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.

November highlights

 © Phil Barnes

The trees are dressed in the russet tones of autumn and the heath is still clinging onto the last of its colour. Be sure to catch the sun setting from the top of Whiphill wood.
 

December highlights

Get outside and closer to nature this winter © NTPL/John Millar

The woods and common at Woolbeding are studded with festive holly, bearing jewel-coloured berries. The clear dark skies here are perfect for some winter star gazing with a flask of hot spiced cider.
 

January highlights

Roe deer slots in the snow © NT Gibside

Walk off the after effects of the holiday season with a brisk walk in woolbeding parkland. Look out for signs of mammal tracks such as the heart shaped tracks of roe deer.

February highlights

This great spotted woodpecker has a beak full of insects © northeastwildlife.co.uk

The drumming calls of the great spotted woodpecker can be heard in woolbeding woods this month. Bright yellow coconut scented flowers start to appear on the thorny gorse bushes.

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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