Start checking off your 50 things at Nymans

We've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾ and you can start your very own adventure at Nymans today.

Pick up a scrapbook from our visitor reception, and you're ready to begin exploring. You can collect stickers for the activities you've completed and sign up online to claim rewards, upload pictures and design your own virtual Outdoor Explorer.

Below are our top 5 things to do at Nymans and a list of all the other things we think you can check off at our place. Lots of them you can do on your own with friends and family, and some of them we'll help you do at special events throughout the year.

    49. Find a geocache

    We’ve got 2 geocaching trails at Nymans – one in the woods for intrepid adventurers, and one in the garden which is great if you’re just starting out. You can borrow a GPS device from us and start hunting.

    31. Hunt for bugs

    Come and take a close look and you may spot all kinds of bugs. Bees and butterflies on the flowers, worms wriggling on the soil and ants marching across the paths. Check out who has moved into our bug hotel.

    18. Create some wild art

    Making wild art

    Collect all kinds of fallen materials when you explore, colourful petals, leaves, crispy pinecones, bark, fluffy feathers and twigs. Use them to make a pattern picture or even a mini forest.


    4. Build a den

    Den building

    We have a great spot in the garden where there are plenty of sticks and natural materials to build your own den.



    33. Catch a falling leaf

    Children with autumn leaves

    Play in the colourful leaves in autumn and watch them fall from the trees. Are you quick enough to catch one as they float about in the wind?


    More activities to do at Nymans

    Come exploring throughout the year at Nymans to tick off these self-led activities: 
    4. Build a den
    6. Run around in the rain
    12. Make a trail with sticks
    15. Play in the snow
    16. Make a daisy chain
    17. Set up a snail race
    18. Create some wild art
    21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild
    24. Go on a walk barefoot
    25. Make a grass trumpet
    28. Climb a huge hill
    30. Hold a scary beast
    31. Hunt for bugs
    33. Catch a falling leaf
    34. Track wild animals
    36. Make a home for a wild animal
    44. Go bird watching
    45. Find your way with a map and compass
    49. Find a geocache