National Trust summer holiday adventures

Looking for more ways to keep everyone entertained during these last few long summer holiday days? You don’t have to go far from home to enjoy a change of scene, and experience new adventures in nature at your local National Trust place, in and around Hampshire. Explore wild woods perfect for hide and seek or building dens at Hinton Ampner, discover bridges over rivers where you can try your hand

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Drive-in cinemas need to stay please!

Drive-in cinemas need to stay please! Drive-in cinemas in the US have been a thing since the 1930s and within thirty years there over 4000, but still there are very few here in the UK.   That was until lockdown, or rather the easing of lockdown.   With cinemas and theatres still closed, or with regular customers nervous about sitting near strangers for a few hours, drive-in cinemas have popped

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5 top tips for a day out with elderly relatives — AD

How to plan a day out with elderly relatives Now that the weather is warming up and some of the recent restrictions have been lifted you might be thinking about planning a day out as a family, so here are my 5 top tips for a day out with elderly relatives. Consider the terrain What might feel like an easy place for us to walk around can be much harder

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Outdoor Adventures to have this summer — AD

Outdoor Adventures you need to plan now! it is safe to say that 2020 has been a very strange year.  Many of us have had cancelled foreign holidays cancelled or moved to next year and so might be looking to have a break in the UK.  I am not a fan of the word staycation, but it does seem quite apt doesn’t it?  We should have been heading off to

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Window Wednesday — Basildon Park

  I know we can’t visit National Trust properties at the moment but we went to Basildon Park a few months ago so I have finally got around to sharing the photos for Window Wednesday in the hope you can add it to your list of places to go when we are able to travel again Basildon Park is one of the most modern properties we have visited because although

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Window Wednesday — Rainbows

Rainbows and children’s art in windows and on pavements   Window Wednesday has been paused of late because we haven’t done an awful lot that has offered me the opportunity to post a photo of a window (and if you are new to Window Wednesday here is a little more about it) I am not sure where the idea came from but as the lockdown came into force children all

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How To Pick The Best Travel Insurance — AD

How To Pick The Best Travel Insurance For Your Family Holiday Thereare any number of things that could go wrong when you take your family on a holiday. From lost luggage to delayed flights, these inconveniences can be magnified in severity if you have some younger children in tow. Fortunately, travel insurance can help to provide you with the peace of mind you need to have a relaxing family holiday.

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#BlossomWatch

National Trust launches #BlossomWatch to emulate Japan’s Hanami National Trust asks people to start a new tradition that emulates Hanami – the Japanese tradition of celebrating blossom  Conservation charity aims to build #BlossomWatch year-on-year to become an annual moment of celebration in nature’s calendar #BlossomWatch encourages people to enjoy blooming trees they can see from their windows or in their gardens and share their best images Fleeting chance to see blossom is one of

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A note of caution from the National Trust

National Trust urges caution as good weather at the weekend could tempt people onto roads Trust warns that a good weather forecast combined with Mothering Sunday could tempt people onto the roads and toward tourist hotspots Coast and countryside will be open as usual but people are urged to use local outdoor space and not travel unnecessarily, in line with government guidance Trust has pledged to allow free access to

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A weekend in Warwick

If you are thinking of spending a weekend in Warwick here are some ideas of things to do. We recently decided to break up a journey from Cheshire to Hampshire halfway and stop for a few days to recharge our batteries.  A pin in the map suggested we spend the weekend in Warwick but having done the castle we decided we would concentrate on seeing what else the town had

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Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover

Wisley’s giant houseplant takeover is well under way, and ends on 1st March so if you want to visit you need to do it soon! It really is a wonderful exhibition, all inside a giant glasshouse and as the name suggests the houseplants have taken over!  Here are some photographs to show what I mean: I think that bed might be my favourite of all the set ups, it is

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A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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