Best 50 things activities for adventurers

If you're a brave adventurer then these activities should be right up your street. From tree climbing to den building via stone skimming and kite flying we've got heaps of activities from our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities to keep you busy outdoors.

A group of visitors sit in the Grotto at Stourhead, Wiltshire

No. 29 explore a cave 

Exploring caves is an exciting adventure that you can enjoy at any time of the year. Entering a cave is like visiting an entirely different world. Grab a torch and jacket (and an adult!), and find a cave to inspect.

Three children in a tree

No. 1 get to know a tree 

There's no better spot to see what lives in a wood than from the top of a tree, so get your sturdy shoes on and start climbing.

Girl rolling down a grassy hill

No. 2 roll down a really big hill

Rolling down a hill is a seriously fun way to spend some time. All you need is you (obviously) and a hill and you're away. The bigger and steeper the hill the faster you'll go - so watch out for obstacles like rocks or even animals!

Girls in a hammock at Footprint Cumbria

No. 3 camp outdoors

Your back garden might not seem that wild but it's a great place to pitch a tent and keep an eye out for animals. Fall asleep to the tune of bats and owls as they go about their night activities.

Children den building

No. 4 build a den

Collect some snapping branches and crunchy leaves and start building your hideaway in the heart of nature. Who knows which inquisitive animals may pop by for a visit.

A group of teenagers dam the river at Wasdale, Cumbria

No. 14 dam a stream 

Adventure no. 14 on our list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' is dam a stream. What could be better on a warm day than getting into the stream and trying to dam it?

Boy standing on sea edge about to skim a stone

No. 5 skim a stone

How many bounces can you do? Flat, smooth stones are the best for skimming, and there are plenty to be found on our beaches. Why not challenge your family and friends to a competition?

Children walking in the rain

No. 6 go welly wandering

All you'll need for this challenge is a rainy day and yourself. Running around in the rain might seem crazy when you start, but you'll soon be splishing and splashing around like a fish.

Boy flying a kite at Sheffield Park East Sussex

No. 7 fly a kite

If there's a little bit of wind then it's kite flying weather - feel it pull away from you into the sky. Can you keep it in the air and not get the string tangled? It takes skill to be a champion kite flyer.

Boy holding a net up in the air with a starfish in it

No. 8 spot a fish

Go on an adventure to the sea and find an underwater world that’s teeming with wildlife. You might find pollock hiding amongst the rocks and shallow waters or gobies, fivebeard rocklings and blennies lurking in a rock pool. Remember to put any fish back quickly once you’ve had a look, and don't ever leave them in a bucket in the sun. Some fish like weaver fish and spiny fish can be poisonous too.

Girl taking apple from a tree

No. 21 forage for wild food 

Crunchy, fresh-from-the-tree apples are incredible to eat. Just make sure that you've picked a tree with eating apples, rather than cooking apples, which aren't nice to eat at all.

Boy putting conkers into a jar

No. 10 play conkers 

Playing conkers is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon. There's definitely a skill to it, so apart from choosing the best conker, we've also got some other tips for success.