50 Wintery Things To Do Before You're 11 ¾ at Sutton Hoo

Anglo-Saxon wild art at Sutton Hoo

We think winter is perfect for completing activities for the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Challenge. The cold weather is no excuse not to wrap up in lots of warm layers and get out exploring. Visit our café afterwards for a hot chocolate and snuggle up with one of our Random Rugs to help you chase the cold away.

Here are some of our favourite ideas.

No. 15: Play In The Snow

Join us on snowy days for a romp around in the snow fall. Winter turns the whole site ethereal, adding a layer of magic to the mysterious history found here at Sutton Hoo. Start a snowball fight with your family, build a snowman – maybe even a snowwarrior guarding the burial mounds! If it’s not cold enough for snow then No. 6: Run Around In The Rain might work instead and both go wonderfully with No. 12: Make A Trail With Sticks and No. 13: Make A Mud Pie.

Snow covered gorse at Sutton Hoo
Snow covered gorse at Sutton Hoo
Snow covered gorse at Sutton Hoo

No. 18: Create Some Wild Art

Whilst out and about on a walk on our Blue or Red trails, why not keep yourself warm by foraging for artistic materials for your next wild art masterpiece? Completing No. 33: Catch A Falling Leaf could even start you off with your first item, ready to become the centrepiece or the beginning of a border… the possibilities are as wide as your imagination! If you are exploring down by the river, you could even include No. 26: Hunt For Fossils And Bones and include those if you’re lucky enough to find any.

No. 45: Find Your Way With Map And Compass

Pick up one of our tracker packs from Reception when you arrive and you’re ready for adventure. Keep on course with a map and a compass as you go, navigating your way through the woods and along the track. Use the pack for No. 31: Hunt For Bugs and try and identify the creepy crawlies you find. Keep your eyes peeled as you go and see if you can pick up the paw prints of wild beasties for No. 34: Track Wild Animals or check the skies for our winter guest, the tawny owl for No. 44: Go Bird Watching. No. 21: Pick Blackberries Growing In The Wild could also make for tasty snacks along the way if you’re feeling peckish.

Check out the full list of 50 Things To Do for even more ideas!

Father and daughter looking from a bridge through binoculars for wildlife

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