Percy the Park Keeper winter family trails in Kent

Join Percy the Park Keeper and give nature a helping hand at places in Kent this winter.

Step into Percy's wellies for the day at Emmetts Garden, Scotney Castle, Ightham Mote or Sissinghurst Castle Garden, with a series of brand new outdoor activity trails for all the family.

Percy's left a special note asking you, along with his animal friends, to find his equipment so he can complete his winter tasks. Along the way, take part in special games and challenges, from giant noughts and crosses to welly hoopla.

At the end of the trail, your hard work will be rewarded with a prize, and you'll be able to take a selfie with Percy and his friends.

Take a look below to find your nearest Percy adventure.

Trails start from 4 December and cost £2 per trail (plus normal admission). Please check the individual property websites for details.

Two little girls in winter clothes looking at winter trail map

Emmetts Garden 

Join Percy the Park Keeper and his woodland friends on an all-natural trail inspired by the surrounding woodlands of the Kent countryside. Help Percy track down his missing tools, and look out for his animal friends along the way. The wild play area, complete with balance beams, swings, a teepee and more is the perfect backdrop for winter adventures and blowing off steam. Pop into nearby Old Stables Tea room to warm up over Christmassy treats. 4 Dec to 2 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec). £2 per trail plus normal admission. Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.

Winter walking

Scotney Castle 

With giant welly hoopla to test the mettle of players big and small, and a wheelbarrow station for more Percy-inspired fun, Scotney's Percy trail has loads to keep little ones entertained. There's also a twinkly tree in the main courtyard, and the ground-floor rooms of the house are sumptuously decorated for an Edwardian Christmas Eve. The tea-room is filled with seasonal treats and three-course festive lunches. Trail runs 4 Dec to 3 Jan (closed 24, 25 & 26 Dec). £2 per trail plus normal admission. Garden paths are buggy-friendly with some inclines.

Girl on fun trail in the Ightham Mote garden.

Ightham Mote 

Percy and his friends have got loads of fun in store. Get stuck in to a game of giant noughts and crosses with a Percy-inspired twist. Or pick up a leaf grabber and help Percy collect the fallen leaves. Pay a visit to the natural play area, with balance beams, living willow tunnel and mud pie-making. Inside the moated manor house, the ground floor will be decorated for Christmas through the ages. There's also mince pies, gingerbread lattes and spiced crumbles to enjoy in the café. Trail runs 4 Dec to 3 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec). £2 per trail plus normal admission. Garden paths are buggy-friendly.

Two children wearing Percy the Park Keeper hats laugh as they gather up bean bags

Percy the Park Keeper at Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Join Percy the Park Keeper at Sissinghurst on a trail across the beautiful estate. Help Percy and friends find his trusty wheelbarrows and favourite wellies, and give nature a helping hand. Daily to 30 Jan. £2 per trail plus normal admission. The terrain is quite hilly and there are some bumps.