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A family-friendly day out at Sandilands

Family laughing and running along the shoreline at Studland Bay
Spend time with family on the beach | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Are you looking for a perfect place for your family to unleash their spirit of adventure? Sandilands is the ultimate destination to ignite your child's love for nature, with stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife. You’re bound to create memories to cherish for years to come.

Planning your family visit

Here's some key information for planning your family visit...

  • The car park has baby changing and toilet facilities, including an accessible toilet. It costs 40p to use the facilities, and contactless payment is available. The toilets are open all year round.
  • To access the site from the car park, you'll need to climb some steps with a centre handrail.
  • The site is relatively flat, but the ground is uneven and has some steep slopes, which may be muddy in places following wet weather. Improving accessibility to the nature reserve is a key goal of our ongoing project.
  • There’s plenty of space to play with frisbees and balls, but please be mindful of ground-nesting birds and other wildlife in the long grass.
  • SandiDunes café kiosk offers a selection of kids’ drinks and snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks, hot food and sweet treats. There are gluten-free and vegan options available. Please let the team know if you have any allergies or intolerances so they can assist you.
  • Friendly dogs on short leads are welcome at Sandilands.
  • The entrance to Sandilands is free.
Family making sandcastles
Make sandcastles on the beach | © National Trust Paul Harris

Family-friendly things to do at Sandilands

Space to play and picnic

Sandilands offers vast and sweeping green areas, perfect for outdoor games, leisurely strolls and picnics. What's more, you can even enjoy a refreshing paddle in the sea since we're located right on the Lincolnshire coast.

Creative Kits

Get out into nature and use your senses to discover your creativity at Sandilands. Bring along your preferred art materials or collect a creative kit from SandiDunes café kiosk.

Painting the Fens childrens event at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Get creative at Sandilands | © National Trust Mike Selby

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾

Join in the fun of National Trust's "50 things to do before you're 11 ¾" bucket list designed for young adventurers. Whether you choose to watch a bird, make friends with a bug, or go exploring in your wellies, Sandilands has plenty to offer. Before you embark on your adventure, be sure to grab your activity book from the SandiDunes café kiosk.

Our top five ‘50 things’ to do at Sandilands this spring are:

No. 16 Wear a wild crown

No. 20 Go paddling

No. 28 Climb a huge hill

No. 33 Go cloud watching

No. 48 Take a friend on a nature adventure

Coming soon at Sandilands

Sensory backpacks

Our sensory backpacks come with a variety of sensory items, such as fidget toys, a magnifying glass, and an ear trumpet, and are suitable for people of all ages with diverse needs.

Eco quest backpacks

Are you looking to unleash your spirit of adventure? Our eco-quest backpack is an easy-to-use kit that allows young explorers to become a ranger for the day and get closer to nature.

The Sandilands eco quest backpacks are supported by the Coastal Community Challenge and the Big Lottery Fund, now called the National Lottery Community Fund.

A child looks through yellow binoculars directly at the camera with a big smile on his face.
Become a ranger for the day at Sandilands | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Capture the moment

As spring arrives, take the opportunity to make memories and reconnect with your loved ones. With the days getting longer and wildlife coming out, don't forget to capture those special moments. If you wish to share your photos on social media, feel free to tag us using #NTSandilands or @NTSandilands. Let's make 2024 a year full of precious memories inspired by nature!