October half term trail at Bateman's

This October half term sees the return of the infamous local smugglers gang from Hawkhurst with our Smugglers' trail in the garden.

Bateman's House behind a tree

Smugglers' half term trail

Based on Kipling's 'Smugglers' Song' poem our half term trail will get the kids out and about in the garden to search for clues.

The local Hawkhurst gang of smugglers have been seen out and about. They are keen not to be disturbed during their night-time activities but they've left a trail of tea chests with clues for you to find out what they've been up to. However, you'll need to tread carefully on your search and be sure not to say what you've found or what you've seen.

You'll need to wear a heavy outdoor coat and sturdy shoes for your hunt around the garden and if you have a hat you'll be better disguised but this is not compulsory.

  • Trail available from Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November 2018
  • Daily between 10am-3pm
  • £2.50 per trail
  • Prize for every completed trail
  • Normal admission charges apply
  • Suitable for 6-12 year olds.
" Four and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark - Brandy for the parson, 'Baccy for the clerk, Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie - Watch the wall, my darling, as the Gentlemen go by!"
- Rudyard Kipling, 'Smugglers' Song' poem