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.