'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Wightwick Manor and Gardens

A little girl with her father, enjoying playing in the autumn leaves in the garden at Wightwick Manor

Grab your binoculars, gather your family and friends and start to explore nature with our self-led activities.

Here in the gardens at Wightwick, there are lots of ways that you can get to know nature and enjoy the experiences that it can offer you. Why not pick up one of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ pamphlets from our Visitor Reception and get some natural inspiration for your family day out.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

No. 1 Get to know a tree

There are two orchards and a woodland full of trees to explore here at Wightwick. What is the tallest tree you can see? How many fruit trees do we have?

No. 1 Get to know a tree
A little girl studying apples growing on a tree in the kitchen garden at Wightwick Manor
No. 1 Get to know a tree

No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild

You are welcome to picnic anywhere in our gardens; there are some lovely views down by our pools, or why not adventure up into the woodland for a truly wild adventure!

No. 24 Go barefoot

Take a trip into the little orchard to have a go at our new barefoot walk.From smooth stones to squelchy mulch, give your toes a new, sensory experience!

No. 24 Go barefoot - which texture do your toes like best?
A mother and daughter holding hands whilst walking along the barefoot textured walk in the gardens at Wightwick Manor
No. 24 Go barefoot - which texture do your toes like best?

No. 31 Make friends with a bug and No. 44 Watch a bird

We have bug hunting and bird watching kits to borrow from reception for £2.50, don't forget to collect your prize when you return it.

Why not download and print one of our spotter trails before you arrive.

Wildflower spotter's guide (PDF / 0.4MB) download

Bird spotter's guide (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Butterfly spotter's guide (PDF / 0.4MB) download

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Hunting for bugs and other insects in the gardens at Wightwick Manor
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Look out for our summer activity days where you can have a go at some more nature themed crafts and experiences - don't forget to collect a special '50 things' sticker from our team before you head home!