Get playful with '50 things' at Calke Abbey
Plot an outdoor exploration, get creative in nature and explore over 600 acres of green space as part of your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' adventure at Calke Abbey. We’ve picked out the best spots to get you started.
No. 1 Get to know a tree
You’ll find amazing trees around every corner at Calke, and some of them are over 1000 years old! Feel the rough bark under your fingers, explore the insides of a tree, or take a closer look at some of the deadwood at Calke – it’s home to lots of important minibeasts. What will you spot?
No. 2 Roll down a really big hill
The Pleasure Grounds outside the house are ideal for rolling down. Simply lie back in the grass, give the clouds a wave – and roll! Great fun for everyone.
No. 4 Build a den
It’s time to get hands-on! Head over to Serpentine Wood, collect some great big sticks and build yourself an awesome den. All in a day’s work!
No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild
Everyone loves a picnic, so pack up those blankets, sarnies and sausage rolls, and head over to Calke for a lunchtime treat.
Ragg’s close, the open space beyond the park entry hut, is a popular spot for picnickers. We’ve also got plenty of picnic benches close to the main car park.
No. 11 Explore on wheels
Feel the wind in your hair on a family bike ride along the Tramway Trail, Calke’s relatively flat, circular cycle route.
No. 16 Wear a wild crown
Time to get creative! Keep your eyes peeled for nature’s best materials, such as fallen leaves, sticks and flowers. The woodland is a great spot for crown crafts.
No. 24 Go barefoot
The Walled Garden is a great open space to kick off your shoes, run free and feel the long grass between your toes.
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
Calke is home to lots of bugs, beetles and butterflies – you’ll be able to spot lots near the ponds or in the Flower Garden.
No. 44 Watch a bird
The best place to see our regular winged visitors is in the bird hide at the far end of the main car park. Take a seat and see who’s popping in for a bit of food.
No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure
Had a great adventure at Calke? Share the fun and enjoy your favourite challenges over and over again. The adventures never need to end!