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Trust site named as one of the best

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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A POPULAR South Derbyshire tourist attraction has been picked out as one of the top spots for youngsters by National Trust chiefs.

Staff and volunteers have highlighted Calke Abbey, near Ticknall, as one of the area’s best sites as part of the trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and three-quarters’ checklist of adventures and experiences, designed to encourage children to have fun outdoors.

The list pointed youngsters and their parents in the direction of the ‘hunt for bugs’ section of the attraction, which is a national nature reserve with plenty of dead wood for invertebrates.

The list also urged people to go bird-watching at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood.

“The ‘50 things’ initiative has been very well received, with thousands of children participating,” said Harry Bowell, director for the National Trust in the Midlands.

“We know that encouraging children to connect with nature benefits both them and the natural environment that the trust was set up to care for.

“We also know that children love a challenge – the list of 50 things is a great introduction to outdoor adventures, and not just for those of us who are more than 11 and three-quarters.

“We’re lucky enough to have some incredible outdoor places on our doorstep here in Derbyshire and look forward to welcoming family visitors throughout the upcoming half-term week.”

The Calke Abbey estate is made up of a former country house.

It boasts a raft of buildings and stables, alongside walled gardens and nature reserves.

The full list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and three-quarters’ can be downloaded online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands50things, along with a guide to how many of the 50 things can be completed at each of the National Trust locations in Derbyshire.

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