Winter family visit to Bateman's

Children drinking hot chocolate out side in winter with hats on

This article is related to events which happened in 2018. Never mind the weather, a winter family visit to Bateman's has lots to offer. So don the wellies and get out and about to discover this good and peaceable place.

Winter family fun

As the leaves of autumn disappear and the structures and bareness of the trees of the Sussex countryside are once more revealed, it's a great time to wrap up warm, don your wellies and head out to explore.

The landscape around Bateman's was inspiration for some of 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 in the rain or splashing in the puddles. Better still if we have some snow, you could play in the snow once we've cleared the main paths and driveways.

Children splashing in the rain

Get out and explore this half term

During half term week, Saturday 9 February until Sunday 17 February, the house will offer free-flow visiting and a half term trail for the children to try.

During Kipling's residency at Bateman's, there were many visitors. These visitors were signed into the Bateman's Guest Book and it is this book that we have taken inspiration from to form our half term trail.

Take a wander around the house and discover who came to visit and the relevance of some items of the collection to their visit. Some items are not regularly on display so for the eagle-eyed you'll notice some changes to our displays as we incorporate these less seen items.

  • The Bateman's Guest Book trail is available every day between 10am and 3.30pm.
  • £2.50 per trail with a prize for every completed trail (prize collection is available until 4pm from our shop)
  • Available from Saturday 9 February to Sunday 17 February 2019
  • Suitable for 5 - 12 year olds

Enjoy sharing together in our tea room

Throughout the winter months, our Mulberry tea room will be offering bacon or sausage baps from 10am to 11.30am every day. With supplies of tomato ketchup and brown sauce, probably more favoured by mums and dads, it's a perfect place to stop off and refuel the kids before setting out on a walk around the garden, estate or even the house. Finish off with a delicious warming hot chocolate and you'll be set up for your day out.

  • Bacon or sausage baps on sale from 10am to 11.30am
  • Toasted teacakes available from 10am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm
  • High chairs available
  • Kids menu, snacks and lunch boxes available.
Bacon rolls on a winter's morning
A bacon roll on a plate with a mug of coffee
Bacon rolls on a winter's morning