Start your 50 things adventure today

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

The garden and woods are a great place to start your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventure. Visit our welcome hub to check out what you could try today or download the full activity list.

Here are some of our top activities.

No.18 Create some wild art

The colourful fallen leaves and twigs found throughout the garden are perfect for making your own art. There are so many different shapes and colours that, with a little imagination, you could create almost any picture or sculpture.

Come and create your own picture from natural materials
A flower picture made from petals
Come and create your own picture from natural materials

No.12 Have fun with sticks

From leaf wands and dens to twig towers and mobiles there are so many things that a stick can be. As you wander look out for your perfect stick and then decide what it will become.

Children playing in the garden at Nymans
Children playing at Nymans
Children playing in the garden at Nymans

No. 1 Get to know a tree

The garden and woods are full of interesting, special and old trees. While you are our exploring take a closer look at some of them. Gently feel the textured bark or look closely to see if you can spot any bugs scurrying about. Take a few minutes to look right up into the canopy and watch the leaves moving about or listen for birds chirping from a branch. 

Come and explore nature
Children looking up into tree in woodland
Come and explore nature

No.4 Build a den

Our little wooded area behind the second-hand bookshop has plenty of twigs and leaves to get you started on making your den. You could also try making a mini den to complete No.36 make a home for wildlife.

Build a den
Mother and daughter building a den in the woods
Build a den

No.31 Make friends with a bug

The gardens and woods are full of a variety of bugs, from wiggly worms to beautiful butterflies. Borrow a bug book to see if you can identify what you see. Please remember to leave the bugs in their home when you have finshed looking at them.

Bug hunting
Child looking at a bug in an insect catcher
Bug hunting

No.44 Watch a bird

Borrow some binoculars and see what birds you can spot in the gardens. Robins are often seen perched on a plant label or maybe you will glimpse a Blue Tit darting in and out of the bushes.

Watch a bird
Girl in field looking through binoculars
Watch a bird

During autumn there are several other activities you could enjoy. Go on a scavenger hunt and see what autumn treasures you can find, take a friend on a nature adventure or find some puddles and mud for a welly wander.

Download the full 50 things activity list to see which ones you will try. 

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