Five ways membership could spark a new family adventure

Enjoying the open space at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Want to discover more as a family this year? You don’t need to go overseas to seek adventure – National Trust membership could be the beginning of a whole host of exciting escapades near you. Here are five ways to kick-start your family’s voyage of discovery.

Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors

Stories and legends of ancient people, knights in clanging armour and old fashioned traditions that might sound a little familiar. Get a taste of what life was like hundreds of years ago at many places in our care, where spellbinding pockets of history are waiting to be found.

Be puzzled by Neolithic traditions at Avebury in Wiltshire, where you can marvel at the largest stone circle in the world and hear grisly stories about how they got built. Or, step back in time when you learn more about Anglo-Saxon royalty at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.

Visitors at the stones at Avebury, Wiltshire
Visitors at the stones at Avebury, Wiltshire
Visitors at the stones at Avebury, Wiltshire

Take a walk on the wild side

To get a blast of fresh air, your usual walk might be a quick spin around the duck pond. But this year, you could give your wellies a chance to explore some beautifully wild places. There are rope swings, stepping stones, waterfalls, coastlines and more, waiting to be explored in the outdoor places we look after. What’s more, each walk is a new opportunity to look for wild animals or play hide-and-seek.

Crossing the stepping stones across the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire
Crossing the stepping stones across the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire.
Crossing the stepping stones across the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire

Make every day an adventure

There’s no need to wait for big days out or planned holidays to start your adventures, because our list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' has brilliant activities that can fit into a busy day. Your little adventurers can explore inside a tree, make friends with a bug or go on a scavenger hunt by visiting your local National Trust place.

If you’re taking on some of the more adventurous family activities, such as stargazing, you'll need to find the right spot. Allan Bank and Grasmere in the Lake District are areas with low light pollution and natural beauty to wonder at, making them fantastic places to go stargazing and discover the night sky.
 

Welly wandering (no. 6) at Leigh Woods, Bristol
Stomping through muddy puddles at Leigh Woods, Bristol
Welly wandering (no. 6) at Leigh Woods, Bristol

Discover secret gardens

We look after lots of spellbinding gardens for you to discover all year round. You could have your own fantastical day out discovering mini-beasts in lots of places full of interesting plants. There are even mini gardens within gardens, like the one at Killerton, Devon, which has its own bear hut where a bear cub once lived. When you visit a local garden in our care, you could be transported to a wild world full of adventure.

Boy looking through the window of the Bear Hut at Killerton, Devon
Boy looking through the window of the Bear Hut at Killerton, Devon
Boy looking through the window of the Bear Hut at Killerton, Devon

Befriend a sea creature 

The coast is a prime spot for adventure at any time of year. If you seek out a good rock pool, you might just find a world of underwater creatures. At St Helens Duver, on the Isle of Wight, you can explore crevices filled with whelks, barnacles and even the occasional seahorse. And of course, no day would be complete without a spectacular sandcastle.

Searching for sea creatures on the beach at Druridge Bay, Northumberland
Children on the beach at Druridge Bay, Northumberland
Searching for sea creatures on the beach at Druridge Bay, Northumberland