Things to see and do at Boarstall Duck Decoy

Wander through our woodland, gain an insight into rural life in times gone by and celebrate the great outdoors. You'll find plenty to explore on a day out at Boarstall Duck Decoy.


Boarstall Duck Decoy is surrounded by ancient woodland with a circular walk. The route takes approximately an hour, and stout footwear is recommended.


Ancient oaks

The woodland at the duck decoy was once part of the ancient royal hunting forest of Bernwood. Many of the oak trees date back to the last days of this hunting forest.


Home pipe

The home pipe is one of three pipes that can be seen at the duck decoy. These netted channels are a seventeenth-century invention for catching wildfowl.


Natural play

Our surrounding woodland makes a great outdoor playground. There is plenty to discover, acres to explore, and a special section set aside for you to build your very own dens.


Dog walking

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the woods as your dog has a good sniff around the beautiful woodland. Please help us and the wildlife in the wood by keeping your dog on a lead and picking up after it.


50 things to see and do before you're 11 3/4

Throughout the school holidays, there's plently of outdoor activities to get stuck into at the Decoy. Here are our top five activites to do this spring. Grab a scrapbook to cross off your achievements.

  1. Build a den - head over to the natural play area where you'll find everything you need to start building your architectural masterpiece 

  2. Go bird watching - in the woods you'll find a hide to sit and await the visiting birds

  3. Make a grass trumpet - who can make the noisest trumpet?

  4. Hunt for bugs - turn a log to find the underworld of creepy crawlies you're looking for

  5. Hold a scary beast - feeling brave? Get up close and personal with the centipedes and spiders that hide in the woods

What’s nearby?

Less than a five-minute drive from the Decoy is Boarstall Tower, a 14th-century moated gatehouse built by John de Haudlo and once part of a fortified manor house.
Two girls looking at a worm

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity list 

Find out about all of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities with this handy list. From making a racket with a grass trumpet to crawling through the mud looking for animal tracks there's something for every young explorer.