Days out · National Trust · Outdoors


IMG_0006After being convinced by my parents a couple of years back that the National Trust wasn’t just OAPs and dusty old houses we decided to take the plunge and pay for membership.  I can honestly say we have definitely had our money’s worth!

Last week we headed to Tredegar house to tick off another activity in the kids “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4” scrapbooks.  50 things is a list of outside activities, compiled by the National Trust, that they think every child should have tried before they are 11 3/4.  Activities include things like ‘Rolling down a really big hill’ and ‘Build a den’.  You can pick up the scrapbook free at any National Trust property and then either complete them yourself or head along to one of their organised sessions to tick a specific activity off your list.

Number 47 – cooking on a campfire is something Monkey-boy and Mini-me absolutely love to do, so when we saw there was a session running at Tredegar House we donned our head to toe wet weather gear (our most worn outfits of the summer holidays to date) and went along.  Sessions run at set times throughout the day and are included in entry price (so if you’re a National Trust member you just flash your card and it feels like it’s free – always a bonus in the holidays when it feels like all I do is haemorrhage cash!)  Tickets for the timed sessions are given out on a first come first served basis, which means that the activities are never overcrowded.IMG_0011

The campfire was well organised, under a shelter to keep the rain off, with tree stumps for us to sit on and kneeling pads for the kids round the fire so no soggy knees.  They got to toast marshmallows and squidge them into s’mores between chocolate biscuits, and they even learned a bit about how long man has been using fire (a heck of a lot longer than any of thought!)  After they’d stuffed their faces, and the more organised grown ups had produced wet wipes to make their little darlings look slightly less feral, the older kids got to have a go starting a fire themselves.  Monkey-boy’s inner pyromaniac almost wet himself in excitement… I went straight home after and locked up the cotton wool and Vaseline, and changed the password on the Amazon account.  (Have since found many searches for fire starting flint in the iPad browser history!)

All in all it was a nice way to while away an hour or so on a rainy afternoon, with the added bonus of some yummy treats!

Mum says ” Well organised, kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and learned a thing or two whilst they were at it, if you’re a National Trust member then fantastic value for money, as parking, entry and the activity is all covered by your membership.”

Monkey-boy (9) says “It was really good fun, the fire lighting was really good, Mum won’t let me buy a flint because it’s dangerous!”

Mini-me has nothing to say on the subject as she’s currently sulking because she got bowled out in a game of cricket….

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