50 things to do before you're 11¾ in the Lake District

Make the most of summer and try out some of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' here in the Lake District.

Three children  on the wooden footbridge at Low Wray Campsite, Cumbria

Aira Force 

Number 19 - play pooh sticks: With no fewer than 5 bridges to choose from, you can play play pooh sticks ‘til the sun goes down here. Don't forget to look up though - Aira Force is one of our most impressive waterfalls, tumbling 65 feet!

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

Allan Bank 

Number 31 - hunt for bugs: Follow Billie Buzzard's wild garden trail to find out who lives around Allan Bank, or have a go by yourself. The fallen logs by the rope swings are the best place to find mini-beasts. Pick up a magnifying glass and an id card from the playroom.

Two children dressed in 18th-century costume

Wordsworth House & Garden

Number 18 - create some wild art: Follow in the footsteps of our original wild child, William Wordsworth by getting creative with nature. Make a piece of wild art from natural materials or even create a poem out of stones.

Three children in a tree

Wray Castle

Number 1 - climb a tree: This is a great way to start your 50 things challenge as this is number 1. Look out for our foresters, who are expert tree climbers, or follow our tree trail to find some of the most interesting trees in the grounds. What goes up must come down, so try out our zipwire while you're here too!

Choosing stones for skimming, Buttermere Valley, Lake District


Number 5 - skim a stone: Combine this activity with a walk - the Buttermere wildtime trail takes you around the whole lake, which is the territory of 'Captain Skim'. His record is to skim a stone for 26 skips - can you beat him? There’s a good spot to try out your skimming skills just by the rock tunnel.

Boys building a den in the trees

Acorn Bank

Number 4 - build a den: Den building is one of our favourite activities and there’s no better place to build a den than in the woods at Acorn Bank. Create your own home from home and use it as the base for other wild adventures.