Family fun this Christmas

Christmas will be a little different for us all this year, but there are still lots of ways to have fun as a family this festive season at Kingston Lacy. Embark upon an enchanted woodland adventure when you next visit, or why not have a go at some of our Christmas craft and recipe ideas at home?

Fairy door on the Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Enchanted woodland trail 

Add a little magic to your visit by exploring the enchanted woodland. Can you find the homes of our woodland fairies? Don't forget to have a go at the activities the little gnomes have put out along the way.

Post a letter to Santa at Kingston Lacy this Christmas

Post a letter to Santa

Santa is taking a break from visiting us this year but he will still be doing his rounds on Christmas eve and is looking forward to getting your letters this Christmas. Why not download our letter template or make your own before you visit and pop it in our special post box at the Shepherds Hut along the Woodland Trail.

Reindeer and sleigh in the parkland at Kingston Lacy

Take a reindeer selfie

Our friendly reindeer can be found along the woodland trail. Can you take a family photo and share them with us on social media using #kingstonlacy?

National Trust Christmas crafts

Christmas craft ideas

From paper chains and pine cones to scented orange slices, keep little fingers busy and learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas.


Christmas acts of kindness for nature

Christmas is a time of giving as well as receiving and nothing needs our help more at the moment than nature. We have put together some ways to help the wildlife that lives in your area this winter.

Visitors baking together in a National Trust kitchen

Christmas recipes to try at home

Have a go at making these delicious sweet treats this Christmas. From sticky gingerbread to our flavourful spiced biscuits, there is something to get you and your loved ones taste buds tingling.

Ignite at Kingston Lacy

Ignite: fire and fantasy at Kingston Lacy this Christmas

This December experience Ignite - a brand new after-dark experience in the garden and parkland at Kingston Lacy. Produced for the first time in partnership with Sony Music, this new illuminated trail offers moments of reflection and playful discovery that create an enchanting landscape filled with wonder.

Enjoy a stroll at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

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.