Spring Adventures with the National Trust

Living Magazines Dunstable Downs discovery trail May half term (C) National Trust images

From spring-themed trails to outdoor games and activities to get closer to nature, there’s plenty to entertain your little explorers at National Trust places this May half term.

Make the most of the warmer weather and longer late-spring days by planning a family visit to a National Trust place near you. Enjoy the simple pleasures of being outdoors together, whether you’re playing on lush green lawns, creating your own family adventure through woodlands and secret gardens, or settling into a picture-perfect picnic spot for the afternoon.

Discover a whole host of activities, events, and trails to get stuck into – take a walk on the wild side in nature with pond dipping, bug hunting and scavenger hunts, get crafty with creative activities or enjoy storytelling sessions in picturesque gardens.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best and most exciting National Trust events and activities to keep the whole family busy this half term.

Start your adventure here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Dunstable Downs

Professor Miles Munch and his global lunch trail | 27 May-4 June | 10am-4pm | £2 per trail. Car park charges also apply, free for National Trust members.

Professor Miles Munch would like to find out where all his food comes from, can you help? The professor has a menu with six of his favourite meals; looking at the ingredients, can you find were they come from?

Be amazed at how far many of your favourite foods have travelled, crossing vast oceans to get to your dinner table or lunch box. Collect a food passport from our Docking Office and come and explore where your food comes from. Use the signposts and your trail map to discover food growing locations across the Downs and help Professor Munch reduce his food miles.

You’ll get a stamp in your passport for each growing region you visit. When your passport is full, return to the Docking Office and plant a seed to grow at Dunstable Downs this summer as part of the Edible Courtyard. And learn how to turn your trail sheet into your very own usable plant pot – with a seed to take home and grow. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs

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