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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities in summer

Visitor looking for insects with a butterfly net at Crom, Country Fermanagh.
Visitor looking for insects with a butterfly net at Crom, Country Fermanagh. | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Enjoy a memorable family day out this summer. Plan your own wild adventures and see how many of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities you can try out, wherever you are.

No. 3 Camp outdoors
Grab your tent, torch, sleeping bag – and of course, lots of tasty snacks – and head outdoors to camp in the wild. Whether you're away from home or in your own back garden, we've got lots of ideas for camping, including how to keep yourself entertained and what wildlife you could spot.Camp outdoors
No. 4 Build a den
Build the best den ever with our tips and tricks. All you need are some sturdy sticks, leaves that you've found on your wild adventures and some mud to secure it all together.Get building
Three children and an adult use twigs to build a den in woodland at Killerton Devon in the summer
Building dens at Killerton in Devon | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
No. 13 Make a mud creation
You might be surprised by what you can create with something as simple as mud. We've gathered some top tips on how to make the best mud creation at home or at the places in our care – you could even make a bug hotel.Make something with mud
No. 14 Dam a stream
What could be better on a hot day than getting into a stream and trying to dam it? Once you're done, see what creatures you come across in the water, such as fish, frogs and crayfish.Dam a stream
No. 26 Hunt for fossils and bones
Journey back in time when you search for fossils, which tell us all about animals and plants from the past. At many places, you can find fossils that are millions of years old. If you want to search for 'fossils' at home, outside you could fill up some containers with dirt and hide pebbles or stones for little ones to dig up outside.Read top tips for fossil hunting
No. 27 Go stargazing
The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night, and summer's a great time to check out the sky above you.Have a wild stargazing adventure
No. 30 Go on a scavenger hunt
Going on a scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside, explore nature and see what you can find during summer. You can do a scavenger hunt anywhere – gardens, woodlands, parks or beaches. What wild treasures will you find?Find wild treasures
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice – there are all kinds of creepy crawlies hiding at the places we look after, and you can make friends with a bug to have a wild adventure. Just remember to be gentle if you pick them up.Hunt for bugs
Visitors in a boat at Fell Foot Park, Cumbria
Visitors in a boat at Fell Foot Park in the Lake District | © National Trust Images/Steven Barber
No. 32 Float in a boat
Floating in a boat can be as slow and dreamy or as fast and exhilarating an experience as you make it. What better way to cool down on a summer's day than taking to the water?Embark on a journey
No. 36 Make a home for wildlife
For a simple way to help wildlife, you can make all sorts of animals a place to call home. You could even build them one in your very own outdoor space. All you need are a few items to get you started.Build a wild home
No. 46 Clamber over rocks
Whether you like to set yourself a challenge or you're looking for a gentler activity, you can clamber over rocks in all kinds of ways. There are plenty of different wild terrains to explore.Explore your surroundings
Two girls exploring the woodland trails at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

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