Dunes are great places for families. Tuck into a picnic in the shelter between the tall dunes, feel the bare sand between your toes and search for wildlife and rare plants in the dune slacks.

Dune activity packs

Need inspiration for some fun family activities? Do you have what it takes to be a sand dune spy? Download and print these activity packs for your next visit to your local sand dunes. Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Fun for the whole family

Take Part in the John Muir Dune Discovery Award

The John Muir Award is a fantastic environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It helps people connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.

We have partnered with The John Muir Trust to give you the chance to complete the award with us. We've come up with a whole host of exciting ways that you can explore and protect your local sand dunes. Download your activity booklet and register for the award with us to get started.

Get Creative and Join the Dune Art Challenge

Simple, fun, and fantastic for kids, the Dynamic Dunescapes #DuneArtChallenge is a chance to a get creative, learn about our amazing sand dunes and enjoy a little of these beautiful coastal habitats from home.

We have created eight different sand dune-inspired arts and crafts activities, each with a how-to video and accompanying downloadable activity sheets. Take a look, share your dune art on social media using the hashtag #DuneArtChallenge and get creative!

Dune activities you can do at home

You can still enjoy sand dunes from the comfort of your sofa!

Grab your pens and learn about sand dune wildlife with our new dune colouring sheets or see how fast you can find all the words in our new word search!

Know before you go

Do you know where to find a sand lizard, or how to identify a silver-studded blue butterfly? Or why you might be lucky enough to see rabbits enjoying the dunes too?

Find out more about the special dune wildlife you might see before you visit! When you see them, don’t forget to tag us in your photos @dynamicdunes.

 

Early Gentian

Related to the dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa), I am a tiny plant, no more than an inch or two tall, which lives in dune grassland.

Fen Orchid

In June, my tiny yellow flowers add sunny splashes of colour to the landscape, but there are very few habitats left in the UK that I can live in!

Great Crested Newt

Sand dunes are a great place for me to live, especially when the dune system is made up of a mosaic of different habitat

Grey Seal

One of the most famous animals to live on the Lincolnshire coast, but I’m also one of the rarest seals in the world!

Natterjack Toad

My rough, warty skin is olive green and brown, and I have a long yellow line on my back.

Northern Dune Tiger Beetle

Can you see the large mandibles, a bit like pincers, near my mouth? I use these to dismember my prey!

Petalwort

Despite my name, I don’t actually have petals!

Rabbit

I used to live in lots of dune habitats all across the UK, where I was an important part of life in the dunes: my grazing would keep grassland short and by digging my burrows, I would keep patches of sand bare and encourage sand movement through the dunes.

Sand Lizard

I love basking in the sun on bare sand, however, you will be lucky to spot many of my friends as we are one of the UK’s rarest reptiles.

Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly

I’m a big favourite with Cornwall’s sand dune visitors in the summer months.

Events for Families

With restrictions lifting we're exploring different ways to safely run some fun family dune events, and we will share all the details  here. Check back regularly - we're always updating our events!