Freaky fossils trail at Emmetts Garden

This article was about the 2019 autumn half term trail and will be refreshed for 2020.

Tread carefully around the garden at Emmetts Garden this half term with our freaky fossils trail. Watch out for freaky fossils and terrifying trees as you head out around the gardens on our family trail.

Find freaky fossils

Saturday 19 October - Sunday 3 November; 10am-4pm

There are dinosaurs at Emmetts Garden and we need your help in finding them!

Walk in the very footsteps of brave explorer, Charles Boise, who used to live at Emmetts Garden and went on geological expeditions to North America.

Charles Watson Boise was a wealthy American geologist who with his wife Hazel, moved into Emmetts Garden in 1928. Together, they left their own unique imprint on the gardens, whilst apart from filling in the original ponds that Lubbock had created, continued the character and layout of the gardens.

Hazel Boise also held a key interest in the garden and spent much time with encouraging the wild flowers and roses at Emmetts Garden, both of which still thrive during the summer months with the roses continuing even into autumn.

Join us at Emmetts to help us track down all different kinds of dinosaur from the T-Rex to the Triceratops, the Stegosaurus to the Pterodactyl.

Must see!

Whilst you're out on the hunt around Emmetts Garden, keep a keen eye out and see if you can spot the Japanese Umbrella Pine tree which goes all the way back to the Triassic times - making it even older than the dinosaurs!

How much?

The trail will be £1.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.

Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.

Make a day of it

A family playing on the swings at a National Trust property

The swings

Have you tried out our swings yet? They're made especially for those explorers with shorter legs. Find the swings just past the wild play area and see how high you can get.

A child plays dress up in the tepee at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Tepee play

What's that hiding among the trees? It's a tepee of course. Let your imagination run wild and try on the fancy dress clothes you'll find inside. The tepee in the wild play area is perfect for younger adventurers, though we won't blame the adults for wanting to join in the fun!

A girl enjoying den building at a National Trust property

Wild play area

Get stuck into adventures in our wild play area located just past the old stables café. Can you walk across the balance beams without falling off? Why not challenge each other to see who can build the biggest den? Climb on the stepping logs and play in the camp - the fun is never ending.

A family plays giant dominoes at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Family facilities at Emmetts Garden

Baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance to the site, next to the visitor welcome centre as well as at the old stables café. Bottle warming facilities can also be found at the café. The meadow makes the perfect spot for a picnic; grab a table or bring a blanket. Please note that scooters are not suitable for the pathways at Emmetts Garden.