50 things springtime adventures

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of spring - the best time to start enjoying activities from your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list. Watch stars twinkling in the night sky, take a refreshing dip in the sea and help a caterpillar find its wings.

A caterpillar sits on a nettle leaf

No. 38 bring up a butterfly (or moth) 

Help a wriggling caterpillar find its wings. Watch it emerge from its silken cocoon as a butterfly or moth before it eventually flutters over the flower heads.

Child climbing a tree at Crom, County Fermanagh

No. 1 get to know a tree 

Find yourself the perfect tree and then why not scale to the top and nestle in a comfy branch to enjoy the view. If it's big enough, you can explore inside too.

Children create wild art at summer kids club at Charlecote Park

No. 18 create some wild art 

Explore one of our gardens and try painting the colourful flowers that bloom. Use your paints, crayons or any other materials that you find to create your masterpiece. Have you got a glut of daffodils in your own garden? Why not find a flower press and add them to your artwork?

A close up of frog spawn in a pond

No. 35 discover what's in a pond 

Frog spawn is amazing. Watch it wobble like jelly in a slow moving stream in March. Can you see any tiny tadpoles growing under hundreds of transparent bubbles? Maybe you'll also spot some frogs in the area.

Star photography at Brimham Rocks

No. 27 go stargazing 

On a clear night lie flat on your back and watch the sky start to glitter with stars. The spring night sky means you don’t need to stay out too late to see the stars, so it can be a great time for families to start sharing the magic of stargazing.

Family cycling through Leigh Woods, Bristol

No. 11 explore on wheels 

You'll find miles of cycling paths at places we look after and some places also offer cycle hire. You can also see our places from a different kind of saddle by booking a horseback ride with Studland Stables in Dorset or the Cantref Riding Centre in the Brecon Beacons.

Children having a snail race on the pavement at a National Trust site.
Days out

No. 17 set up a snail race 

Got some time on your hands this spring? Why not organise a snail race? Watch how their slimy bodies leave a glittering trail. Lettuce can help to encourage competitors across the finish line.

Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

No. 21 forage for wild food 

Enjoy the smell of a busy kitchen as you walk through beautiful woodland. Many of our walks and trails will lead you through patches of wild garlic, identified by its delicate white flowers and its pungent aroma.

Boy kicking and splashing while laying in the sea

No. 42 go swimming in the sea 

Wake up the senses by taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Feel gentle waves breaking against your back, listen to the surf and watch the sun glinting on the water. We look after incredible beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find the perfect place.

Family on a walk in the woods

Stretch your legs 

Our family trails are a great way of ticking off lots of '50 things' activities. Find some funky fungi, play pooh sticks, take a friend on a nature adventure or eat a picnic in the wild. Sometimes the most fun can be had by seeing where the trail takes you.