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

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


Posted 11th Aug 2016


It's part four 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, two or three you can catch up here).

31. Hunt for bugs
Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire
Bug hunting - Summer Holiday Workshops, 27 & 28 July, 10 & 11 August, 11am – 3pm
What’s the creepiest crawly you can find at Woolsthorpe Manor? Become a true wild explorer and lift rocks, dig in the mud and hunt in the bark of fallen trees to find bugs and beetles, spiders and slugs galore. Try pond dipping to see which creatures you can find in the murky depths of the water, and why not set up a snail race to complete your day full of slime and grime.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01476 862823 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor

32. Find some frogspawn or frogs
Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
It may be bit late in the year to find frogspawn but there’s sure to be some frogs hopping around. Frogspawn looks like thick jelly laid in clumps and normally appears in ponds and slow-moving streams in March but the timing can vary a lot depending on the weather. Toad spawn looks similar but is laid in long chains. If you’re too late to see frogspawn never fear – tadpoles will appear around one month later and are just as much fun to watch.
Price: Free (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 028 7084 8728 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhill-demesne-and-hezlett-house

frogs
Image courtesy of John Millar

33. Catch a falling leaf
Knole, Kent
Family Monday - Wild art and wood, 8 August, 11am – 3pm
Take inspiration from Knole’s ancient parkland and have a go at creating some beautiful wild art this summer. Explore the park to find natural materials to make a flag, get involved with leaf printing and finger painting, watch wood-turning with the expert bodgers and discover the folklore behind the Green Man. Why not try catching a falling leaf to use in your art? It’s harder than you think especially in the summer months, but worth it if you succeed.
Price: Free event, donations welcome
For more information, please call 01732 462100 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

34. Track wild animals
Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Adder Adventure, 16 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 23 August, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Join the team as they go in search of Britain's only venomous snake - the adder. Listen to a fascinating talk about British reptiles from Sheringham’s learning officer, before heading off into the park to seek them out. Adders are very shy, but luckily we know some of their favourite places to hide.
Price: £2.75 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01263 820550 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park

national trust imagery
Image courtesy of National Trust

35. Discover what’s in a pond
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
50 Things Activity Day, 27 July, 10, 17, 23 August, 11am – 4pm
What will you find in the pond? Murky pond water is full of life, so dip into the hidden world beneath the surface and discover something new. There’ll be loads more to get stuck into, from bug hunting to snail racing and everything in between. Don’t forget to explore the lighthouse while you’re there. Climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower, take in the amazing views and discover why Souter Lighthouse truly was 'a marvel of its age'.
Meet in Foghorn Field.
Price: Small charge for some activities
For more information, please call 0191 5290909 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas

nick murray
Image courtesy of Nick Daly

36. Make a home for a wild animal
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, Conwy
50 things fun day, 19 August, 11am – 4pm
Head down to Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant to complete some ‘50 things’ activities against the backdrop of beautiful Welsh countryside. You could try making a bug hotel out of twigs and stones, a hedgehog house or even a little bird box. All sorts of animals need homes to live in so get creative. Afterwards have a go at planting a seed to grow tasty vegetables, and see if you can find the special animal puzzle trails through the woodlands.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01690 713323 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ty-mawr-wybrnant

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
Strangford Lough, Co. Down
Rock Pool Extravaganza, 13 August, 11am – 1pm
Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at the magical Kearney Village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools. You’re sure to come away with lots of watery wildlife facts. Check out the rest of the lough while you’re there and see if you can spot some red squirrels, seals and sea birds. Why not make a whole day of it and go on a canoe adventure once you’ve finished rock pooling?
Price: £3
For more information, please call (028) 4278 7769 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/strangford-lough

creatures in rock pool
Image courtesy of John Millar

38. Bring up a butterfly
Heddon Valley, Devon
Family Butterfly Trail, 20 July - 31 August, 10.30am – 4pm
The Heddon Valley attracts hundreds of butterflies in the summer months. To celebrate them National Trust volunteers have created a fun family trail through the valley. Why not stop for a while and sit in the meadow and draw one? The rangers' office is looking a little dull so they would love to put your favourite butterfly drawings on their wall. While you’re there make sure you ask for some top tips on bringing up your very own butterfly. You never know, you may even find a caterpillar.
Price: £1
For more information, please call 01598 763402 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heddon-valley

39. Catch a crab
Embleton and Newton Links, Northumberland
Rockpool Ramble, 22 August, 11am – 2pm
Join the rangers on a hunt for starfish, sea anemones and crabs – with the right bait and piece of string it’s easier than you think to catch one. See what other crazy creatures hide amid the seaweed on Northumberland's beautiful coast. Hang out afterwards with a picnic at Embleton Bay. With the backdrop of Dunstanburgh Castle for inspiration this fine sandy beach has everything you need to create the perfect sand castle.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01665 576 874 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/embleton-and-newton-links

john millar
Image courtesy of John Millar

40. Go on a nature walk at night
Dunstable Downs and the Whipsnade Estate, Bedfordshire
Glow Worm Walk, 23 & 30 July, 10:15pm – midnight
Explore Sharpenhoe Clappers at night with the National Trust ranger team and learn more about some amazing residents of the estate, the glow worms. Prepare to be dazzled by these incredible creatures as they illuminate the countryside. Just remember to pop on some comfortable boots and bring a torch, it can get pretty dark on the Downs.
Price: £4 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01582 500920 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate

steve sayers
Image courtesy of Steve Sayers





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