So we Joined the National Trust

I have a lot of happy memories as a child going rambling with my Dad and brother around some of the National Trust parks in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales (of course being a Yorkshire girl myself!). My Dad was an avid walker and loved the beautiful scenery. My Grandma and Grandad were also really keen on the flower gardens and picnics in the sun. I used to think it was a tad boring as a child but hey I’ve become an old fart and I now love it all too. I have done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks twice for my Dad, as he loved it so I definitely have a place for it in my soppy little heart.

 

 

A couple of my friends had joined the National Trust and I suggested it to hubby and we thought why not?

We have been to a couple of spots close to where we live and I’m amazed that I really had no clue what beautiful places are really so close. If you read any of my summaries, I much prefer pictures to tell the story so here you go:

 

Baddesley Clinton

These piccys are courtesy of my friend’s hubby James. If you want to check out more of his photos clickย here as they are stunning.

We loved it here. There was a Tudor House with 500 years of history to go around (which satisfies my nosey brain). This was great except the gremlin was hungry and was a grumpy bear all the way around! My friend Louise did enjoy dressing up and posing a lot at the end of the tour around.

We had a picnic after the house tour and let the girls roam free on the lawn. A lot of the places have games you can play so we had a go at badminton and skittles.

We then had a browse around the gardens, including a vegetables garden. It was brilliant for the little ones. Tonnes of space to roam about and explore. It was immaculate which is a definite plus; the gardens so well kept. Also great facilities and a little shop. At the ripe old age of 30, I still love buying tack from the gift shop!

 

 

Packwood House

This is also another house that was restored back to former Tudor glory in the 20th century (get me some history). ย These piccys are courtesy of the hubster.

It has a brilliant kitchen garden which my gremlin loved. She sat in a little house and did some chalk drawing, sniffed all the flowers and carried an apple around, which she licked and then chucked!

We sat on the lawn outside for a picnic but similarly to Baddesley Clinton, there were games you could play and a bit further out, a lake.
We didn’t head over to the lake but instead went over to the stunning Yew Garden. This just looked amazing and was so well kept. Whilst I was chasing the gremlin around the trees, hubby came over and told me off; apparently if you damage any of them, they take 20 years to re-grow. I hastily dragged my gremlin out of a bush and pretended to tell her to come out! Oops. Instead we had some fun jumping about. This is definitely worth a walk around (as long as you behave).
Once again, we had a brilliant few hours. I can’t get over how well kept and beautiful these National Trust places look. The volunteers are so knowledgeable and good with the little ones and there really wasn’t anything to whinge about at all.
We are planning our next trip out already!

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26 Comments

  1. August 10, 2015 / 7:03 am

    I love some of the National Trust places and as much as I think my kids will be bored I know i'm making happy memories I love your photos #maternitymondays Ali @ Mum in a nutshell

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      They just gorgeous aren't they! I know great photographers xx

  2. August 10, 2015 / 8:35 am

    I really need to join the National Trust. It looks so worth it, but I think we're going to wait till my daughter is a little bit older. It looks like you're making the most of it already. Those places both look beautiful. xx #mondayescapes

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 1:01 pm

      It's so worth it! Definitely in summer. So well kept and tidy xx

  3. August 10, 2015 / 8:54 am

    Lovely day out. Heard a good bit now about the National Trust even though I live in Ireland, seems hugely popular!

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 1:01 pm

      It really is though I never thought about it until I had my daughter xx

  4. August 10, 2015 / 11:37 am

    Wow, looks amazing. It's incredible the beautiful places you can finding hiding on your doorstep. The photos are gorgeous!

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 1:01 pm

      I know I was so surprised! I'll pass on the pic compliments ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. August 10, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Some really lovely photographs there! I knew feeling tempted by a pass, might be something for next year. We love days out, but it can get so expensive! Xxx #Mummy&Us

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks lots! I think a pass would be so worthwhile and not too expensive for a family x

  6. August 10, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    We love the National Trust, there are so many amazing places and I think they are great for kids too. We should find one halfway and meet up one day ๐Ÿ™‚ xx thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Oh definitely Caroline that would be ace x

  7. August 10, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    I used to love going to the National Trust properties when I was younger, it holds many memories for me. I hope you have loads of fun in the future ๐Ÿ™‚ #maternitymondays

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Helen x

  8. August 10, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Ohhh this sounds like so much fun!!! Those are very lovely pictures as well! I am visiting you from #MummyandUs
    Kristen

    • mm August 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      It was great! thanks lots x

  9. August 10, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Awww I love it sarah – these pics are gorgeous and they look such beautiful spots. I love national trust places, we got membership last year for Christmas and its been the best gift. Its nice to have so many options for days out and know that there is a good mix of play, learning, scenery and walks. ENJOY x

    • mm August 24, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      It's amazing isn't it? Thanks and I hope you do too x

  10. August 11, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    That looks fun. There aren't any NT places near us so we haven't joined. If we lived nearer more, it's something we'd do too as it's great poking around old places

    • mm August 24, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      That's a shame…we are quite lucky really x

  11. August 11, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Gorgeous pics! If you ever come down my way I cannot recommend Belton House highly enough, if only for the best play park I've ever seen in my life!xx

    • mm August 24, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thanks…that sounds ace! x

  12. August 12, 2015 / 1:30 am

    loving that last photo! Looks so lovely and a nice way to remember your family. It just looks so picture story book to me, being from Australia we just don't have that history, it's breathtaking #mummyandus

    • mm August 24, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      It is fab. Ahh I can imagine…never mind other perks to Oz! x

  13. August 12, 2015 / 10:00 am

    We love National Trust, although now need to go further afield. We went to Baddesley Clinton on an icy January day, but haven't yet made it to Packwood. Love the last photo.

    • mm August 24, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Ah brilliant! Packwood is lovely x