For the last couple of years, hubby and I have been National Trust members. We love the fact that there are so many different places to visit for the cost of a membership fee.
The other advantage is that many National Trust places accept dogs, at least in the grounds. One such place locally is the beautiful Brockhampton Estate.
And it’s a sign of Libby growing up that today when we went to take back the map from our walk, she was offered a scrapbook to record her 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.
I’ve been vaguely aware of this for a while now, but have thought Libby was a bit young to understand it. Now though, she is delighted to give it a go.
Today, she got her “climbed a huge hill” sticker. There are quite a lot of things on the list that she’s already done, but I don’t think there’s any harm in counting them starting from today.
We all love being outside, especially Libby.
Brockhampton is just an ideal place to go on a sunny day like today. There are six walks of varying degrees of difficulty.
We did the yellow walk, which was a nice, gentle walk a mile and a half long. It incorporated a big hill that Libby could tick off in her activity book.
There was also a pond, open fields and some beautiful woodland, complete with bluebells.
Had the weather been poor, we would have taken a wander up to the house which you can also look around. But Libby will never tick off her 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 indoors.
I love the fact that the National Trust encourage children to get outside. At Brockhampton, you can go Geocaching throughout the summer.
We didn’t realise this until we’d had our walk, or we would have given it a go. It’s something that I think all of us would enjoy. It’s always great to get into a new outdoor activity.
There is also archaeological activity going on at Brockhampton this weekend. Our girls are a bit young to be interested in this, but in the future it’s definitely something we’ll get involved in.
Wherever you are in the country, I would highly recommend investing in National Trust membership. There are so many places to explore and once you’ve paid the membership fee, your days out are free.
There are cafés at many of the locations, but you can always take a picnic and spend nothing all day.
Today we had a really nice lunch from the café. But like most people, we have times where there’s more month than money between paydays and a free day out is an absolute godsend.
And of course, if people didn’t support the National Trust, so much of our heritage would be lost.