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Poetry reading in the garden 

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

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join Bateman’s in celebrating Rudyard Kipling’s poems by sitting back, enjoying the garden and listening to some of the author’s much-loved poetry and verse.

5, 12, 19, 23, 26 June 21, 25, 26, 28 July 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30 August 1 September

20–30 min sessions throughout the day, 11.30am–2.30pm.

Poetry reading with Trevor Hutton in character as Rudyard Kipling: 22, 29 July 5, 12 August

30 min sessions at 11am and 1pm.



Event ticket prices

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

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The basics


Suitable for adults.

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.


Poetry reading takes place in the formal garden, access includes paths with steps, slopes and varying surfaces. Please see the Facilities and access pages at for further information. Chairs are provided.


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.

Upcoming events


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25 Apr to 17 May 2024
10:00 to 16:30
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National Garden Scheme Open Days 

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25 Apr to 26 Apr 2024
10:30 to 16:30
+ 1 other date or time

Kipling Introductory Talks 

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25 Apr to 31 Oct 2024
11:00 to 13:00
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Rudyard Kipling – Something of myself performance 

Listen to Rudyard Kipling, seemingly in person, talking about his life, through readings of his poetry.

Event summary

6 May 2024
11:00 to 15:45