50 things for Ferguson's Gang

50 things to do for fun, fundraising and to start conservation conversations. Ferguson's Gang loved doing things that weren't expected of them, and having fun in the outdoors. Yet they also managed to raise money to support the work of the then new National Trust. Through their funds the Trust were able to acquire Mayon Cliffs and Frenchman's Creek in West Cornwall, amongst other well-loved places. Ferguson's Gang acted anonymously, wearing masks as they gifted funds to the National Trust. So here are some ideas for having some of your own outdoor adventures... with or without mask.

Runner at a National Trust site
A mask for the masquerade ball

Join Ferguson's Gang 

Join the gang and our community facebook group to arrange activities, share stories and fundraising tips.

Ladies running into the sea at the World Bellyboard champs


Go traditional with wooden bellyboards and frilly swim-caps, or even join the World Bellyboard Championships in Cornwall

Autumn sets in around Loe Pool at Penrose

Lap a Lake

Get sponsored to take a lap of a lake by bike or foot. Penrose's lake makes the ideal 10K loop. Or maybe you know of a place where you can jump in for a swim?

5 people walking across the cliffs

Walk the path in plastic bottles 

Help to raise awareness of the plastics polluting our seas whilst recycling some plastics into a fancy dress costume for a walk along the coast path. Find a route from our downloadable walks

7Nations rugby tourament marazion beach

Pull together a rugby team 

Ferguson's Gang loved to do things not expected of young women in the 1930s. Our Seven Nations Rugby Tournament on Marazion Beach is open to all aged 9 years and over. Entry fees support the Trust's work

Trelissick parkrun run

Fancy dress a parkrun 

parkruns are free, 5K jog, walk, runs, every Saturday at 9am, with several being hosted by National Trust places. Join in for a fun, informal, sociable run and keep a look out for celebratory 'anniversary' events where fancy dress is encouraged

Volunteer conservation group at Solsbury Hill, Bath Skyline

Be a masked volunteer 

The National Trust relies on volunteers to make things happen. Volunteering with our Ranger teams can be sweaty, mucky, and lots of fun, and you'll make a huge difference to the special places we look after

Boy jumping over hurdles at Trerice

Horseless show-jumping 

Frolic like a pony with horseless show-jumping. Some of our places have this available to try as part of their summer of sport, or you can always make MiniJumps a proud addition to your back garden

Trsut10 at Hanbury Hall

Trust10 as Ferguson's Gang 

Sociable, friendly, untimed 10K running. Bring a group of friends and maybe wear your Ferguson's Gang masks? Take part for free, or how about getting some colleagues to sponsor you? The number of Trust10 events is growing, so keep an eye out for one popping up near you

Ferguson's Gang members Shot Biddy, Kate O’Brien and Bill Stickers enjoying a picnic, 1935

Hold a 1930s themed picnic 

The Gang's meetings were followed by extravagant picnic lunches delivered from Fortnam & Mason, with foods such as roast duck and junket.

Ferguson's Gang Leapfrog

Leap like a lady...or a frog

The Ferguson's Gang were fond of a leapfrog and we have the photo to prove it. The National Trust has plenty of open spaces ripe for a leap. How about the Parade Ground at Trerice?

Couple sit looking at the top of Godolphin Hill

Three Peak Challenge 

Pick a local three peak challenge. Can you climb Trencrom, Chapel Carn Brea and Godolphin Hill all in one day?

A group of people in the naturist area at Studland Bay

Ladies skinny dipping in the 1930s?! 

Of course they did. If you fancy baring all for a skinny dip, please make sure you use an approved place. Studland Bay could be the place for you.

Volunteers beach cleaning on The Lizard

Keeping the South West coast beautiful 

'Porthleven, Mouseshole, Malpas... These places possessed of harbours and rivers' used 'as receptacles for refuse, broken crockery, tin cans and utensils of all kinds' A lament from a CPRE book in 1930, but beach cleans are still as important today

EPAL brick chimney at East Pool Mine

Mineral Tramway Challenge 

Challenge yourself to walk, run or cycle one of Cornwall's Mineral Trails. The Portreath Branchline Trail is ideal for dropping in at East Pool Mine along the way (number 6 on the map) and First Buses run between Portreath and Redruth for help with the return leg

Camping pods at Teneriffe farm campsite

Attend a World Conference 

The Gang's 1937 World Conference (aka holiday) was held in Portmeirion in Wales and involved playing croquet and fighting flying ants. National Trust holiday accommodation includes quaint cottages, majestic water towers, sociable bunk houses, trendy camping pods and places to pitch a tent


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