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 along the magnificent woodland walk you will discover the perfect haven for hiding, with a plentiful supply of sticks and twigs for building materials.

    Fly a kite

    Kite flying at Badbury Rings

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


    Create some wild art

    Create wild art at Kingston Lacy

    Forage in the garden woodland for some unique and quirky craft materials. What will you create? Keep an eye out for our events throughout the year for plenty of 50 things inspiration.

    Play pooh sticks

    Berrington pooh sticks

    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

    Wrap up warm and take the family to admire the night sky at Badbury Rings. Look out for our Night Hawks event on 31 July. If you're lucky you might be able to make a wish on a shooting star.

    Hold a scary beast

    Hold a scary beast at Kingston Lacy

    Our woodland trail offers the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies – come and explore under rocks and in trees. Who is going to be the bravest?



    Hunt for bugs

    Hunt for bugs at Kingston Lacy

    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

    A little girl looks through binoculars

    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.