I thought I would do a round up of a few Travel Memberships that I’ve held during 2017 and if I thought they were worth the money I splashed out on them during the year.   Travel isn’t cheap and is a luxury item for most of us; I think we all forget this at times; there are so many Travel Memberships that can help reduce travel costs but you need to work out what is best for you personally.

Travel Membership: Wizz Air Discount Club – is it worth it?

This Travel Membership costs yearly just £29.99 which doesn’t seem a lot of money but to make the joining fee worth it you really need to book at least two flights with Wizz Air with luggage.  The Wizz Air Discount Club provides you with discounts of up to £7.50 per flight and they are always sending me an email about 20% offers ex London Luton which are only available if you’re a Wizz Air Club Member.

If you buy the pass just for yourself and are booking a flight for yourself and a plus one, you receive discount on both tickets.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Wizz Air Discount Club?

So far in 2017, I’ve taken two return flights with Wizz Air plus G also travelled with me to Croatia on Wizz Air (think he now appreciates Business Class just a tad more…the shock of no champagne or tea was too much for him!)

London Luton to Poland Return – saved £15 on flights (you can read all my Poland travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

London Luton to Croatia Return – saved £30 on flights (you can read all my Croatia travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I also booked these flights when they had a 20% off special just for the Wizz Air Club members so I think it’s safe to say that the £29.99 was truly well spent.  I do fancy a trip to Gdansk and Riga…I’m just waiting for another discount email to pop up to book myself another flight…thankfully I didn’t join the Wizz Air Club till April this year so have a few months remaining!

Totally recommend joining the Wizz Air Club if you’re going to take one or more flights with the carrier; they offer some great destinations that you won’t find on other airlines.

You can read my review of Wizz Air here and also my tongue in cheek guide to Luton Airport.

Travel Membership: National Trust Pass – is it worth it?

I decided to renew my National Trust Pass again in 2017 even though I felt that I hadn’t really got the value out of the travel membership in previous years; all my own fault to be honest.  I now have a car so getting around to visit properties is a lot easier than trying to reach properties via public transport.  I purchased a National Trust Pass for 2 people and pay monthly via DD for £9 per month.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the National Trust Pass?

So here you go…I have visited the following properties in 2017 and have included the value of the entrance I would have paid if I didn’t have the NT membership.

Polesden Lacey in Surrey – Entrance Fee £15.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Polesden Lacey in Spring. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Lyme Park in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £12.10 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Lyme Park in Cheshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire – Entrance Fee £14.65 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Hill Top Farm in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £11.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, Cumbria during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £7.00 pp

Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £10.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Stowe in Buckinghamshire – Entrance Fee £12.40 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Stowe in Buckinghamshire. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve definitely got more than my money’s worth out of my National Trust pass in 2017 (£165 worth of entrance fees vs £108 Membership Fee!) and there are a few more properties that I would like to visit so I’ll definitely be renewing the travel membership going forward into 2018.

We also bought the National Trust Touring Pass for my folks which is a travel membership for foreign nationals visiting the UK and wanting to visit a number of National Trust Properties over a certain number of days and it was totally worth it…watch your pennies so you have more money for scones!

Travel Membership: Historical Houses Pass – is it worth it?

So I automatically renewed my Historical Houses Pass in 2017 as I’ve found it to be such great value in the past years that I’ve held the pass however due to ill health in 2017 I didn’t use this pass as much as I would have like unfortunately (a number of properties are only open during the summer months)…if only I had a crystal ball to tell me what was going to happen in the future.  The travel membership price is £77 for a double if paying by DD.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Historic Houses Pass?

Scone Palace – Entrance Fee £7.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - Scone Palace during Autumn in Scotland. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

No I didn’t however it was more of an issue with me than the pass itself…I’ll be castle hunting in 2018 like no ones business!

I will most likely let this travel membership automatically renew in 2018 as there are a number of properties that I would like to visit in Northumberland which I didn’t get a chance to visit this year so will make a bee line to see them next year when they all re-open.

Travel Membership: British Airways American Express Card – is it worth it?

