National Trust Urges Families to get Adventurous Outdoors

The National Trust is urging families to make the most of the February half-term break and enjoy the wealth of outdoor spaces on their doorstep.
The National Trust is urging families to make the most of the February half-term break and enjoy the wealth of outdoor spaces on their doorstep.

The National Trust is urging families to make the most of the wealth of outdoor spaces on their doorstep.

Many local National Trust places are offering family adventures from geo caching to kite making and deer feeding to bird box making.

With over 33,000 hectares of land in the Midlands (an area greater than the size of Birmingham), the National Trust has a vast amount of countryside, gardens and parkland where children can let their imaginations run wild.

“Our outdoor spaces are a wonderful natural playground, where families can enjoy magical adventures together,” said Beccy Speight, Director for the Midlands. “That’s why we’re suggesting that they escape the xbox, turn off the television and head outside. Whether families join us for an organised nature trail, or choose to create their own fun, we have something to keep everyone entertained this half-term.”

Clumber Park events include:

Cycle about Clumber, Saturday February 18 11.30am–12.30pm. Suitable for all ages, following a route that takes approximately one hour.

Walkabout Clumber, Sunday February 19 10.30am–12.30pm, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 mile walks. Walk can take up to two hours depending of walk length.

National Bird Box Week, Sunday February 19, 10.30a –12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Make a bird box to encourage a variety of birds into your garden £3 per bird box. Booking required.

Pancake Fun Day, Sunday February 19 11am – 2pm, Includes an obstacle course, trail, pancake flipping and kids’ crafts. £2

To download a listing of all the Trust’s holiday events please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Opening Arrangements:

Park: Open 7am – dusk daily throughout the year except 25 December.

Walled Kitchen Garden: Open daily March 17–24, 10am – 4pm, March 25 September 30, 10am–5pm, October 1–28 10am–4pm.

Barkers Restaurant: Open Wednesday – Sunday January 1 March 24 10am–4pm, 25 March 27 October 10am–5pm, October 28 December 30, 10am–4pm

Visitor Facilites: (Includes café, shop, plant sales, cycle hire, Discovery Centre and woodland play park) Open daily January 1 March 24 10–4pm, March 25 October 27, 10-5pm, October 28 December 31, 10am–4pm except December 25.

Mr Straw’s House, 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop S81 0JG, Tel: (01909) 482380. Opening Arrangements: March 13 October 27(Tuesday–Saturday), 11am–5pm. Admission by timed ticket only for all visitors (inc. NT members) which must be booked in advance.

The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, Notts NG25 0PT, Tel: (01636) 817250/817260.

Opening Arrangements: February 29 October 28 (Wednesday–Sunday), 12pm–5pm. Open Bank Holidays.

If you’re looking for great value that’s going to last all year then look no further than the National Trust’s family membership. Access to over 300 houses and gardens, all with their own story to tell, plus free car parking at all of our countryside and coastal properties. Membership will certainly keep you busy and all for less than the cost of a family day out to many UK visitor attractions. Find out more at: National Trust

Clumber Park, Worksop, Notts S80 3AZ, Tel: (01909) 544917 or (01909) 476592