When you have young children, a lot of your time I spent out and about. My kids love to run around and enjoy the fresh air; it’s just a bonus that it tires them out isn’t it?! So since having children, our National Trust membership has been our best friend.
We live in Surrey and there are a lot of National Trust sites around. I know they are in every county but we seem to have a higher proportion than most. Some of them are just parks and land and others are estates and country houses. We have been to a fair few of them, as in the spring and summer months, we tend to visit one every weekend. So if you are thinking of doing the same in the coming months, I just thought I’d share with your the sites that we have visited and the ones that we think are worth a trip to.
Box Hill, Tadworth
This doesn’t have a country house to visit or anything but it is definitely worth a visit. Your membership means that you can park for free (£4 for the day without membership). There are lots of walks that start at the top of Box Hill. They are all varying lengths and for different expertise. We usually do the kiddy trail for obvious reasons and it is set up along the way with different things for the kids to climb, walk on or play with. It has stunning views over the Dorking and Westhumble areas too as you are pretty high up at the top.
Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
Polesden Lacey has such stunning grounds to explore. It often hosts different things like Jazz afternoons and plays. There is a children’s play area too with a giant chess board and climbing frames. If you want to visit inside the house, then you can learn all about the lady that lived there snd the parties that she use to host- such Edwardian glamour! You can spend quite a few hours here so if you go on a sunny day, take a picnic and make a day of it.
Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher
It is described as ‘a garden for all seasons’. It is, as you might imagine, large gardens to walk around. It has a large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere tower. Look out for the Thatched Cottage that with fun toys, games, picnic rugs and dressing up clothes.
Hatchlands Park, Guildford
Th park near Guildford has 400 acres of parkland and woodland which makes it one of the largest country estates in the area. There are walks that you can follow follow as well as see the areas of the garden that partly landscaped by Humphry Repton. There is also natural adventure area for children. You can visit the mansion too, which houses a large collection of of paintings and furniture.
Have you ever been to any of these? I’d love to hear what you think.
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