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About This Attraction Mottisfont House, Art Gallery and Estate Whether you’re looking for a romantic day out, a fun day with the kids, or a day spent with the family, then historic Mottisfont house, art gallery and estate offers the perfect picturesque destination. Also known as Mottisfont Abbey, the house is full of surprises, with

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February half term at Mottisfont events

Choose from one of three themed activity packs to help you explore Mottisfont at your own pace, whether you want to discover art, the garden, or the natural world. Packs include activity and identification sheets, and a pack of coloured pencils.  

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A Christmas Journey to the North Pole at Mottisfont events

Follow letters to Father Christmas on a magical journey to the North Pole. Enter the house to find richly-decorated trees, piles of beautifully-wrapped presents and extravagant floral arrangements created by Mother Christmas herself. Father Christmas’s study is piled high with letters, and excited children sleep in decorated bedrooms… Follow their festive dreams to board the

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Rose season at Mottisfont events

The walled garden at Mottisfont is home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach their peak in early summer. Unlike modern species, old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their blooming season is an extraordinary annual sight: visit in June to see them at their best and you’ll be

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Easter egg hunt at Mottisfont events

Enjoy a world of adventure at Mottisfont on an Easter trail inspired by the classic village fete. Mottisfont’s adventure trail is packed with traditional springtime activities for the whole family. Look out for egg rolling, bean bag throwing and other energetic outdoor games, plus spring-themed crafts including daffodil pinwheel-making. You’ll find a spring ‘art gallery’

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Giddy Gallops: February half term at Mottisfont events

Trot around the gardens taking part in energetic and creative activities inspired by Thelwell’s beloved cartoons, on show in Mottisfont’s art gallery. Let your imagination run wild as you create your own cartoon character and take part in country capers including hobby horse hurdles.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Christmas at Mottisfont events

Step into a Narnia-inspired world at Mottisfont this winter, with decorations and a family trail inspired by C. S. Lewis’s beloved story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As you enter the house, you’ll be greeted with warmth and sparkle from a 1940s Christmas, with trees, traditional toys and paper decorations. Follow in the

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Mottisfont Opening Times and Dates Blogs

This picturesque location is the perfect spot, whether you want a day out with the family, a romantic spot, or a relaxing place to explore. Mottisfont is one of many great National Trust days out, located in the heart of Hampshire. So you can plan a great day out, we’ve compiled everything you need to

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Easter egg hunts at Mottisfont events

Treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Mottisfont on the Easter adventures in nature trails. Use your trail sheet to find ten activity points within the gardens, helping you get active and engage with the season using all your senses. Discover different textures in the winter garden, and learn more about the

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A Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at Mottisfont events

Explore Mottisfont’s grounds with favourite characters on Peter Rabbit’s Winter Adventure trail. Peter Rabbit’s friends need some help finding items to see them through the colder winter months. Young nature adventurers can lend a hand to some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck. You’ll find decorations

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October half term at Mottisfont events

Take part in a creative, harvest-themed trail at Mottisfont for October half term. Follow a self-led trail around the grounds to take part in seasonal activities: look at nature’s patterns, dance like a falling leaf, and find inspiration in the trees for poems and pictures.

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Mottisfont events

Become a countryside explorer and discover the hidden world of nature at Mottisfont, with a delicious Cadbury Easter egg as your reward. There are loads of fun challenges for older children, from spider web limbo to giant nest-building. For little ones there are simpler ‘spotter’ activities to enjoy. And everyone can have fun making seed

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Incredible display of hanging gourds sets the scene for harvest celebrations at Mottisfont! News

All photographs ©National Trust Images/John Miller  Mottisfont’s new Kitchen Garden celebrates its first anniversary this autumn, and this innovative space is bursting with brightly-coloured produce. Long pergola walkways inspired by medieval cloisters are entwined with greenery and over twenty varieties of gourd, including speckled swan, bird house and crown of thorns. The largest currently weighs

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Snapping the Sixties exhibition at Mottisfont! News

(Image: Roger Moore – Photo by Litchfield) An exhibition at the National Trust’s Mottisfont, Hampshire this autumn showcases the work of some of Britain’s most famous photographers: Patrick Lichfield, Brian Duffy and Terence Donovan. Over fifty iconic photographs evoke the spirit of the Sixties with famous faces and flawless fashion sense.  Mostly black-and-white, the featured

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Beano Time Travellers! at Mottisfont events

This summer, much-loved Beano characters are setting up home at Mottisfont, National Trust, for a vibrant new exhibition exploring 80 years of mischief and mayhem. From black-and-red beginnings to the full-colour capers of today, Beano Time Travellers! explores the heritage of the longest running children’s comic in Britain. Outside, kids can whizz back through Mottisfont’s

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Mottisfont’s world-famous rose collection comes to life News

The National Collection of old-fashioned roses reaches its peak flowering season in June, with late openings on selected evenings.  Mottisfont’s walled gardens are filled with heavenly fragrance and colour from thousands of roses in early summer. The National Trust property is home to the National Collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, which reach their peak in

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A host of botanical exhibitions to enjoy at Mottisfont News

Plants Portrayed For the Time Being Saturday 4 May – Sunday 7 July A Good Year for the Roses by The Caravan Gallery Saturday 9 March – 30 June 2019 Visitors to Mottisfont in early summer will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of botanical-themed exhibitions both in the gallery and out in the

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Mottisfont events

Roam the grounds and find out about the bugs, birds, plants and fish that live here and complete fun, seasonal activities to earn a delicious chocolate prize. There are loads of fun nature activities to get stuck into, plus a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat for all participants.

