50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Carrick-a-Rede

A child looking through binoculars

Plan your next adventure here! Come and get closer to nature with our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾! A jam packed fun filled program for kids with plenty of exciting outdoor activities to do over and over again all year round across the Causeway Coast - from watching the sunset to creating some wild art.

Join us at Carrick-a-Rede, spend time outside making your way through the 50 things checklist, have fun with nature and tick them off as you go!


Here are some of our favourite activities that you can do at Carrick-a-Rede;


No. 44: Watch a bird


Did you know that Carrick-a-Rede is the perfect spot for some bird watching? You’ll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. Look closely with binoculars to see them up close, nearly 600 different types of birds have been spotted in the UK so you’re sure to see something special! Make sure and record what you spot or why not draw a picture as a memory of what you’ve seen?

No. 26 Fossil Hunting

Embark on a time travelling expedition and uncover clues to the secret life of animals and plants from the past. Who knows what you may discover?! 

Fossilised animals and plants can be as teeny tiny as a seed, or as gigantic as a tyrannosaurus leg bone. They can be found anywhere – but they’re most easily spotted near the sea shore on beaches, so Carrick-a-Rede is the perfect spot!

Once you’ve found a good place for your fossil and bone hunt, keep your eyes peeled for signs in the rocks of plants and animals that once lived on the earth. There’s no need to break open stones or use a special hammer – the best fossils are often discovered loose on the ground.

Join our little explorers at Ballintoy Rockhound club for free! We love to explore new places, and seek out new discoveries along the way in our regular meetings. If you and your little one are interested, please contact the Booking Office to find out more on 028 2073 3335 or Email Carrick-a-Rede@nationaltrust.org.uk

The Ballintoy Rockhound Club enjoying exploring fossils at Larrybane Quarry
A group of people from the Ballintoy Rockhound Club enjoying exploring the walls of Larrybane Quarry in search of fossils
The Ballintoy Rockhound Club enjoying exploring fossils at Larrybane Quarry

No 23: Get up for the Sunrise


Enjoy the magical sunrise at Carrick-a-Rede and adore the beginning of a new day ahead. Check out the time of expected sunrise, set your alarm clock extra early and get up with the birds to see the sun peek up above the horizon and the skies fill with all sorts of beautiful colours – filling with oranges, reds, pinks! Make a note of all the colours you can see.

Enjoy the spectacular views at Carrick-a-Rede including the special sunrise
Child crossing the bridge at Carrick a Rede
Enjoy the spectacular views at Carrick-a-Rede including the special sunrise

No 7: Fly a Kite


Bring your kite along to Carrick-a-Rede and fly it high into the sky! All you need is a breeze, a wide open space and strong arms if it should be carried away into the wind. The perfect spot at Carrick-a-Rede is Larrybane Quarry, a wide open space with a good sea breeze and magnificent views along the coastline. Check out how high it can go!

Bring your kite along to Carrick-a-Rede and fly it high into the sky
Children flying kites high into a blue sky
Bring your kite along to Carrick-a-Rede and fly it high into the sky

No 27: Go Stargazing


At Carrick-a-Rede we are proud to be classified as one of the best places in Northern Ireland for star-gazing…so what are you waiting for? Stargazing is a simple way to bring science alive and a chance to share the beauty of the natural world. Grab a cosy blanket, wear something warm and make sure you bring your camera along to capture the stars above.

Carrick-a-Rede, one of the best places in Northern Ireland for stargazing
Stargazing equipment set up at Carrick-a-Rede to look at the night sky
Carrick-a-Rede, one of the best places in Northern Ireland for stargazing

No 25: Join Natures Band


Once you’re outdoors at Carrick-a-Rede stop and listen for a minute to notice the music of nature – birds signing, trees rustling and waves crashing! Come and join nature’s band and create some special music. What can you find that would make a great instrument? Have a look around for some ideas; grab some sticks use a fence or wall nearby to create a beat! Or how about some stones to clash together, look under your feet for some rustling leaves! You can make some wild noises and sounds with nature.

Have fun exploring nature and the great outdoors with our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, start your adventures by downloading the activity list here