Posted 6th Jul 2016
It's part two of our round up of the National Trust's 50 activities to do before the age of 11 3/4 (and if you missed part one you can catch up here).
Do you want to make the most of the summer months but find yourself unsure as to 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!
11. Go on a really long bike ride
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
Family bike ride, 1 July, 3 August, 6pm – 8pm (last admission 7pm)
Getting on your bike and feeling the wind in your hair is an amazing way to explore the great outdoors. Use some pedal power and enjoy a rare chance to cycle around the Water Garden at Studley Royal and the ruins of Fountains Abbey on this fun family bike ride. A single circuit is about 2.5 miles or for little legs there's a handy shortcut.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01765 608888 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden
12. Make a trail with sticks
The Vyne, Hampshire
Make a trail with sticks, 17 August, 12pm – 1pm
Young outdoor adventurers can head down to the Vyne to spend an hour creating your very own secret trail marked out with sticks. The challenge is whether someone can follow it afterwards. All that’s needed is a keen eye for detail and an enthusiasm for roaming. Afterwards why not explore the woodlands and see if you can find The Hidden Realm playground.
Price: £1 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01256 883858 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne
13. Make a mud pie
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex
Discoverer Week - 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾, 22 – 25 August, 11am – 3pm
The perfect recipe for a mud pie is mud and more mud. This is your chance to get really dirty at Birling Gap and become a fully-fledged discoverer. Create big creatures from what you find on the beach, make a trail out of sticks, jump over waves, and of course, make the biggest, messiest and muddiest mud pies you can possibly imagine.
For more information, please call 01323 423197 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birling-gap-and-the-seven-sisters
14. Dam a stream
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire
Head out for a day of discovery around the ancient woods and tumbling streams of Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors. Burbage Brook is just waiting to be played in. Why not try damming the brook with rocks and branches found on the water’s edge? It won’t be long until you look down and the stream has turned into a pond. After you’ve finished you can have fun smashing down the dam you’ve made and returning it to its natural state.
Price: normal admission charges apply
For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/longshaw-burbage-and-the-eastern-moors
15. Play in the snow
Snowshill Manor and Gardens, Gloucestershire
You’d be hard pushed to find snow during the summer holidays but you can visit Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds. Play hide and seek in the winding hazel run, follow the path of the turf maze and clamber on the wooden farm animals. Don't forget to try on the helmets in the manor or the giant boots in reception. Take the chance to experience something that you are unlikely to find anywhere else by having a go on the modern penny-farthing and operating the model railway in reception.
Normal admission fee applies
For more information, please call 01386 852410 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor-and-garden
16. Make a daisy chain
Springhill, County Londonderry
Run wild at Springhill this summer and venture through the woodlands to discover a clearing with natural climbing frames, rope swings and dens, mystical creatures and thrones. Set your imagination free and spend hours climbing, creating, playing and exploring. Once you’re all tuckered out, Springhill is also an idyllic place to have a picture-perfect picnic and relax on the grass making daisy chains. How many daisies can you fit onto a necklace?
Price: Normal admission charges apply
For more information, please call 02886 748210 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill
17. Set up a snail race
Race a Snail, 25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22 August, 2pm – 3.30pm
Pick a likely looking snail and with a ready, steady, go, take part in this not-so-fast and furious race to the finish. All just for fun. Will yours be the winner? Once the excitement of the races is over, why not explore Trelissick’s twisting, hidden paths and play hide and seek through the woodland garden.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01872 862090 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick
18. Create some wild art
Wild art activity day, 26 August, timed sessions between 11am and 3pm
Set your imagination free and go in search of materials that vary in colour and texture from around the rolling parkland at Croome. Create a clay animal with objects found in the park or make a seed bomb to help spread wildflowers around the country. Once you’ve worked up an appetite why not find a sunny spot in the park for a tasty picnic and a game of tag.
Price: £2 per person (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome
19. Play pooh sticks
Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Cumbria
If you like the thrill of a good old fashioned game of Pooh Sticks then this is definitely the activity for you. Your first task is to find a winning stick. Will it be big, small, thick or thin? Once you’ve chosen suitably head to Ashness Bridge where you can marvel at the amazing views across Derwent Water before the race begins. Simply drop your sticks into the flowing water and see who wins.
For more information, please call 020 8545 6850 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale-and-derwent-water
20. Jump over waves
Embleton and Newton Links, Northumberland
Beach Fun Day, 23 July, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Spend a fun filled day at the beach with National Trust rangers catching crabs, holding scary beasts, checking out all the crazy creatures in the rock pools and jumping over waves. All waves are great fun to jump over, but especially the big ones. How high can you jump?
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01665 576 874 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/embleton-and-newton-links