Summer Holiday Family Activities!

The summer holidays are here and our giant deck chairs are out! We have plenty of free fun activities to help the whole family enjoy the great outdoors and explore nature at Dunwich Heath this summer.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

We're open daily through the summer break, don’t forget to pick up a ’50 Things’ scrap book and start collecting stickers for each ‘thing’ you complete! You can have a go at Geocaching or den building, or borrow a tracker pack and set off on a bug hunt. On Wednesdays and weekends the team will be on hand 11.00am to 2.30pm to lead some fantastic activities including mud pie making, snail racing and pond dipping! See our main ‘Things to do’ article for details and to download a handy timetable.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Dunwich Heath and Beach

Prices

Car Parking
Gift Aid Standard
Cars N/A £5.50
Large vans, campervans & caravans
Gift Aid Standard
Large vans, campervans & caravans N/A £15.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

All vehicles must display a valid parking ticket.

National Trust members: Free parking, please scan your cards at the pay & display machine to obtain your ticket.

Non-members: Please purchase your ticket at the pay & display machine.

There are four disabled parking bays behind the Coastguard Cottages, please display your blue badge.

No overnight parking.

Coaches: please contact us before you visit.

The basics

Suitability
All '50 Things' activities are suitable for children.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Make your way to the Visitor Information Centre outside the Coastguard Cottages where the team will be happy to help you plan your visit.
What to bring and wear
Bring everything you need for outdoor fun in the great British summer! This might be sun hats and sun cream, or wellies and coats if it's wet!
Accessibility
Activities are accessible to all. Please note that Dunwich Heath has mixed terrain and uneven ground. An off-road personal mobility vehicle is available for hire - please book in advance.
Other
Why not treat yourself to some refreshments at the Coastguard Cottages Tearoom? Enjoy some tasty homemade cakes, light lunches and hot & cold drinks. Gifts and locally sourced coastal themed gifts are available in our National Trust Shop.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
19 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
20 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
21 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
22 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
23 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
24 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
25 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
26 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
27 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
28 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
29 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
30 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
31 August 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
1 September 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
2 September 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
3 September 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available
4 September 2018 09:30 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Dunwich Heath
Email
dunwichheath@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01728 648501 (opt 2)

Upcoming events

Summer Holiday Family Activities!

Sun 19 Aug 2018
09:30-17:00
The summer holidays are here and our giant deck chairs are out! We have plenty of free fun activities to help the whole family enjoy the great outdoors and explore nature at Dunwich Heath this summer.

Bird Ringing Demonstrations

Tue 21 Aug 2018
08:00-12:00
A special opportunity to see some of the birds which make their homes at Dunwich Heath. Find out about bird ringing and how it provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the nation's birds. NB this event is weather dependent and times may vary.

Bird Identification Walks

Tue 04 Sep 2018
08:00-12:00
Whether you're new to birdwatching or hoping to brush up your skills, our half-day walks led by Suffolk bird expert, Steve Piotrowski, are a fantastic opportunity to learn how to identify a wide range of birds in varied habitats around Dunwich Heath.

Great British Beach Clean!

Sat 15 Sep 2018
11:00-13:00
Turn the tide on litter! Join us on Dunwich Heath beach to support the Marine Conservation Society's 25th Great British Beach Clean! Equipment provided but please bring your own gloves.

Pieathalon!

Sat 20 Oct 2018
10:00-16:00
We're having a 'pie-tastic' weekend! Join us for two fun-filled days of delicious pies and children's activities!

Meet Father Christmas!

Sat 08 Dec 2018
11:00-14:30
Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us here at Dunwich Heath!