Storytelling in the garden   

Immerse yourself in the worlds and characters created by Rudyard Kipling in Bateman’s storytelling sessions for families.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Enjoy some of Kipling’s original story concepts from the retold Just So Stories book by Elli Woolard, in short drop-in sessions, perfect for families with young children. Find out How the Elephant Got His Trunk and enjoy other fun rhyming tales in volunteer led storytelling sessions.

23, 26, 27 July

2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27 August

10–20 min sessions throughout the day, 11.30am–2.30pm.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00
Family, one adult £19.80 £18.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.40
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.70

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...

Free entry for National Trust members.

A child ticket is valid for anyone aged 5-17 years old. Under 5's are free.
A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17 years old.

Discounted entry on days when the house is closed. 



The basics

Suitable for families with young children.
Meeting point
Visitor reception.
What to bring and wear
Please wear clothing appropriate to the weather.
Storytelling takes place in the garden, access includes paths with steps, slopes and varying surfaces. Please see the Facilities and access pages at for further information.
This outdoor activity is weather dependent, and occasionally may need to be changed or cancelled at short notice. Ask at visitor reception for information when you arrive. Sessions are volunteer led and dates and times may occasionally change – please check at visitor reception when you arrive.

Contact Info

Call 01435 882302

Upcoming events

The Glory of the Garden poetry trail

Sun 26 Jun 2022
Discover lines from Kipling’s poem The Glory of the Garden, displayed around the Bateman’s garden.

The Glory of the Garden collection highlights and short films

Sun 26 Jun 2022
Discover garden-themed items from the collection and picture Kipling the writer at Bateman’s.

Mill guides at Park Mill

Mon 27 Jun 2022
Visit the watermill at Bateman’s to be transported to a bygone era.

Quantum Theatre presents: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

Sat 02 Jul 2022
Quantum Theatre are back with an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Poetry Writing Workshop at Bateman’s with Helen Stockton

Thu 07 Jul 2022
Enjoy a day of creative poetry writing at the inspirational home of Rudyard Kipling.

Paint the garden workshop with watercolour artist John Wiltshire 

Sun 10 Jul 2022
Learn how to create your own watercolour painting, in the idyllic landscape of Bateman’s.