Dyrham's top 10 things to do before you're 11 ¾

There's now yet another excuse to enjoy the outdoors at Dyrham Park: the National Trust's fantastic challenge of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Here's our selection of the top ten activities available at Dyrham (and don't worry, you can still take part if you're over 11 ¾ - we promise not to tell anyone).

    Climb a tree

    An intrepid 50-things challenger climbs a low-lying bough of this unusual tree

    With over a thousand individual trees in the open parkland at Dyrham, there's no shortage of choice - but not all our trees are suitable to climb. Ask at reception for our recommended trees, and make sure you come prepared with the right clothing and footwear.

    Roll down a really big hill

    A 50-things challenger rolls down one of Dyrham

    There are plenty of hills to choose from at Dyrham, from gentle slopes to serious hills for those who really want a challenge. Check the hill isn't out of bounds and there's nothing in the way (especially if it's brown and smelly) and off you go. Best to wear old clothes for this one.

    Balance on a fallen tree

    Two young children having fun jumping around on one of the fallen tree trunks in the park at Dyrham

    The park is full of fallen trees that have been left on the ground to encourage bugs and fungi. Sometimes, they are turned into benches so visitors can enjoy some of the great views. Either way, you'll have no trouble completing this challenge, as long as you've got good balance.

    Take a look inside a tree

    Kids climbing onto and into one of the amazing hollow tree trunks at Dyrham Park, near Bath

    Some of the great trees at Dyrham are over 300 years old and their trunks are massive. Down by the house is a set of ancient plane trees that are perfect for climbing inside. Just remember, there could be a big black crow lurking inside who might be surprised to see you.

    Feel like you're flying in the wind

    Feel like you

    The two things needed for this challenge are a really windy day and a wide open space. There's no shortage of space or wind in the higher parts of the park, so this should be a pretty easy one. Just close your eyes and let your imagination transport you.

    Climb a huge hill

    The sweeping parkland in front of the East Front at Dyrham Park

    A good one to combine with no. 2 on the list - either before you roll down the hill, or after. And if rolling down the hill turns out to be good fun, you might even find yourself doing it several times- a good way of putting any adult you're with to the test.

    Hunt for bugs

    A bug pot with a magnifying lid means you can see this slug in all its glory

    It's a brilliant bug's life here at Dyrham - there are so many old trees and patches of long grass to hide in. Borrow a magnifying glass from reception, keep your eyes peeled, and remember that the bugs will be a lot more scared of you than you are of them - so be gentle.

    Track wild animals

    A male deer looks proudly out over the deer park at Dyrham

    From deer to badgers, barn owls to squirrels, hundreds of wild animals have made Dyrham Park their home, so you won't need to look far to spot some tell-tale tracks or pungent poo (but remember, deer can easily take fright, so try not to get too close, especially if they're young).

    Plant it, grow it, eat it

    A visitor gets stuck in planting her very own radish seedling to take home

    Head to Old Lodge picnic and play area in the park to find our allotment - be inspired by the range of delicious-looking vegetables on display and then try planting your own seeds (provided for free) to take home with you. Hopefully, you'll soon be able to eat what you've grown.

    Fly a kite

    A boy running along with his kite

    Bring your own kite or borrow one from reception and then head out into the park for some exciting kite-flying. There are plenty of wide open spaces to choose from, but remember that sometimes it can acutally be too windy - we wouldn't want you to get carried away.

If you complete some or all of our top-ten things to do before you're 11¾, we'd love to hear from you: why not send us an email to tell us how you got on.

Plus, we're looking for exciting new challenges to add to our list of 50 things - submit your ideas at nationaltrust.org.uk/50things for a chance to win a 50 things adventure pack.