Families in winter at Ightham Mote

Children playing in the rain outside Ightham Mote, Kent

Don't get stuck inside this winter, wrap up warm and make new memories with your family. With waymarked estate walks, our seasonal activity pack and 50 things challenges, there's plenty to keep them busy. Have a welly walk around the gardens, and look out for our tame Robin. Inside the café is open every day with a range of winter warming food and drinks.

Grandma helping two grandchildren in the stream

Explore our natural play area 

Jump and scramble around our natural play area. With natural features and structures made from the wood on our estate, you can let your imagination run wild.

Ightham Mote from the pleasure grounds in winter

Visit the garden 

Wrap up warm and make the most of the remainder of the year. The transition from autumn to winter creates a lovely contrast as the leaves recede and structural elements appear.


Every day throughout the winter, convenient facilities are available along with nearby parking, making it easier for you to get out and about with the family.
  • Toilets - located beside the cafe, and also beside the shop (near the house), unisex changing facilities in both locations, steps to help children reach the sinks
  • Cafe - high chairs, lunchboxes
  • Shop - pocket money toys
  • Garden - explorer map, natural play area

Young visitor at Colby Woodland Garden, Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Seasonal activity pack

Each season we're highlighting some of our favourite things to do in the outdoors, as well as some of the best 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. So bring your family and friends and enjoy an adventure in the Kent countryside.

Raleigh Ritchie and a gang of young adventurers

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Ightham Mote

Fancy exploring the outdoors, learning new skills and trying new things? Get out there and see how many of our 50 things you can do.