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.
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…
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…
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.
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) break their reliance on gadgets and computers for entertainment, and experience the simple pleasures of outdoor adventure.
Music to tweet to: Study finds that the South West’s favourite spring sound is the early morning ‘dawn chorus’ of birds
A leading UK beatboxer has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds to celebrate the sounds of spring and encourage people in the South West to get outdoors and experience nature first hand. Continue reading…