The British Airways American Express Card is a pretty easy way of accumulating avios to use towards flights on British Airways or other One World Airlines.  What I love the most about this card is the 2 for 1 Companion ticket which is great if you fancy flying Business or First Class without paying full price…you can see here how we flew to Hong Kong ex London for only £500 each in First Class on British Airways.  The Annual Fee for the British Airway Premium Plus Credit Card is £195 per annum however we find we get exception value overall and will keep the card going forward or until something better comes along.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the British Airways Express Card?

I think it’s fair to say that we have; we didn’t get good value out of our companion vouchers this year due to illness (again!) however we did fly First Class with BA to Moscow for the huge price of £110 (yeap £55 each to fly First Class and only 68,000 avios…this is the current redemption cost however I think it cost us less from memory!) and G used one to fly to Salzburg before it expired with his mum in Business Class (terrible value but better to use it than lose it!).  G and I still have another 3 companion vouchers to use so will try to go a bit further on them next year if we can; we still would like to visit China one day and I have a Mexico itinerary sitting in an excel spreadsheet…or maybe Iran.

Anyhow…instead of doing a huge round up of where I’ve traveled to in 2017, I wanted to see if the money I had spent on my travel memberships were actually worth it in 2017.  Obviously you can’t help things like sickness but it does make you reflect on what works for you as an individual when travelling.

What are your favourite travel memberships?

Travel Memberships – Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Were They Worth It?

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My Dad and I are HUUUUUGE fans of Dahlias so when I saw in my Autumn National Trust newsletter about the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire I knew we had to go for a little drive to our neighbouring county to see the rainbow of dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

We left the girls at home to pack the bags *coughs they only had 100 kilos of luggage to pack!* and pottered over to Cambridgeshire; obtaining some tickets we went in search for the dahlias which were dotted around as flower crowns on certain folks…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…some were a little two faced over the Dahlia festival…obviously they prefer Peonies better…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I thought the ombre Dahlias bring out the colours of his eyes personally!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^This is what happens when you pull a face and the wind changes!

We stumbled across some autumn colour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and daddy stumbled into my photo or as it is known in the business…he’s a professional photo bomber.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Daddy and I had a wander around the grounds…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…taking in the grandeur of the house…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…a cute door…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…the house really does suit it’s surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

On the day we visited, you could only snoop inside the house on a guided tour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…Dad and I just wanted to whizz through however things happen for a reason and the tour was totally worth it as the history and stories of how the National Trust obtained Anglesey Abbey was quite impressive….

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…she basically came with a large dowry thanks to Lord Fairhaven.

The rooms were decorated with dahlias in every corner…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and even hanging from the chandeliers.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The house was totally remodelled in the 1920’s after Lord Fairhaven and his brother bought the property sight unseen via an auction.  In his will they let their family use the property until their deaths and then it was to be passed over to the National Trust however his family weren’t allowed to make any changes to the property…this wish was ignored…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…unfortunately the family made some ghastly decorating choices and when the property was finally handed over to the National Trust they had to do a lot of restoration work.  The house is now a time capsule to the 1920’s which is exactly how Lord Fairhaven wished Dad and I to see the property on the day of our visit.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

But you know this is England and records are kept so the National Trust were able to buy the same curtains and materials in the pattern that Lord Fairhaven had used himself for the bedroom as they knew where he purchased the originals from…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…meticulous British record keeping!

Sometimes you need a loo shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and a sneak peak inside a man’s shoe room!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Obviously you don’t need to tell me twice…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I peeked of course!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^Obviously prudes never lived in this house…it was willy and dahlia central…I’m a worry wart and I do worry that one day my hand will accidentally knock off a willy from a statue and I’ll have to superglue it back on and then my hand would get stuck to the statue…just like it happens in the movies…to date, this hasn’t happened YET!

The Library is pretty impressive…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…not just with books…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…have a guess who the artist is…famous for painting large naval scenes.

How Easy Is It To Grow Dahlias?

Pretty darn easy…basically you dig a hole in the ground and throw in a Dahlia Tuber, cover with soil, water occasionally and a few weeks later you should see your little baby growing taller by the day.

