Top 10 things to do in Dorset this April

Our pick of what to do in Dorset with the National Trust in April 2014

    Caring for Kingston Lacy's books

    Meet Martine, one of our volunteers, and discover how we care for the books in the library at Kingston Lacy. The books reflect the interests of several generations of former owners, the Bankes family.

    Badbury Rings run

    Registration from 7.30am; races start 9am

    Join Votwo for a running event centred around the historic location of Badbury Rings. Choose from half-marathon or quarter-marathon events.

    Art tours

    Spend an afternoon in the company of Kingston Lacy's very own resident expert on paintings and explore the art collection built up by generations of the Bankes family.

    Medieval archery: The grand muster

    Medieval archers come to Corfe Castle and bring the past to life with a medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat, skilled archery displays, talks on the longbow and have-a-go sessions.

    Drawing inspiration: Escape to Studland

    Let the landscape bring out your creative side in this event, part of the Drawing Inspiration Project.

    There's an exhibition at the Discovery Centre of paintings, drawings and photographs. There will also be a children's fun trail available for £2.

    Don't be a stranger, meet the Ranger!

    Spend as long as you like helping out in the countryside and making new friends. All tasks are outdoors and include scrub bashing, coppicing, and invasive plant clearance. All will involve moderate physical activity.

    Bugs 'r' us

    Spring has sprung and  the bugs are out and about. Come and hunt for minibeasts in our gardens and have a go at making your own bug hotel to take home.

    Historic Golden Cap landscape

    Join our regional archaeologist, Martin Papworth, on a guided walk to gain an insight into the historical features of the Golden Cap Estate.

    This event is part of the Dorset AONB Drawing Inspiration Project.

    Tractor–trailer ride - North Devon cows and calves

    Tours use a specially adapted trailer which can take both wheelchairs and standard seats, so carers can travel free alongside wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties.

    Operation Smash

    A special commemoration, 70 years on, of the D-Day rehearsals at Studland Beach.

    After a one-hour walk looking at the part Studland played during WWII, return to Knoll Beach Café for a two-course meal and the première of a unique film by acclaimed experimental film-maker Paul Windridge. Local artist and photographer Geoff Francis will include a number of 'soft sculptures'.

We hope you enjoy April in Dorset with the National Trust. Look out for more great ideas in future months.