50 things to do before you’re 11¾ in the North West

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer and get closer to nature with our list of ultimate activities for young adventurers. Build a den, eat a picnic in the wild, make friends with a bug or climb a huge hill. And it doesn't end there. You can enjoy doing our '50 things' again and again, in all seasons. They're simple to tick off, but guaranteed to add even more adventure to your day out.

Visitors in the garden at Lyme

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Children playing on the mill meadow

Quarry Bank

The gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank are the perfect playground for nature explorers this summer. Get to know a tree (No.1), and join nature's band (No.25) by either creating your own activities or join in the with special tree-themed and natural music events in the holidays. There are plenty of bridges for a game of Pooh sticks (No.19) in the river, and if you bring a friend along you're ticking off No.50 too!

A family looking out of a leaded window at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Little Moreton Hall

The moat surrounding this little hidden gem is the perfect place to spot a fish (No.8), and you can also buy some special food to feed the ducks (No.43). Climb up the hill beside the house and do your best roll down it (No.2), or watch the birds (and the ducks) who like to spend some time here too (No.44).

A young girl at the 2014 Dunstable Kite Festival, on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.

Lyme

You can tick off plenty of your '50 Things to do before you’re 11¾' activities at Lyme with lots of places to explore. Follow your own trail of '50 things' as a family, or join Lyme’s rangers during the holidays to learn new nature skills. On windier days, Cage Hill is the perfect spot to fly a kite (No.7). You'll also tick off No. 28 getting to the top of the hill.

Children playing on the North Lawn at Speke Hall

Speke Hall and Gardens

You'll need your best map reading skills (No.45) to help you find the Secret Garden at Speke Hall. Once you've found it, have your very own scavenger hunt (No.30) to gather things for some wild art (No.18). In the woods, you'll find plenty of sticks to make a trial for your family to follow, or create your own sticky fun (No.12).

A family at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dunham Massey

There are all sorts of animals at Dunham Massey, including deer, and you can discover the clues they leave behind (No.34). The flat pathways in the park at Dunham Massey make it a great place for little learners to ride a bike or scoot (No.11) as well. Pick out the best stone to skim in the moat (No.5), or lay on the lawns in the garden and watch the clouds as they pass over (No.33).

Children riding balance bikes

Rufford Old Hall

Get making at Rufford Hall this summer with plenty of '50 things' activities planned for adventurers of all ages. Create a mud pie (No.13), make a home for wildlife (No.36), jump on a free balance bike to explore on wheels (No.11) and skim a stone in the canal next to Rufford (No.5). You'll be spoilt for choice and you're sure to end your day with plenty of ticks on your list.

Family in the walled garden

Hare Hill

The secret walled garden at Hare Hill is bursting to life at this time of year with plenty of bugs to make friends with (No.31). You can discover what's in the ponds (No. 35) at Hare Hill too and you might just spot a frog or two during your visit. The lawn in the walled garden is perfect place to go barefoot (No. 24), or make some wild art (No.18) from things you find around the garden and woods.