'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Stowe

Ready for a rip-roaring adventure? Re-wild the children and get outdoors away from the tech and tune into nature. The gardens and park at Stowe provide the ultimate backdrop for igniting imaginations, in a world of lakes, magical woods, ginormous temples and twisted trees. Open daily, 10am-5pm, closing at 4pm in the winter, with free family explorer guides that change seasonally and organised '50 things' activities, we've got a huge array of ideas to get your journey kick-started.

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Speaking nature's language

We asked kids what they associate with certain nature words. Watch this video to hear their thoughts and see them rediscover the true meanings of these words.

The parkland - only for all-conquering explorers

There's so much to do in the garden, but did you know there are 1,000 acres of parkland you can conquer on a day out? Park at the New Inn visitor centre and walk the circular route to get up close and personal with nature. Booking may be required, please check in advance of your visit. Forage for wild food in the autumn, get to know a tree with our veteran trees (even better if you head down Stowe Avenue in the autumn), play conkers, find funky fungi, find your way with a map, the possibilities are endless!

Family on a sunset walk at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activity list 

Find out about all of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities with this handy list. From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.

Child playing with winter leaves in the gardens

Top 50 things to do in winter 

Winter is the perfect time for playing in the snow, stargazing, bird watching, cooking on a campfire and lots more. Jump into winter with '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities.

Children playing beside Derwentwater, Cumbria

Children need nature in their lives 

Our Natural Childhood report found that more children can identify a Dalek than a magpie. It's never too late to fall in love with nature and learn about wildlife - it's time to reconnect children with the great outdoors.