With six weeks of blissful freedom ahead, the summer holiday is a giant, fun-sized adventure for children of all ages. But for parents, filling the long days of summer can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. But don’t panic the National Trust’s summer survival guide is here to help, providing wild and wonderful adventures on everyone’s doorstep.

At Trust places this summer, children big and small will be encouraged to release their inner ‘wild’ side by trying to complete 25 of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ during the six weeks of summer (Monday 22 July - Sunday 1 September).

Simply sign up for free at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things at the start of the holidays and download the brand new ‘wild-time challenge pack’, crammed with a six week adventure planner, activity sheet and plenty of top tips to help boost kids’ outdoor experiences this summer.

Plus, if families log each adventure they complete online, not only will they collect exciting rewards along the way, but if you tick off 25, you will also receive a free National Trust family visit pass and be in with a chance to win the top prize of directing and starring in your very own nature film*.

Julie Tucker, Events and Promotions Manager at Wallington told us:

“We hope the wild time challenge will help parents to have a stress free summer holidays as there are loads of activities to keep children busy, whether they’re out and about at National Trust attractions or at home in the garden. All of the activities encourage children to get outdoors and explore the nature on their doorstep.”

To help you find out where you can do each of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities in the North East the National Trust has created a downloadable planner which can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northeast

There are also lots of events taking place across the North East every day of the summer holidays, you can find a full list at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events but in the meantime here are some of the highlights:

Fort Wallington Week

22 - 26 July

Come along every day of the week and tick off 18 of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities the Trevelyan way. Highlights include ticking off number 4, build a den, with family teepee building days on the 23 and 26 July and completing number 45, find your way with a map and compass in our wild west challenge on the 24 July.

Dream Flags at Cragside

Every day of the holidays, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Prayer flags can be found strung along the mountain ridges of the Himalayas today and are used to bless the countryside. Lord and Lady Armstrong created a Himalayan landscape at Cragside so we want to collect your dreams in a similar way. Grab your DIY pack and create your own flag design. Then complete number 28 of the 50 things to do

before you’re 11 ¾ by climbing a huge hill up to the labyrinth to find the tree hut where you can display your dream flag and be part of the Cragside dream.

Go Wild at Gibside

Mondays to Fridays throughout the holidays, 11am – 3pm

Free family activities and outdoor adventures including the best of the National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11¾' like cooking on a campfire and catching a fish. Don't miss Explorer Mondays, Foodie Tuesdays, Wildlife Wednesdays, Adventure Thursdays and Fab Fridays.


Summer Activity Days at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

24 July 2013, 7 & 28 August

Come and join in with our Summer activity days for children ticking off a number of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities including number 35 discover what’s in a pond, 31 hunt for bugs, 49 find a geocache and lots more.

Seashore safaris and rockpool rambles along the North East coast

Lindisfarne Castle on the 26 July 2013, 12 and 26 August 2013

Embleton and Newton Links on the 13 and 27 August 2013

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas on the 27 July 2013, 10 and 24 August 2013

Bring the whole family to tick off number 37 check out the crazy creatures in a rockpool at any of our summer events.