This half-term the National Trust are encouraging children in Lincolnshire to get active with their ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ campaign.
Harry Bowell, National Trust Director for the Midlands, explains: “The National Trust launched the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ campaign in 2012 as part of its commitment to connect children with nature. Over 15,000 children here in the Midlands have signed up and are busy ticking activities off their list. It’s all about encouraging kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and get closer to nature.”
Here in the Midlands, the most popular seasonal activities on the list include climbing trees, building dens, running around in the rain, playing in the snow and flying kites – all great ways of getting back in touch with nature and burning off some energy.
The National Trust wants to highlight opportunities to explore the great outdoors in the area, with Belton House, Tattershall Castle and Woolsthorpe Manor all offering lots of space to run around, fly kites, play games like pooh sticks or try a spot of den building.
Visitors to Belton can also tick off no.1 ‘Climb a tree and no.2 ‘Roll down a big hill from the list.
Children can sign up for the ‘50 things’ challenge on the National Trust website, which lets them track their progress, earn badges and certificates, and collect secret rewards along the way. There’s even a companion app to download as well.
To start planning half-term activities and to find lots of ways to experience the simple pleasures of outdoor adventure, families can visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsfamilies.
There’s also a new downloadable planner online that shows where families can tick off the ‘50 things’ activities in the Midlands.