Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Our National Trust Membership.

We'd been talking about getting a National Trust membership for sometime. My birthday came along and Mr A kindly surprised me with our joint membership. I don't think I've ever even so excited about such an "adult" present! 

I really feel like it's given us more freedom to explore and a good excuse to get outside no matter the weather. And we couldn't have joined at a better time. Not only is it a little warmer outside but the hubby is now off for the school holidays, we're getting every opportunity to visit new places. 

So far we've explored a few places in Cheshire Quarry Bank Mill and Dunham Massey. Quarry Bank Mill was a great day out, we walked around the mill and Violet watched the machinery demonstrations. Then we explored the gardens, which are beautiful and of course V adored the water running through. We will definitely be heading back again over the summer. 

Dunham Massey is somewhere we've always loved since moving to the North West. Dunham has gorgeous grounds where deer roam free but we've never actually been through to the paid entry areas. Of course with our membership, we got free parking and enters to the property and the gardens. We had a home-made picnic on the grass and Violet was free to practice her walking and to give her new SmarTrike* a good run around.  She loved the fact we were dining alfresco and that she could watch their children playing. As always the ducks and geese were her highlight of the day! 

When adding up the cost to entry the buildings, gardens and parking at both NT properties, we've easily got our few months of money worth. I could 100% recommend a National Trust membership and we will absolutely be continuing this as Violet gets older. I already have a list as long as my arm to visit over the new few weeks!

Do you have any NT recommendations?

Katie xx


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