The small cottages near Dorchester where Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia lived are charming to look at, but it’s the warm welcome of the volunteer guides there that turn them from houses into homes. On 1 March the National Trust will be opening the doors of Hardy’s Cottage, Clouds Hill and Max Gate, Hardy’s other home in the area, to visitors and the conservation charity is looking for more volunteers to help them do it.
Would you like to make new friends? Need a fresh challenge in your life? Or want to develop your interests?
On 28 January, between 10am and 12.30pm, Snowshill Manor, just a couple of miles away from Broadway, will be hosting a drop in New Volunteer Day where you can discover what being a National Trust volunteer is all about and have an informal chat with staff and volunteers.
The Stourhead team are looking for more volunteers to help care for, and share the story of, the Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden.
An extraordinary collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials (PRISM) fund.
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.
Cotehele’s annual tradition of building a 60ft Christmas garland made up of thousands of flowers grown on the estate is turning 60 years old, and the team at the National Trust House and garden are celebrating.
In honour of its diamond year, the gardeners have been sowing secret plans all year to give it a new look, which today was revealed.
Runners are being given the rare opportunity to explore Tyntesfield by night on Saturday 3 December.
The National Trust estate just outside of Bristol is hosting its third annual Night Run as part of a series of trail running events held at National Trust sites across the country. The aim is to allow visitors to explore these special places after-hours and to give and promote fitness during the cold winter months.
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.
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…