Autumn family activities at Mottisfont

A family explore the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire in autumn

There’s plenty of space to run, jump and play around Mottisfont, and always something for families to do. There’s fun for all this autumn with Harvest Time. Spot scarecrows inspired by some of our famous guests, plant a seed to take home in the Kitchen Garden, and make a green man mask.

Harvest Time activities run from Saturday 21 September - Sunday 3 November, 10am - 5pm. Normal property admission applies, plus £1 per trail.

Scarecrow spotter trail: Be Our Guest

Different scarecrows are hiding all around the grounds, dressed as some of the people who have visited and stayed here throughout Mottisfont's history. Pick up an activity sheet at visitor reception and follow the trail to find them all.

Our trail suits both younger and older children, so it's fun for all the family - even grown-ups can join in! Remember to bring along your wellies and waterproofs in case of wet weather, as the trail takes place outside.

More autumn fun

Visit our new Kitchen Garden to spot the weird and wonderful shapes of climbing gourds. You can learn about growing your own veg with a ‘plant it, grow it, eat it’ activity. 

We've got some veg-inspired games set up near the Climbing Bog: try out 'gourds and crosses' and the fungi fling.

Inside the Stables, you can also make a green man mask to take home, too.

Visiting Mottisfont with your family

As well as these seasonal activities, there's plenty of space to play at Mottisfont. There are lots of natural features you can play with all around the grounds, and plenty of opportunities to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities.

With wooden bridges and a rushing river, we're one of the country's top destinations for playing pooh sticks - challenge your family to a game when you visit. Or get stuck into our wild play areas: try out your best balancing acts in the Climbing Bog, and splash around with the Pump, Pool and Paddle.

Here's what you need to know...

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Pushchairs welcome around the grounds and catering outlets. There are gently-sloping areas and wide pathways around much of the grounds; pathways are uneven in some places so sturdy tyres are recommended.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Highchairs, baby food warming facilities and children’s menus available in the Old Kitchen and Coach House Cafés.
  • Ice cream parlour open on sunny/busy days, with a wide range of scoop ice cream.
  • Picnic spaces around the grounds.
  • Breast feeding welcome anywhere around the property.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too. 
  • Ball games and frisbees welcome, though please not on the formal lawns in front and behind the house, or in the walled rose gardens.
  • Bikes, scooters and trikes are not allowed anywhere on site, due to vehicles operating onsite at all times, unfenced waterways, gravelled paths and visitor feedback. We only allow toddler push-along bikes, operated at all times by a parent/guardian.
  • Areas of open water around the garden and grounds - close supervision strongly advised at all times.