February half term

ranger day

For the first time, Brownsea Island is open for the full February half term week with a week-long celebration of Scouting and Guiding and other family fun.

It's the first chance to try out the new natural play area in the woods - with balancing beams, climbing apparatus and stepping stones. You can also try your hand at den-building and tick off some of your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4.

A celebration of Scouting and Guiding

Saturday 22 February is World Thinking Day and Founder's Day - an annual celebration of Scouting and Guiding and we're helping you get in the spirit with a new Scouting-themed free activity trail available all week from the Visitor Centre.  You'll also find dressing up and other activities to try and give you a taster of the Scouting and Guiding life.

As the Birthplace of Scouting, Brownsea Island was home to one of Baden Powell's first experimental Scout camps back in 1907. The island has a history of welcoming Scouts and Guides from across the world to the campsite - something we continue to do to this day.

"We wanted to share our exciting Scouting and Guding stories with everyone," says Olivia Gruitt, Visitor Experience and Volunteering Manager for the National Trust on Brownsea Island. "Having the opportunity to stretch your legs and get out in the great outdoors is what this half term is all about."

Get Toasty

Also continuing the Scouting and Guiding theme, during the half-term weekends, you can head to the Outdoor Centre, warm up by the campfire and toast some marshmallows as a well deserved ending to your winter walk.

Junior Ranger Days

During the week children aged 8-14 are invited to join us for our popular junior ranger days where they can find out what it's like to be a ranger on Brownsea Island. They'll get stuck in, following in the footsteps of one of our rangers and learn some fun bush craft skills. It’s a great opportunity to make friends, get active and make a real difference in helping the team look after this special place. Book your place here.