Come renewal day we ask ourselves is the annual National Trust membership worth the money? Within a heartbeat me & Dadtired both agreed.
Pre-children I may have given you a different answer!
Since having the children we’ve always felt the need to get out and about; to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s just for an hour or two. This is when I really feel our National Trust membership is worth the money.
Coming home after a long car journey we had a two hour window before the sun went down. The children just needed to escape & the playground at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, ticked all the boxes.
It’s not somewhere we usually consider for a short trip out but with our membership card, entry & parking is free making it great value for money.
We had no set agenda & just happened to be going past one of the most majestic houses in Oxfordshire. Membership allows us to just drop in & enjoy this wonderful setting for an hour or two without feeling pressured to spend the full day.
And that’s what we did.
The children used their scooters to get around, which I didn’t know was allowed. But they were waved on by the staff and the children couldn’t have been happier. Mademoiselle’s logic was it would take less time to get to the play area. However she forget to factor in that me or Dadtired don’t have scooters!
As it was late in the day the children’s playarea was all theirs. It’s so lovely to see them playing together so well, and it reminds me that although Mademoiselle is growing up, she still enjoys just getting out and about with her brother.
They climbed everything & ran everywhere and generally uncurled themselves from the car journey.
Little Mister was in a particularly cheeky mood demonstrating photo bombing at its best!
So is the National Trust Membership worth the money?
We’d say yes in, for sure. There are over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves to explore, so you’re bound to be close to one or two. Each is also so large, with different features and often has bespoke, seasonal events going on so it’s unlikely you’ll ever get bored.
Members also get a quarterly NT magazine detailing what’s going on nationally and locally and the ‘What to do before you’re 113/4’ ideas are just great!
For us the National Trust membership is worth the money, whether for long days exploring the house and short scooter trips around the park. Either way I’m glad we renewed our membership.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.