Family fun at Kingston Lacy

Family fun at Kingston Lacy

There is always lots going on at Kingston Lacy to help you spend time together as a family. Take your bike for a spin along the Woodland Trail, have a go at some '50 things’ challenges, explore the house with our activity booklet and let imaginations run wild in our woodland play area. We always have lots of special events planned in the school holidays too.

50 Things at Kingston Lacy

From wild art to cloud watching there are heaps of activities on the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list to keep you busy at Kingston Lacy all year round. The challenges listed below are some of our favourites but we often have additional activities on offer in the school holidays as well. Take a look at our what's on page to see all our upcoming events.

Two young boys looking up, stood inside a tree

No 1. Get to know a tree

The acres of wooded parkland at Kingston Lacy make it perfect for getting to know more about trees. Explore trees throughout the seasons, from buds on branches to falling leaves in autumn. Some trees have hollows so big that you can climb inside, others have smaller holes that are just as good for exploring. Touch the bark, look up through the branches and listen to the wind rustling the leaves.

Children riding their bicycles in the park at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

No 11. Explore on wheels

Feel the wind in your hair on a family bike ride along the Woodland Trail, which is a relatively flat, circular cycle route. You will see some stunning views of the house and discover previously inaccessible parts of the parkland.

Cloud watching at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

No 33. Go cloud watching

With imagination you can create whole worlds from the shapes you see in the sky. You can do this anywhere at Kingston Lacy but top spots include the deckchairs on the South Lawn and the specially designed leaning posts along the Woodland Walk.

Children bird watching

No 44. Watch a bird

Head out along the Woodland Walk to find the bird hides and feeders. To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?

Have a historic adventure in the house

Kingston Lacy house is full of extraordinary stories and amazing things. Pick up our new family house trail and delve into the lives of the Bankes family who called Kingston Lacy home for over 300 years. The family trail will help you discover keys to a ruined castle, egyptian treasures and paintings filled with Gods, animals and monsters. Why not have a go at ringing the servants bells on the way out?

Younger children can have a go at finding some of the very special paintings, colours and shapes in the house using our special spotter sheet for under 6s. Just ask our volunteers when you arrive. 

Family friendly checklist 

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Buggy friendly route around the Woodland Trail.
  • Play areas on the Woodland Trail and in the Kitchen Garden.
  • Family trail and spotter sheets (for younger children) available in the house.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available from the Stables Café.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too
Families enjoying a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy

Coronavirus update: Due to current government guidance all scheduled Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts will be cancelled.