50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Standen House and Garden

Children running across the green grass exploring the garden

From making mud creations to watching birds your next adventure awaits. Experience '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' with the whole family at Standen. Have a go at having fun with sticks, eating a picnic in the wild or bringing your friends on a nature adventure.

There's lots of  '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' activities you can do at Standen but here are a few of our favourites to try on your next visit:

No.1 Get to know a tree

There are lots of fascinating trees to discover at Standen, from Acers in the garden with gold and red colouring in the autumn to a variety of native species in Hollybush and Rockinghill Woods. In autumn when the leaves are falling why not see how many different leaves you can find.

No.2 Roll down a really big hill

See how far you can get rolling down the lawn at the back of the house. Challenge a grown up to have a go too.

No.13 Make a mud creation

If its been a damp day, you might like to make a mud creation in the woodland, and could warm up with an edible treat in the Barn Cafe afterwards.

Get mucky and make a mud creation
Make a mud pie
Get mucky and make a mud creation

No.16 Wear a wild crown

While on a walk through the woodland, see if you can make a wild crown from sticks, leaves and fallen flowers. 

No.24 Go barefoot

The lawn is a great place for little explorers to try out barefoot walking whilst mum and dad take it easy. Maybe you could have a barefoot running race? Make sure you bring a towel to clean your feet before you put your socks back on.

Go barefoot
Children sitting in a field with bare feet
Go barefoot

No.25 Join nature's band

Pick a dry, thick piece of grass that’s quite long for the perfect trumpet – can you make a tune? Or try drumming with sticks you find while on a walk.

Try playing a grass trumpet
Man and two children playing a grass trumpet
Try playing a grass trumpet

No.44 Watch a bird

As you walk around the garden and estate you’ll hear many different bird’s songs – can you spot the birds and match them to their sounds?