We're all going on a summer holiday

Summer play in the school holidays

Keep your little explorers busy all summer at Kingston Lacy. There is something going on every day throughout the holidays. From craft activities in the week to storytelling sessions at the weekends, try your hand at making some tortoise inspired art or build a den on the woodland walk.

Summer travels

Picnic packed? Check. Booked your house ticket? Check. Departed on time? Check.  Picked up your Kingston Lacy passport from the Shepard's Hut? Check! It's time to travel around the world like William John Bankes. Use the clues to trace William John's footsteps through Italy, Egypt and the Middle East. The adventure in the gardens and house starts now.

Feeling crafty?


Walford Mill lead wild art activities in the Kitchen Garden, 11am -1pm.


The carpenters will help you design your own wooden tortoise, ready to take home,
11am -3pm.


Weaving in the laundry, 11am - 3pm. The volunteers teach a fun spin on traditional techniques and learn more about weaving in Ancient Egypt.


Time to get dressed up and go back in time with outfits ranging from explorers to Egyptians, 11am - 3pm. Have the cameras at the ready to snap these memories, you can share your photos with us on social media using #KLSummer.


More wild art, this time inspired by the tortoises!11am - 1pm, with Walford Mill Crafts in the Kitchen Garden.

Story telling

New for 2016, Michele O'Brien, a one woman story telling theatre show which follows the life of William John Bankes and his travels around the world. Weekends at 11am and 1pm.

Meet the tortoises

Say hello to the new residents Carry, Gerry, Betty and Berry. The tortoises are having theire very own summer holiday at Kingston Lacy this summer. Find the tortoise enclosure next to the glass house on the far side of the fernery wall.

Is it dinner time yet?
Tortoise at the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset
Is it dinner time yet?