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

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


Posted 12th Aug 2016


It's part five of our round up of the National Trust's 50 activities to do before the age of 11 3/4 (and you can catch up on parts one, two, three or four)

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!

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Wild Wednesday: Plant it, grow it, eat it, 10 August, 10.30am – 12pm
Stowe is getting pretty wild this summer, so why not get your hands dirty too? The team will be on hand to help you plant your very own cress seeds in the shape of a creepy-crawly caterpillar. Simply decorate your caterpillar, plant the seeds and watch them grow at home ready for summer picnics. While you’re there make sure you explore this magical park with its mystical temples and huge lake. Head to the Farmhouse Kitchen Garden to get inspiration for your next growing project.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply), booking essential
For more information, please call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

watering your plant
Image courtesy of Arnhel de Serra

42. Go swimming in the sea
Porthor, Gwynedd
Come rain or shine the Llyn Peninsula is a dazzling jewel of a place with sparkling seas, sandy beaches and vast skies. It’s the perfect place to see how many of the ‘50 things’ activities you can tick off in an afternoon. Create some wild art, go for a swim in the sea and check out the crazy creatures in the rock pools. Porthor even has whistling sand, listen out as you walk along the beach at the end of your ‘50 things’ adventure.
For more information, please call 01758 760469 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/porthor

43. Build a raft
Wray Castle, Cumbria
Mini Raft Building, 11 & 13 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Ready for voyage? Try not to get your feet wet. Head to Wray Castle and create your own natural mini raft ready for a mini regatta on Lake Windermere, hosted by the rangers. Whose raft will ride the crest of the waves, and whose will sink into the murky deep? There's only one way to find out.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 015394 33250 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wray-castle

44. Go bird watching
Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim
Go Wild with the rangers, 29 July, 10am – 12pm
Join National Trust rangers at Carrick-a-Rede for a morning of fun and adventures in nature. See what you can find while fossil hunting at Larrybane Quarry then cross the rope bridge for bird spotting on Carrick-a-Rede Island.Remember to keep as quiet as a mouse so you can hear the bird’s songs clearly.
Price: Free event, booking essential
For more information, please call 028 2073 3419 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede

45. Find your way with a map and compass
Branscombe, Devon
Treasure hunt, 5 August, 1pm – 3pm
If you’d like to plan your own adventures and step into the great outdoors with confidence then you’ll need to know how to use a map and compass first. You’ll never get lost if you can use these trusty tools. Join the rangers at Branscombe and see if you can use a map and compass to find the hidden treasure. Afterwards why not stick around for a dip in the water, see how far you can skim a stone, or carry on treasure hunting in the rock pools and see what hidden creatures you can discover.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01297 680507 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/branscombe

46. Try rock climbing
Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland
Outdoor Climbing Adventure, 24 July, 10am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Scale Crag Lough right below the atmospheric Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. You'll get an introduction to movement skills, harnesses, belaying and climbing calls. You will also get a chance to do some bouldering and bottom rope climbing, as well as learning to tie a figure of eight knot. Keep your eyes peeled for some big cracks and places to get a good grip on the rocks.
Booking essential - suitable for ages 8+
Price: £15
For more information, please call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hadrians-wall-and-housesteads-fort

47. Cook on a campfire
Dudmaston, Shropshire
‘50 things’ Woodland Camp, 23 – 24 July, 10am – 10am
Pack your tent and your sleeping bag and head to Dudmaston for an adventure in the great outdoors. There’s no kitchen in the woodland but that’s no reason to miss dinner. You’ll learn a range of bushcraft skills including how to light and cook on an open fire. There’ll be time for stories around the campfire before bedtime, and you’ll wake up the next morning to the sweet sound of song birds and the rustle of wind in the trees. You’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face and the smell of wood smoke in your hair.
Price: Adult: £45, Child: £25, Family (2 adult, 2 children) £120. Booking essential
For more information, please call 01746 780866 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston

john millar
Image courtesy of John Millar

48. Ride a horse
Ashridge, Hertfordshire
Summer weekend pony rides, every weekend July & August, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, short sessions (10 – 15 minutes)
Give your summer holiday a kick-start and get up in the saddle for a short ride on Ashridge’s very own ponies. You’ll get to see the world from a whole new perspective and see if you could one day be a winning jockey. Once you’ve said farewell to your new furry friend, why not explore the rest of the estate on foot? The Wildwood Den near the visitor centre makes a perfect natural play spot.
Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for the weather.
Price: £3
For more information, please call 01442 851227 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate

horse riding
Image courtesy of Arnhel de Serra

49. Find a geocache
Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd
Wild nature: Find the way, 25 July, 11am – 4pm
Adventure, perils and treasures… only the most skilled and daring explorers will venture to Penrhyn Castle for a day of maps, compasses, stick trails and kites. Try your hand at treasure hunting and borrow a GPS device for the afternoon. Geocaching is about finding 'caches' that have been hidden by other 'geocachers' – some include small toys and trinkets. Bring something with you to swap for something in the cache.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01248 353 084 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

gps tracking

50. Canoe down a river
East Soar, Devon
Discover the secrets of the Salcombe estuary on a canoeing quest with Singing Paddles. Book a taster session or day trip and explore hidden coves, shipwrecks and a shore buzzing with wildlife – all without ever having to leave your canoe. What will you discover?
Price: varies depending on session
For more information, please call 0775 442 6633 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-soar/features/dave-halsall---singing-paddles

canoeing
Image courtesy of David Levenson





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