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.

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.

July highlights

Banded demoiselle damselflies on the river Rother © National Trust/ Fiona Scully

See the fluttery flight of displaying banded demoiselles on the river and small red-eyed damselflies on the calm lake. Tiny Dartford warblers are seen bobbing between bushes.

August highlights

See the heather at its glorious best after the 12th of August © Eastern Moors Partnership

Blooms of ling heather appear across the heath attracting digger wasps that make holes along the sandy tracks. Normally ling flowers are mauve but to see white is a sign of luck.

September highlights

Fly agaric fungi  © Rob Coleman

Take a walk on Older hill and you will come across stink horns, fly agaric and death cap among other types of fungi. Everywhere you will see bumper crops of ripe blackberries.

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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