You can use pots as well but make sure they are quite heavy round pots as dahlias can get very top heavy when in flower and with a gust of wind…poof…they’re like a damsel in distress and just can’t get back up again.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Just water the dahlias occasionally, every day during really hot hot days but you can water them every 2-3 days and they will still flower.  Apparently Dahlias are native to Mexico and store water in their tubers in case of drought so it takes a bit to kill them.

If you live in a cold climate then after the first frost you need to lift the tubers up and store them in a sheltered spot i.e. garden shed or garage over winter and then replant after the last frost in Spring so around April time.  If you don’t have nipply cold winters then just keep them in the ground and they should survive the winter as long as it’s not to wet.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

If you’re not a confident gardener then Dahlias are for you…they’re pretty easy, if I can grow them then so can you!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Where Do You Buy Dahlias From?

So you can find them everywhere…amazon has a good selection (eBay is also great for picking up seedlings during spring time!) or check out Sarah Raven (you can order now and delivery will be made in February) but remember you can only buy tubers at certain times of the year.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The Different Types of Dahlias

There are quite a few different styles of Dahlias to enjoy…these are a few of my favourites…let’s start with the Pom Pom Dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…they’re right little balls of joy and just so cute and flirty; you get numerous flowers from each plant, they’re dainty as hell and very photogenic.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Another photographic dahlia is the Cafe Au Lait which is a big bloom with a beautiful creamy blush colouring, a current favourite…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…beautiful in large displays of summer flowers or just in a beautiful jar by themselves.

Buy dahlias in the colours that you love and grow them close together for wonderful colourful displays…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…as there are just so many beautiful varieties from the large Dinner Plate Dahlias to Cactus Dahlias…just have a look online and find a variety you love.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Great Instagram Accounts to Follow & Books to Read Featuring Dahlias

Dahlias have become the new Instagram darling…move over Peonies, the Dahlias are in town and they pack a pretty good punch.  Here are few great Instagram accounts to follow featuring Dahlias-

Looking for books about Dahlias then the following are really great options on how to grow, sell or just enjoy in your home.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Can you tell that Dad and I love Dahlias!

Travel Tips for Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

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When my family where over visiting England, I wanted to show them a variety of different sites from the visiting the Potteries in Staffordshire, to National Trust properties, the natural beauty of England and dare I say it…a visit to Lakeland (the highlight for mum and Lisa!).  Our first National Trust Property was Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire and unfortunately we only had 30 minutes to whizz through the property but I’m determined to visit again one day for a proper snoop as it’s fabulous!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

I feel like I’m jumping around countries on this blog, giving you all international travel whiplash in the process however I have so many photos and I just want to post some of the shorter posts while work commitments are a bit hectic.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Now you know I love a wobbly drunk building and the National Trust have a few properties in their care that fit this bill nicely including this black and white beauty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…which looks beautiful during autumn and I’m guessing all year round…Lisa pointed out a calendar where Little Moreton Hall is covered in a blanket of snow.

The volunteers all dress up in costume <squint and you’ll be able to spot a lady in costume…squint I said…keep squinting till you see her>…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…there is a moat which we took a few photos in front of…it would be rude not too…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…I love this photo of Lisa below (my little sister)…all those dancing lessons paid off…Lisa is rather girly in her style…flowers, tulle, ribbons, lace, glitter…anything from Alannah Hill

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…while I’m more of a tom boy with a slight addiction to stripes, jazz hands and pretty loud trousers!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^And realising that short hair on a windy day just isn’t fun…fur ball anyone!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Now if you’re wondering why mum and dad aren’t popping up in this post…well Dad was feeling unwell and not to photogenic…and mum…wellllll…let’s just say there was a hair catastrophe of epic proportions earlier in the day where we were all barred from taking photos of mum…basically we were dead meat and if you know mum, if the hair isn’t good then you don’t come a knockin’ or in this case…no bloody photos allowed.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^Since I wasn’t allowed to take a photo of mum…here’s one of her beautiful photos!

We popped inside quickly however didn’t have time to go upstairs to have a proper good nosey…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…but just look at those walls and the detailing…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…the fire place wasn’t roaring…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…but Lisa was toasty warm…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…NOT!  You gotta love an English summer…where Auckland is warmer in winter than Bedford in summer (we have temperature competitions to see who is the coldest!).

