As those who follow the blog will probably have guessed, we are enthusiastic members of The National Trust. We visit our local properties almost weekly and try and seek out places to utilise our membership when we go further afield. We particularly enjoy taking part in all the additional family fun and activities that many places put on in the school holidays.
I’ve gathered together some information on what the local properties have going on in the February half term. Entry to the properties is included in membership, while the extra activities normally have a small additional charge. Non-members will usually have to pay entrance and activity fees. Please check with each property before planning a trip!
We love Castle Drogo and have enjoyed many visits despite the ongoing restoration and building works. In the summer we took part in their ‘Sports Day’ trail and had so much old-fashioned fun! For the half term holidays, you can participate in the Castle Drogo Fairy Trail around their gardens, visit their cafe, play in the play area, walk to Fingle Bridge or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the castle (no general access currently available).
Killerton House is our nearest National Trust property and we spend many happy hours exploring every corner of the estate! From walking in Ashclyst Forest or Danes Wood, to playing above Ellerhayes Bridge or visiting Clyston Mill and Budlake Post Office, we always have a brilliant time.
Every summer we enjoy the Wicked Wednesdays, and look forward to finding out the themes this year! In this half term, the house reopens and there is a Flower Trail around the gardens.
A La Ronde is a very special place, fascinating for children and adults and surrounded by lovely things to see – shells, sea views, art work and gardens. The delicious cakes from the tea rooms are a big draw for me too! In the summer we had a great time at their activity days, so have no doubt that their half term Mouse Hunt and Games Trail will be fantastic fun too!
Knightshayes near Tiverton has extensive grounds, parkland and woods and is a great place to really burn off some energy. There are now 2 play areas – the new ‘Four Oaks’ is especially brilliant, and free to visit (car park charges apply).
Knightshayes have a programme planned for Half Term Havoc and different outdoor activities will be available each day. Parts of the main house will also be open, and there is a visitor centre with cafe and gift shop too.
Wherever you go, and whatever you get up to, I hope you have a brilliant time!