The British summertime is a great opportunity to get out and explore our vast and vivid heritage to learn more about past kings and queens.
With eleven hundred years of history, Warwick Castle has seen its fair share of battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights and even dragons.
Jousting may not have been an Olympic sport at London 2012, but the horseback heroes at Warwick Castle could surely triumph in any arena. On River Island in the River Avon, Britain's best jousting knights do battle twice each day in front of cheering grounds and with the backdrop of 1,000 years of history. The setting is quintessentially English: landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown gently banking to the river's edge, ancient trees providing shade from the sun and vibrant peacocks showing off.
Up on the Towers and Ramparts the views across Warwick and Warwickshire stretch as far as the eye can see - imagine how far a medieval archer could fire his arrows - while down in the Courtyard the Warwick Warriors do battle with real swords and axes.
After the thrill of The Castle Dungeon - the Witches of Warwick are especially eerie - The Rose Garden offers a peaceful spot to enjoy an alfresco lunch, and The Great Hall with its magnificent displays of armour and treasure is the perfect place to learn a little more about the kings and queen whose destinies are so entwined with the Castle's stories and legends.
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.Read more