The South West Outdoor Festival presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to camp on the edge of the UK’s Grand Canyon

Cheddar Gorge, North looking South ©National Trust/Patrick Kinsella

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.   

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Halloween fun with the National Trust

Avebury Spooky Adventure (c)National Trust/Abby George

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.

Avebury Spooky Adventure (c)National Trust/Abby George

Avebury Spooky Adventure (c)National Trust/Abby George

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Yellow and orange days of autumn in South Somerset

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.

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

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Henry the cat tries the 50 Things challenge at Dyrham Park

Dyrham's Henry goes on a bare foot walk (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

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.

Dyrham's Henry with compass (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

Dyrham’s Henry with compass (c)National Trust/Laura Williams

We all know cats love climbing trees, but Henry has got involved in den building, making a daisy chain and other activities. Continue reading…

Dyrham Park launches programme of daily children’s activities this summer

Dyrham Children playing in meadow (c)National Trust / Tom Boden

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.

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

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.

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Romans are coming to Chedworth Roman Villa

The Romans are coming to Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

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.

A taste of Roman cooking at Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

A taste of Roman cooking at Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

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Ship shape and Tyntesfield fashion

Tyntesfield Woodland play 2 (c)National Trust - Peter Hall
Tyntesfield's new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

Tyntesfield’s new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

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…

Capability Brown 300 anniversary month at Prior Park – June 2016

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

A celebration of the 300th anniversary of landscape gardener Capability Brown, is being held at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.

The National Trust, which cares for Prior Park, is taking part in the national celebrations for the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a series of events, classes and workshops throughout June.

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE! National Trust campaigns to connect 200,000 kids with the natural world

Climbing a tree

The National Trust is aiming to get 200,000 kids playing outside this summer as part of its commitment to connect the ‘cotton wool generation’ with nature.

By September we hope to have helped one in twenty of Britain’s 7-12 year olds (5 per cent[1]) break their reliance on gadgets and computers for entertainment, and experience the simple pleasures of outdoor adventure.

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