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

Hunting for bugs and other insects in the gardens 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 welcome team 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!

Our tearoom is open for takeaway drinks, ice-creams and light-bites too so don't worry if you forgot to pack a treat or two - we have you covered!

No. 18 Create some wild art

Let nature inspire you - why not make a frame using sticks then fill in your 'canvas' with natural materials you find on our woodland floor. 

Don't forget to share your creations with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages - we love to see what you have been up to!

No. 24 Go barefoot

Take off your shoes on the lawns and enjoy the feeling of the grass between your toes. What does the grass feel like underneath your feet? How does it make you feel?

Go barefoot
Children sitting in a field with bare feet
Go barefoot

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

Why not download and print one of our spotter trails before you arrive. Don't forget to listen out for the crickets in the long grass, watch out for the dragonflys darting around by the pools and see if you can spot our kingfisher.

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

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

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