Discovery backpacks

Borrow a backpack and discover more of the great outdoors at our visitor centres

Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.


Our free-to-use discovery backpacks offer young visitors a helping hand to get up close to nature.

You can borrow a backpack on your visit to:

What's in a backpack?

Discover Backpack

Each discovery backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.

The backpacks also include some challenges to help get your nature hunt started.

Try out bark rubbing, have a go a bird spotting, or set off on a search for mini-beasts in the woods.

How do I borrow a backpack?

  • There is no charge to borrow a discovery backpack
  • A parent or other adult will be asked to fill in a brief registration form and leave a deposit
  • Backpacks are issued on arrival and cannot be booked in advance
  • Backpacks should be returned to the visitor centre after use
  • There is a limited supply of backpacks at each visitor centre and they are issued on a first come, first served basis