50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Great Coxwell Barn

Girls pond dipping at Great Coxwell Barn, Oxfordshire

With its swathes of wild grasses and nearby pond, where better to enjoy some free family fun than at Great Coxwell Barn? Part of the Buscot and Coleshill Estates, this magnificent 13th-century monastic building is a striking backdrop to the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Whatever the season, it's a perfect place for children to lose themselves in play.

Badbury Hill

Great Coxwell Barn is two miles south west of Faringdon between A420 and B4019. Why not join up your visit to the Barn with more fun at nearby Badbury Hill, which is less than a mile away by car, or a brisk 10 minute walk, following footpaths across fields.

No.21 forage for wild food

Come and collect some of Autumn's bountiful harvest hiding in the hedgerows around the barn. Savour them as you pick, or take them home and cook up some kitchen fun. Autumn is also the best time to try No.33 catch a falling leaf as they swirl down from the nearby trees.

No.25 join natures band

Make a grass trumpet from the swathes of wild grasses around the barn, and perfect your sound.

No.31 make friends with a bug

Creepy crawlies are abundant in the wild grasses, making it a great place to go bug hunting. Don't forget to pack your magnifying glass to study them in more detail, and take photos so you can identify them properly when you get home.

No.35 discover what's in a pond

Bring your nets and prepare for some wet and muddy fun at the pond nestled close by to the barn. What will you discover lurking amongst the weeds?

No.45 find your way with a map 

Use one our estate walks to lead your family on a walk and see what you will discover