For families

Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout summer. 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

Magical meadows
Child in a meadow

Eight things to spot in a summer meadow 

Discover how to spot amazing plants and wildlife in grasslands near you. At this time of year the meadows in our care our full of butterflies, moths, grasshoppers and wildflowers. How many will you spot when you’re exploring the countryside?



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.

Bake it

Make a pizza with a funny face

More recipes 

We love food and we've got some great recipes to prove it. We've got our favourite family bakes if the weather keeps you indoors, or take a look at some of our picnic recipes if the sun is shining.

Make it
Robin singing in the garden at Greenway, Devon

Tune into the sounds of nature 

Wherever you live, you'll be able to tune into the sounds of nature from dawn until dusk. Why not join in nature's orchestra? How about making a grass trumpet or a wind chime of sticks? You could play our ‘Sounds of nature’ bingo and then write a poem or nature diary based on what you’ve heard.

Gently squash the mixture into all the holes in your pine cone

More how to guides 

Have you ever wanted to have a go at making a bird feeder, growing your own veg or learning how to identify certain moths? Follow one of our many how to guides and become an expert in something new in no time.

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.