Tomorrow sees the start of a week-long celebration of events showcasing the very best of British experiences across the country in English Tourism Week.
As a nation, we are so lucky to be blessed with a wide-range of wonderful attractions from National Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society, to award-winning Blue Flag beaches and historic landmarks to iconic landscapes. The choice is positively overwhelming. So where to begin?
Luckily, I’ve teamed up with a whole host of top UK bloggers to bring you a round-up of the best places to visit with the kids. The hard part is getting to them all!
For me and my family, we like to take short trips to explore the surrounding countryside – and it’s amazing what you find right on your own doorstep. Just a few miles outside of London is a wealth of open spaces that are simply breathtaking. We’re members of the National Trust, who look after over 350 sites across Britain. Alongside its members and 62,000 volunteers, they’re doing a sterling job preserving the country’s green spaces, coastlines, woodlands, historic houses, gardens and monuments – all the while, providing families with hours of outdoor fun.
Here are our three favourite National Trust sites in the south east:
Box Hill in Leatherhead is a summit of the North Downs and takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. We go regularly – sometimes to enjoy the stunning views across Surrey but more often than not to take Monkey along their excellent Nature Trail. Using the woodland around from tree trunk assault courses, ropes swings and dens – the walk takes you around a circuit over the pretty stepping stones across the river. We never fail to have enjoy visiting Box Hill whatever the weather – each season brings its own rewards.
Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life. Not only can you discover more about Churchill’s life through the tour of his historic house but it’s the estate and the gardens that we love exploring. Meanwhile, the beautiful black swans on the lake, the kitchen gardens, the swings, Canadian Camp, Doormouse Den and Bomb Crater situated north of the estate are fantastic for children.
Not only do you get rolling green fields and hills at Nymans, there are shady woodland nooks – with an educational trail for children amongst the various kid-friendly activities on offer, and the magnificent Lime Avenue, which is flanked by giant lime trees. But the main attraction at Nymans has to be its gardens. There’s a rock garden, sunk garden, heather garden, top garden, rose garden and walled garden.
Meanwhile, check out these wonderful posts for more ideas about where to take the kids for family days out:
• Sam from North East Family Fun shares her top three English Heritage properties to visit with kids featuring Stonehenge, Bolsover Castle and Hadrian’s Wall
• Helen at Actually Mummy tells us about three great days out for families in London.
• From castles to yurts, over on A Residence Penny shares three awesome places to stay with the family in Warwick, Somerset and the Lake District
• Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos shares her favourite educational but fun family days out. Featuring Warwick Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Blists Hill Victorian Town
• Jane from Practically Perfect Mums shows off three fabulously family friendly places to stay in the South West of England and they’re all spacious enough to accommodate a family of five!
• Karen at Mini Travellers shares three Child Friendly National Trust properties to visit with Kids near Chester
• Yorkshire Girl, Jo Addison, shares her favourite family days out in her home county
• Over at Mums do travel, Gretta focuses on South East England in her post about the attractions of London, Kent and the Isle of Wight
• Erin from Yorkshire Tots shares three family adventure trails in Yorkshire where you can follow in the ‘footsteps’ of Stickman, re-tell the story of the Room on the Broom, and enjoy tunnels slides, bridges and beams on an amazing welly walk
• Cathy at MummyTravels heads to the coast with three of her favourite family-friendly seaside attractions in Devon, Cornwall and Brighton, including the chance to spot giant octopus and be an Elizabethan explorer
• Alison, Helen, Penny and Katie from Space in Your Case pick three of their favourite cool places to take kids, glamp at the zoo, hire a beach hut or be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest