Summer holiday activities at Mottisfont

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner

From 7 July - 3 September, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This exhibition - originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books - brings this delightful and enduring picture book to a new generation of family audiences. An outdoor family activity trail, inspired by Judith Kerr’s illustrations, will run alongside the exhibition.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

From 7 July - 2 September, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This exhibition - originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books - brings this delightful and enduring picture book to a new generation of family audiences. You'll also be able to see over 30 original illustrations from other well-loved works by Judith Kerr, such as the Mog stories.

Family trail: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Saturday 7 July - Sunday 2 September, 10am - 5pm. £1 per trail.

A family trail, based around our grounds, will run alongside the exhibition. Pick up a map at visitor reception to start your trail. There are all sort of activities to try along the way, with a craft activity to take home.

Remember to bring along your wellies and waterproofs in case of wet weather.

Visiting with your family

As well as these additional activities, there's plenty of space to play at Mottisfont. There are wild play areas and some lawns suitable for ball games and frisbees.

Family friendly checklist

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Pushchairs admitted around the grounds and in all cafés, though not in the showrooms of the house due to space restrictions.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available from The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Ice cream parlour open on sunny days, with a wide range of scoop ice cream.
  • Highchairs and baby food warming facilities available in The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Picnic spaces around the grounds.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.
A family group on the rose bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Enjoy a family day out 

Mottisfont is the perfect place for a family visit all year round, with plenty of space to run, jump and play. Read our hints and tips and take a look at our Wild Play map to discover the best places for family fun around the grounds.