We're all going on a summer holiday

summer fun at Kingston Lacy

Keep your little explorers busy all summer at Kingston Lacy. From self-led art and nature trails to storytelling sessions by award winning storyteller Michele O'Brien, there is something going on every day throughout the holidays. Our open-air theatre productions including family favourite, Treasure Island, are also not to be missed.

Summer Storytelling

Join award winning storyteller Michele O'Brien on an interactive experience around the gardens. Michele O'Brien, a one woman story telling theatre show which follows the life of Henrietta Bankes. Learn more about her story and how she helped to shape the Kingston Lacy you can see today.  Visit our What's On page for dates and times.

Michele O'Brien will bring the story of Henrietta Bankes to life this summer
Michele O'Brien storytelling Kingston Lacy
Michele O'Brien will bring the story of Henrietta Bankes to life this summer

Art and nature adventures

Choose from a self-led family art or nature trail this summer and discover the lives of the Bankes family who called Kingston Lacy home for over 300 years.

Family art trail: Discover. Design. Create.

Wander the gardens on our art trail and discover colourful plants, ancient sculptures and even a bronze tortoise or two. Pop into the house (remember to pre-book your time slot) to see paintings of princesses, monsters and animals and have a go at creative activities such as designing your own pictograph postcard or creating a work of art.

Why not bring your own drawing materials and share the results of your visit with us on our social media channels – we would love to see your efforts!

Get closer to nature at Kingston Lacy this summer
Get closer to nature at Kingston Lacy this summer
Get closer to nature at Kingston Lacy this summer

Family nature trail: Explore. Seek. Imagine

If you prefer 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, with the woodland teaming with life at this time of year. 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.