Summer at Knole

There is lots of family fun to be had at Knole in Kent this summer.

Celebrate summer’s arrival at Knole with our action-packed schedule of events. Get creative at a craft workshop, spot our newborn fawns and resident bats or explore the historic house and 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland.

Spot the newborn fawns

Knole’s resident herd of wild sika and fallow deer give birth to their fawns from mid-June onwards. Join this gentle, two-mile walk in the park to visit the hidden places where you are most likely to spot the beautiful new arrivals. Suitable for families and walkers of all abilities.

Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 June from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Please make a £2 donation to help us continue our work in the park. 

Spot the fawns in Knole Park
Deer jumping in Knole Park, Kent.
Spot the fawns in Knole Park

Call the shots

Knole’s intricate architecture and majestic wild deer herd make fantastic subjects for photographers. Brush up your skills at the family-friendly Panasonic Roadshow, where experts will lend you a camera and show you how to take your best shot yet. Esther Ling, professional photographer and Panasonic Lumix ambassador, will lead photo walks in the park to show you how to get the most out of your camera. The walks are aimed at beginners who have little or no photography knowledge. Take your photos home on an SD card as a memory of the day.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July from 10am to 4pm. Photo walks will set off at 11am and 1pm.
Free event. 

Take your best photo yet at the Panasonic Lumix Roadshow
Take your best photo yet at the Panasonic Lumix Roadshow
Take your best photo yet at the Panasonic Lumix Roadshow

 

Fun on Family Mondays

Bring the children along to our Family Monday sessions over the school holidays for an exciting range of arts and crafts activities.

Monday 30 July: Knole and the Great War
Find out what it was like to be at Knole during the First World War, try on costumes and make your own medal. 

Monday 6 August: Colours of Knole Park
Use the beautiful colours of Knole Park as inspiration to make a rainbow streamer or summery suncatcher.

Monday 13 August: Knole’s wild animals
Be inspired by the wild animals in Knole Park and create your own deer mask or animal puppet.

Monday 20 August: Knole’s royalty
Make a pop-up card inspired by the architecture at Knole or crown yourself king or queen for a day by making a regal headpiece.

Drop in from 11am to 3pm in Green Court. £2 per child. Activities suitable for children over the age of five.

Make your own mask at Family Monday
Make your own mask at Family Monday at Knole
Make your own mask at Family Monday

Dress up days

Discover Knole’s imaginative dress-up box with historical costumes for all the family. Step back in time and pose for a family portrait in our giant Tudor picture frame. Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday 4, Friday 10, Saturday 18 and Friday 24 August from 1pm to 4pm in the Orangery. This is a free event; donations are gratefully received to help maintain our beautiful collection of costumes.

We have Tudor costumes for all the family
Dress in Tudor costume at Knole, Kent.
We have Tudor costumes for all the family

Picture perfect

Make a unique photo frame decorated with shiny sequins and glittering gold at this family workshop. Then create your own unique portrait by having your photo taken wearing a historic hat from our dressing-up box, which includes everything from Tudor crowns to maid’s mob caps. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 15 August from 10.30am-12noon and 1pm-2.30pm in the Hayloft Learning Centre. £7.50 per child. Bookings should be made online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or by phoning 0344 249 1895. 

Fan club

Feeling the heat? Cool down using your own handmade fan decorated with colourful pens and paints at this family workshop. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 23 August from 10.30am-11.30am, 12.30pm-1.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm in the Hayloft Learning Centre. £3 per child. Bookings should be made online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or by phoning 0344 249 1895. 

 

Get crafty at Knole's family workshops
Get crafty at Knole's family workshops
Get crafty at Knole's family workshops

Set off on a bat walk   - SOLD OUT - 

Join our expert for a dusk walk in Knole Park to find our resident bats. Learn all about these fascinating creatures and use our detectors to find them. Bat detectors will be provided, but please bring your own torch. The walk will last one hour and will be followed by a Q&A, hot chocolate and biscuits.

Friday 31 August from 7.30pm – 9.15pm
£10 per person. Suitable for families with children aged 5+
Booking is essential online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or by phoning 0344 249 1895.

Set off on a bat walk in Knole Park
Set off on a bat walk in Knole Park, Kent.
Set off on a bat walk in Knole Park

For information about Knole's facilities for families, please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole and click 'Facilities and access' at the top of the website.

Full details of all our events can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on