'50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' at The Firs

Sitting circle at The Firs

You can take part in 8 of the '50 things' activities at The Firs and the Visitor Centre is a great place to begin with free scrapbooks, stickers and wall charts to get you started.

No. 1 Get to know a tree 

Our apple orchard welcomes you as soon as you arrive, so there are plenty of different varieties to inspect. With fluffy lichen or spotty bark each tree is a little bit different.  

View from picnic area and daisy walk
The firs view from picnic area
View from picnic area and daisy walk

No. 12 Have fun with sticks 

Den's aren't the only things to make with sticks, why not build a giant birds nest? Play wild noughts and crosses with sticks and stones or use them as drumsticks on our tree stump drums. 

No. 25 Join nature's band 

The Sound garden is the perfect place to join nature's band with our wooden xylones and metal conch and abit of imagination you can create your own symphony.    

Young girl plays outdoor instruments at The Firs
Young girl plays outdoor instruments at The Firs
Young girl plays outdoor instruments at The Firs

No. 31 Make friend's with a bug 

With two bug hotels at The Firs and plenty of different habitats we are home to many of a creepy critter. Gardener Dawne's wormery is teeming with life but remember to ask a gardener before lifting the lid.  

Dawne and Ken with the Wormery
Dawne and Ken with the Wormery
Dawne and Ken with the Wormery

No. 33 Go cloud watching

The cottage garden benches are a wonderful spot to lie back and relax to watch the clouds go by. What shapes will you see? 

No. 44 Watch a bird 

Whatever the weather from inside the tea-room overlooking the bird feeders or in our orchard picnic area surrounded by nestboxes, we have lots of feathery friends passing by to watch.  

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

Whats better than a nature adventure? A nature adventure with friends of course, bring along a friend to join in the fun exploring The Firs and surrounding fields. 

Our hedgehog house
hedgehog house at the firs
Our hedgehog house




General advice for parents

Children matter to the National Trust, so we recommend that all of our activities are supervised by an adult. We trust that you will make your own judgement about what is safe and suitable for the age and ability of your child.

For messy activities, activities with animals or natural water sources:

Make sure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infection

Discourage your child from putting anything in his or her mouth

Wash your child's hands thoroughly afterwards

If you're doing activities outside:

Make sure your child wears warm, weather resistant clothing during any activities involving water or snow

Make sure your child wears suitable footwear for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces

Check weather reports before any activity and avoid trees or natural water sources in wet or windy conditions

Supervise children at all times during these activities