Summer family adventures in Kent

Round up the family and join in summer fun at special places in Kent. Little explorers under five will be enchanted by dressing-up at Knole. The invitation extends to furry friends at Ightham Mote, with a teddy bears picnic. For intrepid adventurers school's out and nature's in, with 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ activities at Emmetts Garden. Check our information for family facilities, including baby-changing and access information for little ones travelling on four-wheels. When you spend family time with us, you help us look after wild spaces for years to come.

children play in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


The pets of Chartwell make an appearance this summer on the 'Winston and other animals' family trail. You can also head out to the woodland play area, or roll down a really big hill. Grab your shoes and start your summer adventure. Trail open Sat 1 Jul to Sun 3 Sep, daily 10am to 4pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

Knole Park in Kent


Enjoy free arts and crafts activities every Monday. There’s a different theme each week, from archaeological discoveries to animal tracks. Step back in time as you dress in Tudor costume or explore Knole Park. Summer adventures are ready and waiting. Dates and times vary. Free events, donations welcome.

Children playing skittles at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

Big things come in small packages - ants of Emmetts included. Join the ant trail to discover the history of the garden and our smallest residents. Tick off your 50 things activities along the way. Sat 1 Jul to Sun 3 Sep, daily 10am to 4pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

Two children climbing on a tree branch in the natural play area

Ightham Mote 

Adventure in the countryside awaits. On Themed Thursdays, crafts, trails and quizzes are the order of the day. Cuddly friends will love the teddy bears picnic. Bowls on the lawn is a genteel way to spend a sunny afternoon, and the summer activity pack has top tips to tick off 50 things. Dates and times vary. £2 per activity pack, normal admission applies.

Children running around at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Follow the dragonfly trail around the estate and discover the wildest places to play. There is supersized fun in store with big games, and lots of ways to tick off your 50 things. Dates and times vary, normal admission applies.

Visitors on a bridge over the moat at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle 

You can have your own adventure every day, building a den in a wilderness camp, exploring the discovery room or following a trail around the house. You can also join in a wildlife hunt on Wednesdays – check the website for details. Free event, normal admission applies.