Kid's adventures on Holmwood Common

Young boy building a den

Our great outdoors really is great - a playground for crazy creatures, awesome antics and hidden treasures. Go on one of our exciting adventures or step inside your own imaginary world and invent your own.

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾

You can complete many of the activities here. Build a den in our woods or find a huge hollow tree to peek inside. Our countryside playground is waiting just for you...

No.45 find your way with a map and compass

There are lots of tracks and footpaths over our common’s 644 acres, some of them unchartered – perfect for an intrepid explorer. Bring your compass and Ordnance Survey map Explorer 146 and set off on an adventure.

No.1 climb a tree

We’ve many fantastic trees for you to climb. Pick one that has strong branches and that you can reach from the ground. See how high you can climb – what can you see? Don’t forget that you’ll have to climb down too...

No.22 explore inside a tree

There are many old trees on Holmwood Common, some over 200 years old. Look inside the hollows and see what you can find. Do any bugs live there?

No.34 track wild animals

The common’s ground is often wet and muddy, perfect for seeing the indented footprints of many creatures – birds, rabbits and deer. You’ll also see many horse hoof prints, but can you track a roe deer?

No.4 build a den

Search the woodland floor, like many birds and animals do, and collect bits and pieces to make a den. Look for sticks of all sizes and dry leaves to make a comfy seat.

No.6 run around in the rain

Put on your wellies and raincoat and feel the refreshing rain drops on your face. Go mad and splash in puddles or stop and watch the glistening droplets dripping from the leaves. It might be handy to bring a towel to dry off with.

Or come and feed the ducks on Fourwents Pond

Bring some bread and feed the ducks on Fourwents Pond. Who is on the pond today? Why not bring your sketch book and see what you can draw?

We hope you have fun on Holmwood Common. Don't forget to visit again and try some new adventures.
A family flying a kite at Wembury, Devon.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾  

Fancy exploring the outdoors, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start ticking off some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.