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Mote Park, Maidstone

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Mote Park is a 440acre multi-use public park in Maidstone, Kent. Previously a country estate it was converted to landscaped park land at the end of the 18th century before becoming a municipal park. It includes the former stately home Mote House together with a miniature railway, pitch and putt golf course and a boating lake. The park has also been used as a cricket ground for the Kent County Cricket Club. The house is set in 450acre of garden landscape and consists of 85 houses and apartments. The park is maintained by Maidstone Borough Council with support from the Mote Park Fellowship, a group of volunteers.HistoryThe park's name is derived from 'moot' or 'mote' in Old English meaning "a place of assembly". Its proximity to nearby Penenden Heath (the site of shire moots during the Middle Ages) indicates that it may once have formed part of an administrative region in central Kent.In the 13th century, the "mote" lands were incorporated into the manor of local landowners and a manor house in the area of the present-day park is described as being castellated (or fortified) with emparked grounds. This is believed to indicate the area was used as one of the earliest deer parks in Kent.
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  • This is our local park, the green space is amazingly beautiful, well kept. The kids love it there is a playground, skate park, cafe and toilets, the dogs love it as they can run free in the huge space...  more »
  • Such a stunning place, family really enjoyed it! Easly accessible and sign posted. The facilities are great.  more »
  • Stunning Park with a large lake in the middle, plenty of parking and a small cafĂ© for refreshments. Large children's play area and sports centre nearby.  more »
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  • Very nice place with huge amount of land. Usually very quiet in the weekdays can get very busy in the park areas on the weekends. A few shops that are in the middle of it.
  • Nice big open space near Maidstone centre. Big car park, kids play Park, lots of grass to run around or relax on, big lake to walk around or hire a Swan (not a real one, they don't like it) and peddle round it. There is a tea room for the emergency cuppa or ice cream. Great place to spend a day doing not a great deal.
  • It's a shame they've instigated parking costs now but the park itself is beautiful and well maintained. The play area is varied and has seating for adults. The cafe staff are sometimes a little sour on busy days and the food selection is limited, but you can still grab a drink and an ice lolly.
  • Great open spaces perfect for the dog it has a good lake for fishing plenty of play parks for the kids and the Leisure Centre for swimming and the gym and other bits and pieces
  • Mote Park is such a beautiful place. I take long walks here often and the scenery is stunning. The park is quite big and there are lots of things to do such as playing on the parks and taking a ride on the swan boats in the lake. They also have segways to hire here often and festivals which take place almost every year.