Family nature day

Enjoy a relaxed day out at Scotney with lots of free nature-based activities to enjoy.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Scotney Castle is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and we're really fortunate to have an amazing range of plants, trees and wildlife right on our doorstep. Meet local wildlife experts, go pond-dipping, take a self-guided nature walk, or enjoy some nature-based craft activities.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Scotney Castle

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.40 £14.00
Child £7.70 £7.00
Family £38.50 £35.00
Family 1 adult, 2 children £23.10 £21.00
Car parking (non-members) N/A £4.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £13.30
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.65

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

A child ticket is valid for anyone aged 5-17 years old. Under 5s are free.

A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 2 children aged 5-17.

A reduced rate family ticket is available for 1 adult and up to 2 children aged 5-17. 

National Trust members visit and park for free.

 

The basics

Suitability
Very suitable for children
Accessibility
The garden and most of the estate is accessible to mobility scooters and pushchairs although the terrain can be quite bumpy. Hard paths in the garden. Accessible toilets and changing facilities by the tea-room.
Other
10: 30 Meet the moths, butterflies & dragonflies - meet on picnic lawn by car park 12:00 & 13:15 Pond dipping - meet on terrace 14:30 Butterfly & dragonfly spotting Guided estate walk - meet by Salvin gate All day - children's craft activities on the old oak lawn

Contact Info

Name
Visitor Experience Team
Email
scotneycastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01892 893860

Upcoming events

Scotney Summer Games

Tue 16 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Come out and play this summer!

Garden Tours - Herbaceous Border

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-11:45
Join one of our guides to find out what plants are blooming now and learn some tips to keep your borders at home looking perfect throughout the summer. 

Spirit of Scotney: 125 Exhibition

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-16:00
Discover 125 objects, people and stories that capture the character and captivating history of Scotney Castle's house, garden and estate.

Family nature day

Sat 20 Aug 2022
10:30-16:00
Enjoy a relaxed day out at Scotney with lots of free nature-based activities to enjoy.

Survival Skills Camp

Tue 23 Aug 2022
10:00-12:00
Children and their responsible adult can learn the skills to survive in the woods with Scotney's area ranger, Richard Newman.

Awful Auntie

Sat 27 Aug 2022
18:00-20:00
Join us for some perfect summer family entertainment with this specially-adapted production of David Walliam's best-seller, Awful Auntie.