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Visiting Ightham Mote with the family

Walking in the gardens Ightham Mote
Walking in the gardens Ightham Mote | © Holly Halford

With walks, trails, a natural play area and acres of nature there is plenty to keep the family occupied on a visit to Ightham Mote. Read on to find out how to get the best out of your visit.

Teddy Bear's Picnic at Ightham Mote

If you go down to The Mote today...

Teddy Bear's Picnic at Ightham Mote | Holly Halford
Teddy Bear's Picnic at Ightham Mote | © Holly Halford

Teddy Bear's Picnic at Ightham Mote

Come and enjoy our annual May Half Term Teddy Bear displays at Ightham Mote. On Sunday 2nd June, bring your Teddy Bears and join us for a picnic whilst you listen to the Biggin Hill Band on the North Lawn. Performance begin at 11.30am and 12.45pm.

Explore the garden

Explore our historic garden, with its ponds, stream and lake fed by natural springs. Our garden isn't suitable for bikes, scooters, frisbees and balls, so please leave them at home, but you don't need them as we have a natural play area at the end of the garden.

Discover the natural play area

We suggest you bring a change of shoes, clothes and even a towel, as our natural play area is there to get messy. Whether you want to practice your balancing skills, race through the living willow tunnel, create mud pies or make sweet music, come rain or shine just let your imaginations run wild.

Ightham Mote Natural Play Area Steve Heywood
Ightham Mote Natural Play Area | © Steve Heywood

Wander the estate

Why not extend your visit with a woodland wander or a hill climb on our estate, which is brimming with wildlife and the changing colours of the season. Our children's estate map shows the three way marked walks, from one to five miles.

Rather than just wandering around, why not set some challenges for everyone to complete such as:

  • Who can walk the quietest
  • Who can find all the colours of the rainbow
  • Who can spot the most different types of leafs

Planning your visit

  • Toilets - located beside the cafe, and also beside the shop (near the house), unisex changing facilities in both locations, steps to helps children reach the sinks
  • House - baby feeding room, children’s quizzes, baby hip-seats, buggy park
  • Cafe - high chairs, lunchboxes
  • Shop - pocket money toys
  • Garden - explorer map, natural play area, picnic area
Visitors on a garden tour at Ightham Mote in Kent

Plan your next visit today

You can find more information about what family-friendly events we have coming up at Ightham Mote here

Music at the Mote - The Dial

Music at the Mote: The Dial Band 

Put your dancing shoes on, warm up your vocal cords and pack up a picnic to join us for an evening of musical fun at the iconic Ightham Mote. Playing a mixture of rock, pop and soul classics, The Dial Band return to Ightham Mote to entertain you with a musical feast for your ears.