50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Hughenden

When children spend time playing outdoors, it helps increase their wellbeing and care for nature. Why not take on our favourite 50 things activities at Hughenden to get you started. Pick up a free booklet from the Visitor Welcome kiosk and start your outdoor adventure.

Four snails sit on carved arrows on a stone platform

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activity list 

Find out about all of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities with this handy list. From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.

Great Big Tree Climb

No. 1 get to know a tree

There is so much more to a tree than just climbing it! From veteran trees in our ancient woodland to specimen trees in the pleasure grounds and gardens, each tree has its own story to tell. A great starting point for exploring nature through the seasons and the senses.

Hughenden Den Building

No. 4 build a den

Head for Hughenden's woods where you’ll find fallen branches galore to build a perfect den. Our top tip: choose a dry flat spot for the most solid build. Please only use branches that have already fallen from the trees though.

Dog running with stick

No. 12 have fun with sticks

The uses for a stick are endless – find a stick and have some fun! Create a story stick, weave some wild art or make some wild music. You could lay a trail with sticks, stones or fallen leaves for your family to follow. Please just use fallen sticks and branches.

2. Roll down a really big hill

No. 2 roll down a really big hill

Hughenden is set on the side of a hill so we have the perfect slopes to roll down. Choose a grassy slope that's not too steep for you, where there are no wild flowers, and make sure you can see where you will end up before you start your roll!

 Looking for fairy doors in woodland at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

No. 25 join nature's band

A blade of grass makes an amazing noise when you know what to do with it. A couple of stones and a tree stump can double as a wild drum. Have you ever stopped to quietly notice what sounds nature makes in your garden? Birds singing make a beautiful dawn chorus, and even the sounds of footsteps on the lawn or garden path can make great percussion noises when you dance around in the sunshine.

Two children looking for birds

No. 44 watch a bird 

If you can find somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait for birds then you'll be spotting them before you know it. Make sure you don't frighten them off, birds get spooked pretty easily.

Children walking in the rain

No. 6 go welly wandering

All you'll need for this challenge is a rainy day and yourself. Running around in the rain might seem crazy when you start, but you'll soon be splishing and splashing around like a fish.

Hughenden Bug Hunting 1

No. 31 make friends with a bug

The grounds here are rich in wildlife, but mini-beasts are not always easy to find. Bring a magnifying glass and search under stones and fallen branches, or on the bark of a fallen log. We leave logs on the ground deliberately to make homes for the bugs. Find the bug you want to make friends with and see where it lives and how it moves.

Boy flying a kite at Sheffield Park East Sussex

No.7 Fly a kite 

If there's a little bit of wind then it's kite flying weather - feel it pull away from you into the sky. Can you keep it in the air and not get the string tangled? It takes skill to be a champion kite flyer.

A little girl balances on the rocks at Wembury Beach, Devon

Safety information for 50 things activities 

Safety is really important to us. We've got lots of tips on how to have fun completing our '50 things' activities, while keeping safe. Read our general advice and discover links to useful websites containing more information.