Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

We had planned to visit the Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy the week it started. But then the rain came and the rain stayed and each day we checked Facebook to see that the rain was causing problems with water logged car parks and so we decided to rain check our trip for a brighter day. With the Easter holidays drawing to a close it was starting to look like we weren't going to make the Easter Egg Hunt at all. Until we received a text from our friends over at West…continue reading →
Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

At the end of last year we finally decided to become National Trust members and have been enjoying visiting our local sites regularly for the last few months. When we discovered they would be celebrating and exploring their LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we knew we had to get to one of their events. Our local National Trust house, Kingston Lacy was profoundly shaped by William Bankes. William Bankes fled England in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts. He had…continue reading →
Getting the hang of it at Kingston Lacy

Getting the hang of it at Kingston Lacy

We are super lucky to live within 30 minutes from some beautiful places to take our little man to practice his cycling. The other morning whilst M was bouncing round the house, Clara suggested we put M's bike in the boot and head to Kingston Lacy, a beautiful National Trust property. We weren't sure if we were going to be able to take M's bike onto the property grounds, but there was no issue at the entrance and soon M was whizzing down the path in front of Kingston Lacy house. Luckily everyone…continue reading →
Starting the year at Studland Bay

Starting the year at Studland Bay

Monday¬†signaled the last day of the Christmas break for me, so we decided to visit somewhere beautiful to make the most of our last family day. Since becoming National Trust members I have been adding places to visit to a to-do list, so we decided that we would visit Studland Bay. Studland Bay is about 45 mins from us and located on the gorgeous¬†coastline in Purbeck. As we are National Trust members we can park for free at Knoll Beach. There is a lovely little cafe and shop by the car park and…continue reading →
Christmas Eve at Corfe Castle

Christmas Eve at Corfe Castle

This year Clara and I decided to start a new Christmas Eve tradition. We have decided to spend each Christmas Eve somewhere we can explore and enjoy. With everything prepped and ready to go for Christmas Day we had no shops to visit on Christmas Eve, so we decided to visit Corfe Castle. With our brand new National Trust membership we saved on parking and entrance fee and spent our savings in the gorgeous little National trust tea room next to Corfe Castle. Clara and M both agreed to wear the Santa hats…continue reading →
Christmas at Kingston Lacy

Christmas at Kingston Lacy

A few weeks ago Clara began the search for a Father Christmas we could take M to see. She had been recommended Kingston Lacy a beautiful National Trust property not too far away from us. We booked a Father Christmas visit and I took advantage of a voucher I had to cover the entrance fee to discover Christmas at Kingston Lacy. On arrival we were immediately made to feel very welcome and headed into the courtyard to explore before M's turn seeing Father Christmas. We enjoyed watching a ukulele choir, picked out stocking…continue reading →