50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Kingston Lacy

We have a huge garden, parkland and estate covering over 8,500 acres of Dorset for you to come along and enjoy.  All this outdoor space is also perfect for ticking off 30 of your 50 things. Head to the 50 things website where you'll find details of how to get started. Check out these maps (PDFs) of the garden and the estate to find the location of the 50 things activities. Below are our top ten favourite 50 things activities you can complete at Kingston Lacy.

    Build a den

    Three children building a woodland den from twigs and branches

    Set in the outer reaches of the formal garden, this woodland area makes the perfect haven for hiding, with a plentiful supply of sticks and twigs for building materials. .

    Fly a kite

    Child flying a kite

    Enjoy the lovely views and beautiful wildlife as you soar with your kite on our ancient Iron Age hillfort of Badbury Rings. Don’t forget your picnic.


    Create some wild art

    Creative art at Wicken Fen

    Regular craft activities take place all year round. Look out for our summer holiday activities running from 29 July - 3 September. 


    Play pooh sticks

    Families playing Pooh sticks off the white bridge at Morden Hall Park, London

    Our estate includes a delightful section of the River Stour, and Eyebridge is an ideal place to start your own pooh stick tournament. 


    Make a grass trumpet

    A child blowing a grass trumpet at Dudmaston

    The lawns at Kingston Lacy are perfect for making grass trumpets on lazy summer days. Who will make the loudest trumpet sound?


    Go star gazing

    Members of the public sitting around a campfire at a star gazing event in Wembury Woods, Devon

    Join one of our regular events searching the night skies at Badbury Rings. Look out for Night Hawks in July and our January stargazing event.


    Hold a scary beast

    Searching for bugs in the deer park

    Our woodland trail offers the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies – come and get your hands on one today.



    Hunt for bugs

    A group of children looking at creatures caught in the stream

    Based in the woodland trail, there are all manner of butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and spiders for you to hunt for.



    Track wild animals

    Chinese Water Deer have swum the river and made a home on Orford Ness

    The gardens and parkland are home to lots of wildlife including badgers, deer, foxes, otter and pheasants. See if you can spot any of them. Remember to stay quiet so you don’t scare them away. 

    Go bird watching

    buzzard on the Godolphin Estate

    We are the top ten site in the whole of the UK for bird watching so come and see some of the huge variety of birds including buzzards, woodpeckers, kingfishers and herons.