We have joined the National Trust! I was a member as a child and remember visiting many properties, but particularly those near to my childhood home in Manchester, Dunham Massey and Tatton Park. When we got back from our holiday I wanted to extend the fun for a little bit longer, so on the Saturday morning I was browsing and looking for something for us to do when I stumbled across a website that mentioned some half term activities at Baddesley Clinton one of the nearest NT properties to us. So after doing some of the mounds of washing we set out to see what fun we could have. My in-laws were coming to join us so whilst we waited for them to arrive we went in and signed up for membership. Family membership is £98 which seemed well worth it when you consider a single visit for us would have cost around £25.
Once we finished completing all the paperwork, the in-laws had still not arrived, so the kids and I set off on the NT’s “playful journey” while Daddy waited for his parents by the car park. The playful journey is a small trail over the fields with a handful of activities for the kids to do as you go around, walking across logs, climbing a mound, swinging on some ropes etc. By the time we had finished this, the others had arrived so we made our way round into the main house. I didn’t get to look at it in too much detail as I was supervising the monsters who were going round searching for magnifying glasses. If they found them all then they got a sticker from the shop. Just before you exit the house there is a room set up to replicate a Victorian Photography studio. So the kids got all dressed up in some Victorian garb and I got some pics of them against the draped background.
We then made our way out of the house and stopped off in the cafe. (well we sat outside as it was quite pleasant!) We had a lovely afternoon tea – traditional English fayre for me – well without the tea! The in-laws left after tea and we stayed on to explore the gardens. The kids had great fun running through the woods, skipping across the fields and looking out onto the ponds. All in all we had a lovely day out and I am really glad we have joined up as there are so many other places we can visit.