If you're stuck for things to do to why not check out the National Trust's website of '50 Things to do before you're 113/4' which they have relaunched this week with 15 new things added to the list and if you sign your children up to the website they can unlock secret challenges and games as they do more of the 50 things. They have some great ideas to get the kids outside and active like fly a kite (no. 7) or create some wild art (no. 18). There is something for everybody and all weathers and although it is promoted by the National Trust you don't have to go to one of their properties to do them - no 13 is 'make a mud pie' - you can do that in the back garden and it's especially fun if it's been raining! Chris Evans has done a brilliant synopsis of the 50 things here on an Audioboo -
Petworth House and Park in West Sussex which we visited a couple of weekends ago on the National Trust Free Day Out. It is an enormous stately home still lived in by Lord and Lady Egremont, set in beautiful grounds laid out by Capability Brown complete with a lake, a herd of deer and several follies. The only problem we had that it was so popular that weekend that the car park was full so we had to park over the road and walk across a green to get there. We started off with lunch in the restaurant (set in a stunning hall) to make sure we had plenty of energy and then we set off to explore the house.
|lunch in that big hall|
|Trying to make butter!!|
|Grand spot for dressing up!|
|Running down that hill|
We enjoyed exploring the old boat house and the follies, running down a big hill and clambering around on trees whilst I admired the lovely flowers in the gardens and of course took a few pictures. As usual the girls had to be dragged away and really didn't want to come home.
|The Lake (and a dog)|
If you want some alternatives to the National Trust then how about one of these ideas on this handy graphic from Moneysupermarket - there's some deals and the results of a survey on the 'days out habits' of families in Britain - looks like we like our days out but we also love a bargain!
Image source: MoneySupermarket Travel Insurance
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