50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Castle Ward

Children doing some bug hunting at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Have fun exploring the great outdoors with our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

Castle Ward is a perfect place to work on your 50 Things with lots to see from forests to shoreline. Tick them off your list as you finish each one on your outdoor adventure.

We’ve put together some of our favourites below:

     22. Find some funky fungi

Castle Ward is full of weird and wonderful fungi. The best place for mushroom hunters is the Secret Shore Trail with all the deadwood. We don't recommend tasting any, just to be sure.

     25. Join nature's band

We've already got you started with our drum kit and zylophone, but search your surroundings for anything else that could make some music

No.25 - Join nature's band
Children playing a wooden set of drums on the trail at Castle Ward
No.25 - Join nature's band

     5. Skim a stone

From Strangford Lough, Temple Water and lots of hidden ponds and lakes around the estate, there's plenty of places to practice your skimming skills

No. 37 explore the wonders of a rockpool
A family pond dipping at Castle Ward, Co. Down
No. 37 explore the wonders of a rockpool

    31. Make friends with a bug

Dicover dragonflies by the water, butterflies in the meadows and a whole host of creepy-crawlies in the undergrowth if you look closely... 

     6. Go welly wandering

Rain or shine, Castle Ward is great to explore. If it's rainy then get kitted out and play at muddy Temple Water, splash at the shoreline and make sure you jump in a few puddles on the way down the Laurel walk.

The Barn is a great starting point for 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, and tracker packs can be picked up there to help you get exploring. The Barn is open weekends during spring and daily in July and August from 12noon-4pm.

Castle Ward 50 Things Trail

50 Things Trail

Discover the sights and sounds of nature when you explore Castle Ward's 50 Things Trail.