Things to do before you're 11¾ at Hardwick

Get outdoors and closer to nature by trying our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Here are our top 10 fun things to do outside at Hardwick. Why not try at least one on your visit?

    Go on a nature walk

    Family on one of the GoWild! Family Walks

    Join our GoWild! Family Fun Walks and discover more about nature at Hardwick. There are lots of activities to do along the way. Perfect for young families.

    Climb a tree

    Children climbing trees in the woods

    There are plenty of trees at Hardwick to climb and play in. We also have balance trails near the Miller's Pond - see if you can balance on the fallen logs.

    Hunt for bugs

    Two boys with their bug hunt finds

    Come along to one of our GoWild! Family Fundays and take part in loads of activities to inspire your family to get outdoors and closer to nature. Armed with a magnifying glass, children can root around for all sorts of creepy crawlies.

    Make a daisy chain

    A child making a daisy chain

    Visit Hardwick during summer and you'll find lots of daisies to make necklaces and bracelets with. Just pierce the stem of a daisy and thread another through the hole. Keep going until you have a lovely chain.

    Try orienteering

    Children have a go at orienteering

    Can you find your way using a map and compass? Have a go at our orienteering trail at Hardwick and see if you can follow the right route.

    Catch a butterfly

    Butterfly catching

    Bring a butterfly net with you and try to catch some beautiful butterflies and magical moths in the park.

    Build a den

    A family busy denmaking

    Take part in our GoWild! August Activities this summer and have a go at our holiday boredom busters. There'll be lots of outdoor activities for children to join, including building dens and making mud pies.

    Climb a really big hill

    View across the parkland at Hardwick

    Take a walk in Hardwick Park and climb up the really big hill towards the Hall. The view from the top is definitely worth it.

    Find treasure

    Pinpoint the location of the geocache or treasure box hidden at Hardwick using a GPS device or your smartphone. Once you've found the geocache, what will you discover inside?

    Fly a kite

    Child flying a kite

    'Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height.' Hardwick is situated right on top of a hill so it gets breezy up here - perfect for kite flying. Bring yours along when you visit.