50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Chartwell this autumn

With gardens, woodland and lakes, there are so many ways to explore the outdoors at Chartwell. We’ve listed the best activities for you to do at Chartwell below this season. Come along, enjoy the fiery autumn colour and challenge yourself to see how many you can complete.

Have a go at bird watching at Chartwell

No.44 go bird watching

Grab a pair of binoculars from home or buy some in the shop and see how many birds you can spot. Remember to look in the gardens, by the lakes and in the woodlands for all the different species.

Den building

Build a wooden fortress

No.4 build a den. Grab all the twigs and branches you can find and build your very own fortress in the woods. Here's a challenge for you - can you make it waterproof? Covering the top with leafy branches will help. Put an adult inside and use a water bottle to test it.

The common frog

Be a nature detective

Put your detective hats on kids, we've got a job for you. Can you complete No.34, track a wild animal? Head into the woods and look for animal tracks in the mud. See if you can find deer, fox or badger tracks and then try No.32, find some frogspawn. Top tip - frogs love hanging out in the golden orfe ponds.

Bug hunting

Find some creepy crawlies

If you're feeling brave, why not try No.30, hold a scary beast and No.31 hunt for bugs. Here's a hint - look under logs and large stones. Creepy crawlies loved dark, damp places. Have a peek at our bug hotel in the kitchen garden for some ideas on how to make your own bug hotel at home. Remember to put the bugs back where you found them once you're finished.

conkers on the ground

Woodland exploring

The woods at Chartwell are the perfect place to go exploring. Tick off No.14 make a trail with sticks and see where the path takes you. In the autumn, you can try No.10 play conkers and No.33 catch a falling leaf. How many falling leaves can you catch?

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and the toilets just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. The café has a yummy children's menu, bottle warming and high chairs. Want to find a more secluded spot to breast feed? Just ask a member of staff. There's a picnic area with tables adjacent to the overflow car park and you're welcome to bring a blanket and picnic on the slopes by the lakes. Please note scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell.