50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Ashridge

Tick off some of your 50 things at Ashridge. With acres of outdoor space and nature to explore, Ashridge is the perfect place to spend a family day out.

Picture of two children looking inside a fallen tree

No. 1 get to know a tree 

Some trees have spaces big enough to get inside. Others can be climbed. Many have vibrant summer flowers or colourful autumn leaves to catch. Get to know a tree and see what creatures they are home to - it's No. 1 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Two children build a den at Killerton, Devon

No. 4 Build a den 

Build a den out of sticks on a flat spot in the woods, cover it with leaves, and you've got a pirate hideout or a meeting place for spies. There are loads of National Trust places with perfect spots for den building.

Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.

No. 18 Create some wild art 

When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how? There's so much to choose from in the natural world, but make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home.

A child holds a large leaf with a beetle sitting on it at Coleton Fishacre

No. 31 Make friends with a bug 

Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice - there are all kinds of creepy crawlies hiding at the places we look after and you can tick off No. 31 on our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' - making friends with a bug.

Children watching a heron in the water garden at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

No. 44 Watch a bird 

To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?