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5 National Trust Family Days OutBack

Its the summer holidays soon, and for many parents, this can fill us with dread. How can we keep the kids occupied? A week can sometimes feel like a life sentence when you’re a parent, so it’s well worth having some planned days out up your sleeve, to keep the kids happy and your sanity in tact!

National Trust offers a wide variety of excellent days out for all the family. Wherever you’re based, there’s always a National Trust place of interest not too far from your door. Below, we’ve picked 5 of our favourite National Trust family days out to tell you about.

Belton HouseBelton House, Lincolnshire
(Opening Times: 9.30-5.30pm/ House: 12.30-5pm Daily)

Belton House was built in the 17th century and offers all the traits of perfect country living through the ages. There’s a huge outdoor adventure playground for the children recently opened in March, and miniature train rides through the playground in the summer. There’s the Discovery Centre in the stable yard offering a wide range of hands-on activities throughout the half-term week, and if the weather is rainy, an indoor play area awaits. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, or visit the House to enjoy all the design features of a classic English country home. The estate also includes a restaurant, café, gift and garden shops.

CastleDrogoCastle Drogo, Devon
(Opening Times: 9.30-5.30pm/ Castle: 11-5pm Daily)

Castle Drogo is the last castle to be built in England and has the look of a medieval fortress. The castle is currently undergoing a restoration project, but has remained opened to enable visitors to enjoy an ecclectic mix of both old and new decor. Explore the gardens with their many pathways to discover the children’s playhouse set within its own cottage garden, or climb the viewing tower for some excellent views of the surrounding grounds and countryside. There are plenty of walks and trails to keep the kids entertained and you can recharge your batteries at the cafe with a traditional Devon cream tea! Special events in half-term include the travels of Mr Drewe trail (everyday) and crafty castle capers (Tues 26th May only).

WimpoleWimpole Home Farm, Cambridgeshire
(Opening Times: 10-5pm/ Hall: 11-5pm Daily)

Winpole Home Farm not only offers children the chance to look, touch and feed its animals, the farm is set in a beautiful working estate with its very own impressive mansion and Home Farm. Hidden within the trees is an adventure playground perfect for children to climb, slide, scramble and swing. Activities include grooming the donkeys and watching the Jersey cows being milked. The mansion includes a display of rooms with beautiful Georgian interiors, whilst the basement corridor offers a glimpse into life downstairs.

StoweStowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire
(Opening Times: 10am-6pm Daily/ Garden closed Sat 23rd)

There’s plenty of space here for children to really stretch their legs among the grand temples and monuments. The extensive gardens offer the perfect location for a family picnic under the trees, or if it rains, you can find a shelter in your favourite temple! The grounds offer picture perfect views, a selection of winding paths, lakeside walks and beautiful temples to explore. A short walk or a ride in a buggy from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits. Also located within the grounds is a cafe serving a wide selection of hot and cold food and a shop.

ErrdigErddig, Wrexham
(Opening Times: 10-6pm/ House: 12.30-3.30pm Daily)

Home to one of Britain’s finest historic houses, Erddif is a fascinating early 18th-century country house which reflects the upstairs and downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years. Outdoors family activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, cycle hire and plenty of circular walks during which you can explore the 485-hectare country park, formal walled garden, and even discover the 18th century waterfall known as ‘cup and saucer’ within the park. On Thursday evenings throughout the summer (from 7 May onwards), you can enjoy an evening stroll within the gardens accompanied by live music from local performers – a relaxing way to end a child-filled day!

Posted by Leana Kell on 22/05/2015