The cafe was closed so we thought we might be able to rustle up a scone and cuppa inside the house…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…the cupboards were bare!  We did see the witch markings which I learnt about after watching the National Trust program recently on tv…so it was great to finally see one in real life…England has turned me into a right old history geek and I love it!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Little Moreton Hall is a truly gorgeous example of a moated half timbered Manor House and is only around 500 years young *coughs, older than New Zealand*.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^Just imagine what stories these folks could tell about the properties former guests…I’m pretty sure there was some smooching in the past that wasn’t allowed!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

I will be honest and say that I fell out of love with the National Trust a few years back but with a car and making time to venture around the English countryside a lot more these days…there is truly some amazing National Trust properties that just need to be visited and Little Moreton Hall is one of them!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Travel Tips for visiting Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

  • You can read more about the Little Moreton Hall on the National Trust website here.
  • Get there way before closing time so you can explore the interiors and the gardens…and enjoy a cuppa and a scone in the cafe.
  • Some of the volunteers are dressed up so make sure your hair is done for a photo or two…if allowed of course
  • I would highly recommend a National Trust membership or if you’re coming across on holiday to the UK then pick up the National Trust Touring Pass which is excellent value of money if you plan to visit a few properties – this is only for overseas visitors.
  • There is a car park and it’s short walk to the property through the gift shop.
  • The address for Little Moreton Hall is Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SD – there is a slight bend to the road by the entrance so be careful when turning.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

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On the first weekend my folks and little sister were over from New Zealand, we decided to head out for a picnic…the problem was choosing where to go?!?  I decided to round everyone up and head to Buckinghamshire to visit the National Trust property, Stowe Landscape Gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

I’d never visited so we all like to explore something together for the first time if we can…the girls headed down to Tesco to buy the necessary ingredients to pop in the picnic basket…G was forced into the loft to bring down the picnic baskets…loaded up, we were on our way to National Trust Stowe.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Stowe has attracted visitors since 1717 and 2017 is no different! Not having any idea what to expect, we had an oooh moment as we headed up the drive at Stowe……we parked up (it’s free parking for National Trust members)…decided to take the golf buggy rather than walk the necessary 10 minutes…yes our legs were painted on…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…why would you use your legs when someone invented a golf buggy to take you for a quick twirl to the best vantage point at Stowe.  It also gave us some time to take some family pics…golf buggy family photos are what every family photo album is missing these days.

The view was pretty impressive…I’m pretty sure you’d agree!  Do you remember when Elizabeth first sees beautiful Pemberely in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice…Stowe has a tendency of creating these special moments as you wander around the gardens…just when you least expect it…you find yourself admiring a wonderful gardening masterpiece.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We decided to pull out the picnic blanket and set out our carefully made *coughs* purchased picnic ingredients…no picnic is complete without a thermos!!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

^^Jonelle and Mark, I can’t thank you enough for the picnic basket that you bought me a few years ago for Christmas…it’s getting used a lot these days!  The perfect Christmas Gift for the difficult to buy for folks…a picnic basket and a National Trust Membership would be a great present…the links for everything are in the travel tip section at the bottom of this post.

We sat down enjoying the perfect English summer weather…complete with an angry grey cloud or two…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…made a few sarnies, ate a few strawberries, poured the tea and said chin chin (not the Japanese meaning!)…okay we may have taken china cups with us as well on our picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum did a few instagram lunges while holding her phone for weight training (who said instagram is bad for your health!?!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…then the heavens opened of course!  So we made a run for it to this little temple in the gardens (not a bad spot if I say so myself)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…still with a lovely view over the lake to Stowe House.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

After a few comments from complete strangers about taking bone china cups on a picnic…obviously they don’t know what they’re missing…we packed up and went for a wander around the landscape gardens at Stowe…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but not before taking a few hundred photos of that beautiful vista of National Trust Stowe for the family blog album; I thought it would be good to get my belly out for the photos as well (don’t zoom in to close…I repeat don’t zoom in!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum nailed the back to the camera instagram pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…along with Lisa!

