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Days Out & Family Travel: The Secret To Saving On Family Days

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Fancy saving some money this year?

I have a few tips & tricks that can help you do that.

I'll show you how you can save hundreds of pounds a year, even after lockdown!

At the end of 2020 I had the pleasure of reviewing how much money we spent on days out last year and to my surprise I was honestly taken aback.

Now all our days out were planned and budgeted for, however, upon reflection I believe I can do better this year in the area of saving more money on our days out.

With better planning, organising and being more savvy, well, I can't see why it's impossible!

This year, well with the nation being in tier 5, I plan to utilise as more money saving savvy tricks.

I bet you clicked on this post to find out how you can save money this year..

Well honestly, I would have done the same thing!

Well I come bearing good news, yes, just for YOU!

Unless things change of course & BoJo drops a few more surprises!


Public Outdoor Places Include:

Parks, beaches, countryside, forests, public gardens, playgrounds & the grounds of heritage sites

Advantages of a National Trust membership?

👉FREE ENTRY to 100’s of landscape & estate


👉FREE entry OVERSEAS (Yep, that’s right)

👉FREE EVENTS & exhibitions

👉SEASONAL events


🗺 Devon & Cornwall

🗺 East Of England

🗺 East Midlands

🗺 NI

🗺 North West / South East

🗺 Wales

🗺 Wessex

🗺 West Midlands

🗺 Thames & Solent

🗺 Yorkshire & North East

With coast lines, landscapes, gardens & parklands also included!

HOW MUCH? National Trust -

Family (Family of one adult and up to 6 children)

- £5.25 per month

- £63.00 per year

So, is it worth you splurging on monthly / annual passes?

Personally, I believe so!

But I’d love to know what do you think?

And like anything I’ll give you my honest review of our experience as we explore more of these incredible places this year.

We've visited a few English Heritage, National Trust and other places that offer annual memberships last year and absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

As a travel blogger I don't I personally like being tied down to one place, so finding the opportunity to enjoy many benefits of something similar is always a win!


National Trust Membership

What is it?

An annual pass giving you access to free entry to more than 500 National Trust parks, gardens and houses.

What Are Your Benefits:

- Free entry to National Trust.

- Free parking at most of our car parks.

- Members' Handbook, full of information about our places.

- National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with inspiration.

Another benefit of being a National Trust member is that there are usually free events happening throughout the year at various places, which are great fun to get involved with during your day out!


Check out National Trust’s new junior membership, which offers free entry to under 18s plus a fun (age-appropriate) welcome pack!

Free entry to associated places overseas.

This is one fewer members know about, which is that the National Trust is linked with various similar organisations in countries overseas!

As a National Trust member, you’ll be able to get free entry to various places all over the world to make your next trip even more memorable.

Check out which countries are included here.

WHAT'S OPEN (Grounds Only)


WHERE: Sissington Castle

Open: 11am -15:00

WHERE: Scotney Castle

Open: 10:00 - 16:00

WHERE: Bodiam Castle

Open: 10:00- 16:00

WHERE: Ightham Castle

Open: 10:00 -16:00

WHERE: Chiddingstone Village

Open: All day

WHERE: Emmetts Garden

Open: 10:00 -16:00

WHERE: Toys Hill


Open: Dawn to dusk



WHERE: Sheffield Park & Gardens

Open: 10:00 -16:00

WHERE: Dithling Beacon


Open: From Dawn until dusk

WHERE: Blackcap


Open: Dawn until dusk

WHERE: Nymans


Open: 10:00 - 16:00

WHERE: Standen House & Gardens

Open: 10:00 -16:00

WHERE: Newtimber Hill


Open: Dawn until dusk

WHERE: Cuckmere Valley


Open: Dawn until dusk

WHERE: Cidsbury Ring


Open: Dawn to dusk

WHERE: Fingle Bridge


Open: Dawn until dusk

WHERE: At Parke


Open: Dawn until dusk

WHERE: Brownstone & Coleton Camp


Open: Dawn to Dawn

WHERE: Saltram


Open: 10:00 - 16:00

WHERE: Cotehel


Open: 10:00 - 16:00

WHERE: Shaugh Bridge


Open: Dawn to dusk

WHERE: Dunsland


Open: Dawn to dusk

WHERE: Cadover Bridge


Open: Dawn to dusk

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post!

I would love to know your thoughts, especially if you would ever consider becoming a member?

Or if you currently are a member, I would love to hear your experience.

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