Summer campaign to keep young happy and healthy

IT IS a list that would not look out of place in a Boys’ Own adventure annual.

Whether it is abseiling, canoeing, hunting for treasure on the beach or simply watching the sun rise, the National Trust has compiled a catalogue of activities to promote an active lifestyle for children this summer.

The campaign, dubbed 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾, will see a series of events staged at the trust’s sites in the region ranging from Fountains Abbey to the Yorkshire Dales.

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National Trust spokeswoman Helen Clarke said: “It’s a really fun way for us to showcase the fantastic outdoor experiences that the National Trust offers.”

A downloadable wall chart has been produced outlining which of the 50 things both boys and girls can do at each of the National Trust’s places throughout Yorkshire.

Other activities on offer include skimming stones and climbing trees to building a den and tracking wild animals.

Among the properties which are taking part in the campaign are Beningbrough Hall near York and Marsden Moor near Huddersfield, as well as East Riddlesden Hall at Keighley and Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill near Hebden Bridge.

The wallchart detailing the activities can be downloaded from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50thingsyorkshire.