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

Grab some branches and tick off one of your 50 things by building a den

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 den building, eat a picnic in the wild or bring 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.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.4 Build a den

The Plantation has everything you need to make a creative den – leaves, twigs and big branches. Can you make friends with any bugs hiding away at the same time?

Build a den
Family discover a den built on the Natural Play trail at Box Hill, Surrey.
Build a den

No.12 Have fun with sticks

When you've made your den in the Plantation, why not make a trail to it so that other children can have fun in it too?

No.13 Make a mud creation

If its been a damp day, you might like to make a mud creation in the woodland. You 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 and 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.

Join nature's band
Man and two children playing a grass trumpet
Join nature's band

No.33 Get to know a tree

Want to know more about trees? Pick up a tree trail from Visitor Reception when you arrive and learn more about the native trees in Standen's woodland. In autumn when the leaves are falling why not see how many different leaves you can find.

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?