Visiting Mottisfont with your family

Three children walk beside the river in autumn at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Read our hints and tips to help plan your family visit. There’s plenty of space to run, jump and play here, and always something for families to do at Mottisfont - rain or shine.

Wooden bridges and a rushing river mean we're one of the country's top destinations for playing pooh sticks - challenge your family to a game when you visit. Ball games and frisbees are welcome on the paddock areas. Why not try some of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' challenges from rolling down a hill, to making friends with a bug, there's something for every young explorer to do at Mottisfont.

And who doesn't love gathering up big armfuls of crunchy leaves? Look out for leaf bins around the paddock, so you can help us create our own compost.

Family fun this autumn

Family working on an activity trail sheet autumn

Mottisfont Earthshot trail: An adventure through time

An elder time traveller from 2071 has been sending messages back to our time through a portal at the font at Mottisfont. Come and explore our past, our present and our future with this contemporary take on a folklore adventure. The trail is suitable for 12 plus. And is running from Saturday 16 Oct – Sunday 7 Nov, £1 per participant

Hints and tips for a family visit

  • We're sorry, but our Wild Play area remain closed. We haven't been able to carry out essential maintenance to these facilities this year, and we don't feel we can open them safely. We will work on these when we can, but this may take some time.

  • We have reopened our water play area 

  • Free entry for under 5s.

  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets, located at the Welcome Centre, Stables, lower corridor in the House and Walled Garden. 

  • Pushchairs welcome around the grounds. There are gently-sloping areas and wide pathways around much of the grounds which are suitable for pushchairs and little legs; pathways are muddy and uneven in some places so sturdy tyres are recommended.

  • The Coach House and Kitchen Café* (*open weekends only) are open from 10am until 4.45pm daily, serving hot and cold drinks, light snacks, lunches and cakes. Limited seating is avaliable in both cafes, although we have plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Breast feeding welcome anywhere around the property.

  • Ball games and frisbees welcome, though please not on the formal lawns in front and behind the house, or in the Walled 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 and please no paddling in the natural watercourses. 

  • We don't allow windbreakers, gazebos. pop up tents, sun brolleys and bbqs within the grounds.