Explore the outdoors in half-term adventures

Children orienteering.
Children orienteering.

There’s a packed programme of activities at Wallington to encourage children to explore the great outdoors.

The National Trust-run estate is providing sessions throughout the half-term holiday next week.

The adventures start on Saturday, with story-telling in the Drawing Room. Children can sit on the sofa and listen to stories, then have a go at making their own book in the Central Hall. It runs from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Much of the programme is based on the trust’s list of 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and Three Quarters, and on Sunday and Monday, children can see if they can cut it in the campfire kitchen, build a waterproof den, or find a speedy snail.

Green-fingered youngsters can join the garden team on Tuesday to discover all about plants, with sessions at 11am and 1.30pm, and on Wednesday, there will be a Compass Challenge for visitors to check out their navigation skills around the West Wood.

On Thursday, there is squirrel searching and bird watching, where visitors can help the rangers search for wildlife and identify the feathered friends around the hide. Participants should meet at the adventure playground at 12.30pm and 2pm.

There should be a raft of ideas coming to the surface on Friday when children will be offered lollypop sticks and rubber bands to create a raft that floats and can carry a toy knight to safety.

On Saturday, May 31, visitors are invited to follow wild animal tracks to identify the creatures making Wallington their home, and there will be animal-themed arts and crafts.

On Sunday, June 1, there will be kite-flying. Families can make their own paper kite, bring one from home, or borrow one.

Normal admission charges apply throughout the week, but all of the activities are free. For further information, call 01670 773600, or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington