Things to see & do

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Fun family events

We hold a huge variety of events throughout the year on our countryside sites around Woolbeding. A Hallowe'en walk on Lavington Common, nature walks on Harting Down and bat walks at Drovers are just a few.

March highlights

A herdwick lamb at Woolbeding. © Fiona Scully

 Enjoy a family outing to Woolbeding countryside and see our newborn Herdwick lambs in the parkland. Keep an eye open for brimstone and orange tip butterflies as they flutter by.

April highlights

Adder basking in the sun © Malcolm Fisher

 Woolbeding wood is in bloom with beautiful bluebells and other spring flowers. The warm spring sun attracts many reptile species including adders emerging from hibernation.

May highlights

This nightjar was caught during a ringing session © M Bramich

 The countryside is bursting with birdsong. Be delighted by the woodlarks tuneful song and catch a glimpse of a tree pipit. On the common you can hear nightjars churring after dusk.

June highlights

Heather at its glorious best © Eastern Moors Partnership

 The dry heath land of Woolbeding common is a perfect habitat for bell heather. Tiger beetles lurk on the sandy tracks hunting down prey among the reddish-purple heather.

50 things to do...

50 things to do

There's plenty of ’50 things’ family fun here at Woolbeding. Our top five favourite things to do:

  • Hold a scary beast
  • Go star gazing
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Track wild animals
  • Go bird watching

Harting Down

Harting Down nature reserve is one of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland cared for by the National Trust. It is a tapestry of pristine downland blending beautifully with scattered scrub and woodland.

Drovers Estate

Drovers is a hidden estate nestling in undulating hills and valleys. Step back to a timeless rural life, set amidst shady woodland and rolling ancient pastures.

Lavington Common

Lavington Common is a survivor of an open landscape that once stretched across the Weald. It is rich in plants, wildlife, and heathers which flourish here providing shelter for rare reptiles and insects.

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