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Family-friendly things to do at Kingston Lacy

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There's plenty of room to let off steam at Kingston Lacy | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

From natural play areas to family crafts, Kingston Lacy is a great day out for those with children. Whether you take your bike for a spin along the Woodland Trail or bring a frisbee for a game on South Lawn, plan your day spending time together.

Easter activities at Kingston Lacy

Put a spring in your step this Easter, by joining us in the Easter festival field. You'll find lots of playful activities, from Pin the tail on the bunny to an Egg and spoon obstacle course, that will challenge and amuse every generation. And practice makes perfect, so go back and enjoy your favourite activity again and again before collecting your chocolate egg.

If you're looking for a quieter visit, the Festival field is usually less busy in the afternoons. It's also open for two weeks after the main Easter holiday weekend, so you can come back as many times as you like. There'll be an additional craft activity included from Monday 8 April.

The Festival field is open 29 March-14 April, 10am-3pm.Please note, the weather has not been kind recently and the field is grass; we recommend stout footwear and suitable clothes. Normal admission plus £3 per trail, no booking needed. See link at the foot of this page.

Three children and an adult looking at an Easter activity trail in the sunshine at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
Bring all your friends for a great day out | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Family activity spotter cards

Get everyone involved with our free activity cards. There are prompts to help you notice nature and wildlife during your visit, ideas to engage your child's imagination and suggested activities when you get home. The cards are free, so pick one up from reception when you arrive.

Planning your family-friendly visit to Kingston Lacy

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access-friendly toilets.
  • Buggy-friendly route around the Woodland Trail.
  • Play areas on the Woodland Trail and in the Kitchen Garden.
  • Children’s menu available from the Stables Café.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop.
  • Buggy store near the second-hand bookshop (buggies are not allowed in the the house).

Play areas at Kingston Lacy

Set your little explorers free at our two play areas. Scramble, clamber and slide in the Woodland Trail play area, where the equipment might be a castle, a ship or a fort – let your imagination decide! You can build your own den or trace the finger maze or stroke the wooden animals; the equipment encourages children to connect with nature. Then hop over to the Kitchen Garden, where the play area takes inspiration from its surroundings for younger children; you can take a ride on a wooden cow, plant wooden veg in the mini greenhouse and relax on the buddy swing, suitable for even the smallest babies.

A child on wooden play equipment
The natural play area at Kingston Lacy, Dorset | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Things to do in the garden

Kingston Lacy's South Lawn is the perfect place to spread out a rug in the summer. Bring a picnic or pick up your favourite treats from the Stables cafe. Don't forget the frisbee or tennis ball – but take care, there could be other people snoozing in the deck chairs! We're sorry, but dogs are not allowed on South Lawn.

If you've brought your four-legged friend, head out on the Woodland Walk or into the parkland instead. There are picnic benches available at the play area in the Woodland Walk.

The woods are filled with wild flowers and birds, so you can check off a few of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' (see below if you need some more inspiration).

Don't forget to go exploring on the Woodland trail round the parkland (see below) – it's perfect for a cycle ride as well as a longer walk.

Things to do in the house

Kingston Lacy is a very special family home, full of extraordinary stories and amazing things. Ask for the children's trail booklet at the entrance hall, which will help you spot some of the most interesting objects. How many different animals and birds will you be able to see in all the paintings?

Visitors exploring the Spanish Room at Kingston Lacy, featuring a collection of framed Spanish paintings, a large wooden table and chairs, and a visitors relaxing on a couch

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