For families

50 things to do before you're 11¾

We've put together a list of 50 of the best outdoor activities you can do before you're 11¾. Up for the challenge? Visit us and start crossing things off your list. Don't forget to sign up.

There are 10 things you can cross of your list when you visit us

There are 10 things you can cross of your list when you visit us

Other badges you can earn nearby

  • Roll down a really big hill
  • Balance on a fallen tree
  • Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Climb a huge hill
  • Track wild animals
  • Call an owl
  • Go sledging in winter
  • Fly a kite
  • Find your way with a map and compass

Could you be a Hidcote Hunter?

Have a go at bug hunting

Pick up one of our new Hidcote Hunter activity rucksacks from our visitor reception. It's packed with fun filled activities for the whole family to enjoy. You'll even get to see the world through the eyes of a fly.

Fun family themed trails

Will you be able to solve the puzzle and win a prize? Time your visit right and explore the deepest, darkest corners of the garden looking for hidden clues and mind-boggling riddles.

Wet weather activities

  • The tennis court © Hidcote Manor Garden

    Play tennis

    Don't let rain stop play. Our all weather court can be used no matter how wet it is.

  • The tennis court © John Millar

    Splish, splash, splosh

    Watch giant puddles form in the East Court Garden. They're perfect for jumping into.

  • Skunk cabbages look great along the Stream Garden at Hidcote © Lisa Edinborough

    Water world

    Listen to the sound of water as it gushes down the stream gardens.

Ideas for rainy days

Ready for a splashing time? © John Millar

Ready for a splashing time?

Don't let the weather spoil your fun. Put your waterproofs on and get your wellies out because you're going to get wet.

Go exploring

Our beech trees make great umbrellas © Hidcote Manor Garden

Our beech trees make great umbrellas

Try and stay dry by finding the best places to shelter in the garden. Shelter in style beside the amazing mural in the Italian House or make use of the giant trees along the beech alley.

Underwater creatures

Frogs and newts visit the ponds to spawn ©

Frogs and newts visit the ponds to spawn

Watch the thousands of tadpoles swimming in our pools in spring. Don't be too squeamish though - they make a tasty treat for our rare great crested newts.