Things to Do at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle is all about one thing: adventure. You’ll be able to immerse yourself and your family in history at the castle, and there is so much to do while you’re there. The house and gardens are a spectacular experience in themselves, and while loads of fun, there is so much more that awaits.
Scour the Estate and Countryside
The ancient parkland and Wealden woodlands are a sight to see. These routes are marked so that you don’t get lost during your excursion. In total, there are 780 acres for you to explore and see while at Scotney Castle. Veteran trees can be seen around the property as well as great views of the old castle, mansion and garden in the distance. Sussex cattle can be seen on the landscape as well as sheep that have grazed on the lands for centuries. Woodlands cover a total of 300 acres of the estate, and the connection of woodlands and pastures make for a fun and exciting time for nature lovers. A farmer still resides on the property who works on Little Scotney Farm. Hops are picked and dried on the farm just as they were a long time ago.
Are you ready for one of the most majestic walks you’ll ever experience? Guided walks are available all year, with happy and pleasant volunteers who ensure visitors experience the beauty of the castle’s grounds every season of the year. Walks start at the reception center and are ongoing most days of the year. Seasonal walks are a must-see, and this is located on the “What’s on” page of the National Trust’s webpage for Scotney Castle.
What’s On Walks and Events
The “What’s On” events and walks are located on the official website, and they change all of the time, depending on the season. A few of the walks that occur in the fall months are:
- Hop Walks: Walk along the hop gardens, and explore the hopper huts and picking shed. Scotney Ale can be sampled on the walk, and this is an event that happens at the end of every summer.
- Autumn Colour Walk: Every autumn, the estate blossoms with vibrant colours that bring the scenery to life. A walk is available that starts with the red beauty of the maple tree, oranges of the beech trees and yellows as well as hazel colors. The walk is an excursion that lasts for three hours and shows guests the oldest and tallest trees on the estate.
- Walled Garden Walk: The walled garden is a must-see, and this event is free to all guests. This is a time when you’ll be able to chat with gardeners and learn fun tips and tricks. A Pumpkin event occurs near Halloween where guests can learn the best ways to clean pumpkins. You can also watch and learn from gardeners who trim the borders preparing for winter.
- Hallowe’en Trail: Kids and adults alike will love the Hallowe’en Trail, which starts at the reception desk where you’ll collect a trail map. This will require kids to scour the gardens for missing pumpkins, and one is themed after a character from a favorite kid movie. Letters can be collected, too, that requires kids to crack a code and win a prize.
- History of Weald Walks: The History of Weald Walks is another tour that is a lot of fun. This is a walk that focuses on key features of the estate from the clay bricks to the charcoal and hop industry.
There is also a New Year’s Day hike on the property that allows for a walk along the historic landscape and gardens.
Bring the Dog Along
Life with a dog is more fun. Endless companionship and fun await dog owners, and you’re allowed to bring your pup on the estate at any time. Drinking bowls are available near the toilet block as well as visitor courtyard. The only requirement is that all dogs are kept on a lead.
Picnic with the Family
If you want to enjoy the countryside with the kids, take them out on a picnic and enjoy your surroundings. Every day, guests will be seen scattered across the grounds eating and enjoying the sights.
Just remember to clean up after yourself when you eat.
Kids will have a variety of fun and exciting things to do at Scotney Castle, including:
• Build a den
• Natural play trail
• Make a discovery in the discovery room
• 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4
And all of this is available to kids all year long. It’s an excursion that the entire family will love, and you can take part of the fun, too. If you’re interested in the most recent events, be sure to contact the castle or visit their official website for all of the latest events of the season.
With gardens, estates and the house to explore, you can spend the whole day at Scotney Castle.