I am in no way, shape or form associated to the National Trust, apart from being a member. They haven’t asked me to do this and there’s no freebie for me for writing this.

However, I do want to make a point and I want you to listen.

If you’re a family with young children (or older even), my best advice to you is become a member of the National Trust.

Why I hear you ask?

Because you and your kids will never, ever forget it. Whether it’s beaches, woodlands or stately manor homes that you like, each and every one of the National Trust assets is breathtaking.

All Saint’s Church on the Claydon Estate

And here’s the really interesting bit…by showing your children everything the trust has to offer, you are leaving them with a legacy. You are committing to a charity that aims to preserve as much as possible, of the beautifully restored properties and open spaces for future generations. They can’t do this without your membership.

In this modern world, we constantly see headlines saying children should play outside more. Well, us adults need some fresh air too and nothing quite beats a woodland walk or running across some of England’s beautiful coastlines.


As a family, we now plan our weekends around National Trust properties and friends who have recently joined up are doing the same. The kids always learn something new and see a time when our ancestors lived a different life without technology – all the more to appreciate nowadays.


The people who founded the National trust 122 years ago cared about this country’s heritage, and it is up to us as citizens to keep that dream going.


And the final incentive? The cafes usually serve up the nicest scones with clotted cream and jam. Pair that with a hot cuppa and it’s happy days!


Have a lovely weekend!

Petra x