Young Environmentalist Award

A series of outdoor activities, families can learn about and look after nature. Among other tasks, measure bug biodiversity, see how camouflage works and map the audible landscape of The Vyne

Children must supervise their adults at all times.Dogs on leads are welcome.Meeting pointPick up an activity booklet from Visitor Reception and complete the activities.What to bring and wearWear comfortable weather-proof clothing.AccessibilityAll activities can be done keeping to the main paths, be aware woodland paths can be muddy with tree roots crossing them.OtherWarning: This activity may result in an affinity with nature and the desire to give wildlife a helping hand.


Normal Admission charges apply



Hidden across The Vyne estate, Tudor-themed geocaches lie waiting to be discovered.

To get started, all you need is a free account with and the official Geocaching® app or a GPS.

Or, if you prefer something a bit less digital, you can pick up a map at Visitor Reception. Normal admission applies.

Children's Tudor animal trail

Pick up your trail from Visitor Reception and keep an eye out for animals scattered across The Vyne. Normal admission applies.


Rooftop walkway

As we save this former Tudor palace, watch a major conservation project at roof level. While you're up there, don't forget to take in the views of The Vyne Estate. The walkway is accessible by stairs and by a lift.

Great for families

The Vyne boasts 2 play parks, 1 with tunnels and streams to dam, the other is in a walled garden, with small ride on tractors.


The large house has actvities for the children to find, and there is a lovely trail with bird watching hut.  
A great venue for bug hunting, skating or going on a scooter.

What to wear?


Outdoor clothing and sensible footwear appropriate for the weather.  Ski suits are really good for children when taking part in autumn and winter outdoor activities as they keep the child snug and offer brilliant protection when splashing in puddles :) We have ones similar to this.

They have a really good bird watching area over looking marsh land.  This kit contains everything you need to take your family bird watching, including bird identifcation cards and binoculars.

There are also some lovely nature trails. Allowing your little ones to go bug hunting under logs and in the leaves.


There are so many trees in the Vyne, why not make a little educational trip. get your little ones a book or worksheet and help them identify the trees you find.


Geocaching, roof top walk way, Childrens tudor trail, Playgrounds, Bird watching, Trails, Country house, River, Gardening

  • Young Environmentalist Award
    Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL
  • We're OPEN today 10:00 - 16:00

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday 10:00 to 16:00