Children are becoming less and less inclined to be out in the fresh air and running, exploring, playing and learning.
Today’s children are becoming what I call the ‘finger and thumb’ society.
I’m all for technology but children need a range of activities and experiences. Having the opportunity to explore their surroundings, near and far, is an essential component to developing children’s skill set.
The UK is full of beautiful, historical, fun and exciting places to visit and we are lucky to have organisations such as The National Trust to keep our nation’s treasure alive.
What is The National Trust
The National Trust is a charity and receives no support from the government.
It is a conservation organisation which takes care of 300 historic properties, 700 miles of our coastline and 600,000 acres of countryside.
They look after a whole variety of sites including historic houses, gardens, coastline, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and even pubs pubs. Then these places are opened up for us to visit and enjoy.
Founded in 1895 by 3 Victorians including Octavia Hill, who wanted to preserve our heritage and look after our beautiful countryside.
What do you get?
- The chance to visit hundreds of amazing places as many times as you want.
- The National Trust car parks are free to members – this is worth the fee on its own!
- A membership handbook which tells you about all their properties.
- A magazine published three times a year with information, news, tips and special features.
- Regional newsletters keeping you up to date with special events and activities.
- A map guide.
- Free entry for children under 5.
- A pair of National Trust binoculars.
The National Trust are committed to getting children back into the environment and enjoying outdoor activities.
- Bike Rides
- Train rides
- Dressing up
They have produced an app ’50 things to do before you are 11 ¾. Why not sign up for the ’50 things’ challenge.
At the most family friendly sites they even give you ideas for when the weather is rainy or sunny.
Can you save money by becoming a member of the National Trust?
I’ve compared a visit to Tyntesfield using membership and individual costs.
Individual Day out National Trust Membership
To visit the whole property would cost a family £38.45 (using a ‘family ticket’ which I presume is 2 adults and 2 children.
Although this particular day out would be cheaper, if you wanted to visit again or go to any other National Trust property using your membership you will have recouped the cost. Every other visit would be ‘free’. As I’ve said before, even the cost of the carpark can make membership worth your while.
The National Trust are working hard to ensure that there properties are family friendly with the added advantage of providing exciting and interesting events for children to enjoy.
For great value and rich experiences a National Trust Membership ticks all the boxes.