'50 things' at Brockhampton Estate

A boy eats an ice lolly in the woods

Young explorers just love the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ scrapbooks. You can pick these up for free at most National Trust properties, including Brockhampton Estate.

The scrapbook lists 50 activities children should do before they reach the age of 11¾, promoting a healthy and active upbringing. The Trust believes in children being outdoors, it’s okay to get your hands dirty and it’s important to learn about nature and conservation, they are the future after all.   

With 1,700 acres of scenic Herefordshire countryside including woods and dingles, Brockhampton Estate is the ultimate place to bring your little ones to tick a few boxes off their lists.

Perhaps you could go searching in the woods to hunt for some bugs, create a trail out of sticks or if you’re really brave climb a tree. Our natural play area provides a wild but safe space to try your hand at den building or exploring inside a tree. Several ponds on the site also provide an excellent spot for a little pond-dipping or skimming a stone. All activities we most likely remember from our childhoods but at risk of being lost with our children today.

Nature is amazing when you get up close!
A frog sits contently on somebody's sleeve
Nature is amazing when you get up close!

We programme events throughout the year to incorporate ’50 things’ making these activities accessible to all children. Find out more about our Wild Child Campout this summer where you can camp under the stars with your family. Or discover what’s in the pond by renting one of our pond-dipping kits during the school holidays.

Create lasting memories with your children at Brockhampton Estate. Why not encourage them to turn off the TV and make nature their playground and enjoy the content feeling of being happy-tired after a day of sunshine and fresh air. 

Exploring the willow tunnel on the play trail
Exploring the willow tunnel on the play trail
Exploring the willow tunnel on the play trail