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‘Bucket list’ of activities for children at Birling Gap

Wild art at Birling Gap, as part of National Trust summer project, 50 things to do before youre 11ae SUS-140725-152802001

Wild art at Birling Gap, as part of National Trust summer project, 50 things to do before youre 11ae SUS-140725-152802001

Birling Gap is taking part in the National Trust’s popular 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ this summer.

The 50 things challenge aims to help children get outdoors and closer to nature with a list of simple pleasures such as tree climbing, building dens and hunting for bugs.

Until August 31, Birling Gap will host a set of self-led activities grouped by themes such as ranger week (including going on a walk barefoot, making a grass trumpet and climbing a huge hill), discoverer week (including making a trail with sticks, playing Pooh sticks and making a mud pie), tracker week (including hunting for bugs, discovering what’s in a pond and tracking wild animals), adventurer week (including building a den, skimming stones and rolling down a really big hill) and explorer week (including building a raft, finding your way with a map and compass and bird watching).

Special event days will also focus on a particular activity, highlighting what’s best to do at each location. Birling Gap’s events will take place on Thursdays and include activities only available on the coast such as checking out crazy creatures in rock pools, hunting for fossils and bones and creating some coastal wild art.

First launched in 2012, 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ has seen more than 90,000 of the nation’s youngsters sign up to tackle the bucket list to date.

In the south east nearly 25,000 children have joined in.

• To take part in the 50 things challenge, simply pick up a scrapbook onsite at Birling Gap or check out the events listings online by visiting the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birling-gap-and-the-seven-sisters

 

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