10 New Year resolutions worth keeping

View of the Giant's Causeway

You can make a fresh start at any time of year but January 1st provides that special motivation. Make the most of a new year and a new decade by planning more adventures in 2020. Here's 10 resolutions worth keeping.

1. Less is more

When it comes to making New Year’s Resolutions, ‘being healthy’ seems to top the list. But going 'cold turkey' after a relaxing and indulgent Christmas can be tough. Make it manageable by making it realistic. Whether you like to walk, run, cycle or hike, do it more often. We look after 108 miles of coastline and 46 square miles of countryside, so whether it’s a daily ramble with the dog or a Saturday afternoon hiking adventure with friends, we’ve got the places and spaces sure to inspire. Why not….

2. Invest in yourself

Try something new in 2020. If you’ve challenged yourself to do something different this year, then we've got a range of activities that feel out of the ordinary. Book a…

  • Beginner’s kayak class with Clearsky Adventure at Castle Ward
  • Boat at Crom and try your hand at fishing
  • Tickets to the exhilarating rope bridge challenge at Carrick-a-Rede
  • ‘Have a go days’ on Slieve Donard and help repair an iconic mountain path

3. Spend less, save more

Sadly your wallet can be the one thing that feels light in January. Make a saving with a National Trust membership. Enjoy free access to all our special places from as little as £6.40 per month and invest in your year ahead. With great family memberships, our property team can help you pick the right option to inspire the whole family to get outdoors more. Become a member on your next visit and that property will directly benefit from your subscription. Every time you visit and scan your membership card, that property receives a credit that goes towards the upkeep of the property.

4. Go green and grow

2020 is an important year for the planet and we can all play our part to help. Go green in 2020 and plant something. Enquire about taking a plot at one of our allotments and plant your own fruit, veg and flowers all year round. Enjoying your own freshly grown produce will be rewarding for you and your health. You can even pick up some green-fingered tips by volunteering with our gardening teams at Rowallane Garden, Mount Stewart and Florence Court.

5. Disconnect to reconnect

Turn off the TV, switch off the devices and find yourself in nature. You’re never too old to enjoy the magic of a woodland walk or the challenge of a mountain climb. Younger children will love the natural play parks in Mount Stewart, Castle Ward, Springhill and Murlough National Nature Reserve, so create special memories for the whole family with regular visits in 2020.

6. Volunteer

If you have a few hours to spare, you can really make a difference by volunteering with the National Trust. Roles range from house guides and conservationsts, to rangers and visitor welcome. Our property teams will be recruiting new volunteers in the new year, so contact them directly to find out about the variety of volunteering opportunities we have on offer.

7. Read more books

Be intrigued, shocked, thrilled or just laugh and cry…it’s all possible with a good book. Browse our brilliant secondhand book shops in Mount Stewart, Castle Ward, Rowallane Garden and The Argory. Turn the first page with a warm brew in our cosy cafes. 

8. Get over a holiday by booking another one

After a relaxing Christmas break, it can be hard to return to routine. Beat the January blues by booking a holiday. From quaint cottages to glamping pods, we offer a range of unique and unusual holiday accommodation. Whether you fancy a romantic break for two, an adventure holiday or a family camping experience, make it a break that gets you excited.

9. Connect with friends

Hook up with family and friends more in 2020 by suggesting a day out with a difference. Treat your mum to a memorable Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea at Mount Stewart or Castle Ward. Go on an Easter egg hunt in spring or enjoy a picnic on the lawn over the summer months. However you want to spend your time together, browse our what’s on guide to find something to tempt you all outdoors.

10. Do something good 

The National Trust is a registered charity, so every time you visit, donate and volunteer you are supporting our cause to protect special places, for ever, for everyone, so thank you.

Hugh Armytage Moore

New Year resolutions we can inspire

If the January blues has hit you this year, join us at National Trust Belfast. We have put together some ideas to get your 2020 off to a great start.