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 and even our very own flowerpot people, and this summer you can come out and play in the garden.
‘Garden gallop at Mottistone’
Daily family trail, 23 July to 26 August. 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Mottistone was home to Warrior, a real war horse who miraculously survived action during WW1.
Get your heart rate up at Mottistone Gardens this Summer as you follow in Warriors hooves. Borrow one of our hobby horses (limited nags available!) and either walk, trot, gallop or Canter your way around our course and discover more about this amazing creature along the way.
N.B Route set in natural woodland with slight gradient and uneven ground. Less able can trek an easier route
Hobby horse racecourse.
August 2 to August 23 11am - 1pm
Join us every Tuesday and make your very own hobby horse before racing round our track.
All materials provided. Normal admission applies. Free event but donations welcome.
Hide and seek
'50 Things to do before you're 11¾'
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.