Kids' adventures on Holmwood Common
Holmwood Common is a great outdoors place - a playground for crazy creatures, awesome antics and hidden treasures. Try your skills at the natural play area, 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?