50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Cragside

50 Things Adventure Scrapbook

Adventure Scrapbooks at the ready? See how many 50 things activities you can tick off this spring. There's loads to do at Cragside, but here are some of our favourites:

No. 4 Build a den

The den building area by the adventure play area is the perfect spot to build a den.

Tick off number 4 in your 50 things scrapbook
A child standing in her finished den
Tick off number 4 in your 50 things scrapbook

No. 6 Run around in the rain

Embrace the April showers and stomp around in the rain and mud in your wellies!

Jump in puddles and run around in the rain!
A little girl jumps in a muddy puddle
Jump in puddles and run around in the rain!

No. 12 Make a trail with sticks

Visit the Labyrinth and make a trail with sticks to help you find your way out again.

Make a trail with sticks to help you navigate the Labyrinth
The entrance to the Labyrinth
Make a trail with sticks to help you navigate the Labyrinth

No. 19 Play pooh sticks

Debdon Burn in the Pinetum is the perfect place to play pooh sticks. Just head to a bridge, pick your sticks and start your race!

Stand on the bridge at Debdon Burn and play pooh sticks
Debdon Burn
Stand on the bridge at Debdon Burn and play pooh sticks

No. 24 Go on a walk barefoot

The barefoot walk by the adventure play area is a special-made trail for shoe-less feet! Just remember to bring a towel to dry them off

Get stuck in with muddy fun!
An adult and child standing in the barefoot walk
Get stuck in with muddy fun!

No. 29 Explore a cave

There are so many nooks and crannies made out of rock formations by Slipper Lake. They're pretty much Cragside's version of caves, and are perfect to explore whilst you're on an adventure around the estate.

Explore one of the "caves" at Cragside
A rock formation
Explore one of the "caves" at Cragside

No. 34 Track wild animals

Did you know that animals such as red squirrels and deer live at Cragside? Walk through the woodland and see if you can track their paw prints.

If you're not lucky enough to see a deer, try and spot their tracks
A deer looking at the camera
If you're not lucky enough to see a deer, try and spot their tracks

No. 36 Make a home for a wild animal

The weather is warming up and animals are coming out of hibernation. Make them a safe, cosy home in the woodland using sticks and other materials you can find on the ground.

Make a cosy home for an animal to hibernate in
A hedgehog
Make a cosy home for an animal to hibernate in

No. 44 Go bird watching

The wildlife hide by the Formal Garden is the perfect quiet place to spot birds. Grab a pair of binoculars and see which of our feathered friends you find.

See how many birds you can spot
The Wildlife Hide at Cragside
See how many birds you can spot

No. 50 Canoe down a river

Well, it's not a river, but you can kayak and canoe on Tumbleton lake every Thursday - Sunday from 30 March. Book here

Experience the wonder of Cragside on water this summer
Kayaks and canoes by Tumbleton Lake
Experience the wonder of Cragside on water this summer

Upcoming events

Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation. Part of Women and Power

Wed 18 Jul 2018
10:00-16:00
From 23 June, International Women in Engineering Day, discover Cragside in an extraordinary light in this brand new exhibition in partnership with Newcastle University

Women of industry: Industrial innovation? Part of Women and Power

Wed 18 Jul 2018
11:00-15:00
A new exhibition will share the experiences of women who worked in some of Newcastle's most iconic industrial environments, exploring the contribution women made to industry at a time of major societal shift

Turning water into light walk

Wed 18 Jul 2018
13:00-15:00
Join our engineer Robin Wright on a 3 mile walk to hear all about Lord Armstrong and his lifelong passion for water power at the first place to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Kayaking and canoeing

Thu 19 Jul 2018
11:00-16:00
Canoe and Kayak is back for 2018 once again we'll be working with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak to bring you exciting new ways to see Cragside this season

Trust10 run

Sun 22 Jul 2018
08:00-11:00
Have a go at a free 10k run through the estate on the fourth Sunday of every month (excluding December)

Stand up paddleboarding

Sun 12 Aug 2018
11:00-16:00
This year we're introducing SUP as the latest - and possibly most unique - way to see Cragside yet