Mote Park

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU

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About

At busy times, the council is asking that children’s time on play equipment be limited to 20 minutes to allow other families to enjoy the facilities too. Therefore, if the play area is busy, parents are being asked to come back later. There will be no food or drink allowed inside the play areas and families are being asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands before and after play to help keep the play areas clean for others.

 

Kate's Kitchen is now open for business and will be offering snacks and hot drinks to visitors. It will be operating daily during park opening hours for the next 12 months, whilst the new Visitor Centre and Cafe is being built. 

Kate's Kitchen

Mote Park is a wonderful outdoor resource which everybody has the right to enjoy. To ensure this, we ask that you please be respectful of the park environment and other people during your visit by:

  • Throwing away - or taking home - your litter

  • Picking up your dog mess

  • Adhering to social distancing guidelines 

  • Not having BBQ's


Discover Mote Park

Discover why Mote Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Maidstone. Find out how this magnificent park has survived since medieval times and what there is to see and do here now.

Mote Park Play Area 

The  play area and the  Mote Park Outdoor Adventure activity centre are enjoyed by many families.

An award-winning park

Mote Park is a huge green space in the heart of Maidstone and is extremely popular with both visitors and locals alike. In 2015, it placed third in the People’s Choice for their Favourite Green Flag Park. Covering over 450 acres, it includes natural features such as grassland, woodland, rivers and a 30 acre lake. The vast numbers of mature trees create a beautiful, tranquil landscape offering cool shade in the summer and glorious colour in autumn. It is also home to over-wintering birds, many of whom stay to nest and raise their chicks here in the spring.

A brief history

Mote Park was originally the main water source for a Roman villa. Then, in later years, Mote Park House became a country estate and the owners planted and developed the park around their home. The original mansion house was demolished in 1793 and rebuilt by 1800. At this time, the River Len was also dammed to form the lake and internal roads were added, along with walls, a boathouse and a bridge over the lake (now demolished). The lake was then expanded to 30 acres and surrounding land was purchased to extend the park.

The park was bought by Maidstone Borough Council in 1929 at a cost of £50,000 and is now looked after by the Council and an amazing team of volunteers.

Things to do

Mote Park is great for walking and cycling with lots of paths and trails to follow throughout the park. For the more adventurous, there is a BMX track. This is great fun and free and, with practice, it’s possible to get faster at completing the course. The jumps and spins add an extra dimension and the track offers a great challenge for those bringing their bikes on holiday.

For a different two-wheeled experience, Segways are available for hire around a dedicated course for one week every month. Please check the operator’s website for dates and availability (www.segwayevents.co.uk)

Model enthusiasts will love the model railway. Operated by the Maidstone Model Engineering Society, this is ideal for all the family. It runs every Sunday during British Summer Time and on Boxing Day from 2.30pm to 5pm.  Cost is 30p per ride.  Model boats can also be found on the lake. These are organised and run by The Maidstone Cygnets Model Boat Club.

To keep the kids entertained, there are two children’s play areas. The largest is near the main car park and a smaller area can be found near the School Lane entrance.

If all this activity is making you hungry, then stop off at the Mote Park Café for a delicious snack. The café offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, warm food and snacks with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

Events and Festivals

Mote Park plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. These include large music festivals, ticketed events, outdoor theatre and charity fun runs. Smaller events are also organised by the volunteers, such as wildlife data capture and bird/bat watching. Check our What’s On pages for more details about dates and times.

Sports facilities

Mote Park is a great place to get active. Whatever your current fitness level or sporting interest, you are sure to find something to suit you. Water babies are spoilt for choice with the Mote Park Watersports Centre offering a variety of sailing, boating, diving and swimming facilities on the lake. You can try out rowing and windsurfing too, or just get the family into a pedalo swan and explore the islands, reeds and trees.

Maidstone Leisure Centre backs on to the park and includes a fitness pool, diving pool, teaching pools and a leisure pool with waves and flume. The centre also has a fitness gym, sports hall, children’s play area and café making it an ideal venue whatever the weather. If you prefer to exercise in the open air, then head towards the main car park in Mote Park where you will find some outdoor training equipment.

Keen fishermen can apply for a daily permit to fish in the park. You will need your rod licence to buy a permit and the service is managed by Maidstone Victory Angling and Medway Preservation Society.

Mote Cricket Club provides cricket facilities for all levels and has existed at the park since 1857. Maidstone Rugby Club also has a long association with the park having been founded in 1880. It plays at the cricket club in Mote Park. There are many public football and rugby pitches available for hire too, which can be booked through the Leisure Centre. Next door to the Leisure Centre is Mote Park Indoor Bowls Club. This is a private members club with 8 rinks, a restaurant and bar. New members are always welcome.

Get involved

Mote Park Fellowship is a group of volunteers who help to look after and maintain the park. 

For parks related enquiries please email parksandopenspaces@maidstone.gov.uk 

For events please contact events@maidstone.gov.uk

For general information about visiting Mote Park please contact Maidstone Visitor Information on 01622 602169 or email tourism@maidstone.gov.uk 

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Guide Prices

Entry to the park is free.
Car parking: From 8am -10am - free. After 10am up to 6 hours - £2. Over 6 hours - £12. Maidstone Residents can apply for an annual season ticket.

Events

Friday, 25th June 2021 - Friday, 25th June 2021

GlitterbombGlitterbomb in the ParkGlitterbomb is bringing its unique brand of glitter and campery for an outdoor LGBT+ festival in Mote Park. Featuring queens from RuPaul's Drag Race UK plus tribute artists, DJ's and dancers and so much more! 
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Saturday, 26th June 2021 - Saturday, 26th June 2021

Revival Ibiza FestRevival Ibiza Classical FestivalRevival returns to Mote Park, Maidstone on Saturday 26th with none other than The Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra!
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Sunday, 27th June 2021 - Sunday, 27th June 2021

Together FestivalTogether Festival 2021Together Festival is a FREE community event for everyone, celebrating the hard work of our key workers over the pandemic.
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Friday, 23rd July 2021 - Sunday, 25th July 2021

Food at the festivalMaidstone FreeWheelin FEASTivalMaidstone FreeWheelin FEASTival returns to Mote Park this year in July for an exciting fun filled weekend. Street Foods, bars of distinction, alfresco dining, live music, children's entertainment, select grocery food & craft all served up with big helpings of humour, colour and character.
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Saturday, 7th August 2021 - Sunday, 8th August 2021

Rock The Mote 2021Rock The Mote, the biggest tribute festival in the South East, returns this Summer for another amazing festival and wicked line-up.
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Saturday, 4th September 2021 - Saturday, 4th September 2021

Logo for Let's Rock, retro festivalLet's Rock KentThis one day retro 80's festival comes to Mote Park for the first time featuring performances from Wet Wet Wet, Sister Sledge and more!
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Saturday, 25th September 2021 - Saturday, 25th September 2021

Revival FestivalRevival Festival 2021Revival returns to Mote Park, Maidstone for it's third instalment of it's signature event, featuring another stellar line-up featuring some of our favourite artists from the ages!
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Saturday, 2nd October 2021 - Saturday, 2nd October 2021

Oktoberfest KentThe Big British Beer Bash v Oktoberfest, Maidstone 2021Wilkommen to the UK's ultimate Oktoberfest tour! Oktoberfest returns to Maidstone’s Mote Park on Saturday 3rd October for another authentic (socially distanced) Bavarian celebration! 
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Facilities

Other

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (charge) - £2 for up to 6hrs Charges apply from 10am to midnight
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • pheebzee
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Perfect for walks
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 10th November 2020
    Never been here before, wish I knew of this place sooner! A path that took you around the large lake, had to turn back as it was getting dark as we went in the evening and didn’t realise just how... Read full review
  • diegomR7570PD
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Fun Day Out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 7th April 2021
    Really nice walk around the lake. Plenty of facilities too, went boating on the lake and did the Crazy Golf. They also have High Ropes. Kids played in the kids play area and loved it. Great park for... Read full review
  • princesssophie12
    Lovely family day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th April 2021
    Great atmosphere great scenery, great family day out. Which COVID you can’t do much, but this was a great family day out Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2021 opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
2021 opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Park open 08:00 until dusk every day.

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