This isn’t going to be a short post as you can probably already tell…it includes our family photos from the day…we like to have a giggle and enjoy ourselves and as my family and friends read this blog, this is an easy way to share our day with everyone…with almost 100 photos.  You may want to pull out your own bone china tea cup and fill her up and maybe make a sarnie or two…otherwise you could end up a bit parched from a crap load of scrolling!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

It would be fair to say that Stowe isn’t a small property to walk around and something that I didn’t realise…there aren’t really any gardens with flowers…it’s more parklands which you can easily walk around but it’s rather large (like 10,000 steps large!).

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!There isn’t a set route that you must follow so we did a rather large loop around the National Trust property…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…stopping whenever daddy wanted his photo taken…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum was having a fluffy hair day due to the water in Bedford so dad didn’t get told off for placing his hat on her hair and ruining her hair…her usual birds nest was a complete fluff ball!

Dad found a pretty good spot to take a photo or ten…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pose that he has now adopted for this European 2017 tour photos…while us ladies tried to hide our copious double chins…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we failed, and this was after dad jumped as high as he could to get us from above (double chins are less visible from above…dad jumping while trying to take a photo was bloody funny!).  A picnic basket does hide a number of picnic / afternoon tea sins if you hold it in front of you.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Dad found time to have a round of golf…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Lisa and I decided to take a dip in an English swimming pool!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We found a naked lady who must have being feeling slightly nipply from the wind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she didn’t seem to be to bothered though…she held onto her milk jugs so she didn’t poke any eyes out!

Stowe House was being used for filming (we don’t know what for) so there were certain areas that you couldn’t access…however we did of course…and then the English followed behind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…so we rambled up to the front of the house to take in it’s beautiful features…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Dad decided he would have a sneak peek inside Stowe House…I was pretty sure we would get arrested at this point…can you imagine telling someone that you got arrested at a National Trust Property (how bloody rock n roll!)...it’s just as bad as being banned from Nandos for bad drunken behaviour *coughs* I was the innocent party!

We continued our little walk around National Trust Stowe with Lisa trying to take some lovely photos of mum…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but she got photo bombed by a couple of crazy folks…they will appear again shortly.

There were a load of little nooks and crannies to explore…including finding a little church…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…the locals were dead quiet…to a couple of folks practicing the flamingo pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pretty little building or two in the middle the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…ohhh some roses…we did see some flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we rocked up to see these men, they didn’t look to happy to see us…300 years of tourists visiting Stowe and they couldn’t even raise a smile at our arrival…pffff…they call this The Temple of British Worthies…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos with them of course, punishment for them not smiling…how cool is Lisa’s dress, she made it herself…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Mum and Dad both admired the fence which of course left dad pondering about the front fence at home.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

How beautiful is this vista…my favourite word in this blog post is vista…can you tell? V-I-S-T-A…I feel like I need to channel my inner Nigella to say vista while licking a wooden spoon covered in chocolate.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Lisa and Mum gotta posing…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Dad and I carried the picnic baskets.

Mum took over the humping of the baskets…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she put on an oscar worthy performance for the cameras…then a black ops rouge sheep decided to take me out and came racing towards me in a full on charge with red blazing eyes (I have a fear of sheep…weird I know as I come from New Zealand…sums me up nicely really!)…I ran while Mum, Dad and Lisa all laughed at me…apparently the sheep was moving slowly to the lake to take a sip of water when I crossed his path…they didn’t see the look he gave me…he was going to eat me!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We made for a beeline to the pretty building in front of us…The Gothic Temple…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…once again, I can’t get over how amazing Lisa is with making her own clothes; that dress is so cute…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we snapped a few photos, mum may have posed while those crazy folks photo bombed her again…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she was totally oblivious <Dad and Kelly insert an evil laugh or two>!

Mummy got her pretty photo without the crazy folks…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…well almost…Dad and I are humping the picnic baskets in the back ground!

By this stage we had walked off our picnic but there was another rather photogenic spot that we had to cross…Palladian Bridge…super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos as it would be like passing Go on a Monopoly board without collecting the £200…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…always remember to look up…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we spotted another family that was out having a picnic at National Trust Stowe…they probably weren’t as crazy as us Kiwis.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We headed in the direction towards the exit… having a backwards glance over the beautiful vista behind us…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we awaited our chariot to take us back to the facilities and shop.

