Kingston Lacy

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Kingston Lacy
4.5
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Jaffathecat1
oxford451 contributions
Beautiful House & gardens but very limited lunch/catering
May 2021 • Couples
Really worth the visit today even though the house is closed during the restrictions. The formal gardens are amazing with a riot of colour.... The Acer tree section & Japanese Garden are fantastic and add to the amazing range of colours in the place.

The NT booking system is cumbersome & restrictive, given that booking slots are only released on a Friday for the week ahead and because of the restrictions the food on offer is very limited. We pitched up hoping for a sandwich at 2.20pm & everything had been cleared away or sold out.... Best to take a picnic!
Written May 6, 2021
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iainasalmon
Bournemouth, UK14 contributions
Super Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 2021
It's all too easy to become blase about locations which are close by and regular haunts so I thought it worth writing about our trip to Kingston Lacy today with our daughter and grand daughter. Plenty of parking and well organised entry system taking into account current restrictions and on to the Eater Egg Hunt. For £3.00 there are activities to complete as you walk round the woodland walk. These are varied and imaginative and the 10 clues are spaced so as to maintain interest.

The children were happy to play on the way round with lots of logs and seats and information points to prompt the use of differing senses and to ensure the walk never became monotonous.

Booking in advance is a bit of a pain but it does mean the space never seems over-crowded and you can spend more time enjoying the emerging flowers and shrubs at your leisure.

It really is worth a visit
Written April 1, 2021
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foggy66
Dorset, UK69 contributions
Great to see the snowdrops
Feb 2021 • Couples
Visited today to walk amongst the snowdrops. Wonderful in the cold sunshine and very uplifting in these depressing times. Highly recommended and well worth booking.
Written February 12, 2021
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,315 contributions
Winter Walk
Jan 2021 • Couples
Kingston Lacey is our nearest National Trust property so we visit here a few times a year.
Firstly we’ll done National Trust for keeping open as much as possible during 2020 & for keeping the gardens as well maintained as possible.
Very impressed with the booking system introduced by the National Trust & the volunteers working there checking entry times etc during these difficult Covid restrictions.
Had a lovely long walk around the whole woodland area as well as some of the more ornamental gardens that permit dogs.
The walk itself is on fairly flat land & I believe unless you had major walking difficulties most people would find this an easy walk.
Well done also for all the work involved with creating the fairy trail. Lovely to see children enjoying it 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️
No doubt we will visit again.
Written January 13, 2021
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EcoWarrior
Salisbury, UK61 contributions
Fantastic light display - well worth it!!
Dec 2020
EXCELLENT. We went yesterday evening, including a wheelchair user, and it was Fantastic. Although it was well attended and appeared busy in the car park, the queue was well managed and only took 2 minutes. There were additional public toilets before you went in.
Food and drink stands are as soon as you go in, then you begin to walk around. Most of the paths are very wide and people can pass you if they wish. There are reminders all the time about social distancing and stay in your groups. Most people were wearing masks so we felt very safe.
The lights were so magical, very clever, the enchanted forest was amazing! Took us around 1hr 15 minutes to walk round slowly - we didn't feel rushed and would urge you all to go!
Written December 30, 2020
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arabella s
1 contribution
DIsappointing
Dec 2020
We went as a family to the see the Ignite light display (having been to Stourhead last year which was fabulous). What a disappointment! Refreshments at the beginning of the walk and not the end! No funfair rides for the children at the end. A long walk to get to anything and then not worth it. NOTHING spectacular or memorable - all in all not a good experience though I will say that the car parking and getting in were very efficient. And to cap it all more expensive than Stourhead.
Written December 30, 2020
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adabournemouth
Bournemouth, UK425 contributions
Disappointing
Dec 2020 • Couples
This event was disappointing on so many levels. It was a very dull display with little or no colour. There was nothing related to Christmas apart from one robin. It was grossly over priced and more importantly than anything it was not COVID compliant at all. Yes it was outside but little chance to social distance. Pleased that was over 14 days ago! Never again.
Written December 28, 2020
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Catherine S
1 contribution
Magical light
Dec 2020 • Couples
Magical snd imaginative. I especially liked the storbook theme through the woods and looking back at fields of lights. The best display they have had. Safety very well thought out. Great change from usual santas and snowmen
Written December 27, 2020
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anthony H
Wimborne Minster, UK7 contributions
I wouldnt return
Dec 2020
If you are really, really bored, and cant think of anything else that might even possibly be entertaining, then maybe try it ...maybe. BUT not for the price they charge - very expensive. PS dont explain any Christmas theming - there is none.
Written December 24, 2020
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kjd742018
Bournemouth, UK2 contributions
2020 disappointment continued..
Dec 2020 • Friends
Sadly this was a huge disappointment!! Particularly with 2020 having been such an awful year and many of the usual festive things that lift spirits and create memories not being able to take place. The opportunity to see the Kingston Lacy lights this year was one that I embraced. It sadly made memories for all the wrong reasons. Car park was very busy on arrival, worryingly so. I expected it to be muddy, which it was, as it is an outdoor event so would definitely recommend suitable footwear for it.
Good points: Nice options of mulled wine or cider and burgers and hotdogs to purchase. Some may find the prices a little high but not to a horrific level.
Plenty of bins along the first part of the walk to dispose of the rubbish which was good.
A few of the displays were pretty

Bad points: Too many people!
A lot of standing in the dark on a small path waiting for a queue to move. Some people not allowing for space to social distance. We couldn’t work out why we were waiting so long, turns out it was due to sheer volume and human bottle necking by the displays. We spent so long standing around that it distracted from the point of why you had gone there. When you finally got to a display most were either average or strange. A lot of the displays were repeated along the walk, which did not engage you. I also overheard the marshals radio saying ‘try to get people to take pictures quickly and move on’. No pressure then! The walk didn’t flow and have many things along the way to continually look at. This would explain why people were taking longer to look at the displays when you finally got to them. The walk was shorter than last year and seemed to use less of the grounds, most likely to keep people in a one directional movement but seemed so much less for much more cost. Having seen the event at this time last year and being completely blown away by the lights, colour and music, this year was incredibly underwhelming. Some displays literally did look like they had just been dropped and were waiting for dressing. Whilst appreciating that the house was partially open last year and Christmas adorned every area, this event did not do justice to the beauty of Kingston Lacey or the lovely grounds by any stretch.
My advice? Wait til the house re opens in spring and appreciate the true beauty rather than an expensive, frustrating and rushed experience.
Written December 24, 2020
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