Half Term @ National Trust (28 May to 6 June)

May 28, 2011toJune 6, 2011

1_national_trust_sign_salcombe_hill_470x350To keep everyone entertained during May half term, look no further than a day out with the National Trust.

With hundreds of gardens and houses bursting with activities, as well as miles of coast and countryside across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there’s a fun day out on everyone’s doorsteps –and they’re great value too.

From pond-dipping and smugglers’ tales to curious cow spotting and buried treasure, there’s never been a better time to get back to basics and enjoy a simple, family adventure.

Here are just a few of the events on offer at National Trust places this May half term:

Tyntesfield, North Somerset

Curious cow trail, 28-31 May 10am – 6pm

Unveiled for 2011, this extraordinary estate is ready to explore. Discover more about these curious creatures living in Tyntesfield’s fields and about the farmers that look after them too. Then head to the new home farm visitor centre with its family play area.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1 per trail.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01275 461900.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

School holiday fun: pond life, 28 May – 4 June 11am – 4pm

There’s so much atmosphere and adventure to soak up at this World Heritage Site, making it the perfect family destination. Throughout half term, take part in a fun, free trail and pond life activities. Then, go on a hunt for the hermit’s grotto in the Georgian water garden and spot the species of bat that live in the abbey. Play detective and count the different temple, statues and strange follies in the garden and even the trough where the monks washed their feet – they only had four baths a year.
Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for either event.

For more information please call 01765 608888.

Family bike ride, 3 June 6pm – 8pm

With so much to explore at Fountains, the family bike ride will help adventurers to discover it all. Come and enjoy a unique opportunity to cycle through the grounds of the estate.
Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for either event.

For more information please call 01765 608888.

Packwood House, West Midlands

May half term fun, 28 May – 5 June 11am – 4.30pm

Explore the gardens with Digory dog and discover the secrets of the house with a fun, family trail. Follow the spiral path to view the yew garden and check the time with the sundials.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1 per trail.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01564 782024.

waterfall-aira-force-national-trust-1953Croome, Worcestershire

The Forgotten Island family trail, 28 May – 5 June 10am – 4pm

Get out and about in the park at Croome and discover the Forgotten Island through a cunning trail of adventure where the kids can go wild. Investigate the creepy depths of the ice house, find the devilish Pan, hunt for the hidden tunnel and much more to find the proof that the Forgotten Island exists. Then head to the RAF-themed play area.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per trail (includes prize).
Booking is not required for event.

For more information, please call 01905 371782.

Killerton, Devon

Discovery centre activity week, 28 May – 5 June 11am – 4pm

There’s so much to do at Killerton, from playing with Victorian toys to exploring the parks and woods. Throughout the holidays, the discovery centre will also be open, offering craft activities – such as mask making – and other historical and environmental hands-on activities for children and families. There will also be excellent, outdoor activity packs and fun, family trails to explore the estate with. Find the bear’s hut, which was once home to the family pet – a not-so-cuddly Canadian black bear. Inside, try on replica costumes from the characters of Killerton’s past.

Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01392 881345.

Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Half term trail, 28 May – 5 June 10am – 4pm

In this beautiful garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre, enjoy a special children’s trail around the garden. The exciting play area will also be a half term hit.
Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01372 467806.

Children’s craft workshops, 28-29 May and 4-5 June 11am – 1pm

Come along to the thatched cottage for a variety of fun craft workshops as well as storytelling.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per craft item.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01372 467806.

penrhyn-castle-national-trust-bangor-27952Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Anglesey

‘Wild Child’, 28 May – 5 June 11am – 4pm

During the half term, children can release their inner ‘wild child’ with a full week of unusual and exciting outdoor activities, crafts and trails at Plas Newydd. Located on the Menai Straits, with stunning views across Snowdonia, there is so much to see and explore on the estate. Children can also enjoy playing in the family room in the house and on the adventure playground.

Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01248 715272.

Brownsea Island, Dorset

Whispering Island activity trail, 28 May – 5 June 10.30am – 4pm

Brownsea Island was the perfect haunt for smugglers who used to hide their booty of silks and spices in the castle here. From towering trees and shell shores, to the smugglers’ tales and scenes right out of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novels, follow the clues and discover Whispering Island. Keep a look out for rare red squirrels in the tall pine woods and proud peacocks roaming the island.
Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01202 492161.

Alfriston Clergy House, East Sussex

Smugglers’ search, 28 May – 5 June 10.30am – 4.30pm

Ahoy me hearties, shiver me timbers, the smugglers’ search is on for half term at Alfriston. Embark on a fun hunt around the garden for the treasure that smugglers have buried at the Clergy House. To make the most of the day, there are also short circular walks around the estate.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per smugglers’ search.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01323 870001.

