The 50 activities to do before the age of 11 3/4: part three

The 50 activities to do before the age of 11 3/4: part three


Posted 10th Aug 2016


It's part three of our round up of the National Trust's 50 activities to do before the age of 11 3/4 (and if you missed parts one and parts two 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!

21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild
Hatfield Forest, Essex
Family Bushcraft and Tracking Day, 22 August, 10.15am – 3pm
Could you survive in the wild with only the bare necessities? At this family bushcraft day you’ll learn all the basics to wild survival. Try your hand at building a shelter using only what you find on the forest floor and lighting a fire to keep warm. You’ll also learn how to collect clean drinking water and how to forage for food. If the summer sun has worked its magic there’ll be plenty of blackberries ripe for the picking too.
Price: £15
For more information, please call 01279 870678 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest

22. Explore inside a tree
Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
It’s time to have a go at number 22 of your ’50 things’ list and climb into one of the amazing hollow tree trunks at Dyrham Park, near Bath and Bristol. Some of the great trees at Dyrham are over 300 years old and their trunks are massive. Down by the house is a set of ancient plane trees that are perfect for climbing inside. Just remember, there could be a big black crow lurking inside who might be surprised to see you. Lots of beetles live inside hollow trees eating the rotting wood. Look closely and you’ll see their burrowing holes.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 0117 937 2501 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park

paul harris
Image courtesy of Paul Harris

23. Visit a farm
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Farms are some of the best places to get up close and personal with some new furry friends. Wimpole is a unique working estate, with an impressive mansion at its heart. At Home Farm, you can explore the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery, cattle sheds and some rare bread animals. Have a go at becoming a young farmer when you visit and try your hand at grooming the donkeys, drive a mini tractor or see how you get on at milking. There's plenty to keep you occupied down on the farm.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01223 206000 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

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Image courtesy of John Millar

24. Go on a walk barefoot
Godolphin, Cornwall
Barefoot Festival, 21 August, 10am – 4pm
Do you have ticklish feet? Feel the grass between your toes as you join in with the barefoot festivities at Godolphin. Enjoy a feast of textures for the feet on the specially-made barefoot trail of wood, mud, stone, slate and fabric, and have a go at yoga, Tai Chi, arts and crafts all with your socks off. There’ll even be barefoot professionals to explain the benefits of life without shoes.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01736 763194 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin

john millar
Image courtesy of John Millar

25. Make a grass trumpet
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
With 2,500 acres of parkland, woodland, wetland and farmland to explore, you’ll never be bored on an adventure around Hardwick estate. Hunt amongst the long grass for the perfect blade to use as a grass trumpet. For a strong sound simply find a big thick blade, pop it between your thumbs and give a long blow. While you’re there see if you can find an ancient tree to explore inside, go hunting for bugs or try going on a barefoot walk.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01246 850430 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick-hall

26. Hunt for fossils and bones
Golden Cap, Dorset
The Jurassic Coast is famous for its fossils and Charmouth beach, part of the Golden Cap estate; it is a great starting place. There aren’t many dinosaur bones around these days but you never know what other treasure you might find if you dig around. Remember, fossils can be found anywhere. They could be buried deep in the ground beneath where you’re standing at this very moment and some lucky people even find them in their own back gardens.
To find out more visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap

ian shaw
Image courtesy of Ian Shaw

27. Go star gazing
Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight
Night Life, 31 August, 7pm – 10pm
Spend an evening at Mottistone Gardens discovering what life appears at night. Knowledgeable National Trust volunteers will be on hand to help you map the stars in the sky as they start to twinkle. Try your hand at moth trapping, bat detecting and identifying birds from their calls, and go on a dusky walk to learn all about hedgehog rescue.
Price: £5
For more information, please call 01983 741020 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottistone-gardens

stargazing
Image courtesy of Steve Saunders

28. Climb a huge hill
Sugarloaf and Usk Valley, Monmouthshire
If you want to climb a really huge hill then the Sugarloaf is a great place to start. Technically a mountain, it stands at a whopping 596m above sea level and from the top you can see right across the Brecon Beacons and even into south-west England. See how many other ‘50 things’ activities you can try out on your way up. There are trees to climb and bugs to find, and you could even try tracking a wild animal.
For more information, please call 01874 625515 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sugarloaf-and-usk-valley

29. Explore a cave
Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
Discover Climbing, 6 August, 10am – 4pm
Try your hand at climbing on these 320 million year old rock formations at Brimham. Instructors from Harrogate Climbing Centre will be guiding the session to help everyone find their footing and try top-roping on a couple of routes. After the session why not discover the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape and explore all the nooks and crannies in the rocks. See if you can find some small cave-like crawl spaces amongst the rocks, you never know what will be hiding inside...
Suitable for everyone aged 7+.
Price: £7 per person (booking essential)
For more information, please call 01423 780688 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

paul harris rock
Image courtesy of Paul Harris

30. Hold a scary beast
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Wild Week - Brilliant Bugs, 22 – 23 August, 12pm – 4pm
Visit Dunham Massey during Wild Week to bravely complete one of the creepiest, crawliest ‘50 things’ activities. You may think beetles and slugs and spiders are scary to hold, but they’re probably more afraid of you. See if you can get up close to one and learn more about it. Be sure to handle it with care, they may look tough but they bruise easily.
Limited availability, collect a timed token from visitor reception on the day.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 0161 941 1025 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

beetle
Image courtesy of John Millar





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