Top five '50 things to do before you're 11¾' this season at Croome

Here are our top five ‘50 things’ to do during each of the seasons. How many of them will you do?

You can find out more and pick up everything you need to start your activity at the Visitor Centre.

Summer

No.2 Roll down a really big hill

What you will need; a grassy hill (we have one in front of the church) and a clear run with nothing to bump into.  Rolling down a hill can make you dizzy so don't do it too often.

No.9 Eat a picnic in the wild

There are loads of places to eat a picnic at Croome, where is your favourite, if you need some ideas look here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome/features/discover-your-perfect-picnic-spot

No.19 Play pooh sticks

With four bridges in the parkland you’re spoilt for choice to play pooh sticks with your friends.

No.24 Go barefoot       

You’ll never want to put your shoes back on when you feel the tickly grass between your toes.  Make sure you have a towel to clean your feet before you put your shoes back on and watch out for anything sharp in the grass.

No.31 Make friends with a bug

You will need a bucket or a tub, a net to scoop them out of the water, a grown up to supervise you, a stick to dig in the earth.  What can you find around Croome?  Draw a picture of what you find.

Make friends with a bug
Young boy looking into a magnifying glass
Make friends with a bug

Autumn

No.10 Play conkers

You will need a conker, some string, a worthy opponent and a grown-up to help you get the string through the conker.  There are lots of places to collect conkers at Croome.

No.21 Forage for wild food

September is a great time to pick blackberries from the hedgerows - they're everywhere. They are not just tasty treats they make great drawing tools too.  Get help from a grown-up who knows what they are doing.

No.22 Find some funky fungi

There are loads of different species of fungi at Croome in the autumn, in the grass, growing on trees, how many can you find?  Try drawing them. Please don't be tempted to eat any of them.

No.30 Go on a scavenger hunt

Make a list of five things you might find. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to scavenge things already fallen, do not pick anything that is still growing. You could also collect different colours or textures by taking photographs or rubbings.

No.33 Go cloud watching

One of the best things about Croome’s landscape is the big sky meaning lots of cloud spotting opportunities. You might identify the different types of clouds or you might see different shapes in them.

Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank
Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank
Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank

Winter

No.4 Build a den

Branches, twigs and leaves make a surprisingly cosy den.  Make your way down to out wild play area where you will find all you need to make a den.

No.12 Have fun with sticks

How many uses can you think of for the humble stick? Use sticks as arrows and mark a path through the woods. They could become a fishing rod or a magical wand. Use twine to tie fallen leaves to a create a journey stick. 

No.15 Go on a wintery adventure

It might be really cold but Croome is really beautiful when it’s frosty and you can see your breath. Wrap up in layers to keep you warm and keep dry in waterproof clothes. Look for paw prints in the snow. Make snowballs or a snowman. Church Hill is great spot for sledging.

No.28 Climb a huge hill

Croome has several hills, one in front of the church, one down from the Rotunda, one by the Park Seat.  See how quickly you can get up the hill.

No.49 Watch the sunset

Watch the sun dip behind the Malvern hills from Church hill and watch the sky change colour. Notice the shadows cast across the park and notice the how the windows of the court glow as the sunlight hit them

Have fun running in the snow
Fun in the snow
Have fun running in the snow

Spring

No.1 Get to know a tree

There are so many different trees at Croome. Spring is a great time to take a closer look at trees and notice how they transform through the year. We’ve got old trees and new. Trees you can sit in and trees you can hide in. Which tree will be your favourite?

No.6 Go welly wandering

Getting wet in the rain is fun if you know you can get dry again afterwards. You will need; a rainy day, some welly boots, a raincoat and a towel or change of clothes.

No.7 Fly a kite

What you will need; a windy day, a wide open space (try the hill by the church) and a kite. 

No.18 Create some wild art

Try to find materials that vary in colour and texture so you have lots of choice; a collection of leaves, twigs and seed pods are a good start.

No.44 Watch a bird

The bird hide is an ideal place to spot our feathered friends.  A walk to the lakeside gives you a chance to see ducks, geese and swans - keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot our resident heron.

Birdwatching at Croome
People in the bird hide
Birdwatching at Croome

General advice for parents

Children matter to the National Trust, so we recommend that all of our activities are supervised by an adult. We trust that you will make your own judgement about what is safe and suitable for the age and ability of your child.

For messy activities, activities with animals or natural water sources:

Make sure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infection

Discourage your child from putting anything in his or her mouth

Wash your child's hands thoroughly afterwards

If you're doing activities outside:

Make sure your child wears warm, weather resistant clothing during any activities involving water or snow

Make sure your child wears suitable footwear for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces

Check weather reports before any activity and avoid trees or natural water sources in wet or windy conditions

Supervise children at all times during these activities

You can also find the full list at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11-activity-list