Fun days and summer activities for families at Knole

With the long, lazy days of school summer holidays upon us, make a plan to visit Knole to enjoy a visit to the house and some activities to keep youngsters amused. With the park to explore, the shops to browse and the café open for refreshments, you can spend some enjoyable time at Knole with friends and family this summer.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be some disruption to your visit due to works being carried out by South East Water to install a new water main in Knole Park. Find out more here.

This summer we're embracing the time together with friends and family and the chance to get out and about again. We've plenty of outdoor fun to take part in as well as the showrooms open to explore.

Whether you come for the day, a few hours or just to walk your dog, take a look at what's happening over the summer.

With over 1,000 acres to explore, there's always a new part of Knole Park to discover
Knole Park in Kent
With over 1,000 acres to explore, there's always a new part of Knole Park to discover

Summer of Sport at Knole

Everyday until Sunday 5 September

Calling all budding Olympians! Come and enjoy some sporting activities at Knole this summer. We've partnered up with Sports England and other National Trust properties to offer visitors the chance to try out some different sports.

Come along to the Visitor Centre and they can show you what equipment we have available for you to take and try on the grass by the sycamore tree at the front of the house. There's no charge to borrow the equipment but we will ask for a deposit so when you're done, just return it to us to receive your deposit back.

Game of cricket as part of Summer of Sport
Game of cricket as part of Summer of Sport
Game of cricket as part of Summer of Sport

Take part in the Get set GO! challenge at Knole

We're also challenging you to pick up our Get set GO! cards this summer so you can get active in the park. There are no prizes for taking part but for every activity you complete you can claim a sticker and see if you can complete your whole card this summer.

You don't have to complete them all at Knole though, many National Trust sites will be taking part so take them with you on your days out  and enjoy getting active.

National Play Day

Wednesday 4 August, 10am -5pm

Join in the fun across the UK on National Play Day this summer on Wednesday 4 August. With the theme being 'Summer of Play', we'd love to see youngsters enjoying themselves at Knole with their friends. We recognise the challenges children and young people have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun. That's why we're partnered up with the charity PlayDay to bring a summer of sport to Knole.

Children love running underneath the big parachute.
Children running underneath a big parachute
Children love running underneath the big parachute.

Family Mondays at Knole

We're bringing back a Knole favourite with our Family Monday drop-in sessions returning during the school holidays. With a variety of craft activities and a special archaeological sessions to join, why not plan a visit and join in one of our events.

Archaeological Fun Day

Monday 26 July, 11am-3pm.

Most suited to ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Join us to celebrate the Festival of Archaeology and see some of the artefacts found during the Inspired by Knole major conservation project that completed in 2018. Join Knole's archaeology volunteer team to have a go at dressing up like an archaeologist for a photo and try your hand at sorting some artefacts.

The archaeology club get stuck in at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Community Bunting Creation

Monday 2 August, 11am-3pm

Join our community project to cover the Courtyards in Knole with some colourful bunting. You'll have two bunting triangles to decorate however you wish, one you'll get to take home and the other will join our community bunting which we hope will stretch all the way around Green Court by the end of the day.

Stone painting

Monday 9 August, 11am-3pm

Become an artist and use nature as your canvas with stone painting at Knole.

Come along and join in painting a stone at Knole
Try out stone painting at one of Knole's Family Mondays
Come along and join in painting a stone at Knole

Create a Knole Skyline

Monday 16 August, 11am-3pm

Create and take home your own scene of Knole using a paper cut-out and paint.

Clay Creations

Monday 23 August, 11am-3pm

Take inspiration from the statues and stone around Knole and mould your own creature. 

There is no need to pre-book any of the Family Monday events, but you will need to pre-book to visit Knole if you are using the National Trust car park. Tickets are per person and must include everyone in your vehicle (under 5's can visit for free). All the activities will be run on a drop-in basis so you may need to come back a bit later if they are busy when you arrive. Carers will be requested to stay with their children at all times too.

Join in the summer #NTChallenge

Over the summer, we'll be running a series of six sensory challenges across the whole of the National Trust. Why not join in and share your sensory experiences from Knole? These are the subjects we'll be running. Make sure you follow the main National Trust social channels to join in and find out more.

