Why drop a snack in your backpack when you could make a meal out of it? Gather up your family and friends, pack your favourite summer lunch and seek out the perfect spot to unroll your picnic blanket on a visit to our countryside and gardens in the South East.
Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s Emma, who famously picnicked at Box Hill, or relax on the beach on the Isle of Wight.
Launching a kite, your dad flinging it hopefully in the air then leaping to avoid the double-back and dive. But when the wind took it and the strings tugged and it was flying, actually flying - do you remember the thrill of it as a child?
Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into with the kids at our places across the South East this summer.
From garden rooms at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, rambling roses at the world-famous rose garden at Mottisfont in Hampshire to the secret garden charms of the garden at Fenton House in Hampstead, London, you're bound to find a blaze of glorious garden colour at your local National Trust garden in the South East.
Grab a picnic blanket, some cold refreshments and good friends and enjoy a night under the stars watching a classic film or theatre production at one of our enchanting properties across London and the South East.
Interested in making the most of your National Trust membership? Why not join your local supporter group in London and the South East?
It's a great way to meet people and to enjoy special talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events.
You'll also be helping a great cause.