Christmas at Bateman's
For Christmas at Bateman's in 2023 we invite you to explore the 17th century house adorned with twinkly lights, golden decorations and natural foliage. Around this writer's home in its magical Christmas finery, spot decorations inspired by Rudyard Kipling's typewriters, manuscripts, spectacles and fountain pens.
A Writer's Christmas
18 November 2023 – 1 January 2024 (closed 24-25 December)
See Bateman’s house dressed for a traditional Christmas, with real Christmas trees, fresh floral displays, twinkly lights and golden decorations inspired by Rudyard Kipling and his writing. See if you can spot the paraphernalia of Kipling the writer - the manuscripts, typewriters, fountain pens, spectacles, and ink wells that were the tools of his trade, creatively displayed around the house in all its magical Christmas finery.
Christmas Travels with the Kiplings Trail
Christmas is coming for the Kipling family. Get out and about in the garden and house to find the different countries the Kipling family enjoyed visiting during the festive period. What Christmas traditions will you discover on this trail? 2 December - 1 January (except 24-25 Dec), 10am-4pm, £2 including a small prize.
The Writer’s Home: Bateman’s Reimagined
Experience for yourself the magical beauty of book artist Su Blackwell’s art installation created from copies of Rudyard Kipling’s original handwritten manuscript of The Jungle Book, commissioned especially for Bateman’s for 2023.
In newly-opened room Carrie's Office, peer inside miniature paper sculptures of The Jungle Book characters created by Bateman’s volunteers and marvel at the extraordinary ethereal quality of Su Blackwell’s intricate creation.
The Mulberry Tea-room opens daily for light lunches, hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks and cakes. There are festive favourites on offer including mince pie brownies, mince pies and turkey rolls.
Winter walks and fresh air
Winter in the garden
Nature may be resting, but there is beauty to be found in the sculptural forms of the skeleton trees, splashes of colour from winter flowers and a sense of peace in the sleeping garden. The winter landscapes reveal the structure of the garden that Kipling created at Bateman's and capture views that can only be enjoyed at this time of year. Bring family and friends and keep your eye out for wildlife with a winter spotter sheet.
Pull on your wellies and follow in Rudyard Kipling’s footsteps with a winter walk around the fields, woods and hills of the Bateman’s estate. Walk leaflets can be picked up from visitor reception.
Explore the estate at Bateman's. Discover what to see and do, from wildlife to seasonal plants and walks, in a landscape that inspired Kipling.
Discover where to eat and shop at Bateman’s, the home of author Rudyard Kipling. Stop for a hot drink or light meal, and then browse for the perfect gift or pre-loved book.