Being a versatile environment, Cobtree Manor Park really does have something for everyone. Whether it’s exploring the 50 acres of parkland which is on offer, disappearing into the sculpture trail, or simply getting on your bike and getting active, it’s a great location for a day out.
Themed Play Area
The Maidstone Zoo Play Area is a great place for your little ones to let off some steam. The play area opened in Easter 2013 and was designed by Eibe. It was inspired by the old Maidstone Zoo. The play area features a large adventure play fort with climbing, rope bridges and slides. Swings including toddler swings and a disabled accessible swing (a harness is available in the Visitor Centre). There is also more play equipment including a ‘dragon’ swing and double zip wire are spread around the lower area of the park.
Also on offer by some of our onsite partners
In 2012, local sculptor Jason Mulligan was commissioned to produce The Tails with Tails stone sculpture Trail. It tells the story of the history of the park and hints at the travels of Sir Garrard’s menagerie in four sculptures – Trails with Tails, Zebra Rock, Life of a Leaf, Seed Stack
A stone lion stands near the entrance to the woodland.
A wooden sculpture, The Seven Ages by Will Glanville was relocated to Cobtree in 2010.
A memorial gateway to Sir Garrard and Lady Edna was commissioned by the Cobtree Charity Trustees in the early 1990s which form the main entrance into the parkland area.
The vision was to create another Kew Gardens. Nearly 600 different species and cultivators of trees and shrubs were planted. Many of the shrubs have since died but most of the trees have survived to form a maturing arboretum of about 160 species (220 different trees including varieties). The self-guided tree trail takes about an hour to walk.
Run England Route
There is a signed 5k run around the park.