Harvest and hibernation: Half term at Kingston Lacy

Autumn at Kingston Lacy

Join us for a fortnight of fun this October half term. Celebrate the harvest and all the beautiful autumn colour with hands-on activities each day.

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Autumn craft tent

19 October – 3 November, 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 creations, beeswax candle making and colouring.

Visit the Woodland Hideaway 

19 October – 3 November, 10am - 4pm

Venture along the Woodland Walk to discover the Woodland Hideaway. Have a go at some nature themed activities, including creating a wild poem, traditional fence building, making a fairy den or just snuggling up in the bell tent with a book.

Visit the Woodland Hideaway to have a go at some nature themed activities or to snuggle up with a book.
The Woodland Hideaway in the woodland at Kingston Lacy
Visit the Woodland Hideaway to have a go at some nature themed activities or to snuggle up with a book.

Wild Stories

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October, hourly sessions from 1pm – 6pm

Join environmental storyteller Martin Maudsley on a storytelling walk through the Kingston Lacy woods. Walk lasts 45 minutes – one hour. Tickets for this walk cost £5 per child and can be booked on our what's on page

Bulb planting

Thursday 24 and Thursday 31 October, 11am – 3pm

Decorate a terracotta plant pot, and plant it with your choice of mixed, spring flowering bulbs including daffodils and tulips. £3.50 per pot, limited numbers available, booking not required.

Wild wanders

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October, 11am - 11.45am

Grab your wellingtons and walking boots and join the Kingston Lacy rangers on a wild walk through woods filled with autumnal colour. Get closer to nature, learn more about trees and discover what the local wildlife is up to. This event is free (normal admission applies for non-members) and booking is not required. 

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

There are heaps of activities on the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list to keep you busy this half term. Some of our favourites for the autumn season include making a wild den in the Woodland Play Area, creating some wild art with fallen leaves or going on a scavenger hunt. Head to the Shepherd’s Hut to find out more and collect your 50 things pack.

Den building

No 4. Build a den

Grab all the twigs and branches you can find and build your very own fortress in the woods. The woodland play area is the perfect spot to create your hideaway. Here's a challenge for you - can you make your den waterproof?

Create some wild art at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

No 18. Create some wild art

When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how? Can you make a forest face, mud creation or have a go at woodland weaving? Head out along the Woodland Walk to try your hand at all these activities.

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.

Family fun at Kingston Lacy

Family fun at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is a favourite for a family day out and it's easy to see why. With a fascinating history and acres of garden and parkland to explore, an adventure awaits whatever your age and whatever the season.