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

Children collecting wind-fall apples in the orchard

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

Eat an apple straight from a tree

Visit the Hardwick orchards this autumn and try some of the wonderful varities of apples and pears from our garden. You may even be able to buy some to take home.

Play conkers

There are some great spots in the park to collect conkers. Ask the team where you can find them and play a game with your friends to tick off number 10 from your '50 Things' book. Don't forget to only pick the ones that have fallen from the tree.

Make a trail with sticks

Have some fun and adventures this autumn. 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.

Catch a falling leaf

Autumn is the perfect time to see the wonderful golden leaves in the park. If you're lucky you may even catch one falling from a tree, then you can tick off number 33 in your '50 Things' book.

Catch a falling leaf
Children playing with leaves in autumn

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 hidden at Hardwick using your smartphone? What will you discover inside?