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Mote Park, in Maidstone, is a great place for a fun family day out – the 450 acre site is enormous. This one comes into both the free and affordable camp – you can spend barely a penny here, or book onto some of the paid activities available. We met our friends and their little one there today and had a fab time.
What’s there for the kids to do?
The play park has a range of equipment for little and older children, which was handy for us with a toddler and our two. They were all happy just letting off steam and running around. Behind the play park they have added an adventure area, which only opened a few months ago, so we decided to check it out.
The children (and Jay!) were very brave and tackled the sky trail. It’s really high up, so I am pleased he went up with them and not me! Finn was a bit apprehensive but quickly got into it and went straight for the top layer – we couldn’t believe it!
Lola was really confident before they started, but was pretty frightened once they were up there. I couldn’t believe her determination though, we were convinced she would decide not to carry on but she persevered and ended up really enjoying it.
There’s also a climbing wall at the far end, a Segway trail and mini golf underneath the trail – so there’s a lot going on at Mote Park to keep the kids entertained if you’re happy to spend some money.
Is it good value for money?
Some of the activities are very short 20 minute sessions, but an hour on the sky trail (£8.95 for children / £9.95 for adults) is good value for money, and my children really enjoyed it. We didn’t try the other activities but none of them were more than a tenner, so they’re reasonably priced compared to some other venues.
The crazy golf is very basic but cheap and cheerful for small children – this was handy as, for £3, we could entertain our friend’s toddler who was obviously too little for the rest of it. If you have little ones, they can ride the model railway on a Sunday for just 30p!
The 30 acre lake is host to lots of activities including: sailing, boating, diving, rowing, windsurfing and swimming. You can also hire a pedalo swan to explore the islands, reeds and trees with the kids. These activities are chargeable, for more information see the links below. They offer cheaper trial sessions for children, so use the youth tab to see what’s on offer.
But, whilst there are lots of activities on offer, if you want to avoid spending out you can easily enjoy a family day out for the cost of parking. Just make the most of the parks, go for a walk or bring your bikes – there are plenty of cycling trails, if you love biking as much as we do, and also a BMX track for the more adventurous!
What facilities are there?
Parking is brilliantly cheap – only £2 for up to six hours, and there’s a cafe and toilets on site if need be. Dogs are welcome at Mote Park and can be off the lead as long as they are well behaved.
Useful information for your visit…
Adventure Centre: https://www.moteparkadventure.com/
Water Sports: https://moteparkwatersports.com/
Opening Times: 8am – dusk daily
Pets: Dogs welcome and allowed off lead as long as well behaved.
Parking: Yes: From 8am -10am – free. After 10am up to 6 hours – £2. Over 6 hours – £12.
Facilities: Cafe, parking, toilets, cycling permitted, water sports, adventure centre
Address: Mote Ave, Maidstone ME15 7RN
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.