50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at Harewoods

Child climbing a tree at Crom, County Fermanagh

We’ve got loads of open space, full of everything you need for great adventures. You can complete many of the 50 things activities along our Outwood Common walk, but if you’re feeling very adventurous wander off the main paths and find your own secret route. Remember to bring a drink and perhaps a picnic too.

Be an adventurer

No.1 climb a tree
We’ve many fantastic trees for you to climb. Pick one that has strong branches and that you can reach from the ground. See how high you can climb – what can you see?
Don’t forget that you’ll have to climb down too...

No.4 build a den
Go deep into our woods and discover fun spots for hiding (old trees and leafy bracken), There are lots of sticks and twigs to build with too.

Or a discoverer

No.12 make trail with sticks
Pick up sticks and use them as arrows to make a trail that twists and turns around trees and over logs. How long can you make your trail?

A ranger

No.22 explore inside a tree
There are many old trees on the estate, some over 200 years old. Look inside the hollows and see what you can find. Do any bugs live there?

No.25 make a grass trumpet
The Common is perfect for making grass trumpets on lazy summer days. Who can make the loudest trumpet sound?

A tracker

No.31 hunt for bugs
Follow our many paths - there’re lots of creatures to hunt for; butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and spiders. Remember to leave the bugs where you find them, safe near their homes.

No.34 track wild animals
The common’s ground is often wet and muddy, perfect for seeing the indented footprints of many creatures – birds, rabbits and deer. You’ll also see many horse hoof prints, but can you track a roe deer?

No.35 discover what’s in a pond
We’ve over 100 ponds, ranging from large open ponds to marshes. Look out for darting dragonflies on the ponds at Outwood Common or Branslands Wood. You should see some ducks too...