A fun-packed spring with National Trust

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Latest update 14.03.2014 16:32

With spring fast approaching, now is the time to get out of the house and enjoy a great day out for the whole family.

No matter what the weather has in store, the National Trust has plenty of ways to inspire your kids to leave their game consoles behind and discover new surroundings.

Go on an outdoor adventure and take on the challenge of the conservation charity’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’.

Megan, aged 11 from Belfast and a member of the National Trust’s Outdoor Explorers Group said: ‘I love doing the 50 things activities and will be trying to tick off lots more over the spring months. I love exploring my local National Trust place, Rowallane Garden, and I discover something new each time I visit.’

With the help of a pair of wellies and a raincoat there are lots of things to see, do and enjoy at the Trust’s special places and spaces. And if the sun does decide to put on a show, there’s everything you need to spend family time together.

Here’s the Trust’s top tips for wet weather exploring this spring;

Wild about nature
The rain brings all sorts of amazing creatures out of hiding, so brave the weather and you never know what you might find. From animal tracks to bugs and beasties, be a wildlife detective and see what natural wonders you might discover at The Argory.

Fantastic photos
Capture the weather on camera. See if you can find the biggest puddle, the muddiest wellies or crashing waves at the Giant’s Causeway. Take a #giantexperiences photo and share it with everyone to be in with a chance of winning a lovely break on the North Coast.

Visit the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre this spring for oodles of fun and special events - more details.

Puddle jumping
Get your wellies on and make a splash. See how many splashes it takes to get the water out of a puddle, or see what you can find floating in different pools – run wild at Florence Court and have fun while everyone else is hiding away.

Time for tea
A sudden downpour is the perfect excuse to pop into one of our tea-rooms or restaurants. Eat a delicious home-cooked lunch, stop for a cup of tea, or give in to the urge to eat a delicious slice of cake at Mount Stewart’s Bay Restaurant.

Shelter to shelter
Some of our glorious gardens and parks have lots of temples, follies and ruins to find and explore – why not jump from shelter to shelter at Downhill Demesne as you discover each one?

Wild water
Embrace the wet weather and discover how it makes such spectacular water. Discover what’s in a rock pool or go geocaching around Strangford Lough - more details. Watch out for the wild water.

Looking up
You call tell a lot from watching the sky – keep your eyes peeled and see if the rain is stopping anytime soon, what clouds are floating by, or even keep an eye out for a rainbow at Rowallane Garden.

Go enjoy the great outdoors this spring!