I can’t quite believe we’ve had our National Trust membership for a year already. We originally joined when we went to visit Montacute House in Somerset, as it was going to work out cheaper to join than it would to pay the entrance fee. We had been toying with the idea of joining for a while so it was a great opportunity to do so. It also meant we could take advantage of some free days out as we were saving to go to Walt Disney World again.
We have made great use of our National Trust membership over the past year, and didn’t think twice when it cam to renewing earlier this month. There are still so many different places we want to explore, however in the last year we have taken advantage of visiting Kingston Lacey on more than one occasion, and I think during every season of the year.
Corfe Castle has become one of our favourites, and despite not making it into the tea rooms yet, I think that’ll be on the to do list on our next visit. We have been to Corfe twice, once at Halloween and once in the Spring. It’s great that we can take Lola into every aspect of Corfe Castle with us.
When I was training for my 22 mile hike across the Jurassic coast, we often utilised the National Trust car park at Ringstead Bay as parking is free for members. Badbury Rings is also a firm favourite of ours for dog walks and leaving the car in the National Trust car park.
Venturing a little further afield, we have been to Mottisfont on a couple of occasions, and have plans to go again soon as there is so much space to run around and enjoy a day out.
As you can see we have been utilising our membership well. We will often plan to visit somewhere, but by having the free app from the National Trust, it is very easy to find properties and places to visit near us when we’ve been on days out elsewhere.
We have plenty of ideas on different places we still want to visit in the coming year. I’ve talked before about how the National Trust has saved us money, but also it’s great to join and support the good work they are doing with all the restoration and preservation projects.