National Trust half term events in Kent at

by Lauren Abbott

Get messy, muddy and back to nature with the National Trust.

From hedge planting to hot air balloon inspired trails, Kent's attractions have a raft of half term activities at its properties in the county.

See below for our complete rundown:

Picture: National Trust / Chris Lacey
Picture: National Trust / Chris Lacey

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks

Emmetts Garden is set to open early this year, offering a chance to pay a February half-term visit to Frederick Lubbock’s hidden retreat.

Discover the story of the inventor of Emmetts’ water pump in a brand new trail inspired by his other invention – the hot air balloon.

Pick up a map and follow the paths around the garden. Little ones can also let loose in the wild play area, hide in the tepee or try crafts in the discovery cabin. The trail runs from February 10 until 18, 10am until 1pm. It costs £1 per child to take part.

Normal admission charges to Emmetts Garden also apply.

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Meet the artists who have been inspired by Scotney on a new trail before getting creative and trying some art for yourself afterwards.

Alternatively join the National Trust rangers on an interactive estate walk and try your hand at hedge planting.

Events take place daily during half term and trail sheets are £2 each. Normal admission charges still apply.

Kent's National Trust properties are holding lots of half term events Picture: National Trust / David Levenson
Kent's National Trust properties are holding lots of half term events Picture: National Trust / David Levenson

Ightham Mote, Kent

Discover the classic story of 'The Elf Mound' as you follow the trail around the garden before heading off to the natural play area for some clambering and climbing adventures.

Pick up a winter activity pack for £2 which is full of fun ideas and tips for playing outside or the £1 trail sheet. All events run daily from 10am until 4pm during half term.

Normal admission charges to Ightam Mote apply.

Knole, Sevenoaks

Join Family Monday on February 12 and make your own bookmark or clay leaf dish inspired by Knole Park. The activity costs £2 per child and a session - which lasts one hour - must be booked online.

There are also birdhouse workshops for youngsters on February 14 and 15 in the Hayloft Learning Centre. Create and decorate your own little house with colourful paints and a mossy nest inside, for birds to use in your garden. The cost is £9 per child and sessions must be booked in advance.

To book either craft session or for more information about the deer park's half term events and its parkland click here.

Enjoy a walk at the deer park at Knole near Sevenoaks
Enjoy a walk at the deer park at Knole near Sevenoaks

Chartwell, Westerham

Explore Chartwell's gardens and woodland in a new trail inspired Lady Clementine Churchill, wife of Sir Winston.

Or why not venture out to the bomb crater in the woodland or go wild in the outdoor play area while you're there? The trail is free and Chartwell's grounds are open daily during half term between 10am and 4pm. But please note the house is closed during this time and doesn't reopen until February 24.

For further details click here.

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