Summer holidays family fun

A young girl walking up to a boy, crouching and looking at something on the woodland floor, with a younger child standing nearby.

The summer holidays are an exciting time, but keeping the family entertained during the long break can be challenging. Ightham Mote has activities running throughout the Kent school holidays to help you, so why not plan your visits now?

With a house, garden, natural play area, estate, trails and quizzes and special events, there's plenty of fun in store during the school holidays.


In the garden...

Opening at 10am, we have a free trail running in the garden - you won't need a trail sheet or pencil & paper for this one.

In the shade at the end of the garden, there's a natural play area for the children to burn off some energy, with a lovely picnic spot near by. We suggest you bring a towel, change of shoes/clothes as it can get muddy with the small stream running through it.

Please note: our garden is a historic garden, not a park. It is also part of the scheduled ancient monument. Please leave your scooters, bikes, balls, frisbees etc. at home. 


In the house...

Opening at 11am, we have quizzes to keep the family entertained when you visit the house. There's two quizzes to choose from: an I-spy picture matching quiz, or a combination of I-spy and questions. Collect your quiz from the Conservatory, and when you return the clipboard and pencil at the end of your house visit, they'll give you a sticker.

If you have a pushchair, please leave this in our buggy park beside the Conservatory where you can pick up a baby-carrier or hipseat.

Pick up a quiz from the Conservatory to keep the children busy in the house.
A young girl and boy completing a house quiz in the house at Ightham Mote
Pick up a quiz from the Conservatory to keep the children busy in the house.

On most days, in the Squire's Room (downstairs, near the Library), there is an activity cart with some colouring or a simple craft.

Please note: Due to damage to our house and collection caused by backpacks / large bags, we ask you to leave your bulky items in your car, or there are a few lockers at the Conservatory. If you need to keep a rucksack with you, please carry it on your front.


On the estate...

Explore further afield on one of our three waymarked estate walks. On a hot summer's day, enjoy the shade on our black route through Scathes Wood. For a mix of woodland and countryside, follow our red route. Or, for the more adventurous, follow our green walk to the top of our estate with far-reaching views. Download our estate leaflet to help you on your way Ightham Mote estate leaflet with walks (PDF / 1.5673828125MB) download .

Enjoy a counryside walk.
A group of children walking in the countryside, blowing dandelion clocks.
Enjoy a counryside walk.


Special events


Themed Thursdays

Each Thursday during the summer holidays we have a different themed event in the garden or house:

  • Thursday 23 July 2020: Games through the ages
  • Thursday 30 July 2020: Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Thursday 6 August 2020: Going wild
  • Thursday 13 August 2020: Regency family fun day
  • Thursday 20 August 2020: Make & do
  • Thursday 27 August 2020: Family gardening day

Themed Thursday activities run from 11am - 3.30pm. Most activities are free (after normal admission), but some may have a small cost to cover expenses.

Please note: some activities may be subject to weather conditions on the day.


Family bat walk with moth trapping

Join the rangers on a guided walk on the estate to discover more about the moths and bats that live at Ightham Mote.

  • Thursday 30 July, 7pm
  • Thursday 27 August, 7pm


For more details of events, and to book to the Bat walk with moth trapping, check out our whats on page.

Find out more about visiting Ightham Mote with a family and the facilities available to visitors.