50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4: encouraging play and engagement


Anita Stevens has worked for England’s National Trust for eighteen years. She is the Experiences Programme Manager and a specialist on play, having created the original concept for the award winning ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’. Anita has worked on the transformation of experiences at National Trust places from developing new interpretation programmes to re-designing cafes. For the past decade, Anita has led in developing the National Trust’s natural play offer.

Emma McNamara, National Trust Gardens Consultant for London, South East & Northen Ireland, also contributed to the session, providing a garden management perspective to ‘play’.