50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at Bookham Commons

Visitors in the bird-hide at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire.

We’ve got loads of open space, full of everything you need for great adventures. You can complete many of the activities along our family trail (blue route) or at our natural play area. But, if you’re feeling very adventurous wander off the main paths and find your own secret route.

Pick up a scrapbook from nearby Polesden Lacey and start ticking stuff off your list...

No.1 climb a tree
We’ve many fantastic trees for you to climb. Pick one that has strong branches and that you can reach from the ground. See how high you can climb – what can you see? Don’t forget that you’ll have to climb down too...

No.4 build a den
Go deep into our woods and discover fun spots for hiding (old trees and leafy bracken), There are lots of sticks and twigs to build with too.

No.12 make trail with sticks
Pick up sticks and use them as arrows to make a trail that twists and turns around trees and over logs. How long can you make your trail?

No.22 explore inside a tree
There are many old trees on the Commons, some over 200 years old. Look inside the hollows and see what you can find. Do any bugs live there?

No.31 hunt for bugs
Follow our many paths - there’re lots of creatures to hunt for; butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and spiders. Remember to leave the bugs where you find them, safe near their homes.

No.34 track wild animals
The Common’s ground is often wet and muddy, perfect for seeing the indented footprints of many creatures – birds, rabbits and deer. You’ll also see many horse hoof prints, but can you track a roe deer?

No.44 go bird watching
Our ponds are great for bird watching. Bring your binoculars, a comfy stool, a bird guide and see who’s around or watch from our bird hide. Can you spot a heron?