Mote Park

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU

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Mote Park in Autumn

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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. 


Mote Park in Autumn

 

Things to Do in Mote Park

Walking and Cycling

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.

Segway

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 Railway

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.

 

Children's Play Areas

The fantasic play areas are enjoyed by many families, including a natural woodland play area for ages 8 to 15 years and a skate park.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.

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Mote Park Outdoor Adventure

Plenty of adrenaline filled action to try. Climb high on the 32ft Sky Trail or the 32ft Climbing Wall. There are ground level actvities too, with a Segway course or  9 holes of Dino Mini Golf. Open weekends Easte to October and daily through the school holidays. Find out more about Mote Park Outdoor Adventure

Mote Park Watersport Centre

Water babies are spoilt for choice withy 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. Open all year round for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, boat hire and more. The lake is a very safe venue with shallow waters, no boat traffic and no moving currents. Find out more about Mote Park Watersport Centre

 


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 out Events in Mote Park for more details about dates and times.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Drink

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 whilst the new Visitor Centre and Café is being built. (expected to open Summer 2022)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Maidstone Leisure Centre

The 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. Find out more about Maidstone Leisure Centre

Angling 

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. To buy a permit, you will need a rod licence. You need to bring a copy of your rod licence with you to get the permit. They are £6 a day for adults and £3 a day for children.   Permits are available online for members of  Maidstone Victory Angling and Medway Preservation Society.

Permits can also be purchased at::

Nick’s Tackle Shop
10 Knightrider Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 6LP
01622 673899
 
The Maidstone Angling Centre
15 Perryfield Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 2SY
01622 200000

 

Mote Cricket Club

The 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. 

Football and Rugby Pitches

There are many public football and rugby pitches available for hire. Find out more about hiring a football pitch

Mote Park Indoor Bowls Club

This is a private members club with 8 rinks, a restaurant and bar. New members are always welcome.


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.


Parking

There are three car parks, all with disabled parking.

Ticket 8am - 10am Up to 6 hours after 10am Over 6 hours
Daily Ticket Free £2 £12
Residents Annual Season Ticket -- £40 --

All the money raised goes back into maintaining the park.

Disabled Parking

Parking is free for blue badge holders, if all the bays are full you may park in a standard bay so long as the blue badge is clearly on display.

The bays are located at:

  • Mote Park Main (next to Café) has 13 disabled bays
  • School Lane has 2 disabled bays
  • Burning Ground has 2 disabled bays

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 the Parks and Open Spaces Team at Maidstone Borough Council

For events and filming permission please email the Events Team at Maidstone Borough Council

For general information about visiting Mote Park please contact Maidstone Visitor Information on 01622 602169 or email Maidstone Visitor Information

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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

Thursday, 2nd June 2022 - Thursday, 2nd June 2022

Cafe MamboCafe Mambo Ibiza Classics in the Park
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Friday, 3rd June 2022 - Friday, 3rd June 2022

Together FestivalTogether Festival
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Saturday, 4th June 2022 - Saturday, 4th June 2022

UB40Summer Love - ft UB40
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Sunday, 5th June 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

Raver Tots
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Friday, 24th June 2022 - Sunday, 26th June 2022

Foodies Festival posterFoodies Festival
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Friday, 24th June 2022 - Friday, 24th June 2022

Saturday, 25th June 2022 - Saturday, 25th June 2022

Sunday, 26th June 2022 - Sunday, 26th June 2022

Monday, 27th June 2022 - Monday, 27th June 2022

Friday, 26th August 2022 - Friday, 26th August 2022

Saturday, 27th August 2022 - Saturday, 27th August 2022

Sunday, 28th August 2022 - Sunday, 28th August 2022

Monday, 29th August 2022 - Monday, 29th August 2022

Tuesday, 30th August 2022 - Tuesday, 30th August 2022

Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Saturday, 22nd October 2022

Sunday, 23rd October 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Monday, 24th October 2022 - Monday, 24th October 2022

Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - Tuesday, 25th October 2022

Friday, 9th December 2022 - Friday, 9th December 2022

Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

A couple on segwaysSegway Events - Kent, Mote Park
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Saturday, 2nd July 2022 - Saturday, 2nd July 2022

Sunday, 3rd July 2022 - Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Crowd dressed in pinkCancer Research UK's Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids and Race for Life 5k, 10k
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

Katherine JenkinsKatherine Jenkins
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Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

GlitterbombGlitterbomb in the Park
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Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Sunday, 7th August 2022

Rock the MoteRock the MoteKent’s biggest tribute festival, Rock The Mote 2022, on the 6th & 7th August is more rock and roll than ever before, with the introduction of The Thunder Dome, the festival's first ever heavy rock stage!
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Saturday, 3rd September 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

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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Sunday, 11th September 2022 - Sunday, 11th September 2022

Dhol DrumMaidstone Community MelaThe Mela will once again boast an artistic programme made of culturally diverse, Kent based acts who will be showcasing their unique art forms. There will be plenty of food stalls offering flavours from around the world as well as a prosecco bar. Come and celebrate the diversity of the borough,…
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Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Saturday, 17th September 2022

RevivalRevival in the Park
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Saturday, 24th September 2022 - Saturday, 24th September 2022

Soultasia posterSoultasia
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Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 1st October 2022

OktoberfestOktoberfest Kent
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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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    Recent Reviews:

    • daniely340
      Dumbarton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Fun for kids
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 10th April 2022
      Fantastic park with loads for kids to do. Three/four separate playgrounds spread over the park. Well kept and other great things to do including pedal boats, cycling, feeding ducks Read full review
    • maelucy24
      Chichester, United Kingdom
      Great for walks
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 12th April 2022
      Perfect for our Sunday morning walk in the sunshine. Plenty of routes to walk through, a nice play park for kids, and the boating lake with paddle boats looked great fun. Only downside was the cafe... Read full review
    • Michele G
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Park with lake and watersports
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 2nd May 2022
      A huge park with a large lake. Boats and plenty of walks. There was a small cafe at the top of the walk but not selling much. A children's area and a queue for mobile toilets. Parking paid even on... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    2022 opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    2022 opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

    * Park open 08:00 until dusk every day.

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