50 Things: Pond dipping

50 Things: Pond dipping

Ready for a May half term adventure?

Now that the days are getting warmer and evenings becoming longer, May half term is the perfect time to head outdoors and experience some of nature’s wonders.  Keep your little ones connected with nature and help them complete a list of 50 things to do before they're 11 ¾. From geocaching to bike rides, but hunts to rockpool rambles we've got plenty going on for the whole family to enjoy.

Nature spotting


Look under rocks, up in the trees, glimpse into ponds and listen carefully for sights and sounds of nature all around.  Use our handy nature spotter guides to help you.

Nature events

Become a twitcher for the day © NTPL/Ben Selway

We've got plenty of nature events taking place this spring, here are just three that you could join:


Fountains Abbey parkrun

Get your running shoes on... © Brian Kay

Whether you're a budding Olympian or just want to go for a run, head to Fountains Abbey for their weekly parkrun. Set within the stunning grounds, take in the surroundings of the abbey ruins and water garden as you go.

There's plenty to be inspired by at Rievaulx Terrace this Spring © National Trust

There's plenty to be inspired by at Rievaulx Terrace this Spring

Nature in spring

There's nothing better than seeing nature come to life and knowing that spring is in full swing. The sound of birds returning from their winter migration, the glimpse of butterflies flitting through the air and the sight of bluebells, cowslips and other wildflowers rising through woodland and meadows.  

Get outdoors

If you like life in the great outdoors, you'll love some of the great things you can do with us in the open air. Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a walker or you just like escaping for a while, find a special place to enjoy it in Yorkshire.

What's on

Come and play

We've got some of the best play areas in Yorkshire. Kids can let off steam in their woodland surroundings, whether they choose to be king of the fort, see how high they can swing or simply let their imaginations run loose.