Tick off some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ at Tredegar House

A boy toasts a marshmallow

With 90 acres to hop, skip and jump in, you’ll start to tick off some of the 50 things in no time at all. To help you on your way we’ll be running dedicated sessions across the summer holidays.

No summer adventure would be complete without some wild activities to tackle as a family.

Over the course of the holidays we’ll be running 50 things sessions every Thursday and Saturday to help you complete the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.


No. 47 Cook on a campfire 

Toast some tasty marshmallows over our campfire and smash them between some chocolate digestives for a truly smoreish snack.

You can even bring something of your own food to cook on the fire – if you’ve got some apples, bring them wrapped in foil with a bit of sugar and they’ll cook gently in the fire while you toast your marshmallows. Or you could try bananas with chocolate spread, whatever takes your fancy!

  • Dates: 26, 28 July, 30 August, 1 September
  • Times: 11am-3pm, sessions running every 20 minutes
  • Location: By the campfire are in the Orchard Garden
Tick off some of the '50 things' this summer
Kids cooking on a campfire
Tick off some of the '50 things' this summer

No. 18 Create some wild art

Create some truly wild art using only natural materials. Go on a scavenger hunt to find what you need and then create your masterpiece. You can make anything you like, from colourful star shapes, to 3D twig sculptures, to a leafy picture of a wild animal. Anything goes, so go wild!

  • Dates: 9, 11 August
  • Times: 11am-3pm, drop-in
  • Location: By the bell tent in the Orchard Garden

No. 4 Build a den 

With woods galore, Tredegar House is the perfect spot to build a den in the great outdoors. We’ll be giving you top tips on how to make the perfect den, from structure to decorations, with plenty of branches and materials to choose from.

  • Dates: 2, 4, 16, 18 August
  • Times: 11am-3pm, drop-in
  • Location: In the natural play area in the parkland
No. 4 Build a den
A boy uses large branches to build a natural den
No. 4 Build a den

No. 43 Build a raft

Test your construction skills by creating your very own raft. See if it floats and then race it down our raft race track.

  • Dates: 23, 25, 27 August
  • Times: 11am – 3pm, drop-in
  • Location: By the bell tent in the Orchard Garden

No. 26 Hunt for fossils and pan for gold

See what you can discover through fossil bashing. Take your tools and smash away at that rock and see if you can find some hidden fossils. The South Wales Geologists’ Association will be on hand to give you some tips, keep you safe using their tools, and help you identify what you’ve found.

You can also pan for gold – there’s a trick to it, it’s no easy task - and take some of that precious gold home with you.

  • Dates: 29 July
  • Times: 11am – 3pm, drop-in
  • Location: By the bell tent in the Orchard Garden
A group kayaking on the lake at Tredegar House

Go kayaking on the lake 

Fancy braving the lake in a kayak? Now is your chance as we are joined by Channel Kayaks over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

What you need to know

  • Dates: 26 July - 1 September.
  • Times: 11am – 3pm
  • Prices:  Normal admission prices apply. National Trust members go free.
  • Booking: There is no booking in advance, please turn up on the day and pay at our Visitor Reception.