May half-term in Kent

There's plenty in store to get the family outside in the fresh air this May half-term in Kent. Discover the story of the Billy Goats Gruff at Ightham Mote or help to find the escaped chickens at Chartwell. Enjoy the beautiful views and surrounding of Emmetts garden while you venture out on the Pony Trail and make a start ticking off your 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ list. Smallhythe have a range of activities for younger children and theatre for older children and teenagers. When you spend time together in the outdoors, you help us care for places inside out.

Enjoy a walk at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

May half-term pony trail at Emmetts Garden 

Peggy the Pony’s friends have escaped from the stables - can you help her?. Find Peggy’s friends and complete their favourite activity on the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' list. Trail is on Sat 26 May - Sun 3 Jun, 10am-4pm, and costs £1, normal admission applies.

Children playing in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

May half-term chicken trail at Chartwell 

Get the kids outdoors this May half-term by bringing them along to Chartwell for our fun filled trail. All the chickens have escaped from the kitchen garden. Can you find them all on this outdoor family trail? Trail is on Sat 26 May-Sun 3 Jun, 10am-4pm, and costs £1, normal admission applies.

Illustration of three goats looking across a river, with Ightham Mote in the background

May half-term Billy Goats Gruff Trail at Ightham

Grab your compass and discover the story of Billy Goat Gruff as you tick off some of your 50 Things list while exploring the gardens at Ightham Mote this half-term. Trail is on Sat 26 May-Sun 3 Jun, 10am-4pm, and costs £2.50, normal admission applies.

Queen Palmer and her daughter Elsie, with actor Nicholas Day inset

Queen Palmer's Court - theatre & dinner 

Join us for a theatrical treat, written and produced by RSC actor, Nicholas Day, followed by dinner in the Mote Café: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June.

Children participating in craft activities

May half-term at Smallhythe Place

Get creative with our nature-themed arts and crafts for younger visitors in the cow byre or bring your older children and teenagers to experience a performance in our historic theatre. Craft workshops take place from Wed 30 May - Fri 1 Jun from 2-4pm. Theatre performances take place on Sat 26 May, Fri 1 Jun & Sat 2 Jun. Prices vary.

A forest den

May half-term at Scotney Castle

The days are getting warmer and the sun is shining, so why not head outdoors and burn off some spring energy with us this half-term. We'd love to see you Scotney for a family day out. Enjoy the beautiful views from the bastion, venture out on a family fun guided estate walk or start ticking off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list.