Things to do before you’re 11¾

A menacing group of pirates waving their swords at the Children's Pirate Party. MODEL RELEASED. SUS-140708-163937001
A menacing group of pirates waving their swords at the Children's Pirate Party. MODEL RELEASED. SUS-140708-163937001

THE National Trust is aiming to get 200,000 kids playing outside this summer as part of its commitment to connect children with nature.

By September, the conservation charity hopes to have helped one in 20 seven to 12-year-olds break their reliance on gadgets and computers for entertainment, and experience the simple pleasures of outdoor adventure.

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 so far pledged online to complete the challenge.

Events and activities in the area

Petworth House and Park is hosting a range of indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults.

Adventure Ahoy! will run until August 31, from 10.30am-4pm. Tickets are £3 and there is no admission charge.

Set sail on a stormy seaside adventure. Discover a story about scary sea monsters, pesky pirates and magical mermaids on this interactive summertime trail that takes you around the Pleasure Grounds of the estate.

Once ‘adventurers’ have made it safely to dry land, they’ll find out how to turn their trail sheets into 3D pirate ships.

Everyone is invited to a treasure trove on August 18 and August 19, from 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Tickets £5, book on 01798 342207.

Join this pirate workshop and make a pile of glittering treasure to take home and go dressed in swashbuckling finery if you can.

Uppark House and Garden in South Harting is hosting a summer quiz trail until September 2, from 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday, normal admission only.

Hunt for the answers to clues on the summer trail, which takes children around the splendours of the Georgian mansion, and into the gardens.

A summer season of storytelling for both children and adults, will take place at Uppark on August 24 and August 25, with Punch and Judy at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm, normal admission charge.

The familiar stripey ‘mini-theatre’ guarantees great entertainment for all ages.

The Punch and Judy show at Uppark is a regular holiday feature, and is back for the summer by popular demand.

For the full feature, including details of how to get involved, see this week’s Observer series (August 14).