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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do when it’s raining

Two children in coats and wellies walk along the path with umbrellas up towards East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire
Children walking along the path towards East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Don't let rain keep you inside – there are still plenty of activities you can get up to no matter how wet it is outside. We've put together a list of things from the National Trust's ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list that are perfect for rainy days, so put on your waterproofs and get involved.

No. 6 Go welly wandering
All you'll need for this challenge is a rainy day and a pair of wellies. Running around in the rain might seem crazy when you start, but you'll soon be splishing and splashing around like a fish.Get wandering
No. 29 Explore a cave
Watery wildlife, slimy green weeds or things that make noises in the dark – who knows what you’ll discover? Caves are perfect places to explore whatever the weather, whether they're in sea cliffs or inland. Don't forget your torch!Find a cave
No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure
Double your fun by sharing your next nature adventure with a friend. Explore your secret wildlife hideouts together and make the great outdoors your new playground.Start your adventure
Two younger girls, both wearing pink wellies, blue jeans and hooded green coats walk through big puddles on a path
Make the most of the rain, put your wellies on and jump in puddles | © National Trust Images / James Dobson
No. 13 Make a mud creation
How creative can you get with mud? Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot to find out. Cooking up a mud pie or creating a modern art masterpiece are just two things you can do with squishy mud.Let's get muddy
No. 42 Go swimming in the sea
There are not many things more invigorating than a swim in the big blue sea, even if it's raining. The National Trust looks after lots of brilliant beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find somewhere perfect for a splash.Dive in
Child in a pink hooded jacket, pink trousers and turquoise wellies jumping in a muddy puddle, Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
Child jumping in a puddle, Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
No. 14 Dam a stream
Get some tips from a beaver and use twigs, branches and rocks to dam a stream. You can try all sorts of designs, but you'll need to work quickly to stop your dam getting washed away. Don't forget, local wildlife will be happier if you knock it down afterwards.Get building
No. 20 Go paddling
If you'd rather not go in for a full swim, you can still enjoy the water washing over your legs and feet, and feel the sand moving between your toes. See if you can spot fish or other creatures that might be interested in your feet.Paddle away
No. 32 Float in a boat
There are lots of options for floating in a boat at National Trust places across the UK, rain or shine. In some places you can hire the boats and all the kit you'll need and in others you can just take off on your own adventure.Let's get afloat
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