Autumn '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' at Sudbury Hall

Family throwing leaves at autumn time, Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Didn't manage to tick off all your '50 things' activities over the summer? Or maybe you've only just started. Here at Sudbury we've got plenty of opportunities to make some '50 things' progress. Explore the outdoors, learn new skills and push yourself to try something new.

Pick up a copy of our '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' booklet from visitor reception and see how many activities you can tick off.

Whether it’s at Sudbury or in your own back garden, there’s plenty of inspiration on the '50 things' list. We've put together a list of some of the best ones to do here at Sudbury.

No.6  Go welly wandering - this activity doesn't need any special instructions - put on your wellies and soak up the watery fun! 

Go welly wandering
Visitors with umbrellas in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.
Go welly wandering

No. 10 Play Conkers - Firstly you'll need to use your hunting skills to spot a horse chestnut tree, then choose your biggest and best conker and challenge someone to a duel. If you're with a group of people you can even start up a tournament and see which conker can last the longest.

Find some conkers
Find some conkers
Find some conkers

No. 18 Create some wild art - If you're lucky enough to drop in on a day when we're doing some wild art activites then you can get stuck right in. If not, why not try collecting some bits and bobs from nature like interesting shaped leaves or twigs that you can take home to turn into a masterpiece?

Have fun collecting autumn leaves
A stick with autumn leaves threaded on
Have fun collecting autumn leaves


No. 22 Find some funky fungi. Autumn is prime time to try and spot woodland fungi. If you look carefully on your adventure around Sudbury, you should be able to spot these strange and fascinating life-forms. Mushrooms (or toadstools) can be found almost anywhere, but they love to grow in damp and dark places so keep your eyes peeled. Make sure you go with an adult on your fungi adventure and please don't touch wild fungi as some are very poisonous.

How many mushrooms can you spot?
Mycorrhizal fungi at Sudbury Hall
How many mushrooms can you spot?

No. 30 Go on a scavenger hunt. The grounds of Sudbury are perfect for solo adventurers, or groups big and small - an Autumn scavenger hunt is a great way to test your seeking skills in the wild. Lots of wild treasures are waiting to be discovered at Sudbury, especially amongst fallen golden leaves!

Children love to play in fallen leaves
A girls plays in fallen leaves
Children love to play in fallen leaves

If you're visiting other National Trust properties make sure you check out the '50 things' full activity list to see what else you can do.