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Lots on this spring with National Trust

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Ashridge Estate

Near Berkhamsted. HP4 1LT
Tel: 01442 851227
Half-term trail and craft
Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb 10am-3pm
Follow a trail through the woods about hibernating animals before heading inside for a craft.
Child £3

Exhibition: Citizen Science
Sat 30 Mar – Feb 2020
New exhibition focusing on wildlife surveying and citizen science. The exhibition is open every day during visitor centre opening hours.

Easter crafts
Mon 8 – Fri 12 Apr 10am-4pm
Make and decorate an Easter craft at the visitor centre.
£2 per craft

Gentle Stroll: Signs of Spring
Wed 10 Apr 10.30am-12.30pm
Join knowledgeable volunteers for a walk to look for signs of spring.
£3

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt:
Early bird
Mon 15 – Thu 18 Apr 10am-4pm
Beat the crowds for the Easter trail at a reduced price and receive a chocolate egg prize at the end.
Trail £3

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr 10am-4pm
Complete the Easter trail and receive a chocolate egg prize at the end.
Trail £5

Dockey Wood bluebells
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Apr, Sat 4 – Mon 6 May 10am-4pm
Bring your National Trust card to get free entry to Dockey Wood to see the bluebells over our two peak weekends.

Watercolour workshops
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Apr 1-4pm
Join local artist Liz Rogers to create a painting of the Ashridge bluebells. Materials and refreshments provided.
Adult £30 B 01442 851227

Gentle Stroll: Bluebells
Wed 1 May 10.30am-12.30pm
Join volunteers for a gentle guided walk to see the wonderful bluebells.
£3

Bluebell walks
Thu 2 May , 6-7.30pm
& Sat 4 May 10.30am-12.30pm
Walks led by rangers and volunteers to see the best of the bluebells.
Adult £8, Child £5 B 01442 851227

Boarstall Duck Decoy

Near Bicester. HP18 9UX
Tel: 01280 817156

Natural play
Sat 9 – Sun 31 Mar
11am-5pm
Come and test your skills of outdoor play, balance and adventure. We’ve installed new equipment in the woodland for the family to explore.

Bluebell season
Mon 1 Apr – Sun 19 May 11am-5pm
Take in the simple pleasure of a woodland walk with bluebells marking spring’s arrival. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friend to enjoy it too.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr
11am-5pm
Discover nature’s clues along the route to win your way to a chocolatey prize.
Trail £2

Ranger’s bluebell walk
Sat 27 Apr 11.30am-12.30pm
See the best of the bluebells on a guided walk and discover the work that goes on to promote and care for these favoured flowers.
£2 B 0344 249 1895

Claydon

Near Buckingham. MK18 2EY
Tel: 01296 730349

Waxercise
Tue 22 , Wed 23, Tue 29 & Wed 30 Jan
10am–2pm
Spend a few hours helping the conservation team wax the floors in this special place.
£12 B 0344 249 1895

Behind the scenes tours
Sat & Sun 9-10 & 16-17 Feb
11.30am & 1.30pm
Join the conservation team to find out what goes on behind the scenes.
£5 B 0344 249 1895

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr 11am-4pm
Discover what it takes to look after the house. Follow the clues to claim your chocolate prize.
Trail £2.50

Georgian Dancers
Sun 10 & 24 Mar 1.30-3pm
Enjoy watching the Cowper & Newton Dancers bring eighteenth century dance to life.

Mother’s day book art workshop
Sat & Sun 30 – 31 Mar 11:30am–1pm
Make your mum a small bouquet of book art flowers.
£7 B 0344 249 1895

Cliveden

Taplow. SL1 8NS
Tel: 01628 605069

Snowdrop walk
Early Feb – Mar (dependent on flowering)
Follow our planned walk around the estate to see the first signs of nature awakening.

Guided walk:
What do gardeners do in the winter?
Wed 6 Feb 2-4pm
Get behind-the-scenes tips and a souvenir to take home from Cliveden’s Head Gardener. Tea, coffee and light refreshments included.
£15 B 0344 249 1895

February half-term trail
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
10am-2.30pm
Wrap up warm and get outdoors with our children’s trail, and make your own craft to take home.
£2

The Gilded Gardens
Mar – Apr
Take part in Cliveden’s very first daffodil spectacle as more than a million narcissi spring up across the estate.

