Visiting Mottisfont with your family

A family group on the rose bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire

There’s plenty of space to run, jump and play around Mottisfont, and always something for families to do - rain or shine. Test your limits in our Wild Play areas and explore the grounds with seasonal trails in school holidays.

A Beano illustration of Dennis reading comics in a treehouse

Summer holiday activities at Mottisfont 

20 July - 8 September: travel through Beano's history of mishcief and mayhem in this vibrant new exhibition. Outside, join favourite characters on an exciting interactive adventure around the grounds, and you can even create your own comic.

Family fun around the grounds

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.

Please note: the wet area is dependent on the water levels from the surrounding river and streams. In particularly dry weather conditions there may be limitations to how much water can be drawn or pumped. 

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.

A hand-drawn map of Mottisfont, Hampshire, highlighting areas to enjoy with your family, including Wild Play areas

Take a look at our Wild Play map to discover the best places for families to explore at Mottisfont. Where would you like to play?

Please note that while they’re welcome elsewhere in the grounds, four-legged friends aren’t allowed in our wild play areas, to make sure they're safe environments for all to play.

A family lunch

Our on-site cafés cater for all the family to make your visit as easy as possible. Children's menus are avilable from both the Old Kitchen and Coach House cafés, as well as highchairs and baby food warming facilities. Or, if you've packed your own lunch, there are plenty of picnic spaces. Breast feeding is welcome anywhere around the property.

Hints and tips for a family visit

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Two play areas and places suitable for ball games and frisbees.
  • Seasonal children’s trails in school holidays and family-focused exhibition every summer.
  • Baby-change units in the Welcome Centre and walled garden toilets. Additional baby-change facilities in access toilet facilities in the Stables and on the ground floor on the house.
  • 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.
  • We ask that pushchairs are left outside the house and rucksack-style baby carriers be left at the Entrance Hall. We have hip-carrying infant seats for loan in the house.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.
  • 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
  • Our walled and winter gardens are calm places, but there are some great spaces around the grounds for playing with frisbees, balls and running around - head to the paddock in between the stables, walled gardens and winter gardens for games.
  • We have over 35 different species of tree in our grounds. They’re beautiful to look at but please don’t climb them: take up the challenge in Boggy Climbing on the Wild Play trail instead.
  • We’re surrounded by water – it’s the reason people settled here over 800 years ago - so close supervision is strongly advised at all times. Our waterways are very old and fragile, so instead of paddling here head to our Pump, Pool and Paddle area. It's perfect for splashing around and cooling down in warm weather.