50 Wintery Things to do at Emmetts Garden

Winter is the perfect time to complete many of the activities on your 50 things to do before you're 11¾ list. The wet weather makes it perfect to go welly wandering and the damp brings out all the best creepy crawlies.

A child enjoys building a den at a National Trust property

No. 4 Build A Den

Grab logs, sticks and leaves to build a den to rival all others in our wild play area and woodland. Can you make your den waterproof? Piling leaves on top of the den will help.

Visitors with umbrellas in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.

No. 6 Go Welly Wandering

When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and zooming around in the puddles, soaking up all the watery fun? You don't need any instructions for this challenge, it's exactly what it says on the tin!

The gazebo in winter snow at Emmetts Garden

No. 15 Go On A Wintery Adventure

Wrap up warm and head off on a wintery adventure at Emmetts Garden! With the bare trees revealing spectacular views across the Kent landscape, see how far you can see. We can't promise snow but we can promise adventure!

Go bug hunting at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

No. 31 Make Friends With A Bug

Damp weather is a great time to go bug hunting - all the best creepy crawlies come out when it's wet. Remember to look under rocks and logs and even fallen leaves. If you're really brave, try holding some bugs in your hand!

Bird watching

No. 44 Watch A Bird

Binoculars will help with this task, so don't forget to bring some with you. Woodpeckers can be found in the woods but don't worry if you can't spot one, they're very shy. Give yourself points if you hear the sound of the woodpecker pecking at the tree bark. Birds can frighten easily, so it's best to keep a distance from them and keep very quiet.

Family Facilities at Emmetts Garden

Baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance to the site, next to the visitor welcome centre as well as at the old stables café. Bottle warming facilities can also be found at the café. The meadow makes the perfect spot for a picnic; grab a table or bring a blanket. Please note that scooters are not suitable for the pathways at Emmetts Garden.