50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ this summer

Two children using binoculars in a field of wildflowers.

It’s summer! The perfect time to get the family out in the fresh air and enjoy the outdoor spaces here at Canons Ashby.

Pick up a 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ scrapbook from the visitor reception and get some ideas for making life-long memories with your younger explorers. Here are a few activities you and the family can try out this summer.


Number 1. Get to know a tree

What an amazing tree!
Canons Ashby Summer 3 girls looking at a tree
What an amazing tree!

Have a look at this wonderful old cedar tree planted in 1780. Imagine how many creatures may have used it as a home - from bugs and bats to squirrels and birds. Can you see any signs of past residents?

Number 25. Join nature's band

Pick a nice piece of grass from the paddock or parkland and have a go at making a grass trumpet. See if you can get the natural world joining in with your tunes.

Number 31. Hunt for bugs

Taking a closer look
Canons Ashby boy looking at bug in jar
Taking a closer look

Explore the spinney and paddock. See what little creatures you can find living on the plants and ground. 

Number 44. Go bird watching 

Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes on the sky! There are plenty of interesting feathered friends who call Canons Ashby home.

Remember your sticker ... Once you have done your 50 things, collect the stickers for your scrapbook from visitor reception or the Coach House shop.

Also keep a look out for our special 50 Things events coming up. Particularly the 50 Things Thursdays in August.