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 you can complete.
If your family has caught the cycling bug then you’ll find the extensive network of trails at places we look after great for adventures on two wheels and at some of them you can hire bikes too. Over 150 of the places we care for are also within a mile of a Sustrans National Cycle Network route, even more reason to tick off 50 Things activity number 11 – ‘Go on a really long bike ride’.
Celebrate the coast by taking part in our biggest wildlife survey at a BioBlitz event. There are even more events to join in with by the sea this summer including shore foraging, kayaking, coasteering, orienteering, rockpooling and wild swimming. For more outdoor adventures don’t miss our den building, campfire cooking, raft building and tree climbing events plus barefoot and night walks – plenty of opportunities to complete some 50 Things challenges.
Come rain or shine it’s hard to beat a day out by the sea and we’ve picked some of our best beaches for a fun-packed family day out. Unleash your inner adventurer and see how many of our top 50 Things activities at the beach you can do, take to the water in a kayak or have a go at surfing. It’s also possible to cling to the cliffs on a coasteering expedition at many of our coastal places.
Themed trails bring walks to life for curious young minds and you can pick up route maps at lots of the places we look after. 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 entertained from start to finish.
Number one on the 50 Things list, 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. Get some tips from our tree climbing expert.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to get away from it all and go camping in the wild, number three on the 50 Things list. Pitching a tent overnight offers the chance to do even more 50 Things activities – grab a torch and go on a night-time nature walk (don’t forget to look out for wild animal tracks and bugs), lie out and gaze up at the stars or cook on a real campfire.