50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Basildon Park

We've pointed out some great spots in Basildon Park for you to complete the 50 things to do before you're 11¾ list. You can do more than 20 of the 50 things at Basildon Park. We've also organised some events to help you tick some activities off your list.

    1. Climb a tree

    Child climbing a tree in the garden at Mount Stewart House and Garden, County Down

    There are many trees in the parkland that you can climb. Be a bird and climb up to your perch in your chosen tree. Here you can look down on the world and feel the wind on your face.

    4. Build a den

    Den building

    You can find lots of branches, twigs and leaves in our grounds to build a cosy den. (Every Wednesday during the summer holidays).

    6. Run around in the rain

    Legs in wellies splashing through a puddle/Guy Harrop

    Summer is the time for having fun, no matter what the weather is like. Don't let rain spoil your summer days, enjoy a good run in the rain around our garden.

    7. Fly a kite

    Child flying a kite

    Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Our big front lawn is a perfect place to fly a kite. We love seeing all different shapes, sizes and colours of kites flying in our skies.

    18. Create some wild art

    A child making a daisy chain

    There are lots of natural bits and pieces you can find in our grounds to create some wild art. We have lots of daisies around - how about picking a few and making a beautiful chain? (Every Thursday during the summer holidays).

    31. Hunt for bugs

    A child searching for wildlife in the hidden valley

    Lots of creepy crawlies live in our garden. Take a look at the deadwood along the woodland walk and you will find some minibeasts there.

    36. Make a home for a wild animal

    Track wild animals 50 Things

    Animals are easy to find if you follow their footprints, feathers or fur. Lots of wild animals live in our parkland, can you track them and make them a nice home? (Every Tuesday during the summer holidays).

    45. Find your way with a map and compass

    Compass learning at Hafield Forest

    Become an explorer and find your way around our huge grounds with a map and compass, (every Monday during the summer holidays). We also have weekly Friday Nature walks at 11am.

    44. Go bird watching

    Going bird watching

    There are lots of different types of birds flying around here. Find a quiet spot along our parkland walks, take a seat and get your binoculars ready for some bird spotting.