'50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' 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.
No. 4 Build a Den
The woodland area has plenty of twigs gathered by our gardener to make a den for you and your friends.
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.
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.
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.
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