With the summer holidays coming to an end, it’s time to make the most of the bank holiday weekend and go on an adventure. We’ve put together 6 days out at National Trust sites across the country including castles, walks and beaches, suitable for both the kids and the parents.
Lizard point, Cornwall
The Lizard peninsula (pictured above) is the most southerly part of mainland Britain and home to some of Cornwall’s best beaches, including Kynance Cove with its white sand, turquoise sea and towering rocks. It overlooks one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and has seen many shipwrecks in the past.
At the wildlife watchpoint you can spot local wildlife such as seals, dolphins and a variety of bird species, with friendly volunteers on hand with binoculars and telescopes. This summer there is a huge variety of activities and events, including theatre and puppet shows, bushcraft and bat walks. You can also try kayaking, coasterring, stand up paddleboarding or surfing.
It is free to visit.
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
This iconic castle is one of the most famous in Britain. It was built in 1385 and is surrounded by a full moat, with views stretching for miles. They offer free guided walks around the castle grounds or surrounding area and for the kids there is Castle Boot Camp, archery lessons and falconry walks. At the end of august their medieval re-enactors will be there to demonstrate the military might of medieval England.
Within the ground there is lots of space to set down your picnic rug and there is also a coffee shop onsite. There is a small fee for adults and kids.
Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Blickling estate covers 4,600 acres, with 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and stunning views across the lake. You can explore the many gardens, wander the wilderness, walk in the walled vegetable garden, discover the secret tunnels and stroll by the lake.
This year they’re telling a new story in the house, exploring the connection between Blickling and India’s vibrant cultural history. You can join the Butlers recruitment tour for a family tour of the attics, pantry and kitchen. In the walled garden you can learn how to sow seeds and take them home to grow.
They have a café onsite and there is a small fee for adults and kids.
Powis Castle and Garden, Wales
Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, Powis Castle is a medieval castle set in beautiful tranquil gardens. It is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art and historical items. The world-class gardens are steeped in history, with their Italianate terraces, yew hedges, lavish flower borders, statues and superb views.
Throughout 2017 they are exploring the story of the First World War and Percy Clive, one of the castle’s former residents. Upcoming events include A Summer’s Evening With Mid-Wales Opera and in October they’ve got a Halloween pumpkin trail for the kids.
On site they have a courtyard restaurant and garden coffee shop, as well as a gift shop and the opportunity to buy plants from the carbon-neutral green-house. There is a small fee for adults and kids.
Osterley Park and House, London
This Georgian country estate located in West London is just a short hop from central London by tube. It is one of the last surviving country estates in London. You can stroll through the colourful formal gardens, which were transformed during a six year long project, and see the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs. Discover the unseen spaces of the house on a top floor tour or get stuck in with digging, planting and weeding your very own vegetable garden.
Try your hand at something new and test the waters on Middle Lake with canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding, or yoga on the lawn.
You can grab some lunch in the stables tea-room.
There is a small fee for children and adults.
Fell Foot, The Lake District
Located at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot is great location for a family day out. The sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for picnics and games, and there is a fantastic route for walking and running, that gives you the chance to explore the best bits of the park. You can swim in the lake, hire a canoe or jump on board one of the lake cruises.
There is also an adventure playground, outdoor yoga and a boathouse café and shop.
It is free to visit.
Have a great bank holiday weekend.