50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Hardwick Hall

Children sledging down a snow-covered hill in the winter at a National Site

Get outdoors and closer to nature by trying our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Here are our top 10 fun things to do outside at Hardwick.

Try orienteering

Can you find your way using a map and compass? Have a go at our orienteering trail at Hardwick and see if you can find all the markers.


Climb a tree

There are plenty of trees at Hardwick to climb and play in. We also have play trails on Lady Spencer’s Walk and near the Miller's Pond. Why not run, climb and swing your way down the trail?

Climb a tree
Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Run around in the rain

Grab your wellies and head out into the park to jump and play in muddy puddles, then tick off number six on your '50 Things' book.

Jumping in muddy puddles can be fun
Jumping in muddy puddles

Make a trail with sticks

Have some fun and adventures this season. Collect the sticks that have fallen from the trees and create a trail for your family and friends in the park, then see if they can follow it.

Build a den

Get creative and building your own den using the sticks down Lady Spencer’s Walk.


Climb a really big hill

Take a walk in Hardwick Park and climb up the really big hill towards the Hall. The view from the top is definitely worth it. Treat yourselves to a hot chocolate from the Stableyard kiosk – you’ll have earned it.


Find treasure

Can you find the treasure box (Geocache) hidden at Hardwick using your smartphone? What will you discover inside?