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Family activities at Dunstable Downs

One girl and one boy chasing each other around on a vast green landscape.
Children exploring the great outdoors at Dunstable Downs | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

There are loads of different family activities designed to help you explore and discover Dunstable Downs. However you choose to spend your day with us, your adventure starts here.

May half-term: flying frisbees

Who will take the title of ultimate frisbee champion? Come and master our frisbee golf course this upcoming May half-term!

Dates: Saturday 25 May-Sunday 2 June
Times: drop in between 10.00am-4.00pm
Price: £3 per trail which includes frisbee, challenge sheet and award. Additional car parking admissions apply.
Booking: no pre-booking required

Kite flying

The elevated position of Dunstable Downs makes it a perfect location for flying kites. You can bring your own or you can purchase one from our shop with kites priced from £8 each.

Balance bikes

You can borrow a balance bike from our visitor centre free of charge. Perfect for pre-school children learning to ride a bike.

Build a den

Venture into Chute Wood and tick off no. 4 of our '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' at our new den building area! Castle, cave or pirate ship... let your imagaination run wild and build the hideout of your dreams using an array of specially placed deadwood!

Try geocaching at Dunstable Downs

Up for a challenge? We have hidden six camouflaged geocaches across the Downs, taking you to places you may not have visited before. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt which you can take part in using one of the free geocache apps, including one at It will guide you to within a few metres of the geocache hiding place and once there, you will need to use your eyes to seek out the cache.

Get your free geocaching account and start hunting today.

Try Geocaching at Dunstable Downs with our geocaches hidden on the downs. Waterproof camo boxes with note pads, pencil and other knickknacks in
Try Geocaching at Dunstable Downs | © National Trust / Fiona Partridge
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