What is the National Trust 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3/4

In this post you can join us as we tick each activity off as we visit National Trust sites and complete everything on the list. As we complete an item on the list we’ll change the colour of the text and add some detail about our experience so you can see what we’ve done and get some useful information along the way.

What is the National Trust?

The National Trust has over 500 historic properties across England with activities to suit all ages. Visit one of their sites and you’ll find yourself exploring castles and stately homes, strolling through stunning gardens, or hiking through picturesque landscapes.

What is on the National Trust 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ list?

The National Trust 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ is a list of activities to inspire families and ensure they make the most out of their visit. From camping outdoors to watching the sunrise, or even taking a turn at map reading. Each item on the list encourages children to explore nature and create unforgettable memories. 

Is the National Trust 50 things to do list free?

It’s free to complete the activities and you’ll find the full list with tips on how to complete each item at no cost on the National Trust website. You will have to pay a small fee though if, like us you want to buy the outdoors adventure handbook.

What activities are on the National Trust 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ list?  

No 1. Get to know a tree

No 2. Roll down a really big hill

No 3. Camp outdoors

No 4. Build a den

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill in Cambridgeshire

No 5. Skim a stone

No 6. Go welly wandering

No 7. Fly a kite

No 8. Spot a fish

No 9. Eat a picnic in the wild

No 10. Play conkers

No 11. Explore on wheels

No 12. Have fun with sticks

No 13. Make a mud creation

No 14. Dam a stream

No 15. Go on a wintery adventure

No 16. Wear a wild crown

No 17. Set up a snail race

No 18. Create some wild art

No 19. Play pooh sticks

No 20. Go paddling

No 21. Forage for wild food

No 22. Find some funky fungi

No 23. Get up for the sunrise

No 24. Go barefoot

No 25. Join natures band

No 26. Hunt for fossils and bones

No 27. Go stargazing

No 28. Climb a huge hill

No 29. Explore a cave

No 30. Go on a scavenger hunt

No 31. Make friends with a bug

No 32. Float in a boat

No 33. Go cloud watching

Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire

No 34. Discover wild animal clues

No 35. Discover what’s in a pond

No 36. Make a home for wildlife

No 37. Explore the wonders of a rock pool

No 38. Bring up a butterfly

No 39. Catch a crab

No 40. Go on a nature walk at night

No 41. Help a plant grow

No 42. Go swimming in the sea

No 43. Help a wild animal

No 44. Watch a bird

No 45. Find your way with a map

No 46. Clamber over rocks

No 47. Cook on a campfire

No 48. Keep a nature diary

No 49. Watch the sunset

No 50. Take a friend on a nature adventure

Final thoughts on the National Trust Activities

The National Trust is a fantastic place for families to explore and have fun together. With over 500 locations you’re sure to find something to enjoy no matter where you visit. For us it’s a way to connect with nature while keeping two very active young boys engaged. They love choosing which activity we’re going to tick off the list and we’ve found things to do at every site we’ve visited. 

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