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Ideas for days out

Family having a picnic at Croome Park Worcestershire

Best picnic spots 

This National Picnic Week (17–25 June), pack up a picnic to enjoy in the great outdoors. From picturesque riverbanks to parklands with a view, find our top picnic spots near you.

Two people, one a wheelchair user, on a coastal path on a sunny day

Top coastal walks 

Explore some of the UK's most famous natural landmarks on a coastal walk. With a variety of walking trails offering clifftop views, golden sands and local wildlife, there's a walk for everyone.

Rudyard Kipling's writing desk in the study at Bateman's, East Sussex
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Places with literary connections 

Visit some of the places we look after that have inspired famous writers, playwrights and poets, including the homes of Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy.

Visitors enjoying Summer of Play activities in the park at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire with trees in the background
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Top natural play areas for kids 

There's nothing quite like playing outdoors. Discover the best natural play areas where children can run wild at the places in our care.

Start your journey of discovery

Delve into history, get tips from our experts, learn a new skill and go behind the scenes of your favourite places.

Things to see and do

Berry tart packed with the taste of summer fruits
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Bake a summer berry tart 

Ideal for picnics, this summer berry tart will go down a treat at any occasion. Make the most of the season by garnishing with fruit and berries from your garden.

Gardener working in the upper garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire
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Gardening tips for summer 

It's time to think about how to get more out of your blooms this summer. Discover our gardeners' top tips on how to garden during the warmest season.

The visitor staircase at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands, featuring Indian rush-work below the dado rail and William Morris' Willow Bough pattern wallpaper above
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Exploring LGBTQ+ history at National Trust places 

This Pride Month, learn more about the LGBTQ+ people with connections to the places we care for and why highlighting these stories is so important.

Looking down onto a table where someone is hammering leaves onto a cotton tote bag to create a pattern.
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How to make a leaf print tote bag 

Create your own nature-inspired tote bag using leaves gathered from your local park or garden with this guide. Simply hammer leaves onto cotton fabric and they'll release their natural pigments for a simple and effective design.

For everyone, for ever

A close up of National Trust staff and volunteers at Birmingham Pride 2022
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Pride, the LGBTQ+ community and the National Trust 

June is Pride Month, and this year we'll be attending more than 30 Pride events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Take a look at what we do to support our LGBTQ+ colleagues during Pride month and beyond.

In the news

Three ladies sitting in chairs face a huge tapestry. They are sewing the lower border onto the tapestry which shows a biblical scene from the story of Gideon
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Hardwick tapestry conservation award 

Find out more about the Europa Nostra Award we were given for our work to conserve the Gideon tapestries at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire – our longest conservation project which cost £1.7 million to complete. The work was done by hand by our textile conservators, and involved traditional sewing and stitching techniques.

Holidays and shopping

The outdoor seating area at Cloud Farmhouse, Devon

Plan your summer holiday 

Bring everyone together for a summer getaway. Whether you choose to relax or go exploring, create memories that'll last a lifetime when you book a holiday with us.

Outdoor accessories bottles against a plain landscape

Shop outdoor accessories 

Whatever the weather, make the most of your adventures. From picnic blankets to hiking gear, we've got you covered with our range of outdoor accessories.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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