Get out for an adventure in nature at Kingston Lacy

Children exploring nature at Kingston Lacy

Join us for some wild fun. Explore the woods and parkland on the Woodland Walk, have a go at some of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' and celebrate birds, bugs and bees with our Nature Adventures trail.

Find your adventure in nature this spring

We've got a special trail running through the woodland. Pick up a leaflet (for just £1) from reception and get ready to spot, find and build with all the activities on the Woodland Walk. Then use your leaflet to create a butterfly feeder when you get home, and send us your photos of the result.

The trail is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. Please keep dogs on a lead. There is no need to pre-book for the trail, but be aware normal property admission applies. To guarantee entry to the property on busier days such as weekends and bank holidays, we recommend pre-booking your tickets. 

'50 things' this summer

Kingston Lacy has acres of parkland to explore along our Woodland Trail – perfect for completing some of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. 

Can you get to know a tree, go on a scavenger hunt or create a home for wildlife? (No.1, 30 and 36 on your '50 things' list).

Two young boys looking up, stood inside a tree

No. 1 Get to know a tree

The acres of wooded parkland at Kingston Lacy make it perfect for getting to know more about trees. Explore trees throughout the seasons, from buds on branches to falling leaves in autumn. Some trees have hollows so big that you can climb inside, others have smaller holes that are just as good for exploring. Touch the bark, look up through the branches and listen to the wind rustling the leaves.

Boys making a trail with sticks

No. 12 Have fun with sticks

There are so many ways you can have fun with sticks that we can’t begin to list them all. Is it a wand? Is it a marker for a trail? Is it the start of a den? You can find everything you need with a bit of careful hunting on the ground.

Family on a scavenger hunt

No. 30 Go on a scavenger hunt

Explore the Woodland Walk and see what you can collect, spot, hear and feel. Pick up your activity card in the Shepherd's Hut at the start of the Woodland Trail and see who will finish their scavenger hunt first.

A pallet insect home

No. 36 Make a home for wildlife

You can create a home for wildlife from all sorts of materials – even those you find lying around. After all, that's what nature does! Think about which animals need a home and which don't. Why do you think they might want shelter?

The woods are home to all sorts of wildlife including squirrels, badgers, deer, and lots of birds and insects. If you see any see any furry or feathered friends, remember to stay quiet so you don’t scare them away. 

The Woodland Walk is 1.5 miles (30 minutes-1 hour) but if you think your little adventurers might want to go further afield then you can explore the Woodland Trail which is 3 miles long (1.5-2 hours). The route is buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly but we do ask you to keep your four-legged friend on a short lead at all times.

Admission is free for National Trust members. Normal admissions applies for non-National Trust members.

Family-friendly checklist

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access-friendly toilets.
  • Buggy friendly route around the Woodland Trail.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available from the Stables Café.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.