From snail races to rafting – lots to do

The Wallington team with the snail race board.
The Wallington team with the snail race board.
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FAMILIES could enjoy a busy summer with a list of 50 fun activities to try.

The National Trust is challenging children, and those who are young at heart, to complete as many activities as they can from its 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11-and-three-quarters campaign.

And to kick-start the challenge, trust staff, volunteers and community groups gathered at Wallington, near Cambo, on Monday to tick off 10 of the things.

Wallington Ranger Matthew Watson said: “Wallington is a great place to start your 50 things adventure. We offer 22 of the 50 experiences here, many of which you can do every day, including building a den, damming a stream and tracking wild animals. Or you could join one of our wild events.”

The list includes climbing a tree, rolling down a big hill, camping out, building a den and flying a kite.

You can also try catching fish and butterflies in a net, setting up a snail race, going rafting and lighting a fire without matches.

National Trust Assistant Director of Operations Liz Fisher said: “Our downloadable wall chart, available from our website, outlines where you can do each of the 50 activities at a National Trust place near you.

“Our challenge to you is to complete as many of the activities as possible and have fun getting outdoors and closer to nature.”

To download the chart visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50thingsnortheast

Special scrapbooks are also available at participating properties and children can earn points towards an explorer badge.