Summer activities for adventurous families
Enjoy a memorable family day out with us this summer. Join in with family-friendly events, plot your own adventures and see how many of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenges the kids can complete.
Dressing up like a Tudor at Trerice, pirate adventures at Coleton Fishacre, the world of Quentin Blake at Mottisfont, handling bladed weapons at Cotehele and turning rocks into metals at Levant Mine – just some of the family fun we’ve got in store over the summer. Many events are free though normal admission fees apply.
Come rain or shine it’s hard to beat a day out by the sea. Take to the water in a kayak at Mullion or cling to the cliffs on a coasteering expedition at Castle Ward. And there are plenty of 50 things challenges to do too, creating wild art in the sand, jumping over the waves, hunting for fossils, exploring a cave, checking out a rock pool, catching a crab or simply swimming in the sea.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to get away from it all and go camping in the wild. As well as being one of 50 ways to enjoy the outdoors itself, pitching a tent overnight in locations like Clumber Park also offers the chance to do even more of our 50 things – grab a torch and go on a night-time nature walk, lie out and gaze up at the stars or cook on a real campfire.
Celebrate summer with a picnic on top of Box Hill (rolling down it afterwards to complete number two on the 50 things list), against the backdrop of medieval Sizergh house or on Sandymouth beach. As well as enjoying tasty treats on the day, youngsters can get involved in preparing the picnic and with recipes like Erdigg lemonade or Montacute House beetroot and chocolate cake to try they won’t be going hungry.
If your family has caught the cycling bug then you’ll find the places we look after great for adventures on two wheels and at some of them you can hire bikes too. Whether you want to join a Sky Ride or explore one of 150 nearby Sustrans National Cycle Network routes, you’ll be able to tick off 50 things number 11 – ‘Go on a really long bike ride’.
Themed trails like Speke Hall’s Hidden paths walk bring walking routes to life for curious young minds. Plus with 50 things challenges to take on like picking wild blackberries, going in search of geocaches, finding a few friendly snails for a race or keeping an eye out for good pooh sticks (and bridges), the children will be occupied from start to finish.
Number one on the 50 things list (as chosen by our Kids’ Council) climbing a tree like Wallington’s 45ft Nootka Cypress is an essential summer activity. Swinging from branches, searching for birds and squirrels, seeing who’s the king of the castle or being lookout from the crow’s nest in a game of pirates, climbing a tree is a springboard to lots of mini adventures above the ground.