50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Hardwick

Children den building in the park

Have fun in the great outdoors and enjoy all that nature has to give by trying our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Here are some of our favourite things to do outside at Hardwick.

Try orienteering

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. Run, climb and swing your way down the trail - who's up for the challenge?

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

Run around in the rain

There's nothing quite like playing out in the rain. Grab your wellies and head out into the park to jump and splash in muddy puddles, then tick off number six on your '50 Things' book.

Don't let the weather stop you having fun
Child jumping in a muddy puddle with wellies on
Don't let the weather stop you having fun

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

Create your own den using the sticks down Lady Spencer’s Walk, then snuggle inside and pretend to be out in the wilderness, or share stories of adventure. 

Children can build dens along Lady Spencer's walk
boys building a den
Children can build dens along 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

There's a geocache hidden at Hardwick. Use your smartphone to track it down. What treasure will your find inside?