For families

Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout the seasons. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to be done outdoors in nature or indoors on a rainy day

Kids running through Basildon Park in autumn
Children in the kitchen garden watering plants

Join in with Plant Health Week 

We're celebrating Plant Health Week by giving you some tips on how to grow and nurture a plant. This challenge is no. 41 of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. You definitely can't complete it in a day, or even two, as plants take time to grow, but it's definitely worth the wait. Get connected to nature when you help plants to thrive.



A boy playing in woodland at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside, Cheshire

50 things to do before you're 11¾ 

Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.

Codger's Fort on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland

Episode 85: Nature's tasty secrets

Our latest podcast episode explores the nature rambles you can have when you forage for food. Join Ranger Kate Martin as she meets Fred the Forager for a late summer stroll as they chat about different berries to find and top tips for picking and storing blackberries.

Bake it

Make it

Make a crisp tube croquet set

Reuse household objects to create this simple croquet set, and have fun when you're out and about or in your garden. You don’t need a lot of space to play, but as your skills improve you can spread your croquet ‘hoops’ out further to make the game more challenging.

Things to do

Get some inspiration for activities to do on your own or with family. You won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden this summer.