Summer at Knole

Set off on an adventure this summer in Knole Park, Kent.

This article is about summer 2017 at Knole and will be updated next year.

Join us for a guided walk as the parkland blooms and the new fawns are born or get creative at Family Mondays with an exciting range of arts and crafts activities at Knole this summer.

Spot the newborn fawns

Knole’s resident herd of wild Sika and Fallow deer give birth to their fawns in mid-June. Join this park walk to see these beautiful creatures in their first stages of life. This gentle two-mile stroll visits the hidden places in Knole Park where the fawns are most likely to gather. Suitable for walkers of all abilities.

The fawns walk takes place on Saturday 24 June from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Please meet at the crossroads by the outdoor picnic area. Suggested donation £2.

Fawns and foxgloves in Knole Park
Fawns and foxgloves in Knole Park
Fawns and foxgloves in Knole Park

Walk on the wild side

Enjoy a walk in Knole Park with the Kent Wildlife Trust, who will share their expertise on the geology and flora and fauna of the local area and parkland. Two family strolls will each last 45 minutes and will focus on wildlife exploration led by Sevenoaks Living Landscape. A two hour walk will set off at 2.30pm across Knole Park to Fawke Common. This longer walk will be led by the Greensand Commons Project and focus on the natural heritage of the Commons around Sevenoaks.

Walks take place on Saturday 5 August. The 45-minute family strolls depart at 11.30am and 2pm. The two-hour walk starts at 2.30pm. Please meet in the Visitor Centre. Suggested donation £2.

Set off on a bat walk

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 drinks and biscuits.

Join us on Thursday 31 August from 7.30pm – 9.15pm
£10 per person. Suitable for ages 5+
Booking is essential online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or on 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

Get crafty at Family Mondays

Banish school holiday boredom with our exciting range of arts and crafts activities.

Monday 24 July – Archaeology at Knole
Learn about some of the amazing discoveries made at Knole and watch as our experts handle artefacts. A range of fun activities take inspiration from the Victorians and include painting a willow pattern plate and dressing up in Victorian-era clothing.

Monday 31 July – A sticky situation
Take a stroll in Knole Park and gather sticks and other treasures for use in our nature themed arts and crafts activities. Make your own majestic crown and be king or queen for a day, lay a stick trail for your friends to follow and create a memory stick decorated with all kinds of discoveries from the park.

Monday 7 August – Music in nature
Make your own musical instrument using ingredients inspired by nature. This workshop includes crafting a percussion instrument from sticks and making musical rainsticks to gently mimic the sound of a summer rain shower.

Monday 14 August – Plant it, grow it, eat it!
Calling all budding gardeners for a session devoted to all things green. Use your sense of smell to guess the scents of nature from herbaceous grasses to earthy bracken, create a dragonfly and plant your own seeds for a lasting reminder of your day at Knole.

Monday 21 August – Track wild animals
This week’s session is inspired by Knole Park’s abundant wildlife. Create a caterpillar bookmark and make your own furry animal friend from pinecones and fuzzy feathers.

Activities suitable for ages 5-12 years. Drop in from 11am - 3pm in Green Court. Suggested donation £2.

Make a trail with sticks found in Knole Park, Kent.

Dress up as a Tudor

Step back in time as you dress in our brilliant selection of historical costumes. Create a lasting memory of the day by taking a family portrait using our giant Tudor picture frame. We have costumes for all the family – don’t forget to bring your camera!

Tudor dressing up will take place in the Orangery on Friday 4, Saturday 12, Friday 18 and Friday 25 August from 1pm - 4pm. The sessions are free but donations are gratefully received.

Step back in time as you dress in Tudor costume
Dress in Tudor costume at Knole in Kent.
Step back in time as you dress in Tudor costume

Hop aboard the Vintage Bus

Discover the delights of Sevenoaks on the hop-on hop-off vintage red bus, which weaves its way around the town starting and ending at Knole. The bus route takes in Sevenoaks railway station (no need to walk up the hill to Knole), Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, the Vine Cricket Ground, and the Stag Theatre.

The Vintage Bus runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 24 July to 3 September.

Cost is £3 per day ticket and under 10s travel free. Full details, route and timetable can be found at https://sevenoaksvintagebus.wordpress.com  

Hop aboard the Vintage Bus at Knole and see the sights of Sevenoaks.

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