Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Explore, discover and have an adventure, before you’re 11 ¾

National Trust Press Release

The National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ has changed with new fun and thrilling things to do. To celebrate, the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate in the Peak District will be holding a big launch weekend on May 4th-6th bank holiday weekend.

The National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ is all about getting children closer to nature and enjoying the outdoors. Some activities on the list involve mild peril, with a risk worth taking to have fun while exploring the great outdoors.

Visitor Experience Intern, Sarah Taylor, says: “Get ready for a weekend of bug hunting, pond dipping, geocaching, and kite making and flying at Longshaw!  There are loads of activities planned for the launch weekend, with something different each day. On Saturday we will be discovering what lurks in the Longshaw pond. The Kitchen Garden volunteers will be about on Sunday with activities to tick off ‘plant it, grow it, eat it’. To finish off the weekend on Monday families will be hunting for bugs”.

Throughout the weekend children can have a go at making their own kites from recycled materials and test them out, enter the wild art competition, using Longshaw as a canvas to collect sticks, stones mud and mess to create a masterpiece. There will also be the chance to try out Longshaw’s brand new geocaching trail, set up especially for the 50 things launch weekend.
There will be new scrap books for remembering outdoor adventures and “fortune tellers” to make and take home to help complete all 50 things.

The 50 things to do list is a year round offer, not just one weekend, so to keep in the spirit we will be holding 50 Things Thursdays through the summer holidays at Longshaw with pond dipping and mini raft making.
Longshaw is an excellent place to tick as many things of the list as possible, with rocks, rivers, moors, woods, hills and hiding places to explore and discover.

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