Adventures for the children

Want something adventurous for the children to do outdoors. Then try out our natural play area, pick up a tracker pack or a trail from the Visitor Centre.

Natural Play area

With new adventures always being added, the natural play area is the perfect way to encourage those little legs to walk that little bit further! With a den building area, pine cone shy, performance stage and even some crocodiles, there is plenty to keep children (and adults!) entertainted.


Don't forget to wash your hands before you enjoy your picnic, see our poster for some useful advice.

Picnic hygiene advice (PDF / 0.5MB) download

Children den building in the woods on Brownsea Island
Den building activities, 50 things


Grab a tracker pack

Explore the great outdoors with a family tracker pack. In it you will find everything you need for your family adventure and for getting closer to nature. Ask one of Visitor Centre volunteers if you'd like to find out more about what is inside and to borrow one for the day. 

Brownsea Island, Dorset
A boy with an orange rucksack, on his father's shoulders at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Children's trails on Brownsea Island

Whatever the age of your children, or their interests, there is a trail available to help them make the most of your visit to Brownsea Island.

Why not choose the smuggler's trail and go in search of hidden treasures and learn more about pirates of the past?

Or follow the popular tree trail and let your little monkey climb the designated trees around the island, or balance along some of the fallen trees.

For the younger visitors, the Discovery booklet will help them discover some of the wildlife here and learn more about it. 

School holidays

During the school holidays we offer different themed trails, usually starting fromt he Visitor Centre on Church Field. This year you can take part in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over the Easter weekend (£2.50 per trail), or learn more about minibeasts during the May half-term week. If you visit during the summer there will be an exciting trail featuring crafts and activities using sticks and natural materials, or if you visit later in the year our autumnal trail will be available during the October half-term alongside the daily family squirrel walks. In addition to the trails there will also be crafts on offer in the Visitor Centre and special events and workshops taking place, see our events page for dates and times.