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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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  • Nice to go for a walk here and feed the ducks - however don't feed them bread, it's bad for them and the water, feed them lettuce, seeds, peas etc :)  more »
  • Love moat park in sunny days in the summer. Went to the food fair this year. The day turned out to be a sunny which made it very pleasant.  more »
  • The baby changing toilet was filthy and there is a used needle exchange box outside - absolutely disgusting. We changed the baby on out knee instead ... NEVER GOING THERE AGAIN.  more »
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  • Huge park with a large play area for children. The cafe is reasonably priced and there is good parking. Toilets are also provided which are clean and well kept. A huge lake with boats for hire for those that want to row. Very popular around the cafe and childrens play area. But you can follow the paths to less popular area's. Parking is one pound for 6 hours so good value.
  • Decided to go to for a lovely walk around today seeing as the sun was shining. Realizing when we got there we should of brought some food for a little picnic, I suggest buying a sandwich, crisps and drink in the cafe and sitting on a bench looking at the lake but when we got into the cafe (which was a bit hectic to be honest as they were having a delivery) we chose our food and went to the counter, it was there unfortunately our happy mood changed cos the employee was ignorant and rude, couldn't even manage a smile, i asked for a packet of crisps which were behind the counter, she slapped them down in front of me and i paid for all my items, when asked for a carrier bag I got a rudely abrupt NO, even asking for a receipt was not enjoyable either! That's not very good customer service and I wont be going back in there. Will definatly remember to take food from home next time.... putting that aside we had a lovely walk round for and hour or so. xxx
  • Stunning. Great place to chill out relax. Plenty of activities for the kids. Decent cafe & reasonably priced. In this weather you cant help finding a quiet spot out of everyone's way and just catch the rays. A picnic is a good idea if you intendbeing their all day. Can't wait to see it when it's all finished. 😁
  • Nice park with great scenery by the lake. There's a climbing area for children, cafe and ice-cream. Good walks and great for running and cycling. Not far from Mote Park leisure centre.
  • Great place for a walk or somewhere to take the kids or dogs. Can get a bit busy when the weather is good but that only reflects on how popular it is. The mini railway is also a good draw for the kids (and some big kids)

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