Go on an adventure with '50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Gunby

Child looking at a bug

Gunby is perfect for completing some of your '50 things' activities. Are you ready to kick off your outdoor adventure?

What will you pick?

With 1,500 acres to roam, there are lots of activities to complete at Gunby. Why not try one of the ones listed here?

No. 1 get to know a tree 

Get to know our huge trees, like the enormous cedar tree on the back lawn, the impressive beech tree on the courtyard and the rows of lime trees on the drive. Give them a hug if you can, feel their bark, find out what the shape of their leaves is and check if they smell nice.

Get to know a tree - like the huge cedar tree at Gunby
Child hugging the cedar tree at Gunby
Get to know a tree - like the huge cedar tree at Gunby

No. 5 skim a stone

Find the perfect flat stone and head over to the ice house pond. Concentrate, focus and see how far you can skim it over the water's surface. Make sure you don't hit any ducks or moorhens that are paddling nearby.

Skim a stone
A young boy holding a flat stone ready to skim it
Skim a stone

No. 8 spot a fish

Stand quietly near Gunby's carp pond and you'll see lots of big and small fish gliding through the water. On a warm day the carp come near the surface to bask in warm sunshine and they often blow bubbles.

Spot the Gunby carp blowing bubbles in the carp pond
Carp in Gunby's carp pond
Spot the Gunby carp blowing bubbles in the carp pond

No. 18 create some wild art

Whatever the season, there will be petals, leaves, sticks and stones to find in the Gunby gardens to create a piece of wild art. Create it on a tea-room table while you enjoy a snack or lay it out on one of the Gunby lawns. You can leave your masterpiece in place for others to see or you can put all the pieces back again where you found them.

Create some wild art with natural materials.
Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.
Create some wild art with natural materials.

No. 44 watch a bird

If you're lucky you'll be able to watch a bird in close-up. If you sit quietly on the courtyard, one of the Gunby chaffinches is sure to come for a visit to peck at some crumbs. Can you see if it's a male or a female bird? 

How many birds can you spot?
Children bird watching
How many birds can you spot?

No. 45 find your way with a map

Download a map from the website for short walk to the ice house pond, or a longer one to the remains of Bratoft Manor. Follow the map and see if you reach your destinations. Don't worry if you get lost as there will be way-markers too to help you find your way.

Map route for Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk

No. 16 wear a wild crown  

Create a crown on your very own using daisies sticks and leaves. Make sure you take photo of you wearing your masterpiece!

What material will you find to make your wild crown?
Smiling girl wearing a daisy chain crown
What material will you find to make your wild crown?

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