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

Children checking their orienteering map

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.


Make a daisy chain


Visit Hardwick during summer and you'll find lots of daisies to make headbands, necklaces and bracelets with.

Just pierce the stem of a daisy and thread another through the hole. Keep going until you have a full chain.

Catch a butterfly


Bring a butterfly net with you and try to catch some beautiful butterflies and magical moths in the park. Take part in the Big Butterfly Count between 14 July to 6 August and see how many varieties you can spot at Hardwick.

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly


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 an ice-cream 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?


Fly a kite


'Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height.' Hardwick is situated right on top of a hill so it gets breezy up here - perfect for kite flying. Don’t worry if you haven’t got one, the Stables gift shop have a good selection, then head out and find the perfect spot.

Fly a kite
Fly a kite