Ten must do's in Kielder

January 29, 2018

It's time to get out and about in the great wild outdoors, so grab your phones and download the National Trust's 50 things to do before your 11 and a half.


To help you get started, we have listed ten things that you can do at Calvert Kielder. Follow our list below to start an exciting adventure for the whole family to create amazing memories to cherish for a lifetime.

1. Build a Den

Explore the amazing Kielder Water and Forest Park, collect any fallen branches and start creating a den that the whole family can fit under. Unsure where to begin then join our team on a Bushtucker activity where you can test out your Ray Mears skills.  Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire, brew your own cuppa or even bake your own bannock in the outdoors.

2. Run around in the Rain

Who doesn't like to go jumping in puddles and squelching in the mud?

3. Go on a Bike Ride

There are lots of different rides to go on in Kielder, from beginner to mountain bike tracks. You can plan your route by visiting Kielder Castle and Visitor centre.

4. Play Pooh Sticks

An oldie but a goodie, simply stand on our bridge over the Cranecleugh Burn, drop a stick and then race to the other side of the bridge to see whose stick floats by first.

5. Stargaze

Calvert Kielder is set in the middle of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, so wrap up warm and sit out on your private balcony to watch the night sky from the comfort of your own Chalet.

6. Play a Grass Trumpet

A childhood favourite, grab a piece of grass, place it between your two thumbs and blow.

7. Go on a Nature Night Walk

Walk along the tracks and paths and watch out for the nocturnal animals of the forest, but take a torch to find your way back.

8. Track Wild Animals

We have Otters and rabbits on-site and Water Voles have recently been reintroduced to Kielder,  follows their tracks to see how they live. 

9. Find a Geocache

There are plenty of geocaches hidden around  Kielder Water and Forest Park, see if you can find them.   Join the Calvert Kielder activity team for a half day geocaching. 

10. Go Canoeing

Canoe or kayak around Kielder Water, northern Europe's largest man-made lake, you can join us on a drop in water day or book a full day activity package to get the best experience of canoeing on the water.

For more information about our activities or to book please contact our team on +44 (0)1434 250232 or email enquiries@calvert-kielder.com


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