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