Out and about with the National Trust this February half term

  Get outdoors this February half-term with the National Trust – in and around Hampshire  February half-term is fast approaching, and there are loads of activities at National Trust places for kids to get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories and get inspiration for the year ahead. Give nature a hand and tackle Hinton Ampner’s spring

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The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont.

When I recently wrote about all the things happening around Hampshire in National Trust houses this month, one grabbed my attention more than any other.   The Night Before Christmas is one of my favourite poems, and Mottisfont is one of my favourite National Trust properties. Win Win and a great excuse for a morning out with my BFF and our cameras Mottisfont The Night Before Christmas 24 November –

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Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places in and around Hampshire

  If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust place. Our historic houses in and around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations and Christmas trees, fresh winter greenery and festive trails. Outside, you’ll discover beautiful garden landscapes filled with winter colour and scent. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at Mottisfont and Uppark, and there’s a festive murder

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Festive fun at National Trust places in Surrey this Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.  Isn’t it?  I normally don’t feel Christmassy until at least the middle of December but for some reason I am feeling really festive  already. So if you’re already ahead of the game and all organised how about looking for somewhere special to sneak off to for the day.   Or if you have still to do your shopping but want to escape

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The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock

The Feathers Hotel is a 21 room hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a sleep little village with a bustling high street full of independent shops and pubs.   The hotel itself sits in the heart of the village (hence the lack of a car park but there is plenty of on street parking around) and is  steeped in history: The front reception area and study was a Sanatorium in the late 18th

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HDYGG — 27th May

Gosh it feels like such a long time since I sat down and wrote a blog post I am not sure I even remember how these days.   Seems that life is rushing past me faster than ever and I find myself approaching the middle of the year without really knowing what has happened to the previous few months. Life has happened.  Lots of it.  Real life that has kept me

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#PoppiesTour

  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them  I have written a couple of times about our family’s connection with WW1,  how my great grandfather fought and died in the war, explaining more in this post from 2015: WW1, VE Day and

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Saddlescombe Farm Open Day

Sunday 22 April sees the National Trust’s hamlet at Saddlescombe open to the public – a rare opportunity to visit this secluded farm on the South Downs – once owned by the Knights Templar.  Visitors can enjoy specialist tours, craft and farmers market & children’s activities. Saddlescombe will be open for just one day for visitors to come and experience this traditional downland farm that is steeped in history.  Expert

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Easter fun for all the family with the National Trust in Hampshire

    There’s lots of nature-filled fun at our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts in and around Hampshire this spring, leading to delicious chocolate rewards. This year, the Egg Hunts are running for the whole of the school holidays at Uppark, Mottisfont, The Vyne and Hinton Ampner (30 March – 15 April). At Winchester City Mill there’s Cadbury fun from 30 March to 2 April followed by a two-week wildlife bingo

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A day out in Devizes

We didn’t let the rain put us off when we woke up at the Devizes Camping and Caravanning Site just outside Devizes a few weeks ago.  This was, after all, our first weekend away in Betty the Bus and we planned to make the most of it.   The original plan was to wander the tow path into Devizes, have some lunch and then wander back again.    But then we

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Half Term fun with the National Trust

Half-term is fast approaching and there are lots of activities to get kids outdoors and having fun with the National Trust. If you’ve been stuck indoors this winter, then February half-term is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some time together exploring their beautiful landscapes as they gradually reveal signs of spring colour and wildlife after the colder winter months. Try quiz-packed and creative outdoor trails, a

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Window Wednesday — Hillier Gardens

Feels like ages since I have done a Window Wednesday.  The weather hasn’t really been conducive to photographing buildings and that small matter of Christmas has also begun to get in the way.   Today though was different.  And although the trip was brief it was great to get out with a camera and to meet up with Annie for breakfast. Hillier Gardens is only down the road, in a part

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