Wondering which National Trust properties in Kent and East Sussex to visit this half term? There are plenty to choose from!
National Trust properties in Kent and East Sussex – Autumn’s beautiful backdrop, its crunchy carpets of leaves and glossy conkers create a natural playground for children. We are lucky to have so many child friendly National Trust properties in Kent and East Sussex, near Tunbridge Wells. For families who love exploring the great outdoors, there’s no shortage of seasonal delights to discover this October 2020 half-term.
At Bateman’s, Ightham Mote and Scotney Castle family trails will bring kids closer to nature as they explore acres of gardens parkland and woods.
Make sure you pick up a ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activity planner when you arrive. Autumn is one of the very best times to have an outdoors adventure – making wild art from fallen leaves, looking out for the different creatures on the hibernation trail at Ightham Mote or discovering all about the folklore of the trees at Emmetts Garden. There are loads of fun challenges that’ll encourage kids to feel safe in our great outdoors.
There are loads of additional activities to help keep kids busy during October half-term. Download a spotter sheet or two before you visit – they’ll help children identify all sorts of nature, from leaves and woodland creatures, to garden wildlife. And our how-to guides provide lots of inspiration for fun at home, with stargazing, baking, and bird feeder-making tips. .
Don’t forget to share your outdoor adventures with the National Trust on social media using #EveryoneNeedsNature. Every half-term visit you make helps us keep these places open for future generations of families to discover.
Planning your visit at National Trust properties in Kent and East Sussex
To ensure everyone’s safety, it is recommended that you book your visit online in advance. Every Friday new tickets are released for the following week. Visit the website of your chosen destination for all the details.
Here’s what’s happening at the National Trust properties in Kent and East Sussex this October half-term:
KENT NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES
Half term is harvest time with the pumpkins that have been growing in the veg garden displayed here and there around the grounds. There a kid’s spotter sheet with different things to look out for as you wander, and the play area and bomb crater are great for running off some steam.
Find out all about the folklore of the trees and make your own story, picking words from a wordcloud as you follow the route. A spotter sheet is provided to guide the way round and the natural play area will get the littles ones tired out ready for the journey home.
Look out for the trail around the garden. Can you spot the ten different animals that like to hibernate here? The charming little images are a great way of getting everyone involved and talking about our friendly wildlife.
The garden team have chosen their best autumnal trees around the garden. Discover all about what makes them special with fun facts about each one. It’s also the perfect time to capture photographs, with colourful reflections in the moat.
EAST SUSSEX NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES
Look out for the #challenge when you visit – can you find all the colours of the rainbow? As you venture round the garden and estate, listen out for the crunch of leaves underfoot, peek through the branches to see what you can see or collect up leaves in different shapes and colours.
When the castle towers are open you can see for miles – imagine what it would have been like to keep look out for enemies with your bow and arrow at the ready. Looks out for 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ activity ideas all across the site.