‘50 things’ to do at Belton House

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

There are heaps of activities on the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list to keep you busy at Belton all year round.

Belton’s favourite springtime challenges

Learn to fly a kite in Knole Park, Kent.

No. 7 Fly a kite

When there's a bit of wind in the air, it's the perfect time to fly a kite. So, if you haven't flown one before, what are you waiting for? Belton’s oval lawn in front of the mansion is a great open space, where a gentle breeze will help launch your kite.

A family enjoying the woods at Box Hill

No. 19 Play pooh sticks

Pooh sticks is the perfect game for a spring afternoon by the river. Seek out the quirkiest looking twig, head to the bridge at the entrance of Belton’s outdoor adventure playground and get ready to throw your pooh stick into the water.

Children look at their trail map in a woodland

No. 45 Find your way with a map

Finding your way with a map might seem simple, but there's quite a lot to learn. Once you've mastered it, you'll never get lost again! Follow one of Belton’s spring walks to find your way.

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. There's so much to choose from in Belton's woodland, but please make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home! What will you use, and how?

Join nature’s band in the outdoor adventure playground at Belton House, Lincolnshire by Simon Robson Photography

No. 25 Join nature’s band

As the sounds of spring come alive find the woodland instruments in Belton’s outdoor adventure playground to enjoy a jive. Bounce on sound cushions while the wind rustles in the trees, chime the windpipes as the birds sing and create a tune on the xylophone with the river trickling in the background.

Take on Belton’s ‘50 things’ summer challenges

A child with a tadpole in a container of water and a fishing net, at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

No. 35 Discover what’s in a pond

It may look just like your reflection, but Belton's pond water is full of life. Scoop some out into a tub and check out what lies beneath the surface.

Children can get closer to nature at Wicken Fen

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

It’s great to investigate nature, but you can double the fun when you share your wildlife adventures with a friend. Summer's a great time to get outdoors at Belton, but no visit is complete without having some fun in Lincolnshire’s largest outdoor adventure playground.

Children roll down a hill

No. 2 Roll down a really big hill

Rolling down a giant hill is perhaps the best way ever invented to get to the bottom. It's also the most fun, so get out there, climb up to Belton’s ‘Old Wood’ in the parkland and have a go.

A close up of a child's feet between the grass and daisies

No. 24 Go barefoot

Belton is carpeted lovely grassy areas for freeing your feet. With over 1,300 acres of parkland and gardens, you won't be short of places to explore.

Hunting for bugs at Newark Park

No. 31 Make friends with a bug

Ladybirds, caterpillars, butterflies - what will you find hiding at Belton? Great spots for searching include under stones and wood, the branches, bark and leaves of trees and in long grass.

Discover the colours of autumn

Children den building

No. 4 Build a den

Building a den using natural woodland materials is one of the coolest activities on the ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ list and you can build yours in National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground, at Belton House.

A girl showing off a large conker

No. 10 Play conkers

Belton’s parkland has lots of big horse chestnut trees up the east avenue, so bring some string and smash away. To choose a killer conker, put some conkers in a bucket of water; all those that sink to the bottom are the best in battle.

Bellmount Tower, Belton House, Lincolnshire

No. 28 Climb a huge hill

Climbing a huge hill might seem really tiring, but once you've reached the top think about how much fun you'll have coming back down. See if you can make it up to Bellmount Tower; reach the tower from the car park on Five Gates Road.

Childrens' feet hanging from a tree branch

No. 1 Get to know a tree

In autumn, many trees are full of colourful leaves for you to catch. Some trees have hollows so big that you can climb inside, others have smaller holes that are just as good for exploring. With over 5,000 trees discover what seeds or fruit they bear for the deer and other animals at Belton.

Shaggy parasol mushroom in field

No. 22 Find some funky fungi

Head outdoors in the gardens and parkland to go in search of fungi and see how many different types you can spot. See what lurks under leaves, explore amongst the grass and discover what's protruding from ancient tree trunks. What funky shapes, sizes and colours of Belton’s fungal fruiting bodies will you find?

Wrap up warm for a winter adventure

Children playing in the mud pie kitchen at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

No. 13 Make a mud creation

There are three essential ingredients needed to make a mud creation: a lot of mud, a selection of natural ingredients and a big mixing stick. Through winter the best place to find the ingredients for your creation is in the playground. Be careful not to get stuck in the mud.

Children bird watching

No. 44 Watch a bird

To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse as you lookout for feathered friends. Over winter, Belton becomes home to fieldfare and redwing birds that breed in Scandinavia. Pick up a seasonal iSpy trail from Visitor Reception to help you identify what you have seen.

Grab your wellies and get stuck in the mud at Plas Newydd

No. 6 Go welly wandering

When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and splashing in puddles, soaking up all the fun? You don't need any instructions for this challenge; it's exactly what it says on the tin!

Deer at Dyrham Park

No. 34 Discover wild animal clues

With deer, squirrels, rabbits and more, there are lots of different things that you can search for when you're on the trail of an animal at Belton. Look out for footprints, fur and poo, and you might find something sooner than you think.

Sunset over the surrounding countryside near a National Trust site

No. 49 Watch the sunset

After a visit to Belton, what better way to end the day than by watching the sunset over the estate. Belton House closes at 4pm over winter, so why not head up to Bellmount Tower in time to watch the sunset? Reach the tower from the car park on Five Gates Road.