Celebrating autumn this half term

Your family autumn adventure begins at Kingston Lacy where you can pick up your autumnal activity pack. Begin the adventure discovering colours and textures, wild walking or even 'building a story'. There will be many other activities to discover around the garden. Activity pack available from mid-September, with additional activities on offer during the autumn half-term (21-29 October 2017).

Crafty spots

21-29 October, 11am - 4pm

Head to the craft stations in the kitchen garden and have a go at creating your own autumn colour with scratch design leaf magnets, journey sticks and more crafty activities.  

Explorer tent

21-29 October, 11am - 4pm

Venture into our bell tent where you can discover more about trails and journey. Lay a trail and see where you can lead your friends and family too. 


Saturday 21 and 28 October

Listen to autumn and nature inspired stories read aloud in the woodland hideaway tent at Kingston Lacy.

Timings are as follows: 11am -  11.30, 12pm - 12.30pm, 1pm - 1.30pm, 2pm - 2.30pm.

Environmental storytelling

Sunday 22 and 29 October

Environmental storyteller Martin Maudsley will be telling stories inspired by nature and the environment and leading storytelling walks throughout the day.

Timings are as follows:

11am - Storytelling in the woodland hideaway

12pm - Storytelling walk

2pm - Storytelling in the woodland hideaway

3pm - Storytelling walk

Apple day

Monday 23 October, 10am - 3pm 

Sample some of nature’s bounty this harvest at our apple tastings in the kitchen garden orchard. There will also be the chance to try your hand at apple pressing and the Kingston Lacy gpmardeners will be on hand to answer any apple related queries from growing to picking. 

Half-term carpentry

Tuesday 24 October, 11am - 3pm

Head over to our shepard’s hut and join our carpenters for a spot of woodworking. Have a go at making your own bee hotel and other autumn themed carpentry. 

Dorset buttons

Wed 25 Oct 2017 11:00am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Join a craft session and learn how to make traditional Dorset buttons this autumn half-term. £2.50 per child, tickets must be prebooked. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but accompanying adults do not require a ticket.  Book your tickets here.

Honey day

Thursday 26 October, 10am - 3pm

Discover more about about bees and beekeeping at Kingston Lacy.  Give your taste buds a treat and sample some different types of honey, try on some of our bee keeping suits and have a go at making a beeswax candle.

Clay faces

Friday 27 October, 11am - 3pm

Head down to our woodland hideaway where you can create a clay face inspired by nature and have a go at making decorative clay leaf prints. This activity will move inside in the case of bad weather. 

Keep an eye out for additional pop-up activities happening through-out half-term.

Half-term book sale in the Potting Shed Book Shop

Tuesday 24 - Sunday 29 October, 12pm - 4pm

Following the success of our summer sale of books we have another opportunity for you to grab a bargain at our half-term sale. Choose from an excellent selection of more valuable, rare Vintage books and Folio society books in fine condition, both at competitive prices. We will also have plenty of reduced price hard back fiction and biography. Do come and have a look.