50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ in North and West Dorset

Two brothers running through a field of daffodils laughing, with their parents in the background

Head outdoors and leap into summer with our list of 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾. Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors? Do your favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours. There’s lot’s you can tick off at our coast and countryside places in North and West Dorset, and many can be done at home and in your garden.

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Boy in wellies jumping in a big muddy puddle laughing

No. 6 Go welly wandering

During those spring rain showers, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and zooming around in the puddles, soaking up all the watery fun?

Two boys with their mother flying a kite, rolling fields in the background

No. 7 Fly a kite

When there's a bit of wind in the air it's the perfect time to enjoy one of the purest pleasures in life. So, if you haven't flown a kite before, what are you waiting for.

Child making wild art out of leaves and twigs on the ground

No. 18 Create some wild art

When it comes to creating wild art the only limit is your imagination. What will you use and how? There’s so much to choose from in the nature world, but make sure you’re not creating your art from another creatures home.

Golden cap summit with low sun and pink heather in the foreground, coast in the background

No. 23 Get up for the sunrise

There’s something magical about sunrise. Try getting up early with the birds to see the beginning of a new day.

Father and daughter on the beach, crouched by the shoreline watching the waves

No. 25 Join nature's band

Head to a wild place and listen to natures music around you. Birds singing, leaves rustling and waves crashing – the more you listen, the more you’ll hear. Try using things that your find in nature to create your own song.

Small fossil in a rock found on the beach at Burton Bradstock.

No. 26 Hunt for fossils and bones

Journey back in time and search for clues to the life of animals and plants from the past. Fossil hunting is mammoth fun for all the family.

Two children lying on the ground, looking up and pointing at the clouds

No. 33 Go cloud watching

There's lots you can learn from looking at the clouds. Choose a comfortable spot on a warm spring day, lie back and start watching.

family bird watching with binoculars

No. 44 Watch a bird

To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?

Page from a nature diary with drawings and notes about birds spotted

No. 48 Keep a nature diary

Keep a record of your amazing adventures in nature, capturing your memories of the animals and plants you’ve seen.

Download the full list

Get your little ones to closer to nature and head our for an adventure in the great outdoors. Download our list of 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ here.