50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Sudbury Hall

Young girl holding moth

Start your adventure at Sudbury this summer, explore the outdoors, learn new skills and push yourself to try something new. Here are our top '50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood.

Pick up your '50 things to do before you're 11¾'  idea sheet from visitor reception for some inspiration for your visit or take home and see what adventures are waiting for you. Whether it’s at Sudbury Hall or in your own back garden, there’s plenty to try on the '50 things' list.

No. 1 Get to know a tree

It might sound a bit funny but how often have you ever stopped to really appreciate how amazing trees are? Here at Sudbury we don't have a huge site but we do have a lovely variety of trees, how many different kinds can you spot? Look at their leaves and see how different they all are. A great place to start is the adventure playground - can you spot the 'grafted' tree? Two trees turned into one...

Hide between the ornamental trees
The lime Quincunx at Sudbury Hall
Hide between the ornamental trees

No. 18 Create some wild art

Getting to know a tree leads quite well into wild art. You can use anything to make art, just look around you in the great outdoors and see what you can find. Though we do ask that you don't pick the flowers from the flower beds and leave them for everyone to enjoy. Try laying out fallen leaves in patterns or sorting them into size or colour order.

Create some wild art
Dragonfly craft at Sudbury Hall
Create some wild art

No. 24 Go barefoot

Go on - take off your shoes and socks and feel the lovely sensation of grass. Your feet will thank you for it! 

No. 25 Join Natures band

Stop and listen to the birds and the sounds of nature around you, can you recognise which birds are singing? Why not try and join in! If singing isn't your thing, then perhaps look for a long blade of grass to make yourself a grass trumpet - the best place to look is down by the lake.

No. 31 Make friends with a bug

Spring and summer is a great time to go bug hunting. Explore Subury’s grounds and see what creepy crawlies you can find. Look under sticks and stones and find their dark hiding places, look out for the bug traps around the hall, used to catch those cheeky insects who like to munch on Sudbury’s treasures! Our house and collections team are not friends with those pesky carpet beetles.

Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of creatures
A patterned snail on a leaf at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire
Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of creatures

No. 33 Go cloud watching

Lie back and watch the fluffy clouds in the sky. What shapes can you spot, maybe a castle or a sea monster? Watch out for different cloud types like the wispy Cirrus or puffy Cumulus. 

What clouds can you spot a Sudbury?
Rear of Sudbury Hall with gardens, blue skies
What clouds can you spot a Sudbury?

No. 44 Watch a bird

Head down to the boathouse and see what you can see on our bird tables, see if you can match them to the identification posters. If you're lucky you might spot some duckings swimming on the lake, just look out for grumpy geese!

Down-covered ducklings are an adorable sight
Teal duck and duckling
Down-covered ducklings are an adorable sight

No. 48 Keep a nature diary

Get started by finding a notebook, some scrap paper or even record sounds from your visit. Try and remember all the wonderful plants and wildlife you've seen, or the things you've done and then record them by using words, pictures, sounds and photos. Looking back at your diary will remind you of your amazing adventures in nature.

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure 

Adventures with nature are fun by yourself, but why not come back and bring a friend so you can explore new, wild places together? 

Run wild this summer at Sudbury
Kids running in the gardens at Sudbury Hall
Run wild this summer at Sudbury