Love summer

Love kicking off our sandals and paddling in the Lake District  © Paul Harris

Love kicking off our sandals and paddling in the Lake District

Get the wow factor this summer at our amazing places and spaces across the North West. We’ve new exhibitions, blooming gardens, 50 things adventures and much more. Try; hopping on a boat across Lake Windermere to Wray Castle, enjoying the change of scenery at Aira Force, walking the coastal reserve at Speke Hall or taking up a new sport at Lyme Park.

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Picnics in paradise

The garden, house and park provide a backdrop for every mood © National Trust / Alan Novelli

The garden, house and park provide a backdrop for every mood

Want to dine al fresco? Here’s our top three picnic spots in the North West.

  • Lyme Park - you’re sure to find a spot with 1,400 acres to choose from. You may only have the deer for company.
  • Wray Castle - eat in style within the grounds of this mock-gothic castle, or by the shores of Lake Windermere.
  • Alderley Edge - look no further for a view of Cheshire, simply stunning countryside.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Go wild in the woods © Paul Harris

Go wild in the woods

If you’re under 11¾, see what 50 things is all about. Here’s a few of our favourites:

We’ve a daily holiday guide for the Lakes, or try the full list of all the activities in our Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside planner (PDF).

Great escapes

Camping pod at Low Wray Campsite © NTPL/Paul Harris

Camping pod at Low Wray Campsite

Dreaming of a summer escape? We make a stay in the Lakes easy.

If you want to access the high fells, try sleeping under canvas at Wasdale. To camp in style (and right near our pub) try glamping in a pod at Great Langdale. If it’s a cottage view you fancy, try staying on the edge of Lake Windermere. We’ve options to suit all different groups and budgets.

Campsites

Cottages 

The Stamford Military Hospital

Watching the ward... one of the characters at the Stamford Hospital © National Trust/David Jones

Watching the ward... one of the characters at the Stamford Hospital

During the First World War, Dunham Massey became a military hospital, becoming a sanctuary from the trenches for almost 300 soldiers. To mark the centenary, we’ve embarked upon a dramatic transformation turning this country house into The Stamford Military Hospital.

Heroes of Adventure

Arhur Tylston Greg fought and died in WW1 © Quarry Bank Archive

Arhur Tylston Greg fought and died in WW1

Brand-new exhibition, throwing light on what life was like during the First World War at Quarry Bank, Styal.

Quirky kitchen café at Allan Bank

Help yourself to a yummy cake... or two © Steven Barber

Help yourself to a yummy cake... or two

Quite different to our traditional tea rooms, this is a warm and homely kitchen where you can sit at the big refectory table and help yourself to sandwiches, soup, cakes, snacks and drinks.

On holiday with Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother © NTImages

Beatrix Potter holidays in the Lakes with her father and brother

If you’re holidaying in the Lakes this summer, why not compare your trip with Beatrix’s? Over at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Manchester Snowdrop City

Schoolchildren planting snowdrops with urban gardener Sean Harkin © Emma Williams

Schoolchildren planting snowdrops with urban gardener Sean Harkin

13 - 21 September

This September to mark 100 years since the First World War, we will be working with people in and around Manchester to plant over 100,000 snowdrops across the city. Find out more about the project and how you can get involved.

Afternoon teas

Treat yourself to a piece of cake with your tea

Fancy relaxing with something delicious to eat? Try:

 

We set 4 families the challenge of 4 outdoor adventures at 4 of our places. Watch out for the Gorton family on a bug hunt, the Talbot family with Mr Tibbles, the Gaughan family plus deer, and the Kirby and Long families enjoying a spot of archery. All at Quarry Bank, Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Lyme Park. Where's your favourite place for a family day out? We'd love to see your photos on Facebook or Twitter

4 families & 4 amazing adventures

We're playing...

Children love to play sword fight in our grounds

Supporter groups

By joining your local supporter group you can enjoy talks, walks, outings, holidays and other social and fundraising events, all whilst meeting like-minded people and helping to support the Trust’s work.

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