50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Cragside

We all know the importance of getting our family out and about - fresh air, exercise and memories that will last a lifetime all await you in the Great Outdoors.

But we also know that sometimes convincing the young ones to get off the sofa can be a real effort.

Research has found that fewer than 1 in 10 children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree, one in ten can't ride a bike, and three times as many are taken to hospital after falling out of bed, as from falling out of a tree.

    Find out which adventures you can do here

    50 Things To Do Before You

    Tick off your adventures by completing one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ on a day out at Cragside.








    No. 1 Climb a tree

    Three girls sitting astride sprawing rhododendron trunks

    Or climb on a tree, there are stumps lying all around.







    No. 4 Build a den

    Boy peering out from underneath foliage

    Or get lost in the Labyrinth.








    No. 5 Skim a stone

    View of north lake (looking north)

    There are lakes a plenty for skimming stones.







    No. 6 Run around in the rain

    Children with umbrellas in the rain

    Or shelter under the huge trees and listen to the patter of rain.







    No. 13 Make a mud pie

    Children playing in the mud

    Find some mud and get making, use stones and leaves to decorate.







    No 18. Create some wild art

    Wild art made by visitors at High Cross House Devon

    Pick up some twigs, feathers and leaves and make a wild art picture.







    No. 22 Explore inside a tree


    Or look for a tree that's inside a hut.







    No. 25 Make a grass trumpet

    A family group blowing a grass trumpet

    There's plenty of grass around.






    No. 28 Climb a huge hill

    Rocky up hill footpaths at Cragside

    Take one of the many paths from the main car park to the adventure play area - they're all uphill.






    No. 32 Find some frogspawn

    A small lake surrounded by trees

    Look out for frogspawn, tadpoles and frogs by the lakes.






    No. 35 Discover what's in a pond

    Two boys pond-dipping at Cragside

    Tadpoles and water boatmen?






    No. 44 Go bird watching

    Cragside wildlife hide

    Visit our wildlife hide near the Formal garden and go bird watching.







    No. 45 Find your way with a map and compass

    A family of walkers in the woodland at Cragside, Northumberland

    Follow our many trail leaflets through the woodland - you can pick up the trails from the Info hut in the main Car park or the Visitor Centre.