I popped into the New Inn for a little snoop…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…it’s right by the entrance and set up as it would have looked like all those years ago!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Travel Tips for a Picnic at National Trust Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

  • National Trust Stowe is located in Buckinghamshire, quite close to Milton Keynes and Buckingham.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as the property is rather large
  • You can hire a golf buggy to make your way around National Trust Stowe which is something I would definitely do if we take G’s brother to the property due to his disabilities.
  • There is a cafe and shop at the entrance and another little kiosk right at Bell Gate however their are only two toilets…one at the entrance and by Stowe House itself.
  • There are a number of great picnic spots at Stowe but just be aware you will need to carry all your bits and bobs around with you like we did afterwards.
  • The car park is free for National Trust Members
  • Entrance to the property is £11.20 per adult / £12.40 with gift aid however it’s free if you’re a National Trust member.  If you’re a foreign national and plan to visit a few National Trust Properties over a week or so then I would highly recommend investing in a National Trust Touring Pass.
  • If you can’t make up your mind which British Heritage Pass to purchase then I’ve written a nifty little post for you.
  • Stowe House is managed by the Historic Houses Association so you will need to pay an additional fee to gain entry ontop of the above prices if you don’t hold a HHA card to snoop inside the house.
  • Take a raincoat with you as there isn’t much shelter offered around the grounds…I’ve just purchased this great little Barbour number in bright yellow (and it’s in the sale!)…it’s lightweight and the best bit is, it covers my bottom and I’m basically a giant!
  • Check out Amazon for some great deals on picnic baskets…remember a picnic is what you make of it…our family are big fans of picnics and we enjoy our time together as you can see from the photos.  If you want a posh picnic basket then check out Fortnum & Mason or if you’re happy with second hand then check out eBay.
  • The National Trust have a some really great picnic spots to enjoy…one of my favourites is Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire…watch out for the falling apples!

Where is your favourite National Trust property or Picnic Spot?

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

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So howdy…and welcome to Suffolk!  Suffolk is one of my favourite counties in England due to its colourful cottages and wobbly houses…if you want to fall in love with England then this is a good starting point and a cheaper and less crowded alternative to the Cotswolds.  I thought I would create an itinerary for a weekend break in Suffolk with a few add ons depending on your travel style and speed…just in time for the Easter Break and the May bank holidays which are all fast approaching!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

This itinerary requires a car to get around the county…all the links for the various websites are listed below each destination.  If you are leaving London ex Heathrow, then it will take approximately 2 hours for the journey to Clare depending on traffic conditions.  So lets begin…

Day 1 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Clare

This little town is such a cutie pie and if you love pargetting then there is a rather fine example to behold right in the town centre…the house resembles a custard creme biscuit!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Make sure you climb to the top of the remains of the old castle to get views over the little town and then wander around the old priory…where nobility are buried in the grounds…it’s a peaceful little spot and worthy of a picnic if you’ve packed one for your road trip.  The town is easy to walk around and there are few tea rooms and a number of antique shops to browse so you will keep everyone happy.

Parking – there is free on road parking on the outskirts of Clare or you can pay for parking by the Old Priory Castle car park

Eating – there are a few cafes in Clare which offer gluten free options; I checked all three but only ate in one!  Honey Hill Cafe right in the centre of the town and offers indoor and outdoor seating; Clare Antiques & Interiors has a little cafe attached which very yummy looking cafes on offer and last but not least Cafe Clare is another option if you feel peckish!

Shopping – if you love a spot of antique shopping then I would recommend Clare Antiques & Interiors (link above) and there are a number of tiny little independent shops dotted around including an art gallery and an old fashioned ironmongers.

Cavendish

Our next little stop is less than 4 miles away, if you blink you may just miss it!  Cavendish is a little chocolate box village which features in a number of books as one of the cutest places in England……there is the iconic photo of the church, the pink cottage and the green which is just the bees knees and totally worthy of a stop.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of free on road parking, park up and go for a wander around this delightful little village.