Wordsworth  House, Cumbria

Be a budding gardener, 29 May, 1 & 4 June 11am – 3pm

Visit William Wordsworth’s childhood home, decorate a plant pot made from recycled materials and sow a seed to take home and grow. Then, meet the new flock of Scots Dumpey chickens in their own specially-designed hen house and enjoy a delicious snack in the new café.
Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01900 820228.

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

‘Food Glorious Food’ quiz trails, 29-31 May, 1-2 June and 5 June 11.30am – 4.30pm

Find out interesting things about the food that we eat with special ‘Food Glorious Good’ trails around the house and garden. Then, explore the servants’ quarters in the basement, as they were in Victorian days, and try to spot the 18th-century dolls’ house. There is also a toy box for children to open up and enjoy.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £2 per child for the trail.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01730 825 415.

Cotehele, Cornwall

Half term family fun, 30 May – 3 June 1pm – 3pm

Going to Cotehele is like travelling back in time. This magical house is hidden away in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by woods, gardens and a quay – all just waiting to be explored. During half term, there will be drop-in family workshops for all ages, including pond-dipping, mammal hunting, garden trails and baking fun. Head to the quay to spot the Shamrock, a restored sailing barge, climb the 18th-century prospect tower folly, with fantastic views, and learn about the Tamar Valley in the discovery centre.

Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01579 351346.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Half term ‘have a gos’, 30 May – 3 June 11am – 4pm

Whether it’s a place to stop-off on a long journey, somewhere to enjoy a stroll and a picnic by the lake, or to play games then hire a bike to explore, Clumber Park is the perfect destination for half term. During the week, there will be lots of fun-packed activities for everyone to enjoy, with traditional games for all the family and a variety of wildlife-themed activities at the discovery centre. There will also be a traditional sports day with novelty races, have a go sessions and entertainment throughout the day on Sunday 29 May and lots of opportunities to get involved on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June as Clumber visits it’s wartime past.
Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01909 544917.

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

May half term fun! 31 May – 3 June 11am – 4pm

Free family activities and outdoor escapades every day of half term. Join Gibside for explorer Monday, foodie Tuesday, wildlife Wednesday, adventure Thursday and fab Friday.

Normal admission charges apply,

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01207 541820

Hansel and Gretel kids drama workshop, 3 June 3pm

Movement, music and drama workshop for kids, including fun exercises actors use to warm up their voice and body before a performance.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £3 per child.

Places are limited and booking is essential, please call 01207 541820.

Hansel and Gretel family theatre, 3 June 6pm

Come for an enchanting evening to see this new adaptation of a classic woodland fairy tale. A magical outdoor performance.

£7.50 adult, £5 child, £22 family ticket.

Booking is essential, please call 01207 541820.

Morden Hall Park, London

Flower power, 2 June 11am – 3pm 11am – 3pm

In this green oasis, explore the wonderful world of flowers. Discover Morden’s very own rose and have a go at family craft activities. Learn how to ‘grow your own’ in the engagement garden and pick up a family explorer pack for a day of discovery.

£1.50 per person, Family £4 (two adults, two children).

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 020 8545 6850.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Knights & princesses day, 2 June 11am – 4pm
At this magnificent medieval castle full of mystery and intrigue, join Queen Joanna and her royal court for a fun-filled, family day out. Guests can be presented to the Queen, complete the knight’s quest trail and train with the royal guards at knight school. Best frocks will be shown off at the princesses ball at 3pm. For the brave, take a trip down to the dreaded dungeons or be put in the stocks and, for the bold, climb up the towers to keep a look out.
Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25 (two adults, two children).

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01691 777701.

Hatfield Forest, Essex

Elves and fairies Friday, 3 June drop-in between 11am and 3pm

Meet the forest elves and fairies, but watch out for the troll. Graduate from gnome school and try on fairy folk costumer. Aimed at families with children aged 5 years and under.

Car park charge applies, plus an additional £3 per child

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01279 870678.

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire

Pirates, parrots and pieces of eight treasure hunt, 4-5 June 2pm – 4pm
In the woodland play area, young adventurers can follow the pirate’s treasure hunt to find the pieces of eight. There’s also the opportunity to explore the childhoods of time gone by in the museum and make stories, play with toys and even become a chimney sweep or a Victorian school pupil.

Normal admission charges apply, there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information, please call 01283 585337.