Over bank holiday weekend, the weather was absolutely glorious, so Myles and I decided to go to Calke Abbey for a walk around in the sunshine.
For those who don’t know, Calke Abbey is a beautiful stately home in Derbyshire, surrounded by parklands and walled gardens. It is actually known as the unstately home, as it has been preserved to look just the same as when the last person lived there. There are many walking opportunities, historical buildings and events that happen here, all owned and run by The National Trust.
The gardens there are my absolute favourite, I used to go quite often as a child with my mum and grandparents, where we ate many picnics and played many games of football and croquet! They always plant it so wonderfully, it’s great for photograph backdrops!
Whilst we were there, we ended up becoming a member of The National Trust. This allowed us free entry on the day and so many free days out across the UK.
As we fit into the 14-25 age bracket, we only had to pay £34.50 each for the year. With this, we can visit any National Trust Park, building or car park for a whole year without paying any more.
Some other places to visit in our area include:
Sudbury Hall & The Museum of Childhood
Biddulph Grange Gardens
I’ve always loved historical buildings, so of course I’m really looking forward to putting our membership cards to good use! These places look stunning don’t they?
Like I mentioned above, each member gets free access to over 500 gorgeous places. As well as helping to protect and upkeep them for future generations. Of course there’s also:
- Free parking at most National Trust car parks
- A National Trust Handbook full of ideas to help you plan a visit
- A National Trust Magazine sent to you three times a year
- Regular newsletters sent straight to your inbox
After doing more research, I’m actually really excited to be a member! There’s so many days out we can go on now, all for free!
Have you got a National Trust membership? Ever been to Calke Abbey?
Why not check out my Calke Abbey post from last year?
Love Charlie x