.

Pick up a trail from visitor reception and see if you can hunt them down. For your help in finding them we'll give you a reward.

  • Trails cost £2 each
  • Available daily from 11am to 4pm
  • Suitable for children aged 5-12 years
  • Normal admission charges apply

Discover the past outdoors

During the weekend of 5 & 6 August, we'll be taking a look back to World War I. In the field next to the house, we'll be setting up an encampment complete with mess tent, field ambulance and more.

There will be re-enactments throughout the day between 11am and 4pm and craft activities available for the children. Separate charges apply for some activities.

Normal admission charges apply. 

Chocks away
A first world war style aeoplane