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

Enjoy the great outdoors and get closer to nature with our list of ultimate activities for young adventurers. You can get to know a tree, build a den, eat a picnic in the wild and go paddling. 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 young boy in a blue tshirt attempts to climb a tree at Aira Force

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Children running at Sizergh


The gardens and parkland at Sizergh are bursting with wildlife at this time of year. Keep an eye out for Buzzards circling above as you adventure, and see if you can spot the elusive resident Roe Deer among the trees (No.44) Explore the nooks and crannies of the rock garden (No.29) and if you’re inspired to create your own wildlife wonderland, head to the shop to pick up a plant to grow at home (No.41).

Children throwing stones into the lake at Fell Foot

Fell Foot  

Great adventures await at Fell Foot. With green lawns sloping down to the shore of lake Windermere, see how fast you can roll down a hill (No.2) and challenge your family to a stone skimming competition on the lake (No.5). Take off your shoes and enjoy a barefoot stroll across the grass (No.24) or make the most of the breeze coming off the lake and fly a kite (No.7)

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

Allan Bank 

The gardens and woodlands at Allan Bank are perfect for ticking off your ‘50 things’ activities. Head into the woods and make friends with the creatures and critters that live there (No.31). The fallen logs by the rope swings are the best place to find mini-beasts. Start a nature diary to keep a track of everything you can find (No.48). After all of that exploring, tuck into a picnic on the lawn (No.9) soaking up the views across Grasmere.

Girl playing outdoors at Wray Castle in Ambleside

Wray Castle 

With lakes, woodlands and gardens, you can tick off plenty of your '50 Things’ activities at Wray Castle. Be king or queen of the castle and make a wildflower crown (No.16) or head to the woods to get to know a tree (No.1). 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).

Boys building a den in the trees

Acorn Bank 

You’ll need your map reading skills to navigate the woods at Acorn Bank (No.45). Once you’re there, create your own summer retreat and build a den with materials you can find (No.4). You’ll not be the only resident there. Acorn Bank is home to all three native species of UK Newt. Head to the Lily Pond in the Sunken garden to see which ones you can spot (No.35)

 Children exploring the garden

Wordsworth House & Garden 

Follow in the footsteps of our original wild child, William Wordsworth by getting creative with nature at Wordsworth House and Garden. Head to the garden and make a piece of wild art (No.18) from natural materials or go on a scavenger hunt (No.30). Take inspiration from one of Wordsworth’s most famous poems and spend some time watching the clouds float overhead (No.33)

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

Aira Force 

With no fewer than five bridges to choose from, you can’t find a better place to play pooh sticks (No.19) than Aira Force. Or head to the shores of Ullswater and if you're feeling brave, take off your shoes and enjoy a bracing paddle (No.20) Lots of animals make the woods around Aira Force their home, including red squirrels - see if you can spot the clues they leave behind (No.34)