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Children exploring the Wish Tree, Aira Force, Cumbria © NTPL/Paul Harris

Children exploring the Wish Tree, Aira Force, Cumbria

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.

This weekend tick off number 21 on your list as you head for the hedgrerows for a spot of foraging. The places we care for have some great spots for picking blackberries, and if that's whet your appetite have a go at number nine and eat an apple straight from the tree.

Summer events

Pack a picnic and join us for some outdoor theatre this weekend, from The Tempest at Trelissick to Treasure Island at Coleton Fishacre. There's open air cinema at Corfe Castle as well as loads of 50 things events.

Try one of our summer recipes

Our kitchen gardens have been full of berries this summer, so chef Clive Goudercourt has been busy using them in our kitchen. Here he's using some from Greys Court to make a summer classic, Eton mess.

Bank holiday ideas

If you're planning a long journey this weekend, make a pit stop at one of our places and let your passengers really stretch their legs. We've got lots of adventures for families and plenty of great bank holiday stops-offs, that aren't too far from main roads.

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Visit our shop

There are lots of great items in our summer sale, and we’re putting our online customers at the front of the queue. Whether it’s something for the home, a present or just some personal retail therapy, our shop has plenty for you to choose from.

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.