Top 10 New Year Resolutions with the National Trust
Start 2019 as you mean to go on. That list of things you’ve always wanted to do IS possible; all you need is a little imagination, a lot of determination and a little help from us...
1. Invest in yourself
Exercising more and eating less is the post popular New Year’s Resolution, but it’s also the hardest to achieve. While we can’t help you with your calorie intake, we can help you to be more active. Thanks to the support of our visitors, members and donors look after 108 miles of Northern Ireland’s coastline and 46 square miles of countryside. So whether it’s an afternoon ramble with the dog, or a hiking adventure with friends, there’s always a special place to explore.
Why not try….
- Take a bracing stroll along the beach at Portstewart Strand
- Spot the first signs of spring with a riverside walk at The Argory
- Reach new heights with a hike up Divis and Black Mountain or Slieve Donard
- Take your bike for a spin on the trails at Castle Ward
2. Try something new
If you’ve challenged yourself to do something different in 2019 we have lots of experiences just waiting for you to discover.
Why not try…
- A beginner’s kayak class with Clearsky Adventure at Castle Ward
- Hire a boat at Crom and go fishing
- Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge at Carrick-a-Rede
- Take part on our ‘have a go days’ at Mount Stewart
3. Spend less, save more
Become a National Trust member and you can enjoy free access to all our special places, all year round. Membership starts from as little as £5.75 per month and if you buy before the end of February you’ll save even more with 2018 prices. Buy your membership on your next visit to one of our properties and the money will stay in Northern Ireland, helping us look after special places for ever, for everyone.
4. Grow something
Go green in 2019 and plant something. Enquire about taking a plot at one of our allotments and plant your own fruit, veg and flowers all year round. Or volunteer your time and help our gardening teams at Rowallane Garden, Mount Stewart and Florence Court.
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, contact them directly to find out about the great variety of volunteer opportunities we have on offer.
6. Take more family time
Turn off the TV and disconnect the games consoles – it’s time to get real! Create special memories as a family at one of our special places. 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 NNR.
7. Read more books
Laugh, cry, be shocked or thrilled…it’s all possible with a good book. We have brilliant second hand book shops in Mount Stewart, Castle Ward, Rowallane Garden and The Argory, so get browsing on your next visit.
8. Go on holiday
Beat the January blues by booking a holiday. Did you know we offer a range of holiday accommodation – from large houses and quaint cottages, to a hotel and award winning glamping pods? Whether you fancy a romantic break for two, an adventure holiday or a family camping experience, we can make it happen.
9. Connect with friends
Hook up with friends and family and join us for a great day out – go on an Easter egg hunt in spring; treat your mum to a memorable Mother’s Day or enjoy a picnic on the lawn over the summer months…however you want to spend your time, our what’s on guide will have something to tempt you outdoors.
10. Do something good for charity
You may not know it, but the National Trust is a registered charity, so every time you visit, donate and volunteer you are supporting us in our cause to protect special places, for ever, for everyone, so thank you.