Autumn family fun at Mottistone Gardens

We've lots of ways to keep little ones entertained on a visit to Mottistone Gardens. In the sheltered valley, mini explorers can discover the wonders of nature, build a den, and if they are lucky see a red squirrel.

Autumn trees

Discover the importance of these guardians of the garden and how they provide food and shelter for wildlife whilst giving us a tranquil place to relax

Hide and seek

The shrub-filled banks toward the top of the garden are the ideal place for a game of hide-and-seek in a safe and secure environment. Or head to the Wild Area just behind the Kitchen Garden. Just right for older children (8-12 years), hidden in amongst the trees, you could build a den, make a trail with sticks or even find a geocache.

'50 Things to do before you're 11¾' 

We’ve plenty of ways for you to tick of some off your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' at Mottistone Gardens. You might roll down a really big hill in the orchard, pick the daisies and wear a wild crown, or take a barefoot walk through the maze. You can collect a leaflet from Visitor Reception that will help you get started on your free, '50 things' journey.

Time to refuel

When tummies start to rumble, the tea garden makes a good pit stop. Here you’ll find freshly made sandwiches, soups, cakes and tasty treats which use produce from the organic kitchen garden where possible.

There are lots of great spots for picnics around the gardens – the grassy lawns of the orchard are a favourite, and toddlers can run around here too, or there are plenty of benches dotted high and low around the grounds.


Useful things for families to know

  • There is a free car park located next to the gardens. From here there is a short, 2 minute walk to Visitor Reception along a gravel path and down a few steps.
  • Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible toilet which is located in the entrance barn.
  • In the tea gardens there is water to help-yourself to and child friendly glasses.
  • Pushchairs are welcome but there are some gravel paths and steps.
  • Highchairs are available in the tea garden.
  • Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the gardens and there are water bowls for four-legged friends outside the shop and in the tea garden.