Honey, harvest and hibernation: Half term at Kingston Lacy

Join us for some fun this October half term. Celebrate the harvest, honeybees and all the beautiful autumn colour with hands-on activities throughout the week.

Autumn craft tent

20 - 28 October, 11am - 4pm

Pop into the bell tent on the copper beech field to have a go at some autumn themed crafts. There’ll be a changing array of crafts throughout the week, including leaf rubbing, beeswax candle making, leaf decorations and colouring.

Visit the Woodland Hideaway 

20 - 28 October, 11am - 4pm

Discover the Woodland Hideaway in the gardens. Have a go at some nature themed activities or just snuggle up in the bell tent with a book.

Hurdle making demonstrations 

20 - 28 October, 11am - 4pm

Head over to the Cherry Garden to meet Shaun Harvell, Dorset based professional hurdle maker, who will be running demonstrations of traditional green woodworking techniques throughout the day. Discover more about this traditional craft and have a go yourself.  

Half-term carpentry 

Tuesday 23 October, 10am - 3pm. £2 per child.

Head over to our shepherd’s hut and join our carpenters for a spot of woodworking. Celebrate the arrival of autumn and help the animals in your garden by making a bee hotel or bird feeder with the Kingston Lacy carpenters this half-term. 

We are running 9 half hour sessions between 10am and 3pm. Tickets are £2 per child and places are limited so we recommend you pre-book your ticket on our what's on page to avoid disappointment. 

Get hands on with the Kingston Lacy carpenters this half-term
Join the Kingston Lacy carpenters this half-term
Get hands on with the Kingston Lacy carpenters this half-term

Environmental storytelling

Join environmental storyteller Martin Maudsley as he leads storytelling walks around Kingston Lacy, or join one of his storymaking workshops to create your own story inspired by nature. For dates and times, please check the What’s on page.

Create your own story inspired by nature
Environmental storyteller Martin Maudsley entertaining visitors at Kingston Lacy
Create your own story inspired by nature

Meet the beekeepers 

Thursday 25 October,
11am - 11.30am, 12pm - 12.30pm, 1pm - 1.30pm, 2pm - 2.30pm. 

Find out more about Kingston Lacy’s brilliant bees from the beekeepers who look after them. Learn more about what goes on in a beehive, taste samples of honey and try on a beekeeper suit.

We are running 4 half hour sessions between 11am and 2pm. Tickets for this event are free but places are limited so we recommend you pre-book your ticket on our what's on page to avoid disappointment. 

Meet the bee keepers and find out more about life in a beehive.
Kingston Lacy Beekeepers
Meet the bee keepers and find out more about life in a beehive.

Family nature trail: Explore. Seek. Imagine

If you like to venture off the beaten track then our family nature trail could be for you. Explore the depths of the Kingston Lacy parkland on the new Woodland Trail. There will be plenty of opportunities for the whole family to relax and discover nature. Don’t’ forget to pack a picnic as there are plenty of places to stop to recharge whilst taking in some stunning views of the house and parkland.

The Woodland Trail is 3 miles long (1.5 – 2 hours) and accessible by foot, bike, buggy and adapted wheelchair.  If you think little legs may get tired sooner then you can take a shorter route: the Woodland Walk which is 1.5 miles (30 minutes – 1 hour).

The trail is dog friendly but we do ask you to keep your four legged friend on a short lead at all times.