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

Children running around playing outdoors

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.

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

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?