Summer family adventures at Kedleston

playing in the woods

Step out into the wild as we explore what Kedleston’s parkland has to offer. Whether you’re looking for some peace and quiet or an outdoor adventure there’s something for everyone this summer.

With 800 acres of parkland to explore on foot at Kedleston, there are plenty of opportunities to explore outdoors and make the most of the summer. Here are a few ways you may like to experience it.

1) Hone your orienteering skills

Available daily at Kedleston - pick up a map from the Visitor Reception building for £1.50 and go exploring at your own pace. The orienteering route takes you to quieter parts of the parkland, where you may spot water birds, woodland birds, cows and sheep. There are slopes, bridges, and great views along the way, making it quite an adventure. Full instructions are provided on the map, making it ideal for beginners and families. Dogs on leads are welcome to join in too.

2) Enjoy a family picnic

Picnic season has arrived and there are plenty of spots for you to sit, relax, and enjoy a family picnic this month. There are benches along the popular walking routes, as well as deckchairs in the garden, and picnic tables near the visitor reception. Bring your own, or buy your lunch from the restaurant or kiosk and off you go!

The perfect setting for a picnic
Bench against a backdrop of fields
The perfect setting for a picnic

3) Tick off activities on your "50 Things" list at Kedleston

Download your list and get started on trying some exciting outdoor activities this season. There are young and old trees to find, bugs hiding under leaves and logs, and lots of birds in the trees and on the water to spot.

4) Test out your summer nature spotting skills

During the summer, the full extent of Kedleston’s parkland wildlife comes to fruition. Whilst the dramatic birdsong has quietened down after spring, there is still plenty to look out for across the parkland.

Spotted flycatcher
Spotted flycatcher perched on a branch
Spotted flycatcher