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Cobtree Manor Park

Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland featuring a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. It is part open country park, part woodland and part parkland garden all set on a sloping hillside with views of the North Downs.

It is the old site of Maidstone Zoo, which housed a private collection of Sir Garrad’s exotic animals , open to the public from 1934 to it’s closure in 1959. Remnants of the past can still be spotted, with an old cattle shelter, sheep wash and Elephant House still remaining.

Children’s Play

In keeping with its history, a large zoo themed fort and play area keep children entertained with climbing, rope bridges and slides. There are swings for toddlers and a disabled accessible swing. A dragon swing and a double zip wire are situated in the lower part of the park. The park is s a great place for natural play. There are logs to balance on, and plenty of dead wood to contruct’ eeyore houses’.

Arboretum and Sculpture Trail

There is a maturing arboretum of around 120 species (220 diferent trees including varieties), and the self-guided tree trail takes around an hour to walk. Local sculptor Jason Mulligan was commissioned to produce The Tails with Tails stone sculpture trail. It tells the  story of the park’s history and it hints at the travels of Sir Garrad menagerie in four sculptures.

Wildlife

The park contains a number of natural habitats, home to several species of mammals including rabbits, moles, squirrels, badgers and foxes as well as small mammals such as shrews. Bats have been seen on the edge of the park. There are plenty of birds to discover and listen out for the woodpeckers in the woods. Insects including dragonflies and butterflies can be seen in the spring and summer months, along with amphibians in the pond.

Sports and Activities

There is a Run England signed 5k run around the park, perfect for runners who prefer an off road route. Horses can be walked through the signed horse route. Cycling is permitted in the park, but be considerate of other users.

Cobtree Manor Golf Course is a pay and play 18 hole public golf course located within the estate.

Men in Sheds

The Elephant House is home to Cobtree Men’s Shed. The aims was to create a larger version of a typical shed in the garden.  Members share tools and work on projects. It has a well-established carpentry and wood turning workshop where members have contructed sturdy benches and planters for the cafe and visitors centre. The Shed is normally open Tuesdays and Thursday between 10am -1pm. Visitors are always welcome!

Outdoor Learning

Primary schools, cubs and brownies, special needs groups have all be welcomed to the park for self-led actvities and learning. Please contact us if you want to bring a group for a visit.

Car park

The pay and display car park  has a daily charge of £2 per vehicle.

Opening Times

7am – Dusk

(Closed Christmas Day)

Accessibility

There is a fully accessible disabled toilet. The cafe and information centre are accessible for wheelchair users.

The main vehicle entrance to the park is protected by a 2m height barrier. If you are a blue badge holder and would like to visit in a vehicle that exceeds that limit, please contact the park so they can arrange for the barrier to be opened on your arrival and departure.

There is a mobility scooter available for the use of visitors who might not otherwise be able to climb the hill and visit the upper sections of the park.

Please contact the park to book the scooter, a deposit will be required on the day.

Member: Gold member

ATAK Trade Pass Accepted