Ten ten ten - what to do on a day that wont come around for a century

THIS Sunday, it will be the tenth day of the tenth month in 2010…

To mark the occasion the National Trust thought they would give you the top 10 tips of what to do, on a day that won’t come around for another century.

1. Autumnal walk

With the rich colours of autumn all around us, it’s a feast for the eyes as leaves turn from shades of green to golden yellows and reds. What better time to make the most of the season and enjoy a walk in the countryside, with places such as Oxburgh Hall, Wimpole Estate and Ickworth to name just a few you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Can you identify ten tree species?


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2. Discover the secret world of fungi

What with names like devil’s fingers and destroying angel, it’s not surprising that mushrooms and toadstools are misunderstood. Explore our parks and woodland and see if you can spot the weird and wonderful fungi hidden in the undergrowth. Why not head to Dunwich Heath, Sheringham Park, Anglesey Abbey or Hatfield Forest?

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Can you take photographs of ten different fungi and upload them to flickr?

3. Taste of autumn

Rich, deep soups, slow cooked casseroles and flavour filled puddings that you want to savour for hours and that leave you feeling wonderfully satisfied. Coming to a plate near you… make the most of this year’s harvest at one of our tearooms or restaurants. Why not try Felbrigg Hall, Wimpole Hall or Flatford, which have some great kitchen gardens? Don’t forget to visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/autumndays and download your free pudding voucher before you come.

Can you increase your fruit and vegetable intake to ten-a-day!

4. The Big Blickling Treasure Trail

Here’s your chance to tear your family away from the television, wrestle the Wii from the kids and engage the whole family in solving the intriguing mystery of The Big Blickling Treasure Trail. Find out a multitude of fascinating, historical and unusual facts about one of the region’s finest historical landmarks. Have fun with the family and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. Don’t forget to visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/eastofengland and download your trail before you come.

Can you challenge ten friends and complete the trail against the clock?

5. Ickworth Wood Sale and Fair

It’s the biggest event in Ickworth’s calendar. Enjoy a day of woodcraft demonstrations, stalls, live entertainment, music, storytellers, pottery and local produce as professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. Also it’s a rare opportunity to purchase some of the wood from the estate.

Arrive at 10am and make the most of your day.

6. Pedal power

Enjoy the glory of autumn by taking to two wheels. Cycling can be a fantastic way to explore the outdoors and it’s great for the environment and your health too. Great places for enjoying a cycle ride at this time of year are Wicken Fen (with a new route from Cambridge), Dunstable Downs, Ickworth and Blickling Estate. You can always hire your bike this Sunday at Blickling.

Can you cycle ten miles!

7. Autumn migrants

Now’s the time of year to dust off those binoculars and look skywards as autumn migrants start to arrive. The north Norfolk coast is a magical spot for seeing a build up of waders that have returned from their breeding grounds in northern Europe. If the wind is from a favourable direction there maybe other migrants about too. Also, Sutton Hoo, which is on the Deben estuary is good for this too.

Will you be able to spot ten species?

8. Foraging fun

As a result of last year’s hard winter, we’ll see a bumper crop of wild fruit, berries and nuts on our hedgerows and in our orchards this autumn. Beneficial for wildlife such as dormice, squirrels, foxes and badgers, as well as migratory birds that are looking to fatten up for winter – it’s also ideal for jam and crumble enthusiasts.

Why not pick your own 10 types of fruit and nuts and make something?

9. Scavenger challenge

For youngsters, there’s nothing more fun when you’re out and about at this time of year, than kicking your way through the piles of leaves! Why not look out for other autumnal items to scavenge – from conkers to feathers can you make a collage with the items you collect?

Can you collect ten different leaves?

10. Flying high

Although it’s getting colder and the days shorter; don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors at this time of year. With weather forecasters predicting a bright weekend ahead – it’s the perfect time to fly a kite and where better than at the top of Dunstable Downs.

Can you keep your kite in the air for ten minutes?

For more ideas of what to do and where to go this autumn, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/autumndays

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