Saturday, 25 May 2013

National Trust 50 Things Campaign

We are pleased to be involved with National Trust again; this time to promote their 50 things to dobefore you’re 11 ¾ campaign.  It is a great idea; using National Trust properties (alongside your own school or garden) to help you tick off a list of must do activities before they get to that age.  My two are only 4 and almost 6 but it does not hurt to get a head start working our way through it!

You can watch the video below to see what the campaign is all about and the kind of things you can get up to finish the challenge.  It is a good way to motivate your children to get outdoors and try a whole range of new experiences.



So today off we went to Chirk Castle.  We thought we would combine it with a visit to nearby Erddig at the same time, but how wrong we were.  We ended up having a very full and fun packed day leaving no time to visit the next property.  But this goes to show how much some of the National Trust properties actually have to see and do.

We ticked off:

Build a Den


Roll down a really big hill


Discover what is in a pond (we saw some really cool newts!)


But aside from completing a few items on their list my two also spent an hour learning all about medieval armour and weaponry.  They developed some techniques in sword fighting, jousting and wielding a pike.  The guys involved were very friendly and helpful and I think it is an excellent chance for children to learn something different.  



It is a shame Penrhyn Castle had nothing in place when we visited, as it really helped extend our stay meaning for anyone visiting it is excellent value for money.



I even had a relaxing break whilst I left them in the stocks... (only joking although it was a little tempting!).


The gardens are lovely and we were lucky it was a beautiful day to explore them.  We even found time for a game of Giant Jenga.


I am going to giveaway a family pass for a visit to a National Trust property of your choice in Wales, if you would like to enter please fill out the rafflecopter below by the 1st of June.
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32 comments:

  1. Build a den.

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  2. Caroline Parry25 May 2013 at 21:19

    mine have already done quite a lot of these, but I reckon they would be keen to cook on a campfire

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  3. A snail race - much to my dislike(!) :)

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  4. With all the weather we have been having I guess it would be make a mud pie!

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  5. My boys would love doing ALL 50 things on the list. It's a really brilliant idea from The National Trust and looks like you had a lovely day at Chirk. Fab photos of your boys :)

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  6. Rolling down a hill definitely!

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  7. den building

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  8. Penny Crumpton28 May 2013 at 12:16

    rolling down the hill and building the den!

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  9. as they are still quite young.......rolling down a hill l think would appeal to them the most

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  10. rolling down a hill or den making

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  11. Jimmy Milligan29 May 2013 at 12:01

    Catch A Crab

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  12. They love swimming in the sea

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  13. kathycakebread29 May 2013 at 16:44

    swimming in the sea

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  14. Climbing a huge hill, for sure!!!

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  15. Den building for sure

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  16. den building!!

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  17. Den building - many happy hours doing this when I was little ! x

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  18. Den building

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  19. Making a mud pie would be great fun

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  20. rolling down a hill!

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  21. Visiting as many castles as possible and re enacting scenes from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings!

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  22. Lynda Pace Avery1 June 2013 at 05:22

    Making a mud pie in my den after rolling down a hill and paddling ;-)

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  23. There are so many things on the list my little ones enjoy. From building dens, flying kites, playing pooh sticks, jumping over waves, star gazing, hunting for crabs and bugs and going bird watching.

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  24. Rolling down the hill! :-)

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  25. Rolling down the hill, pooh sticks, snail racing and flying kites as well as many more of the activities!

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  26. Visiting castles and flying a kite - first one for my son and second one for my daughter - lovely prize nice to see something that can involve both my children.

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  27. Rolling down a hill

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