Days out with the kids in Kent

Find something to do with the family throughout the season at our places in Kent. There’s harvest fun in early autumn and new trails inspired by the fiery colours of the countryside to come back and try over half-term. Wild play areas are open throughout, and welly walks and leaf crunching will bring smiles to little faces whatever the weather.

Every time you visit, you help us look after special places for autumns to come.

Front view of Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire

Places in the South East where you need to book 

Some of our places we care for in the South East of England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.

Kick up the leaves at Chartwell this autumn


Little ones will love playing in mini Marycot cottage, whilst the Chartwell treehouse, giant dormouse dens and swings out on the estate offer fun for kids of all ages. From October, there'll be a new trail uncovering the story of Chartwell’s Kitchen Garden in wartime. Runs 16 Oct to 7 Nov.

Children playing with autumn leaves at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

There's a dedicated picnic area by the Discovery Cabin, the wild play area is waiting to be explored and there's carpets of leaves for crunching. In October, a new trail will reveal the plants and trees at Emmetts Garden that existed during the dinosaur era and formed part of their diet. Discover all about the plants and the dinosaurs linked to them. Join in with dinosaur related activities too. Runs Sat 23 to Sun 31 Oct.

Girl on fun trail in the Ightham Mote garden.

Ightham Mote 

The play area and discovery den are full of autumn fun, as well as offering the chance to tick off some 50things activities. The wider estate with crunchy leaves and conkers has lots to discover too. Try den building or enjoy a nature walk. Come back later in the season to tackle the tree trail, inspired by our historic trees such as the gnarly sweet chestnut. Keep an eye out for details on our apple and orchard celebration too.

A family enjoys the sights in Knole Park, Kent


Spot autumn colour along the accessible walking routes around the parkland. There'll be more ideas for autumn things to do in the parkland on boards by the house. Indoors, a treasure trail inspired by the light and dark stories of Knole snakes through the showrooms for children of all ages. Please pre-book tickets to guarantee entry to the car park and house.

Down by the boathouse at Scotney Castle, Kent

Scotney Castle 

The natural play area is surrounded by trees turning autumnal gold, and there's den building in the wilderness camp too. In the house, spot toys and games played with by the Hussey children through the decades. Later in the season, there'll be two tremendous family trails to tackle. One will be a welly wander through the woods and the other a journey through the garden.

Autumn colour at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Experience life as a Junior Garden on a trail criss-crossing the garden rooms, vegetable gardens, woodlands and lakes. Stop by the vegetable garden to learn more about how food journeys from plot to plate, and the secrets of veg growing from our friendly team.