Summer adventures for families at Emmetts Garden

Come on down to Emmetts Garden for fun and excitement with the whole family. Don't forget to check out our wild play area and tepee for some imaginative outdoor fun.

Giant ant sculptures at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Giant ant summer family trail

Did you know Emmetts Garden was originally known as 'Amets', an old English word for ants? On this fun family trail look out for friendly ants dotted around the garden and woodland. Trail is on Sat 30 Jun - Sun 2 Sep, 10am-4pm and costs £1, normal admission applies. Best suitable for children aged 5-10.

Peter Pan by Immersion Theatre coming soon to Emmetts Garden in Kent

Peter Pan - SOLD OUT

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, Peter Pan. Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout...You'll be HOOOKED! Thursday 30 August, 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £7 for children with family tickets starting at £26.

Have a go at geocaching at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Emmetts Garden

Get stuck into the outdoors at Emmetts Garden and see how many things you can tick off your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list. How about given kite flying a go? Woodland adventures await you with geocaches waiting to be found and dens just waiting to built.

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 is perfect for younger adventurers, though we won't blame the adults for wanting to join in the fun.

A family playing on the swings at a National Trust property


New to Emmetts Garden are the swings - made especially for those explorers with shorter legs. Find these just past the wild play area and see how high you can get. Don't forget to bring an adult along to do the pushing.

Children playing skittles at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Fun and games for the whole family

Have a peak in our discovery cabin and you'll find a selection of giant games ready to be played with. From skittles to giant dominoes, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Make sure you pick up one of our activity sheets in the discovery cabin too.

A girl enjoying den building at a National Trust property

Wild play area

Big explorers - get stuck into adventures in our wild play area, located 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. Little explorers are welcome to play too, though maybe bring an adult along to help with the fun.

Visitors enjoying a picnic at a National Trust place

Picnics at Emmetts Garden

Our meadow makes the perfect spot for a summer picnic with glorious views over Ide Hill. Bring a blanket and relax with delicious food under sunny skies. There’s post-picnic fun to be found with garden games in the discovery cabin, a tepee amongst the trees and adventures in the wild play area.

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.