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Take a bank Holiday breather with National Trust

Whatever the weather, enjoy the last days of summer by exploring the great outdoors at some of the best National Trust places in the country. Keep the kids entertained all weekend long with a whole host of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities or learn a new skill, from archery and rock climbing to Geocaching in the countryside. Whether it's beautiful sunshine or pouring with rain, here's a taster of some National Trust places where you can get away from it all this August bank holiday.

East of England

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Rockpool Ranger, 31 August, 2pm - 4pm

On Sheringham seafront, this hands-on exploration for weird and wonderful rock pool creatures will open up an underwater world to kids. Tick off some '50 things to do before you're 11 and ¾' by checking creatures in a rock pool and catching a fish. Discover the tidal pools and beach to find some amazing marine life including netting shrimps, catching crabs and digging for worms.

Price: Child £4.50, Adult (accompanying) £2.50 (booking essential)

For more information, please call 01263 820550

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Anglo Saxon Combat, 29 - 31 August, 11am - 4.30pm

Meet Anglo Saxon characters as they teach the rules of combat with popular re-enactment group Ealdfaeder. Learn how to swing a sword, fire an arrow and dance with a spear at the ancient Sutton Hoo site. Plan a raid on another kingdom using a giant map, or simply take a wander and soak in this fun day out for all the family.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01394 389714

National Trust - image by Oskar Proctor National Trust - image by Oskar Proctor

Wales

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Bowbrook Have-a-Go Archery, 29 August, 11am - 4pm

Budding Robin Hoods can have a go at archery this August Bank Holiday at Chirk Castle. The Bowbrook Archery Club will be on hand to help anyone who has never picked up a bow before, and those who can split their opponent's arrow 'in twain'. Families can enjoy this great opportunity to have fun with a beautiful, atmospheric backdrop. It's not guaranteed you'll hit the target, but it'll be good fun trying!

Price: £2 for six arrows. Optional tuition included in price (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01691 777701

Tredegar House, Wales

August Bank Holiday, 29 - 31 August, 11am - 4pm

For a perfect way to soak up the bank holiday sun, Tredegar House will be stepping back in time to the 1930s for a rip roaring weekend of traditional lawn games, period music and activities. Experience a Tredegar House garden party set in the Jazz Age, when the house was renowned for wild parties and exotic animal menageries.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01633 815880

London & South East

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

The Great Hinton Maze, until 31 August, 10am - 5pm

Find what's hidden in the middle of this giant straw bale maze in the ancient parkland. In celebration of Hinton Ampner's Big Dig summer excavation to unearth its original Tudor house, there are plenty of family activities on offer. Kids can discover an Indiana Jones-style adventure trail around the gardens.

Price: Free (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01962 771305

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex

'50 things To Do Before You're 11 ¾' - Tracker Week, 24 - 30 August, 11am - 4pm

Hunt for bugs, track wild animals, make a home creepy crawlies, check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool, catch a crab or just enjoy some family fun at this fantastic coastal spot. Countryside rangers will be there to lead activities and lend a hand. With over 500 acres of open grassland rich with butterflies and downland flowers, there is plenty of space to wear the kids out. Join one of these drop-in events throughout the week.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01323 423197

Chartwell, Kent

Churchill Family Hobby Trail, 29 - 31 August, 10am - 4pm

As one of the Nation's most famous prime ministers, Winton Churchill was a very busy man, but he also had a lot of hobbies. In his family home at Chartwell, discover his love of painting, architecture and animals on an interactive, child-friendly trail. Chartwell was a place for Winston to relax and enjoy being outdoors. Find his favourite spots, with the chance to tick off some '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities along the way.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01732 868381

Midlands

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Canoe Hire, 30 - 31 August, 11am - 4pm

Paddle through the picture-perfect parkland at Attingham in this fun day out for all the family with no experience required. Steer a canoe along the bends of the River Tern from the mansion house along to the suspension bridge. Keep an eye out for ducks, swans, flitting dragonflies or even otters.

Price: £10 (Suitable for people with little or no previous experience)

For more information, please call 01743 708148

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

999 Emergency Services Day, 30 August, 10am - 4pm

The beautiful surroundings of Clumber will host Britain's emergency response vehicles and equipment this August Bank Holiday. From dogs to dive units, fire engines to forensics and rescue boats to road traffic collision demonstrations, there'll be something to grab the attention of everyone for a fantastic day out with the family. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) HART team will join forces to put on a big show of 999 emergency services.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01909 544917

Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Lady Labouchere's Teddy Bears' Picnic, 30 - 31 August, 11am - 5.30pm

'If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise'. Little ones can bring their favourite cuddly toys to Lady Labouchere's birthday tea party. Lady Labouchere was born in 1908 and often threw a Teddy Bears' Picnic to celebrate her birthday. Follow the clues to find the bears in the garden and see her very own teddy in the Hall. Face painting, Punch & Judy, children's crafts and games and a party fayre in the tea room will all be on offer, making this a great day out for all ages.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01746 780866

Northern Ireland

The Argory, County Armagh

Victorian Tea Party, 30 August, Afternoon tea sittings: 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm

You're invited to step back to the 1800s to see what really went on behind closed doors in this atmospheric Irish gentry house. Get the gossip from the Housekeeper and the Lady's Maid and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of Victorian delights. Build an appetite first by exploring the 320 acre wooded riverside estate and completing some of your '50 things to do before you're 11 and ¾', such as climbing a tree or building a den.

