Autumn 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at The Vyne

If you’ve got your checklist at the ready, here are our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ activities you can enjoy at The Vyne. Grown-ups are welcome to join in if they promise to have fun.

Sorry, no ball games or bikes please
We’ve taken on board your feedback and changed the rules, so it’s a ‘no’ to ball games, including frisbees, bats and drones. Due to path errosion, we can’t allow bikes.
 
Don’t worry – there are still plenty of things to see and do. Read on for inspiration:
 
 
You'll find plenty of sticks in the woods for den building
A boy building a den in the woods
You'll find plenty of sticks in the woods for den building

Self-led 50 things activities:

No.49 Find a geocache
With the right app, you can hunt for geocaches on your visit. There are two apps available for IPhone and Android. Download either to get started.
 
Alternatively, ask at reception for one of our orienteering courses. These come in two levels; easy or hard.
 
No.4 Build a den
To get in touch with your wild side, you can build your very own den in the woods. If there are a few of you, try doing a den building competition.
 
No.19 Play pooh sticks
The best bridge for pooh sticks is just past our reception kiosk, on the left. Make sure your sticks are evenly sized and that everybody starts at the same time! 
 
No.44 Go bird watching
If you’re quiet enough you should spot some amazing bird life from our purpose-built bird hide.
 
No.34 Track wild animals
Don’t forget to bring your walking boots for a healthy amble around Morgaston Woods. Keep your eyes peeled for animal tracks – foxes, badgers and deer often pass through this natural habitat. 
 
No.31 Hunt for bugs
There are all sorts of places at The Vyne where you can spot creepy crawlies. Try looking under stones in the woods, or peering into the foliage on your way to the bird hide.
 
Visitors in the bird hide at The Vyne, Hampshire.
Visitors in the bird hide at The Vyne
Visitors in the bird hide at The Vyne, Hampshire.
 

Key information

 
Baby changing
You’ll find baby changing facilities in the toilet block on the left, just after visitor reception, and also by our Brewhouse tearoom.
 
Access for pushchairs
You can get round the gardens on wide, hard gravel pathways. Do bear in mind that walkways through the woodland, wetland and parkland can be muddy. In some parts of the woodland, tree roots come across the path.
 
As the Brewhouse tearoom is rather snug, you’ll need to leave buggies and pushchairs outside. In the Tudor house, we can provide slings whilst pushchairs are left at the entrance. Items are left at your own risk.
 
Food for children
Our Brewhouse tea-room does child portions. We also have childrens lunch boxes containing sandwiches, wraps, small vegetable bags, fruit, mini cheeses and cartons of drink. 
 
If you need to warm up milk, a microwave is available in the ground floor seating area of the Brewhouse.
 
A family enjoy a bite to eat.
A picture of a family enjoying their meal.
A family enjoy a bite to eat.
 
Picnic areas
On dry sunny days, the best place to picnic is on our north lawn by the lake. We’ve also got benches between the north lawn and the bird hide, and dotted around the site.
 
Play areas
Visitors aged ten and under can act out their own fantasy adventures in The Hidden Realm – our Tolkien-inspired play space with turf-covered tunnels, next to the Tea Garden. 
 
Very young visitors can enjoy a shady play space just off the Lime Avenue.