50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4

children playing with binoculars at Quarry Bank

Get your little ones closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do this spring at Quarry Bank, from building a den to making a mud creation, playing pooh sticks and helping a plant grow! Plan your next adventure here.

Children playing in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Go on a nature adventure

Head outdoors and jump into winter 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 in the great outdoors? Build a den, play pooh sticks, go welly wandering, create some wild art or go bird watching - do you favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours. Pick up a leaflet from Visitor Welcome and start your adventure at Quarry Bank.

children in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Discover the outdoors at Quarry Bank

Situated just south of Manchester, Quarry Bank is a hidden valley filled with wildlife, beauty and nature. Home to birds, bats, fungi, heritage trees and plants, and with acres of heritage woodland to explore, it’s the perfect place to get out in the fresh air, and get closer to nature. Follow the river and discover caves, cliffs, historic bridges, and huge trees reaching upwards to the sky. Get to know local wildlife, and go on your own nature adventure.

The best spring challenges

Children in the gardens at Quarry Bank looking for bugs

No. 31 Make friends with a bug

Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice - there are all kinds of creepy crawlies hiding at the places we look after and you can tick off No. 31 on our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' - making friends with a bug.

Children playing with sticks at Quarry Bank

No. 12 Have fun with sticks

Can you build a den, make a tower, or create a home a for wildlife? Surrounded by woodland, there’s plenty of sticks in all shapes and sizes to gather together for your secret projects! Or why not challenge your friends and family to a game of pooh sticks from one of Quarry Bank’s bridges over the river, and while you’re there, see if you can spot a fish!

Boy playing in the gardens at Quarry Bank

No. 33 Go cloud watching

Lay back and look up to the sky. What shapes do the clouds make, how fast do they move? Watch as they morph from thing into another, and let your imagination run wild to make up stories of what’s happening up there in the big blue skies.

Child eating a sandwich

Eating at Quarry Bank

Cool off with ice creams, of refuel with a freshly prepared menu of hot meals, light lunches, sandwiches, snacks and cakes from one of Quarry Bank’s onsite cafes and restaurant. With a special children’s menu to choose from too, there’s something for all appetites!