50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Powis Castle

Here's a little secret: the great outdoors really is great.

There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had at Powis Castle and Gardens whatever the weather this season. 

We've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾, and you can start your very own adventure at Powis today. Pick up a scrapbook from our garden entrance kiosk and you're ready to begin exploring.

You can collect stickers for the activities you have a go at but how many of the 50 things can you tick off your list?

    4. Build a den

    Basildon Park 50things Den building

    To build a great den all you need is your hands, good woodland and some imagination. We have the good woodland, so we'll see you there.

    6. Run around in the rain

    Children playing on the great lawn labyrinth at Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool

    You don't just need sunshine to have fun in, pop on your wellies and raincoat and come and see if you can dodge raindrops in the garden.

    10. Play conkers

    Child with a handful of conkers

    Thread one of our conkers onto a piece of string and then let battle commence. '...a great conker is one that has been stored in a dry place for at least a year. This matures it and makes it rock hard and therefore formidable.' [Roald Dahl]

    12. Make a trail with sticks

    A photograph of a child making a stick trail at Dudmaston

    Use sticks as arrows and mark out a trail through the wilderness.

    22. Explore inside a tree

    The orangery at Powis Castle

    Explore inside 300-year-old yew hedges on the top terrace and on the orangery terrace.

    26. Hunt for fossils and bones

    Fossil embedded in the exit stairs at Powis Castle and Garden, Weslhpool, Wales

    Look carefully at the exit stairs from the castle. Can you find the fossil?

    31. Hunt for bugs

    Children bug hunting at Chirk Castle

    Discover the world of creepy crawlies. If you stop and take a careful look you'll spot mini-beasts and micro-monsters at Powis. What's the creepiest crawly you can find?

    33. Catch a falling leaf

    Children playing in the autumn leaves

    We have hundreds of trees in our garden and across the parkland. See how many leaves you can catch as they fall throughout the autumn months. We recommend a windy day as you have to get the timing just right.

    44. Go bird watching

    Going bird watching

    Powis is a haven for wildlife – keep your eyes peeled and listen carefully. To get a closer look, don’t forget your binoculars or you can borrow a children’s pair from the garden kiosk

    49. Find a geocache.

    A girl in a field holding a GPS unit for geocaching

    Do you like a challenge and a breath of fresh air? We have the perfect settings for a high-tech treasure hunt featuring four geocache’s placed in our grounds and the deer park.


Try out these activities at Powis at other times of the year: 5. Skim a stone 7. Fly a kite 9. Eat an apple straight from a tree 14. Play in the snow 24. Go on a walk barefoot 25. Make a grass trumpet 35. Discover what’s in a pond.