50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ in the North East

Nurture a love of the outdoors and nature with our list of activities for young adventurers. Explore on two wheels, go cloud watching, learn to fly a kite, discover what lives in a rock pool or head into the woods and build a den. Suitable for all seasons, you can enjoy doing our '50 things' again and again. They're simple to tick off, but guaranteed to add even more adventure to your day out.

A family flying a kite at Wembury, Devon.
cycling at wallington

Wallington  

The gardens and woodlands at Wallington are the perfect playground for nature explorers. Hire a bike from us or bring your own to explore the Dragon Cycle Trail on two wheels (No.11). Head along the River Walk and stop off at Trout Bridge for a traditional game of Pooh sticks (No.19) or make friends with a bug in the woods (No.31). The Little Acorns natural play space is a favourite with our feathered friends and a great spot for watching birds (No.44).

A family explore Douglas, the fallen fir tree in the Pinetum

Cragside  

With lakes, woodlands and gardens, you can tick off plenty of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities at Cragside. Get to know one of the millions of trees on the estate (No.1), explore the nooks and crannies of the rock formations by Slipper Lake (No.29) or go welly wandering through the labyrinth (No.6). Lots of animals make Cragside their home including roe deer and red squirrels - see if you can spot the clues they leave behind (No.34).

a boy throwing leaves in the air

Gibside  

You’ll need your map reading skills to navigate the West Woods at Gibside (No.45). Once you’re there, create your own autumn retreat with den building (No.4) and go on a scavenger hunt to see what you can find among the trees (No.30). Can you make some wild art with what you’ve found? (No.18). Or will you discover the cloud spotting mirror near the stables and find out what type of cloud is floating above you today (No. 33).

A family explore the pebbly beach at Marsden Bay

Souter Lighthouse and the Leas  

Great adventures await along this stretch of coast. See what salty sea creatures you can discover in a rock pool (No.37) or head to Marsden Bay, home to kittiwakes, fulmars, cormorants and herring gulls, to watch a bird (No.44). Make the most of the North Sea breeze and fly a kite (No.7) or if you're feeling brave, take off your shoes and enjoy a bracing paddle between the tides (No.20).

Outdoor welly fun!

Seaton Delaval Hall  

The crunchy leaves and autumn colours of the North West woodland make it the perfect place for an outdoor adventure - have a go at building a den (No.4), creating wild art (No.18), or making friends with a bug (No.31). If it's a soggy day you can also go welly wandering (No.6) or why not create your own scavenger hunt (No.30) and see what you can discover?

Children playing in the fallen leaves inthe garden

Ormesby Hall  

The woodlands at Ormesby Hall are perfect for ticking off your ‘50 things’ activities. Head into the woods and discover the creatures and critters that live there (No.31) or make the most of the rainy British weather on a welly wander (No.6). There’s sure to be plenty of mud to get stuck into (No.13) or start a nature diary to keep a track of everything you can find (No.48).

A girl rockpooling at Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle  

The rocky headlands around Lindisfarne Castle are great for a scramble (No.46), and filled with countless rock pools, can you catch a crab? (No.39). Home to fulmars, seagulls, curlews, plovers and oystercatchers, you can spend some time watching the birds (No.44), float a boat along the shore (No.32) or if the North sea breeze is making its presence felt, the castle headland is a brilliant spot to fly a kite (No.7).