Find inspiration this New Year at Kingston Lacy

Start 2020 as you mean to go on. Whatever your goals, that list of things you’ve always wanted to do is possible. Between the house, garden and wider estate at Kingston Lacy we will have something to keep you inspired the whole year through.

Feel healthier

Kingston Lacy’s 8500 acres are laced with walking routes for all abilities and features 72 miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways.

Why not try….

  • Taking a gentle stroll around the formal garden taking in the beauty of the carpet of snowdrops at their best throughout February.  
  • Explore our Woodland Trail by bike or by foot. Discover stunning views of the house and parkland as you travel along old carriage drives that were created by the Bankes family.
  • Spot the first signs of spring with a riverside walk at Eye bridge.
  • Enjoy hilltop views and wildlife walks whilst taking in the historical significance of the iron-age hill fort and burial mounds at Badbury Rings.
  • Spot each of the 6 species of native reptile at Holt Heath, the largest remaining area of heathland in Dorset 
  • Take your bike for a spin every Thursday on our active free cycle rides. In partnership with Moors Valley Country Park. 

Become an art expert

Did you know Kingston Lacy has one of the most important art collections in the National Trust? The house is a treasure trove with a special collection 360 years in the making including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian, Tintoretto and Velazquez.  Our knowledgeable volunteers will guide you through the collection whether you are an art novice or a regular visitor to galleries. There is always something new to discover.

The saloon at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy picture list

This guide will show you what paintings are in each room. It also gives you an excellent study of the context of the collection within the history of the Bankes family at Kingston Lacy.

Learn a new skill and make a difference

If you're looking to develop new skills this year, why not try volunteering with us? Last year Kingston Lacy welcomed record numbers of visitors and we are now developing ambitious plans for the years ahead. For this, we need your help. From room guides to catering volunteers and outdoor lovers; there is a place for you at Kingston Lacy. 

Spend more time with the family

There is always lots going on at Kingston Lacy to help you spend time together as a family. Take your bike for a spin along the Woodland Trail, have a go at some '50 things’ challenges, explore the house with our activity booklet and let imaginations run wild in our woodland play area. Visit our family fun page for more inspiration and visit our 'Whats On' page to find full details of all the events we have coming up.

Read more books

Laugh, cry, be shocked or thrilled…it’s all possible with a good book. We have a brilliant second hand book shop at Kingston Lacy so get browsing on your next visit.

Give time or money to charity

It's thanks to our supporters that we're able to protect special places like Kingston Lacy. There are so many ways you can contribute, from volunteering as a fundraiser to pressing apples in autumn, or simply buying a raffle ticket to support our work (and maybe even bagging £10,000 in the process!). If you'd like to find out more about ways to give, we'd love to hear from you.