I’m starting to tire of looking out of the window to see, amazingly, another torrential downpour. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones that seem to dodge these grey days and can actually go outside without having to battle the wind over whether your umbrella should be inside-out or not. I, on the other hand, am staying optimistic and planning my to-do list for when the rain finally subsides. If you’re doing the same, or are one of those lucky few that have awoken to a clear day, the National Trust have some great locations for scenic family days out, with landscapes that will have you feeling like a professional photographer. You could even brave them in the rain, if you’re the weatherproof adventurous type that I wish I was.
Take an average beach day one step further by making it into a historical adventure. The Jurassic coastline stretches from Devon to Dorset, and holds layers upon layers of ancient artifacts including fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Climb to the highest point of the South Coast, Golden Cap, for a glittering sea view worth the effort.
Step into a fairytale at Corfe Castle, a one-thousand-year-old castle from the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646. The setting is as romantic as it is historically entertaining, and from 8th July – 28th August, you can time-travel back to the reign of Elizabeth I and meet characters from Tudor times at the Tudor Adventure.
Send your head into a spin as you try and work your way around the extensive maze at the heart of Glendurgan Garden, then take a stroll down to the sheltered beach in the idyllic village of Durgan. The Fish Cellar in the village is also worth a visit, and makes a comfy place to sit with an ice cream or hot drink whilst acquiring historical knowledge of Durgan and the Helford River.
With gardens and various entertainment, there’s plenty to make a day of at Dunham Massey. Bask in the sweetly fragrant Rose Garden in full bloom over summer, explore the historic landmarks and uncover the secrets of the House in the Torchlight, Treasures and Truths tour – revealing the story behind George Harry Booth-Grey, 7th Earl of Stamford, and Catharine Cox, who were shunned by Victorian society.
Map and compass in hand, walking through Hatfield Forest’s many routes can be a fun escapade with plenty of wildlife to watch out for. You could get even more active by bringing your bikes and cycling through every inch of the forest, possibly stopping off for a refreshing drink at the Forest Café whilst kids get the chance to build a forest den.
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