Summer adventures on Brownsea Island

From building dens to climbing trees, from making your own stick person to getting creative with clay - there is plenty to help your family have an island adventure on Brownsea this summer.

Get sticky on Brownsea

Sat 23 July - Sun 04 Sept,
Grab a Stick Kit from the visitor centre and discover lots of different things you can make and do with a stick. This kit will contain everything you need to have a fun-filled and creative day on the island, from making your own stick person to floating a raft. The bag is also yours to keep so use it to take your creations home, then why not use it for other day visitis in the holidays or for your P.E. kit back at school?
We have been careful to make sure that all the contents of the kit are biodegradable to help us look after our special places forever, for everyone and a donation of £2 will help us to meet the costs of producing these kits. 
We'd love to see your adventures, share your photos of your Brownsea stick creations on Facebook or Twitter using #StickyBrownsea to be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Stick Book by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks.

Storytelling Tuesdays

Join Michele O'Brien on Tuesdays during the school holidays for woodland and stick themed stories on Church Field.

Den building days

Monday 25th July at 11.00am

Monday 8th August at 11.00am and 2.00pm

The Outdoor Centre team will be leading sessions for your family to have a go at den building. £2 per child, booking is essential. Please call 01202 707744 or email

Family camping

26th August to 1st September

An exciting opportunity to bring your family to camp on Brownsea Island where you can enjoy the island and it's wildlife after rest of the visitors go home for the night. Your tent, cooking equipment and island entrance are all included in the camping fee of £60 for two adults and two children. To find out more and to book, email our group booking team on or call 01202 492161. 
Climbing a tree on Brownsea Island
Child playing in tree on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Climbing a tree on Brownsea Island

Free trails from the visitor centre

There are several free trails available from the visitor centre including a tree climbing trail, wildlife discovery booklet and 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 scrapbooks. 


Natural play area

You can find the play area by following the path across the heath on your right, just after the Scout Stone, or along Middle Street. This area is updated every winter and includes a see-saw, balance beams, pine cone shy, natural snakes and ladders and much more. Why not pick up a take-away coffee from the help yourself area at the Outdoor Centre to enjoy while the children play?