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Getting creative on the beach at Brownsea Island in Dorset © NTPL/John Millar

Getting creative on the beach at Brownsea Island in Dorset

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

We want to get children outdoors and closer to nature this summer so we’ve compiled a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.

Get creative this week and make some wild art. Try using leaves, sticks, shells, driftwood or petals - your palette is limitless and we can help you find the best places to have a go. Then tick off number 18 'Create some wild art', on our list of 50 things.

What's on

Join us at an event this month. From the World Belly Board Championship in Chapel Porth to watercolour painting at Overbecks, and a huge variety of events inbetween. We've a full schedule of interesting things to do at interesting places near you.

Take the ultimate ice bucket challenge

Just been nominated for the ice bucket challenge? Show everyone how it’s done in style with the ultimate adrenaline activity that the whole family can enjoy - gorge scrambling. It's a white water adventure through the rugged Lake District landscape.

Rainy day ideas

Don't let the wet weather keep you indoors, we've got lots of ideas for rainy days. Visit one of our many castles or find somewhere that has featured on film using our movie map.

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Our shop favourites

Our buyers spend all their time tracking down products for our online shop that are both unique and authentic. We asked them to tell us about their favourite products, and this is what they chose.

Become a member

Why not join us for a year of more days out than in? We offer individual, joint and family memberships and as your fee goes towards keeping these places special, you'll be preserving them for generations to come.

Go glamping

Come away with us this summer and you can sleep out in style. We’ve got deluxe camping pods just perfect for those who like the great outdoors without the fuss. We’ve also got yurts for those in need of an exotic alternative.

Walk the dog

Let your four-legged friend run free at one of places. We have lots of regular furry visitors and miles of countryside for them to explore. Find a dog friendly holiday cottage for a weekend break or try making some of our dog biscuits.