For families

Our top things for families to do

  • Grab a Tracker Pack and go in search of Sika deer and wood ants © Ian Shaw

    Grab a tracker pack

    Explore the great outdoors with a family tracker pack, available from the visitor centre.

  • Exploring Brownsea's Heathland © John Millar

    Play hide and seek

    Plenty of hiding places in among our woodland trees.

  • Child beachcombing on Brownsea © John Millar


    Take a wander on the beach, and try and find some of the wonderful seashore treasures.

  • Family playing in the waves at Poldhu Cove, Cornwall. © John Millar


    There are beaches and opportunities for swimming off the south side of the island.

  • Pirate Trail at Studland Beach, Dorset © National Trust

    Smugglers trail

    Pick up a smugglers trail from the visitor centre and go in search of hidden treasures.

  • Family Picnic on Brownsea Island © Ian Shaw


    Follow in the footsteps of the Famous Five and enjoy a Brownsea picnic. This is the place that inspired Enid Blyton's Whispering Island. Come and create your own adventure.

  • Cut off from the mainland, Brownsea is also a stronghold for red squirrels © Joe Cornish

    Squirrel spotting

    Take a wander in the woods, and try and spot the elusive and rare red squirrel.

  • Come and have a go at bug hunting © Sean Reid

    Scavenger hunt

    Get hunting and see how many shells, feathers and leaves you can find.

Children's lunch packs

Family having a drink at the cafe

Pick up children's lunch packs from the Villano Café and take your family off around the island. Or you can stay and enjoy a leisurely break with a meal, cream tea or light snack.

Borrow our all-terrain buggies

Most areas of the Mill and grounds are accessible by buggy or wheelchair

Swap your pram or pushchair for one of our all-terrain buggies and take off with your family around the island. All-terrain buggies can be collected from reception.

Toilets and baby changing

If baby is relaxed and happy so are mum and dad!

Toilets with baby changing facilities can be found in the courtyard. Toilets are also near the visitor centre and outdoors centre. Disabled toilets are also available.