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Thelwell’s humour and artistic talent on show at Mottisfont News

Images © Norman Thelwell: That Spring Feeling; Tumbling Bay, Timsbury; The Little Farmer Set; Into Something Big  Mottisfont’s first exhibition of 2019 will be a welcome return to the world of Norman Thelwell, featuring plump ponies, local landscapes, and social satire. There’ll be old favourites on show, including the antics of iconic characters Penelope and

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Land art at Mottisfont events

Help create large-scale pieces of temporary art, using natural materials found in the grounds. These free sessions are suitable for all the family. We’ve created some incredible spectacles in previous years – what will we make this year?

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Harvest time at Mottisfont events

Autumn is a time for harvest: from gathering fallen leaves to foraging apples. At Mottisfont, we’re celebrating this seasonal bounty with events, hands-on activities and opportunities to learn more about our wider estate.

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Breadth of local arts talent on display at Mottisfont News

The Mottisfont Open Exhibition returns this autumn, showcasing an exciting mix of almost 100 works, selected by a panel of arts specialists. The exhibition is a popular fixture in Mottisfont’s calendar, giving any artist the opportunity to display work in the National Trust property’s gallery. The call out this year saw a fantastic response, with

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The Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2018 events

An exciting mix of work, submitted by artists from all backgrounds and selected by a panel of specialists. The exhibition is a popular fixture in Mottisfont’s calendar, giving any artist the opportunity to display work in the National Trust property’s gallery. Pictured: Pembrokeshire Rocks by Bron Stubbington

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Celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best loved picture book at Mottisfont News

Mottisfont is delighted to present an exhibition that explores the life and celebrates the work of one of Britain’s best known author–illustrators for children, Judith Kerr OBE. Honouring the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the exhibition – originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, in

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Mottisfont’s world-famous rose collection comes to life News

The National Collection of old-fashioned roses reaches its peak flowering season in June, with late openings on selected evenings. Mottisfont’s walled gardens are filled with heavenly fragrance and colour from thousands of roses in early summer. The National Trust property is home to the National Collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, which reach their peak in

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Mottisfont events

Become a ‘mini ranger’ for the day and find out how the countryside team look after Mottisfont’s beautiful estate. Study mini-beasts under the microscope, investigate the life of bats in Mottisfont’s medieval cellarium, spot river wildlife, and hunker down in a tent to discover sounds of the estate at night. There are loads more fun nature

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All the Colours of Christmas at Mottisfont events

Mottisfont is celebrating Christmas with colour and sparkle, inspired by a vibrant Kaffe Fassett exhibition in the gallery. Discover a house dressed with statement trees, piles of presents and dramatic flower arrangements. Outside, artist installations will emphasise the natural winter colours found around the grounds and estate, from bright pheasant feathers to evergreen leaves, which

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October half-term at Mottisfont events

Inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s colourful exhibition in Mottisfont’s gallery, create an autumn ‘patchwork’ with your own drawings and natural materials. Pick up an activity sheet at visitor reception to follow the trail around the grounds, spotting natural features, with activities along the way. Suggested donation £1 per trail.

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Land Art at Mottisfont events

Help create large-scale pieces of temporary art, using natural materials found in Mottisfont’s grounds. These free sessions are suitable for all the family. We’ve created some incredible spectacles in previous years – what will we make this year?

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Autumn creative workshops at Mottisfont events

Join in with drop-in creative workshops from Test Valley Arts Foundation. Artists Daniel Lobb and Laurence Rushby will be running workshops inspired by the autumn colours and natural materials found in Mottisfont’s gardens.

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Kaffe Fassett’s Colour at Mottisfont events

Celebrating the dazzling work of world-renowned artist Kaffe Fassett, this vibrant exhibition showcases a wide range of textiles from a career spanning over 50 years. Mottisfont’s gallery will be transformed with pools of vibrant colour, providing the perfect backdrop for Kaffe’s distinctive knitwear, tapestry, quilts and more.

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Experience the vibrant world of Kaffe Fassett’s colours at Mottisfont News

Mottisfont celebrates the dazzling work of world-renowned artist Kaffe Fassett this autumn, showcasing a wide range of textiles from a career spanning over 50 years. Mottisfont’s gallery will be transformed with pools of vibrant colour, providing the perfect backdrop for Kaffe’s distinctive knitwear, tapestry, quilts and more. It’s the National Trust property’s first major textile

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Kaffe Fassett’s Colour at Mottisfont events

Mottisfont celebrates the dazzling work of Kaffe Fassett this autumn, showcasing a wide range of textiles from a career spanning over 50 years. Mottisfont’s gallery will be transformed with pools of vibrant colour, providing the perfect backdrop for Kaffe’s distinctive knitwear, quilts and more. The exhibition features over 70 works, carefully chosen by Kaffe himself

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The Gruffalo and Friends arrive at Mottisfont this summer News

  Colourful, characterful works by the much-loved children’s illustrator Axel Scheffler will be on display at the National Trust’s Mottisfont, Hampshire over the summer holidays, 15 July – 3 September. Axel Scheffler has been creating imaginative illustrations for more than 30 years, and is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, including the modern

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Mottisfont’s famous rose collection comes to life News

The National Collection of old-fashioned roses reaches its peak flowering season in June, with late openings on selected evenings. Mottisfont’s walled gardens are filled with heavenly fragrance and colour from thousands of roses in early summer. The National Trust property is home to the National Collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, which reach their peak in

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