Have some outdoor fun in the park at Knole this summer
5 children playing on a fallen tree in the parkland
Have some outdoor fun in the park at Knole this summer

23 July        Summer challenge kick off

30 July        Summer feeling (the textures of summer)

6 August     Scents of summer (what's your favourite scent?) 

13 August   Sounds of summer (what's your favourite summer sound?)

20 August   Summer flowers (flowers to look out for in our gardens)

27 August   Taste of summer (summer foods and flavours)

Enjoy a summer saunter
Four people, 3 adults and a teenager, enjoying a walk
Enjoy a summer saunter

Visit the house to follow in the footsteps of Kings, Queens, Lords and Ladies

When you take a walk through the courtyards at Knole and enter the showrooms, you'll be following in the footsteps of 400 years worth of visitors to the house before you. As you take in the impressive portraits, intricate ceilings and ornate furniture, or feel the eyes follow you of the notable people captured in portraits along the Brown Gallery, imagine who's walked the same route as you do today.

The present pannelling and decoration in Knole's Ballroom were introduced by the 1st Earl Sackville between 1603-1608
Elaborate grey pannelled walls and a huge detailed marble fireplace line the walls alongside portraits of the Sackville family. In the middle of the room are piece of gilded furniture
The present pannelling and decoration in Knole's Ballroom were introduced by the 1st Earl Sackville between 1603-1608

Sports in the Showrooms

Whilst you're visiting the showrooms, why not take part in our spotter trial, fun for adults and children alike? We'll be challenging you to look out for sporting symbols and connections and sharing a few fun facts about our sporting connections to tie in with the Get Set Go challenges outside. There's no charge to take part (and no prizes either). Just something fun to do whilst you're taking in the splendour of the house and collection.

The state bed in the Kings Room was made for the future James II on his marriage to Mary of Modena
A sumptuous four-poster bed hung with golden coloured drapes sits in a plush bedroom with tapestries on the wall, Stuart era chairs, portrait over a fireplace and silver mirrors on the walls
The state bed in the Kings Room was made for the future James II on his marriage to Mary of Modena

Visiting the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio

During the summer holidays, the studio will be open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm.

Take a walk over there to see what work is taking place on items from the wider National Trust collection. As only one of two studios within the National Trust, our specialist team of conservators are always busy. Just ask the volunteer in the studio what objects they have in for conservation this week. You can also take a peek into the conservation store to see how we store historic items when they're not on display.

A wooden carving from Hinemihi being worked on in the conservation studio
A wooden carving from Hinemihi in the conservation studio
A wooden carving from Hinemihi being worked on in the conservation studio

The shops at Knole

Whilst you're at Knole, take a detour to Green Court to browse the spring ranges, Knole souvenirs, National Trust food and drink items and goods made by local craftspeople. We've plenty of pocket money toys, picnic rugs, flasks, toys and fashion items for the summer months, as well as many favourites such as jams, biscuits and blankets too.

Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole
A display of cosy rugs on the central table in the shop
Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole

The bookshop at Knole

At the opposite end of the courtyard is the bookshop. A unique gem amongst National Trust bookshops, we sell new books connected to Knole, it's inhabitants or the local area, as well as an extensive collection of National Trust publications and a dedicated section for children. No second-hand books for us at Knole!

So if you're visiting with a budding bookworm, then take a wander over where you can find picture books, puzzle books, fact and fiction for a wide range of ages and interests. Older readers can also find popular National Trust publications, such as cooking, crafts, history, gardening and non-fiction.

The bookshop at Knole has a dedicated children's area.

The Brewhouse Café

The Brewhouse Café, Rooftop Terrace and indoor seating are open are open from 10am to 5pm (the courtyard gates will be closed at 4.30pm so the last few visitors can be served). You can expect to find hot and cold meals and drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.

Kids lunch boxes are ideal for a picnic
A family buying the kids lunch boxes in the café
Kids lunch boxes are ideal for a picnic

Don't forget to pre-book your visit

If you'd like to visit Knole, please remember you need to pre-book. You can do this following the link below. Slots are released on Friday mornings for the following week. On busier days, such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays, these slots sell out quickly so please plan ahead. 

The National Trust car park at Knole is reserved for members and paying visitors to the house. Members can book and park for free but must still pre-book. Tickets are per person and must include everyone in your vehicle (under 5's can visit for free). Non-members will need to buy tickets per person and pay a £5 parking fee.

 

Where to find alternative parking

If you haven't pre-booked a parking space and intend to travel by car, we recommend you park in the multi-storey car park in town and walk in through the pedestrian gate. Be aware that there are parking restrictions on many of the residential roads around Knole at present. The post code for the multi-storey car park is TN13 1LW.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole for a summer of fun with friends and family.