Summer treats to tempt

An early morning visit to the park is magical in summer © Debs Coady

An early morning visit to the park is magical in summer

There’s so much to see and do in the summer that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start, so we’re coming to the rescue with some great suggestions to help you plan your best summer ever. Whether it’s deliciously scented gardens, hillside adventures, cinema under the stars or historical dramas, you’ll have a great day out with us.

 Here are some of our favourites:

 

Something special at Cliveden

A colour scheme of red, orange and yellow roses in the new Rose Garden © David Austin Roses

A colour scheme of red, orange and yellow roses in the new Rose Garden

Cliveden is coming up roses

Cliveden’s newly-restored rose garden is creating a rose-tinted spectacle this summer with around 800 roses, including 45 varieties in bloom from July to September.

The colour scheme, originally designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, one of our greatest 20th-century garden designers, creates swathes of scented colour, from yellows to deep crimsons.

Find out more about visiting Cliveden

Something special at Mottisfont

Just one of the illustrations in the exhibition © Quentin Blake

Just one of the illustrations in the exhibition

Quentin Blake and friends

One of the nation’s best-loved children’s artists Quentin Blake comes to Mottisfont in a new exhibition, alongside illustrations by other famous contemporary artists. A story trail helps families create their own illustrated books, and on special August weekends there are hands-on activities plus storytelling, performance, and helping to make the biggest picture book ever.

Find out more about visiting Mottisfont

Something special at Box Hill

Help celebratre 100 years of National Trust ownership of Box Hill © NTPL/John Millar

Help celebratre 100 years of National Trust ownership of Box Hill

Celebrating 100 years at Box Hill

Enjoy 100 adventures at Box Hill with a new leaflet that celebrates our centenary with this cherished landmark. Follow in the footsteps of Londoners 100 years ago who were encouraged to escape the city smog and take day trips to this beautiful part of the Surrey Hills for air, exercise and wellbeing.

Download the leaflet

Find out more about visiting Box Hill

Something special at Hinton Ampner

Evacuees from Portsmouth High School for Girls at Hinton Ampner © NTPL/National Trust

Evacuees from Portsmouth High School for Girls at Hinton Ampner

Wartime in the dorm

In 1939 Hinton Ampner became the wartime home for Portsmouth High School for Girls. 75 years on they want to tell their story. Discover an interactive exhibition of wartime beds, clothing, diaries, photographs, school magazines, and amazing personal accounts. Children will be issued with their own evacuee label and wartime quiz trail; there’s clothing to try on, as well as gas masks, and 1940s food and ration books to handle.

Find out more about visiting Hinton Ampner

Something special at Bodiam Castle

Dramatic evening view of Bodiam Castle © NTPL/National Trust

Dramatic evening view of Bodiam Castle

 A Knight's Peril

Uncover deadly secrets on our new audio adventure inside the castle’s medieval walls. Use your medieval hunting horn to capture echoes from the stones and see if you can stop the attempt on Sir Edward Dallingridge’s life

Treats for tiny tots

Toddlers enjoy a walk through the park

From little trails to giant toys, the perfect summer spots for your under 5s:

Outdoor play

Unique play areas, woodland dens and wild adventures:

 

Come rain or shine

 These places won’t let a bit of rain spoil your day out: