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

    50 Things 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

    50 things roll down a 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

    Den building 50 Things

    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

    Creative art at Wicken Fen

    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

    View across the parkland at Hardwick

    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

    Ladybirds come in all different colours

    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

    50 things frog spawn

    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

    A red squirrel peering out from the branches of a tree

    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

    A family enjoying water play at Cragside

    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

    A Peacock Butterfly rests its wings

    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.