For families this summer : '50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4'

There is natural play throughout the woodland of Kinver Edge

Get out and play this summer - from exploring caves and a woodland play trail, to making a rag rug or building a den, it's always play time at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses. Using the National Trust list of '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' you'll have great fun here in the great outdoors this summer.

29. Explore a cave and get hands on in the Rock Houses

The Rock Houses are the perfect place to experience being in a cave, and even imagine living in one! After discovering the big empty cavern at visitor recpeption, you can pick up a free children's trail and see what you can spot in the restored houses - can the kids guess what a guzzunda is? Families can also try making a rag rug together, or challenge each other to traditional Victorian games - best foot forward for a spot of skipping!

Nanny’s Rock, a five-room cavern where wise woman orhealer ‘Meg O’ Foxholes’ once lived
Nanny’s Rock, a five-room cavern where wise woman orhealer ‘Meg O’ Foxholes’ once lived
Nanny’s Rock, a five-room cavern where wise woman orhealer ‘Meg O’ Foxholes’ once lived

 

Get outside to 31. make friends with a bug and 44. watch a bird

The countryside of Kinver Edeg is full of life, out on the heathland and in the woods. Throughout spring there's birds calling and woodpeckers drumming, and in summer there's  butterflies and bees on the heather. Bring your bug pot and binoculars to be a nature explorer. Whilst you're discovering the wildlife you can also have a play - there's a natural play trail in the woods on the orange 'woodland trail'

Join Forest School to 4. build a den, 13. make a mud creation and 47. cook on a campfire..and more!

We have teamed up with Open Trail who are running forest school workshops at Kinver Edge every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer holidays. Each session will include a variety of activities such as den building, fire making, bushcraft and nature based crafts.

For more information on Open Trail click here, or you can book your ticket through our events page.

Building dens develops a range of skills..and is great fun!
Children building a den with a volunteer 
Building dens develops a range of skills..and is great fun!

28.Climb a huge hill to an Iron Age Hillfort

Want to tire the kids out? Head up to Kinver hillfort for panoramic views of 3 counties, and if you're still feeling energetic then march along the ramparts imagining you're a soldier on look-out for invaders. Click here for a list of our waymarked trails. 

Phew! Is it time for an ice cream yet?

9. Eat a picnic in the wild

There's some beautiful spots across our whole site for a picnic. Enjoy reaching views amongst the heather on the top of the hillfort, set up at a picnic table amongst the trees in the car parks on Kingsford Lane or Blakeshall Lane, or lie down and relax in the heritage orchard at the Rock Houses. You can even order some sandwiches, cake and ice cream at the tearoom and take them out with you if you fancy!

kinver heather
kinver heather