50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Chartwell
Get outside and closer to nature at Chartwell this year as you tackle the nation's list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Check our PDF map for the best locations to do each of the following activities.
1. Climb a tree
Once you cross the lakes and enter the woodland you'll find lots of trees you can climb. Be sure you remember only to climb on big study branches and that an adult is nearby.
2. Roll down a really big hill
Across the lakes from the house there's a really big hill going up to the woodland. Once you get to the top gate turn around and roll back down. Keep an eye out for ducks, geese, and swans though.
4. Build a den
Walk up into the woodland and find out sweet chestnut coppice area. You'll find plenty of dens already made, and lots of material to build your own.
18. Create some wild art
The woodland floor has so much to offer a budding natural artist. Keep your eyes open for interesting colours and textures, leaves, sticks, and pinecones, and create a masterpiece on the ground or in a tree. The old quarry in the woodland has plenty of space to create you work of art.
28. Climb a huge hill
The hills to either side of our lakes are pretty huge, and the hills keep going up into the woodland. Climb up the hill across the lakes and roll back down, then climb up again and tick off another thing to do before you're 11 3/4.
31. Hunt for bugs
Visit our bug hotel in the garden to see all sorts of creepy crawlies, or go on a hunt in any of the flower beds in the gardens. Bugs are everywhere on the grounds at Chartwell; how many different kinds will you find?
32. Find some frogspawn
The ponds at Chartwell are a great place to look for frogspawn and adult frogs. While you're on the hunt for some, take a look at Churchill's beloved golden orfe fish.
34. Track wild animals
Deer, foxes, dormice, and squirrels are just a few of the wild animals that have been spotted at Chartwell. You'll find all sorts of animal tracks up in the woodland, do you know how to identify each one?
35. Discover what's in a pond
The ponds, lakes, and swimming pool at Chartwell are full of life. What will you find when you take a closer look?
38. Bring up a butterfly
Churchill used to raise butterflies here in his butterfly house. Come to Chartwell this summer to see our caterpillars turn into butterflies and be released into the garden when they're ready. Check the garden board to see if butterflies will be released that day. Even if they aren't, you can still learn about how to raise your own butterflies at home, and what plants and flowers butterflies love.