50 things at Quarry Bank this summer

Two young children looking through binoculars at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Head outdoors and leap into summer with our list of 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4. Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors? Do your favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours.

The best summer challenges at Quarry Bank

Child hugging the cedar tree at Gunby

1. Get to know a tree

With acres of woodland to explore, there’s plenty of trees to get to know. Can you learn their names? What colour and shape are the different leaves? How tall are they?

Child den building in the woods

4. Build a den

Build a den out of sticks on a flat spot in the woods, cover it with leaves, and you've got a pirate hideout or a meeting place for spies. There are loads of spots across the estate perfect spots for den building.

Children on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

12. Have fun with sticks

Create your very journey own stick by collecting and attaching natures fallen bounty, a great take-home momento of your visit.

Man and two children playing a grass trumpet

25. Join nature's band

Head to a wild place and listen to nature's music around you. Birds singing, trees rustling, streams bubbling - the more you listen, the more you'll hear. Try using things that you find in nature to create your very own song - in a group or by yourself.

Nut hatch at Quarry Bank

44. Watch a bird

Look up in the trees to see which flying friends are busy welcoming in spring including chiffchaffs, goosanders, great tits, nuthatches, dippers and herons. Don't forget to bring your binoculars.

A male broad bodied chaser at Quarry Bank

48. Keep a nature diary

Spot the varied wildlife who call Quarry Bank their home. From amphibians and fish to bugs and birds, bring a pencil and record who you meet on your spring adventure