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The National Trust’s 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 and ¾ campaign encourages children to get out into the countryside and become the explorers they’re meant to be. Before they reach 11 and ¾, they can complete 50 outdoor tasks in exchange for badges, certificates, extra games and challenges. And with the amount of beautiful outdoor spaces in Suffolk, we think that your little ones can achieve all 50 things on your next family holiday here!
Girl playing on Southwold beach (c) Visit EnglandComplete activity number 42 on Southwold beach!
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1. Climb a tree and swing to another at Go Ape in Santon Downham
2. Roll down a really big hill at Christchurch Park in Ipswich
3. Camp out in the wild at Tangham Campsite in Rendlesham Forest
4. Build a den in the Wild Zone at RSPB Minsmere
5. Skim a stone on Shingle Street beach
6. Run around in the rain at Landguard Point
7. Fly a kite on Rougham Airfield
8. Catch a fish with a net at Bromeswell Fishing Lakes
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree at Thornham Estate Walled Garden
10. Play conkers in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds
11. Go on a really long bike ride around the grounds at Ickworth House
12. Make a trail with sticks at Needham Lake
13. Make a mud pie on the Beccles Marsh Trail
14. Dam a stream anywhere that is not too wide or deep! Try the source of the River Waveney at Redgrave and Lopham Fen
15. Play in the snow in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
16. Make a daisy chain in Clare Country Park
17. Set up a snail race at Foxburrow Farm
18. Create some wild art on a wild art course at Thornham Walks
19. Play pooh sticks at Toppesfield Bridge in Hadleigh
20. Jump over waves at Lowestoft beach
21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild hedgerows along The Stanton Rides near Wyken Vineyards
22. Explore inside a tree in Rendlesham Forest’s play area
23. Visit a farm, we recommend Easton Farm Park
24. Go on a barefoot walk on the Angles Way from Somerleyton Station
25. Make a grass trumpet along the Gainsborough Trail in Sudbury
26. Hunt for fossils and bones in Ramsholt
27. Go star gazing on Covehithe beach
28. Climb a huge hill up to Clare Castle
29. Explore a cave. This is one for the imagination. Tell your children the story of The Green Children of Woolpit, who emerged from a cave…
30. Hold a scary beast at Africa Alive!
31. Hunt for bugs in Arger Fen and Spouse’s Vale
32. Find some frogspawn at Carlton Marshes near Oulton Broad
33. Catch a falling leaf in Brandon Country Park
34. Track wild animals during the red deer rutting season at RSPB Minsmere
35. Discover what’s in a pond on a pond-dipping session at Carlton Marshes
36. Make a home for a wild animal at RSPB Wild Garden in Flatford
37. Check out some crazy creatures in a rock pool on Corton Beach
38. Bring up a butterfly that you found along the Sailor’s Path in Snape
39. Catch a crab at Walberswick, the home of crabbing!
40. Go on a nature walk at night with the RSPB guides at Lakenheath Fen
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it. The growing you might have to do at home, but you can certainly pick your own fruit and veg at Friday Street Farm
42. Go swimming in the sea at Southwold beach
43. Build a raft on Outney Common in Beccles
44. Go bird watching on RSPB Havergate Island
45. Find your way with a map and compass along the Stour Valley Path long distance route
46. Try rock climbing “The Cragg” at the Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket
47. Cook on a campfire at Tangham Campsite in Rendlesham Forest
48. Learn to ride a horse at Valley Farm near Wickham Market
49. Find a geocache on Dunwich Heath (collect your GPS system from the information hut and off you go!)
50. Canoe down a river. We recommend the Little Ouse at Santon Downham, where it’ll be just you and the kingfishers!


To sign up to the National Trust’s 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 and ¾ please click here.
The boring bit: we know we don’t really have to say this, but as with any activity on the Visit Suffolk website and social media pages, our suggestions should only be undertaken if you feel they are appropriate for your children. Children’s activities should always be supervised by an adult and are undertaken at your own risk.


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