50 things - summer fun in our gardens and parks

Across the South West in our gardens and parks we offer regular activities and events for fun and adventure - many giving you the chance to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenges. Below are some of our summer favourites.

    Arlington Court, Devon

    Enjoy a gentle 1.5 mile play trail and visit monkey puzzle mania and find the fort in the woods, or test your balance in the wilderness on our stepping logs. Every Wednesday and Friday until 29 August you can join our expert rangers for the day. Learn about the work they do and pick up some skills such as shelter building, cooking on a fire, tracking animals, hunting for bugs and more.

    Avebury, Wiltshire

    Wild Wednesdays on 30 July, 6, 13, 20 and 27 August, 11am-4pm. Every Wednesday in the school holidays our rangers will be on hand in the old farmyard with lots of tips and activities to help you tick off your list of 50 things. Hunt for bugs, make a trail with sticks, or just run around the largest stone circle in the world.  Whichever day it is, Avebury is a great place for a wild adventure with over 1,600 acres of downland to explore with scattered with mysterious monuments, hills to roll down and perfect spots for picnics and kite flying.

    Stourhead, Wiltshire

    Get closer to nature with our Forest Fridays where you'll find summer family fun whatever the weather. Our bushcraft expert can help you build den, create some wild art or make a mud pie. Our garden team will be on hand to help you climb a tree, explore inside one and learn more about how we look after our really tall and old trees.

    Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

    On weekdays until 29 August you can join one of our workshops in our 50 things discovery den located in the Tudor Courtyard. Activities change daily but will include two a day, from making a simple kite from recycled materials, creating some wild art, hunting for bugs to catching a falling leaf, making a home for a wild animal or planting a seed to take home in a pot. There are also trees to climb, daisies for making daisy chains, woodlands to meander through and a stream - perfect for playing pooh sticks.

    Dunster Castle, Somerset

    At our Wild Wednesdays in August at  you can get in touch with your wild side as you get up close to big bugs and admire the creepiest of creepy crawlies with Bugfest. Other events in the summer include Siege and Surrender days - a chance to journey back in time with a Civil War soldier; Edwardian falconry days, and sheepdog and falconry days.