Hardy's Birthplace And Thorncombe Woods Scavenger Hunt

Dorset Council’s Country Parks have worked together to create a free family Scavenger Hunt to help keep the little ones busy. You can choose do this at all of our sites or anywhere else in the countryside. Take a photo of the poster on your phone when you arrive or download it from our Facebook pages before you get there. Find all the pieces of the trail and get creative by making a natural picture using your treasures. Share your snaps with us on our facebook pages by using the hashtag '#DorsetCountryside'. The scavenger hunt is also taking place at Durlston Country Park, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest and Avon Heath Country Park.


Venue address
Hardys Birthplac Visitor Centre
Higher Bockhampton
West Dorset

Other information

Term Time
School Holidays
Opening times
Tue: 10:00-16:00
Wed: 10:00-16:00
Thu: 10:00-16:00
Fri: 10:00-16:00
Sat: 10:00-16:00
Sun: 10:00-16:00
Additional Information
Just for fun - use any natural material you find to help make mini homes for our resident mice, hedgehogs and more. Listen to the music the countryside makes, grass blowing in the wind, puddle splashing and log drumming, try and copy all the noises. If you discover something new and are not sure what it is, take a picture and send it to us on Facebook, we would love to help. Please be responsible and give eachother plenty of space, and respect the countryside. Contact for more details


Wheelchair accessible
All-terrain mobility scooters are available for hire from Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre. There is no charge, but users must be members of Countryside Mobility which is £2.50 fortnight membership or £10.00 annual membership. Please call to book in advance.
Parking availability information
Car parking charges now apply: £1 for 2 hours / £3 all day. No charge for Blue Badge holders on display of a valid permit. No charge for National Trust members visiting Hardy's Cottage on receipt of car registration details in Visitor Centre.
Some activities and family support services listed in our directory may be cancelled, postponed, or running in a different way due to coronavirus restrictions. Please contact providers to check for information about any changes.

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Address: Hardys Birthplac Visitor Centre  Higher Bockhampton  Dorchester  Dorset