Friday, 20 April 2012

Family Fun - National Trust Free Weekend

Morning! I hope you are all well and am sure looking forward to the weekend.  Instead of my usual family holiday post today I wanted to share a great idea for getting out and exploring this weekend.  The National Trust have free entry to their properties for this weekend only, so you can get out, explore and spend some time together as a family.  They are also offering a 20% discount in their cafes aswell, if you spend over £15, so no need to worry if it's a bit wet or chilly for a picnic!  Sounds fantastic doesn't it, sadly  there is a downside.  Larger families, like ours, will have to pay the entry price for some as the free entry is for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.  However I think this is a fantastic opportunity to visit some of the beautiful estates and houses owned by the National Trust.  Also the perfect place to try tick off some of the things on their '50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4'.  I am very pleased to say we have done most of the things on this list and our favourite, rolling down big hills, or shingle banks at Felixstowe in our case!  So which National Trust place will you be visiting this weekend? Here are some of my favourite choices -

Monks House - The coastal restreat of Virginia Woolf

Red House - the iconic Arts & Crafts home of William Morris

Corfe Castle - I spent many hours playing in the ruins of this 1000 year old castle in Dorset as a child.

Trelissick Garden - This looks like a wonderful place to visit for chidlren to explore!

 Do let me know if you visit anywhere with the National Trust this weekend and if you ticked off anymore things on the 'list'!

Have a fab weekend,

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