February half term trail at Bateman's

The well-trodden path to Bateman's front door has seen some famous visitors over the years. Join us this February half term to discover just whose names are in the Bateman's Guest Book.

A view through the gate, on a frosty morning at Bateman's, Burwash, East Sussex, the former home of Rudyard Kipling.

Who's knocking at the door?

Whilst we don't ask our visitors to sign in today when they visit, except in exceptional circumstances, when Bateman's was the Kiplings' family home it was common practice to keep a guest book to record who had visited.

The Kipling family's guest book from Bateman's in East Sussex

A warm welcome

Although Kipling moved to Bateman's to be away from the prying eyes of the general public, there were frequent visitors to the family home. Not necessarily the rich but certainly the famous of their day graced with their presence including writers and adventurers.

This February half term our trail will get you searching for clues as to some of Bateman's famous visitors and encourage you to find out more about them and how their work brought them here to visit Rudyard Kipling.

  • Trail is available daily from Saturday 16 February to Sunday 3 March 2019
  • Available 10am to 3pm
  • £2.50 per trail
  • Prize for every completed trail
  • Trail suitable for 5 - 12 year olds
Dive into a new adventure with World Book Day

World Book Day weekend at Bateman's

This year celebrate World Book Day at Bateman's. Take part in a children's trail, listen to some storytelling and exchange your voucher for a free book. And why not come dressed up as your favourite book character?

Children drinking hot chocolate out side in winter with hats on

Winter family visit to Bateman's

Enjoy some family time together with a half term trail, early morning bacon and sausage baps in the tea room and muddy walks across the estate.

A view down to Bateman's from the Quarry Garden on a frosty morning

Winter walking at Bateman's

Be rewarded with some stunning views back across the estate to the house on a winter estate walk at Bateman's before heading into our tea room for a warming drink and slice of cake.