50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Hinton Ampner

A child holds a large leaf with a beetle sitting on it at Coleton Fishacre

Did you know there are at least 50 things you can do at National Trust places before you're 11 and 3/4? From rolling down a hill to making friends with a bug, there's something for every young explorer. Here is a selection of the '50 things' activities you can do at Hinton Ampner - and anywhere else!

Why not get up close and personal with a tree?

No. 1: Get to know a tree

If trees could talk, what stories would they tell? Get up close to a tree and feel the texture of its bark and leaves and notice all the different colours and smells. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Dudmaston picnic woodland

No. 9: Eat a picnic in the wild

Find a woodland spot to lay down your picnic blanket and have a wild feast in nature. Or perch on a tree stump and take the time to observe nature all around you.

Hinton ampner 50 things have fun with sticks

No. 12: Have fun with sticks

When it comes to sticks, the possibilities are endless. Use them to become a a gallant warrior; make a magic wand, create a home for a small animal or an insect, or create some wild art. There are tons of interesting aticks to find in the Hinton Ampner estate and parkland.

Go cloud watching

No. 33: Go cloud watching

With a little imagination you can create whole worlds from the shapes you see in the clouds. Do they resemble anything, like animals, trees or cartoon characters? Invent a story using the ‘characters’ you see in the clouds. Try writing your story down or drawing it on a sketchpad. Capture the different colours using different shades of blue, grey and green. Imagine being a bird and flying through the clouds - what do you think it would feel like?

50 things watch a bird

No 44. : Watch a bird

There are many different birds that can be spotted in the gardens and woodland at Hinton Ampner. Birds get frightened off easily, so you'll need to be as quiet as you can, and not make any loud noises or sudden movements to stand the best chance of spotting lots.

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.

Hinton Ampner property map

A map of the property

You can download a small map of the gardens at Hinton Ampner here. Maps of the estate walks are available on 'walks' section of our website, or on the board by the church which you will need to take a picture of on your smartphone.

Mother and daughter building a den in the woods

Why 50 things?

There’s a reason birdsong, rainfall and crashing waves are some of our favourite sounds. Nature makes us happy. We know that nature is good for our wellbeing and there’s plenty of evidence to back this up. Click on the link to find out more about why '50 things' was created