Mote Park

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU
Mote Park

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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.

Mote Park Play Area 

The new Mote Park play area is now open and the new Mote Park Outdoor Adventure activitiy centre is opening May 2019

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

Sign up to receive the parks newsletter - receive monthly news and information.

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 

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, 19th July 2019 - Sunday, 21st July 2019

Ramblin Man Fair stage at night. Ramblin' Man FairThe Ramblin' Man - brought to you by Spirit of Rock - comes back for it's 5th year! A celebration of Classic Rock, Outlaw Country, Blues and Prog for music fans performed by music fans! On the 19th & 21st of July, there is only one place to be, at this ultimate festival experience.
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

The Old Moat House, Mote ParkHistory of Mote Park WalkA guided walk around Mote Park with the Chairman of the Mote Park Fellowship to look at the fascinating history behind this well-known park.
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Rock the MoteRock 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!
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Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Wednesday, 14th August 2019

Friday, 13th September 2019 - Friday, 13th September 2019

A bat flying in the sky. Mote Park Bat WalkJoin the team at Mote Park as they lead you through the park in search of bats! Using sonar equipment, you'll track down bats and discover how they live and feed. Don't forget to bring your torch!
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

A memory walk through Mote Park to help those effected by dementia. Maidstone Memory WalkA walk in Mote Park to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, to help those effected by dementia.
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Friday, 20th September 2019 - Friday, 20th September 2019

Mote Park history walk with Heritage open days. History of Mote Park - Heritage Open DaysJoin a guided walk to look at the fascinating history behind this well-known park. There is more to Mote Park than you may think!
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Britain's Bravest Military Challenge. Britain's Bravest Military Challenge 2019Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) has joined forces with Be Military Fit with Bear Grylls (BMF) to launch Britain's Bravest Military Challenge, taking place at 20 different locations across the UK.
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Revival in the Park flyer. Revival in the Park
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Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

Oktoberfest MaidstoneWilkommen to the UK's ultimate Oktoberfest tour! Oktoberfest returns to Maidstone’s Mote Park on Saturday 5th October for another authentic Bavarian celebration! 
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

A hedgehog sitting on some leavesAutumn Tree and Animal WalkA guided walk around Mote Park with the Chairman of the Mote Park Fellowship to look at the fascinating and varied trees and animals that call Mote Park their home.
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Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

Ice Park MaidstoneAn exciting new experience for the festive period, with a range of features including an ice skating rink, Vertigo Ice Slide, Ice Dodgems and more!
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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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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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