May half-term in Kent in 2017

This article was about our May half-term activities in 2017. We’ll be updating this with 2018 event information next year. There's plenty in store to keep the family occupied this May half-term in Kent. At Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the junior gardener trail will delight green-fingered apprentices, whilst outdoor discoveries await on the Churchill family nature trail at Chartwell. At Ightham Mote, story-telling is the order of the day with a special trail from Angelina and Henry. When you spend time together in the outdoors this summer, you help us care for places inside out.

A family of 2 adults and 2 children having a picnic - one child is sitting on her father's back.

Ightham Mote 

There's a special trail with Angelina and Henry. Follow their camping adventure in the garden, and see what 50 things you can tick off. There are also story-telling workshops with illustrator Helen Craig and children's author Adele Geras. Trail 50p per child, workshops run 1 June, £5 per person. Booking essential.

Children running around at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

The junior gardener trail uncovers fun and interesting features, with activities to try along the way. Ask at visitor reception or the garden gate for your trail. Tick off your 50 things with den building and more across the estate.

Child playing in woods at Chartwell Kent


Find out how the Churchill children played outside on a self-led family trail. Explore the garden and natural woodland play area and bring along your 50 things activity sheet to tick off new challenges.

Enjoying an ice cream in Knole Park


Longer days mean more time to get outdoors in the medieval park. Join a free Family Mondays or find a secluded spot in the acres of natural landscape to run, scoot and picnic in.

Child enjoying climbing a tree

Emmetts Garden 

Explore the exotic garden and find the best spots to tick off some of your 50 things activities. There's a new trail to tackle and plenty of space for picnics and outdoor games too.

Craft volunteers

Smallhythe Place 

Sit out in the garden and join in arts and crafts. Decorate a special memory with a handmade photo frame or fashion a kite to have fun with in the spring breeze. Price £2 per child, normal admission applies.