Come out and play with the National Trust this summer

Remember the summers which were spent playing outdoors with your friends, building dens or climbing trees?

Well, this summer the National Trust is challenging you and your little ones to come and play at some amazing places in the North East and rediscover what summers are all about.

Using the Trust’s handy 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list, which is full of ideas and activities to help your children enjoy the outdoors, the whole family can have an unforgettable summer of adventures.

So grown-ups, it’s time to take on the kids in a head to head “50 things” challenge, and see who can tick off the most activities this summer.

Show them the games you used to play, whether it’s skimming a stone at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, flying a kite at Lindisfarne Castle or exploring a rockpool on the stunning Northumberland coast.

Try creating some wild art using a beautiful garden as inspiration, or learn the skills you need to survive in the woods.

Why not teach your little ones a game from your childhood, like tiddlywinks or ludo, take them on in a rounders tournament, or see who can build the biggest sandcastle?

And if the weather takes a turn there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy playing indoors, including dressing up and indoor family trails at Souter Lighthouse or tackling a jigsaw puzzle in the central hall at Wallington.

So let your imagination run wild and join the National Trust for a summer of fun and play.

Top ways to play this summer with the National Trust in the North East:

1). Go wild in the woods - Join the Ranger Bushcraft Day on 20 August at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge and learn the skills needed to survive in the woods, including building a shelter, cooking on a campfire and making your own tools.

2). Roman for the day – Pick up a sword at our shop and pretend to be a Roman soldier for the day at Housesteads Fort.

3). Fun by the sea – Go on a rockpool ramble, fly a kite or discover what creatures lurk in a pond on a 50 things activity day at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas on 30 July and 13 August.

4). The wonders of science – Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonders of science on a one mile trail around Cragside for inquisitive families.

5). Let off some steam – Jump on board the steam play train at Wallington, or play a game of Cowboys and Indians inspired by the young Trevelyan children.

For more inspiration on 50 things activities during the summer or to find out about other events go to:

To download a copy of the 50 things list go to: