Go on an adventure with '50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Gunby
Gunby is perfect for completing some of your '50 things' activities. Collect a free '50 things' leaflet from the Gunby tea-room and kick off your adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 44 watch a bird
If you're lucky you'll be able to watch a bird in close-up. If you sit quietly in the carriage garage or 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?
No. 45 find your way with a map
Collect a map from the Gunby tea-room 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.
Join the Ranger
Check out the list below or the Gunby 'What's on' page for regular free activites with the Gunby Ranger, like making wild art, making friends with a bug and discovering what's in a pond.
No. 35 discover what’s in a pond
Saturday 18 and 25 May 11.30- 13.00 and 14:30-16.00. Have an adventure with the Gunby Ranger and discover what minibeasts live in the Ice House Pond. Free with admission; age range: 5-12.
No. 31 make friends with a bug
Tuesday 23 July and Tuesday 13 August 11.30-12.30 and 14.00-15:00. Go on an adventure with the Gunby Ranger and discover more about the insects that call our grounds their home. Free with admission; age range 5-12.
No. 7 fly a kite
Saturday 27 July 11am- 3pm: Using items that can be found around the home and in nature, create your own masterpiece. Once you've finished your kite, have a go at flying it around the gardens and grounds. £1 per kite; age range 5+.
No. 35 discover what’s in a pond
Tuesday 30 July: 11.30- 13.00 and 14:30-16.00. Have an adventure with the Gunby Ranger and discover what minibeasts live in the Ice House Pond. Free with admission; age range: 5-12.
No. 16 wear a wild crown
Saturday 10 August: 11am-3pm (throughout the day). Create a crown on your very own using sticks, leaves and other items which can be found on our grounds. Fifty pence per crown; age range 5+.
No. 43 help a wild animal
Saturday 24 August 11am-3pm (throughout the day). Get messy and creative and make a pine cone feeder to take home. The Gunby Ranger will help with your masterpiece. Fifty pence per feeded; age range 5+.
Tuesday 6 August: 11.30-12.30 and 13.30-14.30. Learn how to navigate and find your way using only your natural surroundings with the Gunby Ranger. Free with admission; age range 7+.
Find more ideas online or in the '50 things' leaflet
You can pick up a '50 things' leaflet from the Gunby tea-room or downoad the app to discover many more ideas for outdoor adventures.