'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Attingham

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

We think Attingham is the perfect place to explore and discover more about nature using the National Trust's list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.

Throughout the year look out for organised events and activities where you can have a go at one or more of the 50 Things. For example, in mid-May you could plant a sunflower seed with some help from our gardeners for Number 41. Help a plant grow, or enjoy a night at Attingham for Number 3. Camp outdoors  at the Attingham Camp (May half term), or join us to look up at the night sky for Number 27. Go Stargazing at a family starwatch evening in October.

But you don't always need us to help you explore the outdoors - there's plenty of ideas for nature adventures on the list of 50 Things that you could do with your friends and family on a half day or full day visit to Attingham. How about building a den in the Deer Park, playing pooh sticks off one of our bridges, or running across the Bee Lawn bare foot.

Tick off number 24 and head out on a barefoot adventure
A close up of a child's feet between the grass and daisies
Tick off number 24 and head out on a barefoot adventure

Read on for our top five 50 Things nature adventures to be had at Attingham.

Number 1. Get to know a tree

There'a wealth of trees to be explored at Attingham. What do they feel like, what leaves do they have, do they have a smell? Head up to the top of the Deer Park to see the Repton Oak - this tree is over 600 years old!

Get to know a tree
Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.
Get to know a tree

Number 4. Build a den

Every part of den building is brilliant! Whether it's the excitement of building something completely from scratch, or squishing up inside for a family picnic - you'll never look at a bunch of sticks and twigs the same. If you're already a master den builder how about making a mini-den for a woodland creature?

Build a den
Mother and daughter building a den in the woods
Build a den

Number 14. Dam a stream

Along the Mile Walk, half way between the Walled Garden and the Suspension Bridge you'll find a stream running along the path. Have a go at making a dam with sticks and stones, what happens to the water? When you've finished don't forget to remove your new 'structure'.


Number 33. Go cloud watching

Stop off somewhere like the bee lawn, pick a spot, sit or lie down, look up: what shapes or images can you see in the sky?  Can you see a fluffy sheep, a smiley face or a funny shape?

Find a comfortable spot to watch the clouds drift by
Child lying on the grass looking at the sky
Find a comfortable spot to watch the clouds drift by

Number 50. Take a friend on a nature adventure

Why not share your nature adventures with a friend? You could hunt for minibeasts together, or see who will win a game of poohsticks on one of the bridges at Attingham?

Make a daisy chain
Girl and boy laying on grass making a daisy chain
Make a daisy chain

To find out more about events and activities taking place at Attingham Park throughout the year visit our What's On page below.

A side view of the Mansion with spring trees and cows in the foreground

What's On at Attingham

Discover What's On at Attingham during 2019.


Upcoming events

Green Heart Woods as part of #ShowTheLove

Wed 26 Feb 2020
Enjoy a gentle stroll this spring and admire hundreds of green hearts created as part of the #ShowTheLove campaign. During February (weather dependent) this walk will also play host to thousands of snowdrops.

Mansion weekday tours

Wed 26 Feb 2020
The Mansion will only be open for exclusive tours Monday to Friday from February 24 to March 27 2020. It is open for free flow visits every weekend from 15th February and daily during the Shropshire schools’ half term week of 17-21 February.

Attingham Active Walkers - Step Out

Fri 28 Feb 2020
Explore Attingham's paths with this bi-weekly walking group which aims to get you active and stepping out.

SOLD OUT - Night Run - Experience Attingham in a new light 2020

Sat 29 Feb 2020
Join us for our Night Run this leap year day (Feb 29th), in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. This event is about having fun at your own pace, meeting new people, exploring Attingham after dark and raising funds for our ongoing conservation work.

Attingham Active Walkers - Step Further

Mon 02 Mar 2020
Step a little further with these 5-6 mile monthly walks both on the main Attingham Paths and onto the wider estate.

SOLD OUT - Willow for Well-being with the Wild Craftist

Mon 09 Mar 2020
Arts and crafts are good for the soul and your own physical and mental well-being. Reserve a free space for one of these free monthly willow weaving sessions for a little bit of crafting with sticks and time well spent with others.