Top 50 things activities for explorers

If you love the outside then we've got some brilliant activities for you that will keep you discovering loads of new things. From growing your own fruit or veg to rock climbing or cooking on a campfire boredom is no longer an option.

Boy smiling as he holds up a carrot covered in dirt

No.41 plant it, grow it, eat it

There's nothing like the taste of food that you've grown yourself, so whatever you choose to grow, you'll need to look after it, water it and feed it until it's ready to eat. Strawberries are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things to grow we can think of, but what will you choose?

Boy kicking and splashing while laying in the sea

No.42 go swimming in the sea

Is there anything more refreshing than the big blue sea on a hot summer day? We look after lots of brilliant beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find somewhere perfect for a splash.

Children building a raft from barrels and string

No.43 build a raft

Set sail - hear water splashing and feel the waves between your fingers. Gather things that float such as driftwood, and then tie it together with string to become the captain of your very own Jolly Roger. Ahoy!

A young family bird watching

No.44 go bird watching

Watch birds fly, sing, chat to each other and eat their food by finding somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait. Just make sure you don't frighten them off, birds get spooked pretty easily.

Girls holding a map and compass atop a hill

No.45 find your way with a map and compass

If you learn to use and map and compass you'll never get lost again! This is a pretty handy skill as well as a cool activity to do, so grab a map and a compass and get navigating.

Group climbing up a rock near sea

No.46 try rock climbing

You might need to join a class or find someone qualified in rock climbing or an expert to help you have your first couple of goes at rock climbing, but it's an amazing experience that seems like a different world.

People sat around a campfire with glow of fire on their faces

No.47 cook on a campfire

Cooking on a campfire is a great survival skill to have and it's fun as well. You can start with toasting marshmallows and build up to jacket potatoes in the embers, or things in pots. Soon you'll be rustling up a feast.

Girl sitting on a horse on the beach with family by her side

No.48 learn to ride a horse

Going anywhere on horseback turns an ordinary day into an adventure. Why not have a go at learning to ride at an activity centre or stables near you?

Two GPS devices on table used for geocaching

No.49 find a geocache

Geocaching is a bit like treasure hunting and there are over a million geocaches in the world waiting to be found. You'll need a handheld GPS or a smartphone to get you started, then you can begin your hunt!

Four canoes sailing down the river Tern full of people having a great time

No.50 canoe down a river

Canoeing down a river is the final of the 50 things challenges and you'll learn lots of new skills doing it. You'll probably need to join a class or go to an event, but the feeling of being out on the water is totally worth it.