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Storytelling in the garden

Immerse yourself in children's stories read in the peaceful setting of Bateman’s garden.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Discover new adventures through live storytelling sessions delivered by expert volunteers in the magical setting of Rudyard Kipling’s very own garden. Running throughout the day and 15-20 minutes in length, these tales are suitable for young children and perfect short drop-in sessions for families.

6, 7, 13 April 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 July 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31 August 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 September



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Suitable for families with young children.

Meeting point

Meet at the Quarterdeck in the formal garden.

What to bring and wear

This event takes place outside. Please dress for the weather.


Storytelling takes place in the garden, access includes paths with steps, slopes and varying surfaces. Please see the Facilities and access pages at for further information.


This outdoor activity is weather dependent, and occasionally may need to be changed or cancelled at short notice. Ask at visitor reception for information when you arrive. Sessions are volunteer led and dates and times may occasionally change – please check at visitor reception when you arrive. With thanks to Nosy Crow for donating books for our storytelling sessions.

Upcoming events


Kipling Introductory Talks 

Get a snapshot into the life of Rudyard Kipling before looking around his home.

Event summary

24 Jun to 31 Oct 2024
11:00 to 13:00
+ 93 other dates or times

Pop-up garden talks 

Join a short talk with the garden team, focussing on one aspect of their work in the garden at Bateman’s.

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26 Jun to 31 Jul 2024
10:30 to 14:30
+ 5 other dates or times

Poetry reading in the garden  

Listen to a selection of Kipling’s poetry, recited in the place which inspired the writing.

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26 Jun to 1 Sep 2024
11:30 to 14:30
+ 23 other dates or times

A Beginner's Guide to Identifying Bumblebees Workshop 

Ever wanted to tell your buff tail from your early bumblebee? Join our bumblebee experts in learning how to identify the different bumblebees that can be found at Bateman’s.

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3 Jul 2024
10:30 to 15:30