Eating and Shopping – there is a rather cute little antique shop and cafe combined…where you are truly having a cuppa while surrounded by antiques…I may have bought a bright yellow antique vase which I love!  While there was no gluten free option, if you’re after a drink then this is a great little stop.  There is also a couple of pubs in the village…of course!  The charity shop has a great collection of vintage vinyl if that tickles your fancy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Long Melford

Our third stop is 6 miles away from Cavendish and it’s another cute little town called Long Melford…the town itself is a rather long street filled with independent shops, vintage tea rooms (many of which have gluten free cakes, I checked but didn’t partake…I must be sick!) and a few pubs.  I thought the town was very pretty with all the spring blossoms but I didn’t spend very much time exploring.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of on road parking which is free, you may have to park further out and walk in during the busy times of the day.

Eating and Shopping – Tiffins looked really lovely and they had a few gluten free options to tide you over..there was also numerous pubs so you could sit outside and enjoy a pint in the sunshine (just remember not to drink and drive!).  There is a rather nifty kitchen shop which sells lovely crystal and every baking tray ever produced.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

A Few Day 1 Add Ons…

Long Melford is home to two Stately Homes so depending if you love doing a bit of snooping around a home that isn’t your own…well you’re in luck!

National Trust – Melford Hall

For the National Trust members (and non members can visit also!), Melford Hall is worthy of a visit especially for fans of Beatrix Potter whom was a cousin of the Hyde Family that were the owners of the property and there are some of her sketches to admire.  It would be a lovely spot for a picnic! You can read more about the National Trust property here.

Kentwell Hall

Just a short drive down the road (and I mean maybe a minute or two if the traffic is bad) is the Stately Home, Kentwell Hall.  If you hold a Historic Houses Association Card then you will be able to gain free entry to this property.  You can read more about Kentwell Hall here.

Accommodation in Suffolk for the Night

Finding the perfect accommodation in Suffolk really depends on how much you want to spend, location and what you really want to take away from the experience….a nights sleep can be a magical experience so here a few options to research –

Stay in Thatched Cottage close to Long Melford, how about a luxurious night at The Swan at Lavenham or maybe a holiday cottage for the whole family…maybe stay at DeVere House especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan or an Old English Inn…or for the price conscious then why not check out the endless options on Airbnb…maybe take a look at staying at Kentwell Hall!  The possibilities are endless and there is something for every budget.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Day 2 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Spend the day exploring Lavenham which is just over a 5 mile drive from Long Melford so if you stay overnight in this area then you won’t have to travel far…after breakfast, pop out and explore this adorable wobbly village before the day trip tourists arrive from the big smoke.  Lavenham is England’s best preserved medieval village!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

If you’re a Harry Potter fan than that you will be pleased to know that this gorgeous chocolate box village was used in the Harry Potter films and you can even stay in his house.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The village is full of little independent shops, tea rooms so you can pop inside and then back out to see the beautiful village without feeling guilty.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The National Trust have a property, The Lavenham Guildhall which made an appearance in the Harry Potter films.

Parking – there is very limited long stay parking in Lavenham so if you have stayed the night in Lavenham then you may have this issue sorted but the earlier you arrive, the easier you can find a car park and remember to take cash to pay for parking.

Eating and Shopping – there are numerous tea shops and pubs to tickle your fancy.  Why not book yourself into The Swan for afternoon tea or if you want something lighter then head to a tea room and support a local business.  There are a number of independent businesses offering unique souvenirs from your trip to Suffolk.

You can read my full post on Lavenham here with a million more photos.

Add On Destinations – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Now if you have a few more days to explore Suffolk then I have some more suggestions for you…the county is rather beautiful with many pretty little villages and towns just waiting to be explored.

Bury St Edmunds

The town is aptly named the Jewel in Suffolks Crown and it’s a very pretty stop on any road trip…Bury St Edmunds is a bustling town and it’s very different to the above destinations.  You can read my full post on the town here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Saffron Walden

This pargetting gem isn’t located in Suffolk but in Essex however you could potentially drive past the town on your way back to London and it’s worthy of a visit just to look at the beautiful pargetting work on the buildings.  You can read my post on Saffron Walden here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

There are a number of spots around Suffolk including Kersey, Boxford, Brent Eleigh, Bures, Chelsworth, Nayland, Polstead and Woolpit just to name a few!  Just drive and get lost in Suffolk and you will find some wonderful spots just waiting to be discovered.

Where is your favourite spots in Suffolk for a weekend break?

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

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