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Beautiful secluded wooded valley

The tranquil wooded valley contains a 'lost landscape' with remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park with a chain of five lakes. Park Mill Pond is the last of these lakes and features a man-made island that is now a heronry. Large carp can also be seen in the waters.

Secreted away in the surrounding woodland, you'll find an old Boat House, built in the early 19th century. It was restored in 1998 and bats now roost in the roof space, emerging at dusk to hunt over the lake. The wood also hides a disused quarry, which was in use until the early 1900s and provided stone for the Woodchester Estate.

The restoration of this varied landscape is an ongoing project. Waymarked trails (steep in places) lead through picturesque scenery, passing an unfinished Victorian mansion (not National Trust).

Time to get outside and start exploring

Time to get outside and start exploring

New children's trail launch

We're launching a brand new children's trail at Woodchester Park with Woodchester Mansion.

Discover fascinating facts and hidden secrets as new characters, designed by children's book illustrator Tom Percival, guide you around the park and the Mansion. Be the first to try out the new trail - it'll be launching on the 1 August at Woodchester Mansion between 12 - 2pm - Tom will be there to sign copies.

The trail is free and from the 1 August copies will be available to collect from the Mansion or the car-park.

Father's day camping at Ebworth

We'll be toasting marshmallows and wildlife spotting on Father's Day night © National Trust Images/John Millar

We'll be toasting marshmallows and wildlife spotting on Father's Day night

We're creating a pop-up campsite in the orchard of the nearby Ebworth estate on Saturday 20th June. Enjoy a meal, campfire, marshmallow toasting, a guided evening wildlife walk, breakfast and more. Spaces are limited so make sure you book your tickets soon. 

Race for all charity run this June

Everyone's welcome © Rob Hewer

Everyone's welcome

Join our all-age, all ability, charity fun run with a difference. We've teamed up with Christian Aid, The Door Youth Project and Woodchester Mansion for this 5km fundraiser through our beautiful park and woods on Saturday 20th June. Just turn up on the day at 11am for registration.

Holiday fun days this August

Woodland fun at Wild Woodchester © Stu Tilley

Woodland fun at Wild Woodchester

 Our Wild Woodchester activity days are back. Tick off lots of 50 things, like den building and wild art on one of these family fun days throughout the month. 

Plan your visit

Whether you're looking for a family-fun day out, somewhere different for a run, or you just fancy exploring our park and woods, you can now download this handy pocket guide to help you plan your trip.