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Mote Park

For the past two weeks, Maidstone Borough Council has advised visitors to Mote Park to stay out of the water. This was as a result of the recent flooding which led to a collapsed sewer within the park.

Following testing, we are pleased to announce that the water in the lake has been found to be of a satisfactory standard for all the activities on the lake.

We always advise people to adopt a sensible approach to hygiene and hand washing, especially before eating, and anyone planning to have their hands in the water should cover open cuts and wounds.

Dogs should be supervised when near or in the water to ensure safety.

Maidstone Borough Council will continue to monitor the water in the lake on a bi-annual basis to ensure that the water conforms to a good standard, as set out by the Environment Agency for testing.

Why was the main entrance closed?


The main entrance to Mote Park was closed after heavy rainfall on Monday 30th April caused severe flooding and led to a collapsed sewer within the park.

Is there risk to safety on site?


There is no risk to public safety. The affected areas are closed off and will remain so while repair works are carried out.

Additional parking stewards will be working this weekend to monitor traffic flow and ensure public safety.

What are you doing to rectify the problem?


Southern Water assure us they are working hard to fix the main sewer as quickly as possible, but this work is likely to take some time. We will post regular updates to this page and our social media channels as we get them.

Mote Park Facebook

MBC Facebook

Twitter - @maidstonebc

Why wasn't the whole park closed?


The flooding was localised to a particular area which meant we had to close the main entrance and certain affected areas. The vast majority of the park was, and remains, unaffected.

Is the water contaminated?


Following testing, we are pleased to announce that the water in the lake has been found to be of a satisfactory standard for all the activities on the lake.

Is it safe to allow dogs in the water? 


Dogs should be supervised when near or in the water to ensure safety.


The main entrance to Mote Park is:

Mote Avenue
ME15 7SU

There are other entrances on Willington Street in Bearsted and School Lane in Shepway.

Follow the improvements being made to Mote Park here

Opening Times

Monday to Friday – 8am to dusk
Saturday and Sunday – 8am to dusk


There are three car parks, all with disabled parking.

Ticket 8am - 10am Up to 6 hours after 10am Over 6 hours
Daily Ticket Free £2 £12
Residents Annual Season Ticket -- £40 --

All the money raised will go back into maintaining the park.

Disabled Parking

Parking is free for blue badge holders, if all the bays are full you may park in a standard bay so long as the blue badge is clearly on display.

The bays are located at:

  • Mote Park Main (next to Café) has 13 disabled bays
  • School lane has 2 disabled bays
  • Burning Ground has 2 disabled bays

Season Tickets


Applying or Renewing

  • They cost £40 a year (£33.33 and £6.67 VAT)
  • We can't offer part year refunds
  • You'll need to apply 10 days before you'd like it to start and
  • They're only available to residents of Maidstone


Your season ticket can only be used:

  • In the pay and display car parks within Mote Park
  • For a maximum of six hours


Your season ticket can't be used:

  • In the leisure centre car park
  • For up to two hours after your six hours is up
  • In any of our other pay and display car parks


The following facilities are available at Mote Park:
  • Café serving hot and cold food, snacks, drinks and ice creams
  • Four children's play areas including a natural woodland play area for ages 8 to 15 years and a skate park
  • Disabled Toilets can be accessed using a Radar Key. Information about how to get one can be found on our Public Toilets page
  • A model railway. This is run by the Maidstone Model Engineering Society. In the summer, it is open to the public every Sunday and on bank holidays between 2.30pm and 5pm. It costs 30p per ride
  • Model boats. They are based near to the boat house on the lake. It is leased to the Maidstone Cygnets Model Boat Club. For more information, visit their website or contact Chris Diaper, the club secretary, on 01634 250371
  • Outdoor training equipment
  • A ‘Red Bull’ Digger BMX Track
  • Football pitches. Information about booking pitches and prices can be found on our Sport Pitches and Courts pages
  • Rugby pitches. Information about booking pitches and prices can be found on our Sport Pitches and Courts pages
  • Mote Park Water Sports Centre
  • Maidstone Leisure Centre
  • Angling - Maidstone Victory Angling and Medway Preservation Society. You will need a permit to fish at Mote Park. To buy a permit, you will need a rod licence. You need to bring a copy of your rod licence with you to get the permit. They are £6 a day for adults and £3 a day for children. Permits are available from:

Relevant addresses:

Nick’s Tackle Shop
10 Knightrider Street
ME15 6LP
01622 673899

The Maidstone Angling Centre
15 Perryfield Street
ME14 2SY
01622 200000

West Malling Angling
58 High Street
West Malling
ME19 6LU
01732 875515

D&A Angling
185 Station Road
01634 365533



We’re always looking for volunteers to help in the park. From building bird boxes and hedge clearing to planting trees and helping out with events, it’s a great way to learn about the park, learn new skills and meet new people.

The volunteers’ office is next to the Pitch and Putt.

Volunteers meet every Wednesday between 9.30am and 1pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

If you'd like to be a volunteer email



The Mote Park Fellowship are a group of residents who help to look after the park. For more information about them email or visit the Mote Park Facebook Page.

For updates from The Fellowship, you can follow them on twitter @Mote_Park.



We’re putting together some fun education packs aimed at helping you explore and find out more about the park.

From the various birds and insects that live there, to the types of plants and trees that grow there. Aimed at those aged between 4 and 11 (KS1 and KS2), they’re going to be great for school and group trips, or for spending some quality family time together with the kids.

They are free to download and include:

  • Maps
  • Trails
  • Various activities
  • Plus lots of information about the park

Education Packs

Photo Gallery


Adventure Zone


All information about the Adventure Zone being built in Mote Park can be found on our Mote Park projects page.

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