The 50 activities to do before you're 11 3/4 challenge - Part One

The 50 activities to do before you're 11 3/4 challenge - Part One


Posted 27th Jun 2016


Do you want to make the most of the summer months but find yourself unsure as to exactly what to do? We've spoken to the National Trust who have come up with the '50 things' challenge - a list of activities for all of the family to get stuck into! The '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' is a great way to get your children to forge connections with nature - and you may get the chance to tick a few off yourself! In part one we will take you through one to ten.

1. Climb a tree

Erddig, Wrexham
Tree climbing with the Big Tree Climbing Company, 28 July & 25 August.
Hour-long sessions starting at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm
Head to Erddig and climb a tree higher than you’ve ever climbed before to tick off number 1 on the ‘50 Things to do’ list. Spend an hour with tree climbing experts who will guide you up Erddig's trees using ropes and harnesses. While you’re up there get a good look at the 1,200 acre estate from a different perspective. Afterwards have a good run around, see if you can find some places you spotted from the top and use your new climbing skills to clamber up more trees.
Price: £18.50 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01978 315178
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig

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Image courtesy of National Trust / Nick Daly / Megan Taylor

2. Roll down a really big hill

Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Wild Wednesdays, 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24 August, 2pm – 4pm
Try some more challenges on the ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾' list at Coleton Fishacre this summer. Have a go at pond dipping, create some wonderful wild art and of course take the chance to roll down a really big hill. To pick up speed when rolling down the hill, lie on the grass, make your body into the shape of a sausage and get a friend to give you a gentle push. After your adventure why not finish the day with a tasty ice cream at Café Coleton.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01803 842382
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

3. Camp out in the wild

Fell Foot, Cumbria
Family wild camping adventure, select weekends in July and August
Why sleep in a boring bed when you can sleep outdoors under the stars? Join the National Trust team on the shores of Lake Windermere for a night of family fun. Simply pitch your tent and head outside for some wild adventures: who knows what you’ll see? The campsite is basic, but the surroundings are stunning.
Booking Essential
Price: £8 per tent & car. Additional adults £6, children £3 and additional car £7 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 015395 31273
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

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Image courtesy of National Trust / John Millar / Paul Harris

4. Build a den

Malham Tarn Estate, Yorkshire
Den Building and Geocaching at Malham Tarn, 28 July, 1pm – 4pm
Have you always wished you could build a super-secret den to hide from the grownups? Then head down to Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales for a day of muddy adventures and den building. You’ll learn how to create a secret hideaway using only what you can find in the wild, and have a go at following a geocaching trail to find some hidden treasure.
Price: £5, booking essential
For more information, please call 01729 830416
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/malham-tarn-estate


5. Skim a stone

Brancaster Estate, Norfolk
50 things - Wild Wednesdays and Thursdays, 21, 27 & 28 July, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 August, 10am – 4pm
Take a trip to the Norfolk coast and spend the day frolicking in the sun on this family fun beach day. Build an epic sandcastle, hunt for creepy-crawlies, learn to fly kites and have a go at skimming stones. The trick is to find the perfect stone; the smoother, rounder and flatter the better. Can you do four bounces?
Please meet at Brancaster Beach (PE31 8AX), look out for flags & staff.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01263 740241
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brancaster-estate

6. Run around in the rain

The Argory, County Armagh
We’re all hoping for sunny summer holidays, but there’s one great activity that you can only do in wet weather; run around in the rain. Just pull on your wellies and a raincoat, make sure you have dry clothes to change into afterwards, and head out into the wild weather for a rainy run-around. With 320 acres of wooded riverside estate to explore, The Argory makes a great day out whatever the weather. Explore the woodland, splash in muddy puddles and see how many rainy games you can invent. Head to the café afterwards for a tasty hot chocolate and a slice of cake.
Price: Normal admission charges apply
For more information, please call 02887 784753
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-argory

7. Fly a kite

Lyme, Cheshire
Kites at the Cage, 16 August, 12pm – 3pm
Let’s go fly a kite, high up above the Cage. Bring your own kite to show off your skills in this mass kite-flying event. Will yours be the highest in the sky? The Cage will also be open so head up the tower to see stunning views across Cheshire and Manchester from this historical hunting lodge.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01663 762023
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

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Images courtesy of National Trust / John Millar

8. Catch a fish with a net

Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey
Pond life, 27 July, 11am – 4pm
Delve below the pond surface to discover what lives in the strange world beneath. You’ll be amazed by the creatures you can find. See if you can complete number 8 on the ‘50 things’ list and catch a fish with a net. Don’t forget to pop it back underwater quickly though. After you’ve had your fill of fishy fun, head down to the adventure playground in Dairy Wood for a good old run-around.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01248 714795
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-country-house-and-gardens

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
The Hinton Ampner estate has 1600 acres for you to discover, including walks through woodland rises and stunning views over the Hampshire Downs. Try out number 9 on your ‘50 things’ and eat an apple straight from the tree in the orchards. The ripest apples are on the outside branches, furthest away from the trunk. Look in the orchard at Hinton Ampner, but don’t forget to ask a member of staff first. And remember; don’t eat raw cooking apples as they could give you a tummy ache.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01962 771305
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner

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Images courtesy of National Trust / Jennie Woodcock / Arnhel de Serra

10. Play conkers

Osterley Park, London

There are usually mountains of conkers to find at Osterley Park in London, although you may have to wait until the end of the summer to start finding them. Stroll around the estate or speak to one of the rangers to find out exactly where the best trees are. Remember, it’s not always the biggest conker that wins. 50 things tip: put some conkers in a bucket of water; all those that sink to the bottom are winners, those that float are losers.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call, 020 8232 5050
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house

Lead image courtesy of National Trust / John Millar





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