Price:

Adult £15, Child £7.50 (member adult £10, member child £5.00)

Booking essential

For more information, please call 028 8778 4753

North East

Low Newton, Northumberland

Beach Fun Day, 30 August, 10am - 1pm

Tick off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11 and ¾' on a fun filled day at the beach where kids can catch a crab, hold a scary beast, check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool and jump over waves. Join the rangers for a ramble on one of the country's most beautiful beaches where you can hunt for crabs, sea urchins, lobster and discover what other creatures might be hiding amid the seaweed.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01289 389244

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

'50 things To Do Before You're 11 ¾' - Rock Pool Ramble, 31 August, 10.30am - 1pm

Craggy rocks and rocky shoreline make this the perfect place to fish in rock pools. Join coastal rangers on the hunt for crabs, sea urchins, lobsters and other critters that hide amidst the seaweed on Northumberland's peaceful coastline below the iconic castle. From a former fort to the holiday home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor, this idyllic spot has intrigued and inspired for centuries.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01289 389244

North West

Wray Castle, Cumbria

Geocaching Mondays, 20, 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August, 10am - 4pm

Head off on a modern treasure hunt at Wray Castle, in this great opportunity to get the family outdoors and exploring Wray Castle's grounds. Follow the trails around the grounds and along the lakeshore keeping an eye out for the caches. National Trust helpers will be there to lend geocaching kit and offer hints and tips but don't worry; they won't give the game away.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 015394 33250

Wray Castle - National Trust - Image by Arnhel De Serra Wray Castle - National Trust - Image by Arnhel De Serra

Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Lord and Lady Pompous, 29 - 31 August, 1pm - 4pm

Look out for the outrageously entertaining stilt-walking 'Aristocrats' as you enjoy promenading through the 18th century water garden as the pleasure-seeking Georgians would have done. Pick up a 'Marvellously magical Folly! map' to explore the secrets of Folly! with strange surprises and magical goings on around every corner. On Saturday dress up as a monk and tag along on a family abbey tour to find out what life was like for the monks who lived there in the Middle Ages abbey. They had to keep silent, only ate one meal a day and always wore the same clothes... Behind the ruins, green lawns stretch down to the riverside making a perfect spot for a picnic.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01765 608888

Yorkshire Coast, North Yorkshire

Geocaching Taster Day: Hayburn Wyke, 30 August, 10.30am - 2pm

Kids can try a treasure hunt in this fun outdoors GPS trail for all ages. With its very own double waterfall tumbling down onto the shore, this secret bay is a good spot to cool off under the falls surrounded by lush green vegetation. The National Trust rangers have teamed up with the North York Moors National Park Authority to come up with a 1 ½ mile route. Use a GPS unit to search for hidden boxes and clues.

Price: £5 (£20 returnable deposit plus proof of ID required)

For more information, please call 01439 772738

South West

Brownsea Island, Dorset

A Pirate Adventure, 28 - 30 August, 10am - 4pm

Brownsea is turning back into a hideout for pirates, with piratical family activities taking place over the summer. Follow in the footsteps of shipwrecked pirates on a free trail and hear tales of an invasion from local storyteller Michele O'Brien. Centuries ago it was rumoured that captains of Brownsea Castle gave protection to notorious pirates in return for a share of their booty.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01202 707744

Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Seashore Forage and Feast, 29 August, 10.30am - 2.30pm

Join the Lizard National Trust Rangers for a forage around Poltesco and along the seashore. Find out how to identify edible wild plants and help to prepare your lunch with the rangers over the fire. This is a hands-on day of discovery and learning new skills, and you will never look at a beach in the same way again. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes for climbing on rocks.

Price: Adult £10, Child £5 (booking essential)

For more information, please call 01326 561407

Tyntesfield, Bristol

Revolution! 2015, 24, 25, 29, 30 & 31 August, 10am - 4pm

Step back in time to life as a soldier during great struggle for power in America. The grounds will come alive to the sights and sounds of King George III's army. Kids can help bring to life one of Tyntesfield's portraits and celebrate 240 years since the Battle of Bunker Hill. The day will finish with a grand skirmish, which pits His Majesty's army against the American independence fighters. This event is in association with the Society of King George the Third, Crown Forces and the Lexington Minutemen.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01275 461 900

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