When we joined the English National Trust a few months ago I had no idea that we’d be discovering what is probably many parents best kept secret. A whole world of beautiful parks and grounds to discover, with great facilities and amazing staff. The recipe to perfect family days out all year round. We’re definitely having a bit of a love affair with the English National Trust in our house at the moment, and for good reason too. If you’ve ever thought about joining or are considering joining, here are four reasons why you should join us!
There are more than 500 Beautiful parks and grounds to explore..
So many beautiful parks and grounds to explore and discover. In fact probably more than we’ll ever be able to visit, but that’s the best thing. There are so many dotted around the country that it feels like you are never very far away from one, and they’re easy to find too. Which you can do using the lovely book they send you as part of your joining pack which has all of the National Trust places and locations listed, or there’s a very handy little app which works out the closest places to you based on your location. Either way, it’s a doddle to find somewhere to visit at the drop of a hat, and there are lots of different types of places, from parks, to houses with grounds to pretty walks and paths. Wherever you are and whatever the weather, there’s a perfect National Trust place waiting for you to discover it.
They always have lots of activities for little ones
I love how focused the National Trust is on little ones. Theres always something fun on, from crafting, to scavenger type hunts and of course seasonal fun and games like the massive annual Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt that’s caused a bit of a hoo ha in the press recently (completely unnecessarily). They even have a little National Trust book for little ones called “50 Things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4″ which is fab and adds to the whole wonderful National Trust experience.
Great family friendly restaurants and cafes
One of the things that has surprised me the most about the National Trust is just how nice the restaurants and cafes are, and how good the facilities are all round. All any parent wants on a family day out are clean and well considered facilities and cafes that have decent food, helpful staff and plenty of seating which both Chartwell House and Morden Hall Park had. The restaurants are definitely one of the highlights of a day out at the National Trust which makes them great places to go not only for family days out, but also for play dates or a place to escape to when you just want to sit down somewhere scenic for a tea and slice of cake.
The most amazing staff and volunteers
I was blown away by the fantastic knowledge of some of the staff at Chartwell House, the very first National Trust place we visited. I was even more blown away when we discovered that many of them were local volunteers (many of them in their 80’s and 90’s) who were just amazing. They were some of the nicest, friendliest staff we have ever met and they were such fountains of knowledge sharing facts that you definitely wouldn’t discover in a handbook.
Our membership to the English National Trust is definitely one of the best things we’ve invested in for our family this year and I would absolutely recommend it as a great way of getting out and exploring more as a family!
Have you visited any English National Trust places that you would recommend? If you have share them with me in the comments below!