50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4

Four children building a den in a field in Cornwall using tree branches

We love playing outdoors and getting up close and personal with nature.


That’s why we’re thrilled that the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ campaign has become so popular with kids and parents all over the country (if you haven’t heard about it yet, check out the video to find out what it’s all about). Basically, it’s all about encouraging children to make the most of the great outdoors.

Kids (with the help of Mum and Dad for the little ones) can sign up on the 50 Things website where they can interact with their own virtual Outdoors Explorer. It’s full of ideas for things to do, like stone skimming, tree climbing and hunting for bugs. Children can keep track of the ’50 Things adventures’ they’ve completed, get activity tips, play games, earn badges and even get secret rewards.


And holidays in Cornwall are the perfect time to get outdoors and try something new. With beaches, woods and moorland to be explored, there’s plenty of scope for fun in the fresh air.

One of the things that so many of our guests say is that they love the fact that there’s so much to do right here at Bosinver. So we’ve had a look at the ’50 Things’ list to see what you can do when you step outside your cottage:


1.Climb a tree
2. Roll down a hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers
11. Throw some snow
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream
15. Go sledging
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
25. Make a grass trumpet
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up
30. Feed a bird from your hand
31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals
35. Discover what’s in a pond
36. Call an owl
40. Go on a nature walk at night
41. Plant it grow it eat it
44. Light a fire without matches
45. Find your way with a map and compass
47. Cook on a campfire
49. Find a geocache

Plus during your holiday in Cornwall you can:
12. Hunt for treasure on a beach
16. Bury someone in the sand
23. Visit an island
37. Check out crazy creatures in a rock pool
39. Catch a crab
50. Canoe down a river.

That’s 43!

Of course, you can still do any of these things if you’re over 11 ¾ … There’s nothing like catching your first crab at any age!

So, are you up for the challenge? We’d love to hear how many you’ve ticked off the list when you’ve been staying at Bosinver. Which was your favourite activity?

What else would you add to the list?

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