50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Ightham Mote

Raleigh Ritchie and a gang of young adventurers

Welcome to the great outdoors. Ightham Mote's garden and estate, covering 546 acres of the Kent countryside, is perfect for ticking off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

Whether you're used to being outdoors, or are just beginning to explore, this list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ is a great starting block. Complete list of 50 things (PDF / 1.939453125MB) download There's something for all ages and abilities, but it's only a starting point as we're sure you have your own ideas for creating outdoor adventures. 

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Come rain or shine

On a rainy day, grab your wellies, and an umbrella, and tick off No.6 Run around in the rain, and with everything so squelchy, it's also the perfect time for No.13 make a mud pie. But don't be put off going for a walk,


Adventurer's expedition

On the estate, it's easy to complete No.28 climb a huge hill - the green walk has a really nice one. Why not bring a spotter sheet and No.44 go bird watching. For the really adventurous, there's No.31 hunt for bugs, and then it can easily lead to No.30 hold a scary beast.


Have you ever wanted to join a band?

Why not create your own natural orchestra and tick off No.25 make a grass trumpet - the wide grasses are the best. 


There's nothing quite like messing about in a river

When it's hot and sunny, take a trip to the natural play area where you can tick off No.14 dam a stream, but don't forget to remove the dam afterwards otherwise you can't tick off No.19 play pooh sticks.


Woodland wonder

Will you be the next Richard Long, Richard Shilling, Walter Mason or Lorenzo Duran? These artists like No.18 create some wild art - what about you? What wonder can you create from nature?

Come late summer, look out for blackberries so you can tick off No.21 pick blackberries growing in the wild. Then as the season begins to turn, try No.33 catch a falling leaf (it's not as easy as it sounds).


Sticks are fun

Set a challenge for your friends and family, with No.12 make a trail with sticks to lead them to a special place - it could even be where you will work together to No.4 build a den.