Bank Holiday adventures to Calke Abbey

Who doesn’t love a little picnic in the sunshine? We’ve had a National Trust membership for about 6 or 7 months now and we’ve been loving exploring new places. It’s the perfect way to get out and about basically for free (after you’ve paid your monthly membership) and all of the sites are amazing. We pay £9 a month for both of us and that includes unlimited access to most National Trust sites including parking. Some of the places that we’ve visited have been priced at around £10 an adult to get in plus parking so we always feel like we get our money’s worth. Plus, even if you don’t manage to get to one a month, by paying the membership fee you’re helping to preserve amazing places like Lacock Abbey.

This sounds like the most sponsored post ever but I promise you, it’s not. I literally just love the National Trust. It’s so cool!

We checked out the Back to Backs in Birmingham a few months back which you can have a look at in this post which was super interesting and this weekend we headed to Calke Abbey, somewhere we’ve been wanting to visit for a while. As we live in Nottingham we’re surrounded by National Trust properties within around 30-40 minutes drives so we’re pretty spoilt.

Calke Abbey House and Gardens is dubbed the ‘un-stately home’ because it’s a huge (you guessed it) stately home and gardens and a private church but half of the rooms were left abandoned by the family that lived there. They were huge collectors of taxidermy, knick knacks and art and they’ve left a lot of the items to the National Trust with the house. Every item that was found at the house was left in the room that it was in, how cool is that?

There are tonnes of creepy tunnels and hidden ponds like The Grotto as well as gorgeous gardens to explore and there’s loads of walks to do too from 1.4km to 8km ones so you can walk, run or cycle around the grounds.

We’ve been loving getting out and about for picnics recently in this lush weather because as we still live in a flat, the heat can be so boring as we’re stuck inside without a cute garden to chill in. We picked up this awesome Vans Cooler Bag when ASOS had their 20% discount the other week and it’s so damn cool. I just can’t tell you how much I love it – I’m such a Vans girl. It’s the perfect size for two of us on a picnic too, we can fit sandwich boxes, crisps, snacks, drinks and cooler blocks with loads of room to spare. What are your go to picnic snacks? We had some amazing pizza bites from Asda this week and we’re totally hooked on Quorn cocktail sausages. Let me know your fave National Trust sites in the comments too.

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