I officially became a national trust member a few weeks ago; something I never thought I would be. This year the girls and I have found ourselves out and about enjoying walking, exploring and picnics a hell of a lot more it just made sense to get a national trust membership. There are so many great places nearby to us which we were going to and paying for regularly, having the membership just gives us the freedom to pop to the ones locally when ever we fancy but it’s also made me think about setting our sights a little further and planning some days out for the year ahead.
I thought what better than share our National Trust adventures with you all as we go. First stop Hinton Ampner; just outside of Southampton. We packed up a picnic wrapped up and off we headed off to check out their christmas trail.
We went and picked up our trail maps (£2 each) and got stuck in. The trail saw us searching the gorgeous grounds and gardens for 25 red post boxes, we then referred back to our work sheets and answered a simple Christmasy question!
The christmas spirit was all around us at Hinton Ampner the girls loved it.
For all the toys the own and exciting (usually expensive) days out they can go my girls love nothing more than running around outside and having some freedom.
The trail lead us up to Hinton Ampner house so we headed in to have a little snoop around. Stepping through the door into these kinds of manor houses just instantly transport you back to a different era, they’re always kept to such a high standard with people around to tell you all about the history behind it all.
The trail wasn’t all that long, despite their being 25 questions to answer the boxes were placed quite close together it made it the perfect length for younger children. They didn’t get bored, they didn’t get too tired and were so happy with their candy cane reward on completion.
Hinton Ampner has good facilities for families; a cafe, plenty of toilets even a little sweet shop! We had a really fun day out and would definitely recommend as great spot for exploring, I think it will especially appeal to those with younger children as their is lots to see and the walk isn’t too long at all.