50 things at Badbury Woods

Children can lose themselves in play in these bluebell woods, located at the site of a former Iron Age hill fort. Explore the replanted beech wood at the top or strike out in a north easterly direction, following tracks as they tumble downhill. Here kids will stumble across dens made by previous explorers, perfect for hide and seek or improvement. Others will want to strike up new constructions, track wild animals or make a den for a wild animal.

Badbury Woods is on the A4019 between Highworth and Faringdon. It is just under two miles after Coleshill village (when heading east towards Faringdon).

Why not join up your visit to the woods with some more 50 things fun at Great Coxwell Barn, which is just a 15 minute walk away, or 5 minutes by car.

    04 Build a den

    Children building dens in Plymbridge Woods, Devon

    Whether you fancy making improvements to existing hide-outs, or striking up a new construction, these woods are perfect for den building.

    12 Make a trail with sticks

    Make a trail with sticks in Badbury Woods, Oxfordshire

    Let young explorers lead the way, leaving a trail of sticks for you track behind them...

    22 Explore inside a tree

    A boy explores inside a hollow tree at Badbury Clump, Oxfordshire

    Keep your eyes peeled for older trees with hollows, and discover what's inside them.

    31 Hunt for bugs

    A beetle on a pair of hands during bughunting at Buscot and Coleshill, Oxfordshire

    Discover what creepy crawlies live under the leaves and fallen branches. Take your magnifying glass to study them closely and take photos so you can identify them properly at home.

    34 Track wild animals

    Grey Squirrel and paw prints, Stackpole

    Who's been here? Watch out for chewed pine cones, scratched tree bark and paw prints in the mud. Young trackers can hunt for deer, badgers and squirrels in the woods.

    36 Make a home for a wild animal

    A child building with sticks in the Wildlife Discovery Area at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire

    Finished making your hide-out? Then why not make a den for a wild animal to live in next door...

    44 Go bird watching

    Children can take out a tracker pack at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

    Bring your binoculars, and go bird watching. Spot red kites and buzzards soaring above the fields looking for prey, from the clearings on the fringes of the woods. Listen out for the distinctive sound of woodpeckers and cuckoos.

    45 Find your way with a map and compass

    Child with a compass

    Coming soon: Watch out for our orienteering challenges through these woods, which will be available to download soon. There will be three different waymarked trails, of varying degrees of difficulty to appeal to children of different ages and capabilities. We will also have a simple map and trail available for families wanting a gentler challange. Don't forget to pack your compasses!