A jagged jewel in the South West’s crown, Cheddar Gorge boasts the biggest inland cliffs in Britain – stunning features that frame the country’s largest gorge – and in September this year, wild sleepers will have a unique opportunity to camp on the canyon rim, above the world-famous crags and caves, amid the magical Mendip Hills, while enjoying all the activity taking place around England’s newest outdoor festival.
A totally immersive and characterful Victorian Christmas will be taking place at Tyntesfield during this year’s festive period.
From 26 November to 2 January visitors will be able to experience the festive life of Tyntesfield’s Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their servants, as they prepare for and enjoy the Christmas.
The mysteries of Halloween have brought out the creativity of the National Trust which is celebrating the end of October in very different ways.
Children are being invited to solve a mystery of missing beasts at Lacock, join a Halloween trail at Dyrham or explore a cat trail at Avebury during the half term fun.
Stourhead, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, is witnessing the first signs of autumn colour beginning to appear across the garden and wider estate.
The yellow and orange days of autumn are a favourite for many people – it’s certainly the case at National Trust places in South Somerset. There are lots of reasons to get outside and enjoy the changing seasons, and to get up close to nature and wildlife. Visitors can be as creative as they like whilst building their very own den with the help of Ranger George at Barrington Court on 25 & 27 October. At Montacute House, going for an autumn ramble will bring even greater rewards if you pick up one of the autumn trails to follow, from 22 to 30 October.
A cat who lives at Dyrham Park has taken up a National Trust challenge to children to get outdoors and complete 50 fun things before they are 11 and ¾.
We all know cats love climbing trees, but Henry has got involved in den building, making a daisy chain and other activities. Continue reading…
Den building, tractor cleaning and dry stone walling are just some of the kids’ activities on offer at Dyrham Park during the summer holidays.
The National Trust team is putting on more than 50 activities throughout the six-week school holidays and is a great place to tick off things from the popular 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge.
Just a stone’s throw away from the cities of Bath and Bristol, Dyrham Park has 270 acres of parkland, large formal garden and 17th-century house to explore.
Chedworth Roman Villa is hosting a week-long re-enactment event with the Roman Military Research Society re-creating Roman military and civilian life.
The Roman Military Research Society study, investigate and perform practical experiments to re-create, as accurately as possible, Roman military and civil life. They demonstrate the skills of the Roman Army and Romano-British people, including infantry, artillery, archery and everyday customs.
An extensive new woodland play area, with a nautical theme, will be opened by the National Trust at Tyntesfield on 31 May.
A play trail already exists at the estate, but the new additions have been created in response to feedback from visitors, who have asked for more to explore in the woods.
There will be three new play structures, as well as additions made to two which already exist on a pathway leading up into the woods. Continue reading…
New film illustrates benefits of Stonehenge road tunnel for World Heritage Site, people and wildlife
A year ago today (1 December 2014) the Government announced that it would be investing in a fully bored tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove a large part of the existing A303 from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. To mark the first anniversary of this announcement, Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage have produced a short film illustrating the difference that the removal of the A303 and the construction of a tunnel of at least 2.9km long could make to the Stonehenge landscape, its wildlife and nature and to those who wish to enjoy, explore, and understand the World Heritage Site.