Family activities at Dunwich Heath

Spring fun children playing in meadow

Head outdoors for some family fun! Dunwich Heath is a great place to explore with youngsters... Discover some amazing wildlife with our nature trails, try building a shelter, or search for minibeasts in our ‘bug basement’. Here are a few ideas for activities to encourage and inspire youngsters to explore the great outdoors…

Go wild!

Discover some fantastic nature with our trails and walks. We’ve created some great children’s trails to help younger visitors explore the heath and beach.

Please note that we’re currently unable to provide you with paper copies of our trails, but you can download and print your own to bring with you using the links below. Don’t forget you’ll need to bring a pencil too.

When you’ve finished your trail head back to the tea room and you will find the answers near the entrance.

Fly a Kite!

Windy days are perfect for flying a kite whatever the season! If you would like to fly a kite you can do so on the beach, but please stay south of the cliffs when flying it in Summer, and always be aware of others.

Trails to print at home and bring with you!

A boy looking into his bug hunting pot

See if you can find some minibeasts!

Dunwich Heath is a wonderful place to look for insects and minibeasts, see what creepy crawlies you can discover in our ‘bug basement’! Why not take a photo and learn about them when you get home? Bring along some small, clean tubs so that you can study your bugs, but please make sure you put them back safely where you found them when you have finished!

A boy and a man constructing a den with sticks

Make a wild shelter!

Head to our den building area and have a go at creating your own shelter or fortress! Can you make it comfortable and watertight?

Tea cup bird feeder

Make a bird feeder from recycled materials 

Here's an idea for you to try at home! Why not give your birds a treat and have a go at making your own bird feeder? It's a great way of using recycled containers! Here's how...

A couple with a small child walking over the heathland in summer

Plan your visit to Dunwich Heath 

We have adjusted how we are opening Dunwich Heath and access to some facilities, so here's some information to help you plan your day out.