Situated in the heart of England, the Midlands offers a huge variety of landscapes and places to enjoy and explore.

Summer is here and it’s time for fun

Join in with a summer of fun at a National Trust place near you © National Trust

Join in with a summer of fun at a National Trust place near you

We’re bringing out all our traditional games and pastimes from quoits to bats and balls, croquet to treasure hunts, so there are lots of ways for you to have fun this summer.

We’re also looking for all budding young photographers to show us their favourite summer 50 things to do before they’re 11¾ for a chance to win a camera thanks to our friends at Panasonic.

Summer gardens

Summer brings colour and scents like no other season in our gardens.

Download our free guide to gardens in the Midlands to choose where you will visit next.

Don’t miss the top tips from Clumber Park’s Head Gardener Chris Margrave to help you show off your summer gardens at their best.

Top picnic spots

There’s no better way to dine than al fresco on a warm British summer’s day.

With acres of gardens and countryside we have some of the best places to picnic with friends whilst enjoying great views.

Plus we have some summer recipes for you to try to add to your hamper.

Summer games

The season of long carefree days is here and the places we care for are waiting for you to have fun playing summer games and sports.

You can also find out more about the traditional games and pastimes people used to enjoy at these places.

From rowing to pushball, croquet to bowls. Can you remember any of these from your childhood days?


Places we care for

You can enjoy hours of time out at the places we care for.

From acre upon acre of countryside to mansions, castles and churches, there is something for everyone.

Seasonal wildlife

Swallows in the laundry yard at Chirk

Our team of wildlife staff, rangers and gardeners share the wildlife they see through the seasons.

From migrating birds to blooming gardens, intriguing fungi to veteran trees, you can learn all about wildlife through the seasons with us.

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