Mote Park

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU

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Mote Park Regeneration 

Maidstone Borough Council is making exciting changes to Mote Park as part of a £4.3 million investment over the next three years.

A new skate park is coming soon. The current skate park will be closed from Monday 20 August 2018 for work to begin.

A new play area is also coming soon and the current play area (near the main car park) will be closed from Monday 28 August 2018 for work to begin.

Both new facilities will be opening in March 2019.

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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.

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.

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For parks related enquiries please email parksandopenspaces@maidstone.gov.uk  and for sports, leisure and events please contact events@maidstone.gov.uk

Guide Prices

Entry to the park is free. Car Parking is £2.
For charges for the Miniature railway see web site www.maidstone.gov.uk

Events

Friday, 31st May 2019 - Sunday, 2nd June 2019

Summer Food & Drink Festival
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Saturday, 22nd June 2019 - Saturday, 22nd June 2019

Prosecco and danceProsecco, Gin & Dance
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Friday, 19th July 2019 - Sunday, 21st July 2019

Ramblin Man FairNow in its 5th year!! A celebration of Classic Rock, Outlaw Country, Blues and Prog for music fans by music fans! Announced acts to date are, Foreigner, The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, Beth Hart, Ana_thema, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Riverside, Pain Of Salvation
more info

Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Rock the Mote FestivalA new and exciting festival comes to Mote Park on Saturday 3rd August, featuring some of the UK’s best tribute performances, celebrating artists from both past and present!
more info

Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

Oktoberfest Maidstone
more info

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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Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2019 opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Park open 08:00 until dusk everyday.

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