Autumn family fun at Knole

Embark on an autumnal adventure at Knole

This article is about autumn 2017 and will be updated next year.

Falling leaves, crisp days and gentle sunshine make autumn a beautiful time to visit Knole. Join our family half-term activities, discover more about the exciting archaeological discoveries in the parkland and meet our resident bat population at these events.

Archaeology in Knole Park walk

Recent investigations at Knole have concentrated on the house but the surrounding parkland also tells a rich story of the area’s history. The circular mound, known as Echo Mount, near the house is thought to be an early Bronze Age burial barrow. Bronze Age flint tools found in the park also suggest people lived here as early as 2000BC.

Explore the past with our park guides and learn about the latest archaeological discoveries. This is an introduction to landscape archaeology with a survey of a section of the park and some hands-on finds retrieval. This walk is ideal for anyone who has an interest in archaeology but especially for those trying it for the first time.

Saturday 14 October from 2pm – 3pm. Please meet outside the Visitor Centre.
Suggested donation £2.

Explore Knole Park's treasures this autumn
Explore Knole Park's treasures this autumn


Family Monday: Autumn leaves

Make the most of the autumn days by joining our half-term Family Monday craft activities. We’ll be making cute hedgehogs out of colourful autumn leaves and suncatchers for the last of the sunny days.  Everyone welcome but the activities are best suited to ages 5-12 years.

Monday 23 October from 11am – 3pm. Drop in to Green Court anytime to join the fun.
Suggested donation £2.

Family workshop: Paper lanterns

Light up the darker nights with a magical paper lantern made at our family workshops. All materials will be supplied so just bring your imagination! Suitable for ages 5+ Children must be accompanied by an adult, who are also welcome to participate.

Wednesday 25 October and Thursday 26 October from 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
£5 per child. Booking is essential online at or by calling 0344 249 1895. Drop in anytime during your booked session at the Hayloft Learning Centre.

Join us for arts and crafts in Green Court
Join us for arts and crafts in Green Court at Knole


Museums at Night

It’s back! The most exciting night of the year when museums, galleries and historic houses throw open their doors after dark. At Knole visitors can climb the Gatehouse Tower and explore Eddy Sackville-West’s former rooms, before taking in a starlit view of the park from the rooftop. A series of after-dark park walks will seek out Knole’s resident bat population with our expert ecologist. Don’t forget to finish the evening with a warming hot chocolate in Green Court.

Saturday 28 October from 5pm – 8.30pm. Last entry at 8pm. Normal admission charges to the Gatehouse Tower apply (free to National Trust members). Walks cost £5 per person and are available to book from 5pm on the night, on a first come first served basis. The walks aren't recommended for children under age 5. The deer keeping walk will set off at 5.45pm concentrating on the autumn rut with Dom, Knole's park and deer keeper. Bat discovery walks will set off at 5.45pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm (bat detectors will be provided) with Alex, our expert ecologist. Please bring a torch if you are joining a guided walk. 

Climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower for nighttime views over Knole
Climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower for nighttime views over Knole


For information about Knole’s facilities for families, please go to and click ‘Facilities and access’ at the top of the website.

Full details of all our events can be found at