50 things to do before youre 11¾ at Roseberry Topping

Children climbing a tree at Roseberry Topping

As the great outdoors goes, Roseberry Topping really is great. It's full of cool creatures and fantastic adventures. The National Trust has tracked down 50 of the best outdoor things to do before you're 11 ¾ and there's loads of them you can do here.

Our guide to doing the 50 things at Roseberry Topping

What are you waiting for? Get out there and start ticking the 50 Things off. It sounds like so much fun even our Ranger team are having a go. 

No.1 climb a tree

Loads of big old oak trees grow around the bottom of Roseberry in Newton Wood. Try to find one with big sturdy branches and get climbing.

No.2 roll down a really big hill

It might not be a good idea to try and roll all the way down Roseberry, but there are quite a few nice grassy slopes you can roll down. 

No.17 set up a snail race

Look under stones and logs to find your champion racing snails. Make sure you give them plenty of encouragement once they're off.

No.18 create some wild art

Collect some natural materials such as fallen leaves, twigs, pebbles - anything you can pick up which isn't living or growing. Then let your imagination run wild to create some amazing artwork. 

No.22 explore inside a tree

There could be all sort of exciting creepy crawlies in a hollow tree. Just take a peek and see what you can find.

No.25 make a grass trumpet

It's easy to make a grass trumpet. All you need is a nice big blade of grass and plenty of puff.

No.26 hunt for fossils and bones

Roseberry was formed in the time of the dinosaurs. It was under water back then, so try looking for loose rocks in the woods and you might find the fossilised remains of sea creatures.

No.28 climb a huge hill

This has to be the best thing ever to do at Roseberry Topping. We're convinced you'll agree the view at the top is amazing.

No.30 hold a scary beast

Once you've hunted some bugs, hold them gently in your hand to get a closer look. Don't worry, you are definitely more scary to them than they are to you! 

No.31 hunt for bugs

Newton Wood is a great place to hunt for bugs including beetles, woodlice, centipedes and ants. Look under rotting logs and fallen leaves. Be sure to leave everything as you found it so the bugs don't have to find a new home. 

No.33 catch a falling leaf

Autumn is the best time to do this. See how many types and different coloured leaves you can catch. Then you can do No 18. Create some wild art.

No.44 go bird watching

You don't need to be an expert to enjoy watching birds. Head for Newton Wood (early morning is best) and very soon you'll get to know different types such as blackbird, blue tit and great tit, robin, song thrush, black cap and even great spotted woodpecker. Listening to their calls is a great way to learn how to identify them.

No.49 find a geocache

There are loads of geocaches hidden at Roseberry so it's a great place to try out this exciting hobby for the first time. There are some tough ones to keep experienced geocachers entertained too.