No.4 build a den

First, collect your sticks...

Build the best den ever with our tips and tricks. You can also come along to one of our special den building events to get even more hands-on.

Building a den using natural woodland materials is one of the coolest activities on the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenge list. If you read out tips and tricks they should help you to construct your own den in no time.
 

What you'll need:

  • Branches
  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Mud
  • Your hands
 
Whether you choose sticks and leaves or twigs and branches, you'll soon have your very own den to hide out in.
 
Mud is also a great building material so don’t be afraid to slap it on your den’s walls. Choose a dry flat spot for solid foundations.
 

Top tip:

If you lean sticks against a tree, like a wig-wam, then you don't have to do as much building.
 

What else?

If you're going to be out there building a den, you might even tick off some of the other challenges from 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list at the same time, like hunting for bugs or holding a scary beast, as they're often to be found near trees, or in woodland.
 

Where are some of the best den-building spots?

Of course you can build a den anywhere really, but here are some of our places where it's pretty easy to start building. We also run lots of den-building activities if you don't want to make a den on your own.

  • Lyme Park, Cheshire
  • Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
  • Penrhyn Castle, Penobscot County
  • Scotney Castle, Kent
  • Tyntesfield, Bristol
  • Nostell Priory and Parkland, Yorkshire
  • Godolphin, Cornwall
 
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No.4 Build a den

When the days are lighter building a den is a great idea as you'll have longer to make it and more time to spend in it. You can use sticks and twigs and leaves to cover the den and surprise anyone that walks past!