Family-friendly things to do at Souter Lighthouse
There are lots of family activities at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas to help make the most of your visit. Find out more about what's on and plan your visit.
February half term
This half term at Souter, we're getting hands-on to help birds; join us Monday 19 February to build a bird box to take home. Plus we've got outdoor games and sports in the Foghorn Field on Wednesday 21 February. To find out more, head over to our what's on page.
Planning your family visit
- Baby-changing facilities are available
- For safety reasons, back-carriers are not permitted inside the lighthouse.
Souter's year-round events programme offers lots for families to do, indoors and out. To find out what's on, head to our events page.
Family fun at Souter Lighthouse
Souter is a very special lighthouse to visit, it was the first in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. You can discover how lighthouse keepers lived and how they helped to keep ships at sea safe. Get hands-on with interactive activities and climb 76 steps to the top of the tower, where you’ll find Souter’s huge, powerful lamp and views stretching for miles.
With the Foghorn Field outside and over two miles of open grassland on The Leas, there’s plenty of space to run, play and picnic.
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your ‘50 things’ list any day of the week. Just for starters you could:
- No. 7 Fly a kite
- No. 11 Explore on wheels
- No. 20 Go paddling
- No. 39 Catch a crab
- No. 44 Watch a bird
It doesn't matter if you’re over 11¾ - parents and grandparents can join in too.
Borrow a balance bike
Your little ones can borrow a balance bike free of charge when visiting Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. You don’t need to book anything; just turn up and get going. They're available during school holidays and weekends, as long as the weather isn't too wet or wild.
Find out what to see and do on a visit to Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. Climb the lighthouse, explore the rock pools and discover this haven for wildlife.
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