Beginners’ floristry workshops
Wed 13, 20 & 27 March
10.30am-1.30pm
Learn how to make the most of early spring flowers and make your own creation to take home. Tea, coffee and light refreshments included.
£40 B 0344 249 1895

Bluebell walk
Apr – May (dependent on flowering)
Follow our planned walk around the estate to see the blanket of purple.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr 10am-3.30pm
Hop into spring with this nature-themed trail, complete with chocolate treat.
£3

Letters to Nancy
Thu 25 Apr – Sat 30 Nov
The inaugural exhibition of ‘Nancy Astor: Vigour, vitality & cheek’ in conjunction with Reading University.
Read letters from the private collection of the first female MP to take her seat.

Statue trail: Politics in Art
Thu 25 Apr – Sat 30 Nov
Curator Oonagh Kennedy explores ‘politics in art’ through Cliveden’s world-renowned statuary collection.

Dawn Chorus
Sat 27 Apr, 11 & 18 May 5.30-8.30am
Enjoy this guided walk and hear early-morning birdsong, followed by breakfast.
£25 B 0344 249 1895

Hughenden

High Wycombe. HP14 4LA
Tel: 01494 755573

Behind the scenes: Garden tour
Wed 9, 16 & 23 Jan 11am-12noon
Join Hughenden’s gardener on a guided winter walk through the gardens.
£4 B 0344 249 1895

Exhibition: The royal gifts of Hughenden
Sat 26 Jan – Fri 22 Nov 11am-3pm
Benjamin Disraeli was Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister. Discover the stories behind the gifts she gave him.

Behind the scenes: manor tour
Thu 31 Jan, Thu 28 Feb, Thu 28 Mar & Thu 25 Apr 11am-12noon
Take a sneak peep into the collection store rooms and see conservation work in action.
£4 B 0344 249 1895

Winter forester walk
Tue 12 Feb 10am-12noon
Join a Ranger for a guided walk through Hughenden’s German forest, includes lunch.
£15 B 0344 249 1895

Exhibition: Death and memorium
Mon 18 Feb – Fri 22 Nov 11am-3pm
Discover the curious world of Victorian funerary traditions and explore items in Hughenden’s collection relating to Disraeli’s demise.

Half term: Build a bug a home
Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb 10.30am-4pm
Make a woodland creature its own hibernation house. Come along and get crafting in Hughenden’s Studybase.
Child £3

World Book Day weekend
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Mar 11am-5pm
Dress as your favourite book character for story-time in Hughenden’s Victorian dressing up room. Head to the shop to spend your £1 token.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Mon 8 Apr – Mon 22 Apr
10am-4pm
Hunt for giant eggs in the gardens and receive a chocolate prize. Trail suitable for little ones and older explorers.
Child £3

Trail trackers
Tue 9, Tue 16 Apr & Wed 29 May
10.30am – 12noon

Join our Ranger, become a ‘mini-ranger, and explore the wildlife trails and tracks.
Child £4 B 0344 249 1895
Great Big Tree Climb
Thu 11 & 18 Apr & 30 May 10am-5pm
Join expert instructors for an adventure into the canopy of a giant horse chestnut.
£20 B bigtreeclimbing.co.uk

Stowe

Near Buckingham. MK18 5EQ
Tel: 01280 817156

Family explorers
Available daily until end of May.
Pick up a brand new guide – get the kids closure to nature with Winter Wanders and Spring Seekers to achieve some of the ‘50 things’ challenges.

‘Stowedrops’ and spring flowers
Tue 1 Jan – Sun 31 Mar 10am-4/5pm
As spring develops find pockets of flowers blooming throughout the gardens, pick up a spotters map.

Man’s best friend monthly dog walks
Third Wed of each month
10.30am-12noon
Join the dogs of Stowe on a paw patrol with a different theme and leader each month.

Half-term trail:
Magical monuments
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 10am-3pm
Can your little detectives fill in the gaps about the moved, missing or simply magical temples and monuments?
Trail £2 inc prize

Wild Wednesdays
Wed 20 Feb, 10 & 17 Apr
10.30am-12noon
Join the nature team for ‘50 things’ activities. Session themes vary.
£2 B 0344 249 1895

Spring trail: Stowe’s nature hotel
Sat 6 – Thu 18 Apr 10am-4pm
The gardens are home to creatures, big and small. Can you work out which animal is staying in which room?
Trail £2 inc prize

Climb Lord Cobham’s Pillar
Wed 20 & Thu 21 Mar 11.30am-3.30pm
Ascend 140 steps to the highest vantage point in the gardens for a great view.
£5 B 0344 249 1895

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr
10am-4pm
Stowe’s spring babies are having a birthday bash to celebrate 30 years of the National Trust at Stowe. Join them and claim your chocolate prize.
£3

Dawn chorus walks
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Apr 5-7.30am
Experience the birdsong and wildlife chatter on a walk before we open. Breakfast included.
£16 B 0344 249 1895

Gothic Temple open day
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Apr
10am-4pm
Take a rare chance to see inside this iconic temple, usually a holiday cottage.

