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.

Cycling at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Bike rides

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’.

Canadian canoes on Pont Pill in the Fowey estuary, Cornwall

Seaside escapades

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.

Two girls picking blackberries from a bush

Themed trails

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.

Children climbing a tree at Roseberry Topping

Tree climbing

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.

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Wild camping

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.