Last year we were lucky enough to be given a media pass for the National Trust, in conjunction with my blog promotion for their 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 & ¾ campaign. When it ran out at the end of the year, we rushed to buy our family membership as it provided us with a plethora of opportunities for days out as a family, exploring nature, the nation's history, and having fun in their beautifully landscaped outdoors!
I've been having a look recently for National Trust places within an hour or so of us, and I decided that I'd create a 'wishlist' for the places I'd like us to explore this year, both National Trust, or otherwise.
- Tyntesfield – Pirates take over the Victorian manor house on 31st May & 1st June! "Come and experience life on the ocean waves as Tyntesfield is invaded by a motley band of pirates and their cannon. There will be loud bangs and Jolly Roger japes throughout the weekend." (WENT)
- Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall – They're holding a 50 Things weekend on 24th-26th May, focusing on numbers 45 and 47: learning to find your way with a map and compass, and cooking on a camp fire and then eating the results. They also have geocaches there which is something I'd like to explore with The Boy this year.
- Lacock Abbey (WENT)
- Ystradfellte Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons
- Oxwich Bay – the most wonderful beach for exploring rock pools, building sandcastles and finding cockles! (WENT)
- Swansea Bay – The Mumbles
- Dunster Castle – this will almost certainly involve a weekend break in the Somerset area
- Dyrham Park (WENT)
- Trerice – a day trip for when we're staying at Coombe Mill in August. (WENT)
- Westbury Court Garden
- Legoland – hopefully at Easter time, although I seem to think you can upgrade tickets on site to an annual pass, so might investigate that afterwards. (WENT)
- LolliBop Festival – this is the best children's festival around and having been for the past two years as ambassadors, we'll definitely be returning no matter what. I wasn't prepared to say that a week ago, but then they announced their venue for the 2014 festival: Hatfield House! The organisers of LolliBop like to create an outdoor festival with a magical fairyland feel to it; Regent's Park came close, but the Olympic Park last year was not a good site. LolliBop will finally be in a location worthy of the ethos!
- Thomas Land – The Boy has seen it on the DVDs (damn advertising!) and wanted to go for a few years now, this year might be the one that we finally manage to make it there.
- Peppa Pig World – our favourite day out ever! (WENT)
I've no doubt that I'll be adding to this over the next month or so, but these are the 'must-do' days out for this year.
Where is on your list this year?