With the summer holidays drawing closer, you might be searching for exciting activities to keep your children or grandchildren entertained while they’re off school.
National Trust properties across the country are hosting fun activities and events for you to enjoy as a family. They’re a fantastic option if you want to spend time outdoors and take in some history. In many cases, you’ll also be able to explore the properties, which you may need to purchase a ticket for, and beautifully maintained gardens.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere local, a day trip, or an attraction that’s close to your staycation, you can find activities that will keep everyone entertained.
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
Anglesey Abbey is a great option if you have younger children thanks to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area. Nestled in the woodland, it includes a tree house and other playground equipment that they’ll love to explore.
The natural area is perfect for imaginative play, with a whole den building area and children are encouraged to create wild art around the Discovery Cabin.
For older children and adults, the location is ideal for learning more about nature. There are viewing platforms to keep an eye out for birds and pond life. The gardens at the abbey cover 114 acres and are filled with history.
The TREEmendous Trail at Croome is perfect for learning more about nature as you walk around – there are 10 different leaf shapes you’ll need to spot during your adventure.
Children at a local primary school have also helped put together an activity to help explore nature – Croogles. Before a trip to Croome, head to the website to download, print, and decorate some Croogles.
The National Trust has released a challenge called “50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4” that’s perfect for a few trips during the summer months. If your child plans carefully during a visit to Croome, they’ll be able to tick off 36 of the challenges.
Gibside gives you an opportunity to explore a Georgian landscape just outside of Newcastle. There are more than 600 acres to discover as well as a Palladian chapel, stable block, grand ruins, and the Column to Liberty rising above the landscape.
As with many National Trust properties, Gibside includes a nature playscape that encourages children to use their imagination. In addition, there’s a challenging low ropes course, a flying disc golf course, a brass rubbing circle, hidden geocaches, and much more.