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Two boys playing in The Log Stack wild play area at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

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.

A view of the Temple of Venus at Stowe in Buckinghamshire across the lake

Where to see ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes 

Explore estates designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who still defines our view of the British landscape today. Take in serpentine lakes, gothic follies and tree-fringed parkland.

A man sits with two children, a girl and a boy, at the bottom of tall sand dunes on a sandy beach. It's a warm sunny late afternoon or early evening and the sea can just about be seen in the distance.

Best picnic spots on the coast 

If you’re looking for the perfect spot for a picnic on the coast, this selection includes secret coves like Hayburn Wyke in Yorkshire and well-known sandy beaches like Portstewart Strand in County Londonderry.

Archaeologists digging in an excavation area

Festival of Archaeology 

Join us as we celebrate the UK's annual Festival of Archaeology from 13–28 July. Find events and activities at a number of archaeological sites in our care and uncover hidden histories.

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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

Pencil portrait on paper of Rabindranath Tagore by Singannachar Narasimha Swamy which can be seen at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire

South Asian histories at the places in our care 

To mark South Asian Heritage Month (18 July–17 August), learn about the places and collections we care for that reveal stories from and connections to South Asian history, from princesses to a peacock dress.

A wide shot of a few cedar of Lebanon trees bordering the lawn at Upton House, Warwickshire

Ancient and notable trees 

Ancient trees are links to our past, they're species-rich habitats that support countless other organisms. This World Conservation Day (28 July), discover what makes a tree ancient and how to recognise them.

Gardener working in the upper garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Gardening tips for summer 

Find out how to get more out of your blooms this summer as our gardeners share their tips on how to garden during the warmest season.

Making seed bombs at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows, Cambridgeshire

How to make wildflower seed balls 

Discover how to make your own wildflower seed balls to add some colour to the garden with this step-by-step guide.

In the news

Illustration showing a young Sir Isaac Newton, Paul McCartney and Beatrix Potter against a colourful background

Winners of the Time + Space Award announced 

Thank you to everyone who entered their world-changing idea for the Time + Space Award. We’re pleased to announce the winners in each of the categories, who'll have the opportunity to bring their idea to life at Sir Isaac Newton's home, where he discovered gravity.

Holidays and shopping

Camping at Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria

Sleep under the stars 

Get closer to nature on a camping holiday. Pitch your tent by the coast, go camping in the woods or park your campervan at the base of a mountain on your next holiday.

A spread of children's toys including a kite, binoculars and an outdoor activity book

Entertain the kids this summer 

Make the most of the outdoors this summer with our range of family-friendly toys and games. Fly a kite, build a den in your garden or sail a toy boat at the seaside.

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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