Waddesdon Manor

Near Aylesbury. HP18 0JH
Tel: 01296 820414

Winter weekends
Sat 5 Jan – Sun 24 Mar 10am-4pm Weekends only
Explore the gardens and wider estate with walks and trails.

Artisan food market
Sat 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 Mar & 13 Apr
10am-2pm
Browse over 40 local stalls for fresh, seasonal produce every second Saturday of the month.

February half term
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
In association with Thames Valley Orienteering Club, join us for a week of muddy adventure this half term.
Child £3

Family cookery school
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
11.30am-3.30pm
Have fun with the kids by whipping up tasty creations this half term.
£25 B 01296 820414

Waddesdon pudding club
Sat 9 Mar 12noon-2pm
Dig into a five course tasting menu of desserts, complemented by a flight of wines, served in the Manor restaurant.
£55 B 01296 820414

House reopens
From Wed 27 Mar
Explore inside the Manor as it opens after its winter season of conservation.

Tours and trails
From 27 Mar Wed-Sun
Enjoy a selection of self-guided trails as well as tours of the house and grounds led by our expert guides.

Mothering Sunday
Sun 31 Mar
Treat your mother to something special with a sparkling afternoon tea served in the Manor restaurant.
Adult £25 Child £10
B 01296 820414

Stargazing
Sat 6 Apr 7.30pm-midnight
Enjoy an evening of stargazing and dinner.
Adult £40 B 01296 820414

Spring trail and activities
Sat 6 – Thu 18 Apr
Explore nature at Waddesdon with an outdoor trail and Spring-themed activities over the school holidays.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr 10am-4pm
Follow the Easter trail around the grounds exploring nature through the ages to collect your chocolatey prize.
Child £3

OXFORDSHIRE

Greys Court

Near Henley-on-Thames.  RG9 4 PG Tel: 01491 628529

Bluebells and wisteria

Dates are dependent on flowering, please check website nearer the time.

Care, Clean and Conserve: Behind the scenes with the house team

Tue 1 Jan – Thu 28 Feb

Discover how we care for the collection, with tours, displays and more.

Winter tree walk with Leo the Ranger

Wed 13 Feb  11am

Join Leo the Ranger for a walk around Greys Court to learn to identify trees without leaves.

£3  B  online

February half-term trail

Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

Explore the estate and learn about the work we do to protect it. £2

Bluebells: discover a blue carpet

Apr – May (dependent on flowering)

Pick up a map from reception and head to Spinney woods to discover a vibrant carpet of bluebells.

Bluebells: Photography evenings

Select dates in Mar & Apr

Bring your camera and join our resident photographer for a photo shoot in the bluebell woods.

£15  B  online

Dog walks with Leo the Ranger

Sun 17 Mar & Wed 3 Apr 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Meet Leo the ranger and his dog Buddy to discover great dog-friendly walks across the estate, whilst leaving our wildlife and cattle undisturbed.

£3  B  online

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 6 – Tue 23 Apr

Hunt for clues around the estate to win a Cadbury chocolate prize. There’s two separate trails this year, one in the run up to, and one on the Easter weekend.

£3

Wisteria evenings in the garden

Select dates in May  6-8.30pm

Experience the beautiful bright colours and scents of the 125 year old wisteria away from the crowds. With a tour, drinks and canapés.

£20 B online

Nuffield Place

Near Henley-on-Thames. RG9 5RY Tel 01491 642857

Nuffield Place grand reopening

Tues 26 Feb

Join us as we reopen the doors to Nuffield Place for the new season, and see two new displays of prized items in our collection.

Accessible bluebells

Apr & May (dependent on flowering)

See a beautiful carpet of bluebells, only a short walk from the house on hard standing.

Spring bulbs

Mar & Apr

Nuffield Place springs to life in early March with beautiful splashes of colour.

Easter weekend celebrations

Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr

See Nuffield Place dressed for Easter without a chocolate egg in sight.

 White Horse Hill

Uffington.  SN7 7QJ Tel: 01793 762209

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Apr  11am-3pm

Hunt for nature clues around White Horse Hill to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Trail £3.

 


January 15, 2019