Out and About

National Trust’s Wiltshire walks

THE National Trust has launched a new series of walks taking in 12 of its landscape sites as part of the Wiltshire Landscape Walking Challenge.  At a time when people are more sedentary than ever and children are constantly focussed on phones and tablets, the walks are intended to encourage people to get out and…

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New WWI walking trail in Yeovil

A NEW walking trail in Yeovil will highlight the town’s contribution to the First World War, through the young men who fought in the conflict and the efforts of the community at home. South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) got the funding for the trail through the Small Grant Big Improvement programme…

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Last chance to see Lytes Cary Manor

OCTOBER is the last full month in which you can visit the National Trust’s Tudor gem Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset, before it is tucked up for the winter months. The final open day is Sunday 4th November, so now is the time to make the most of this beautiful manor house and its inspirational…

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Tyntesfield’s tallest tree

AUTUMN walks and events around the grounds of the National Trust’s Victorian estate of Tyntesfield, near Bristol, will be an opportunity for visitors to admire the estate’s tallest tree. The giant redwood, which stands at 32m (104ft) tall, was brought to Bristol by the Gibbs family, who lived at Tyntesfield from 1844 to 2001. The…

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Water voles return to Exmoor

FOR the first time in 30 years, one of Britain’s rarest and most endearing mammals, the water vole, could now be spotted swimming by the river banks of its former home on the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. Early in September, 150 water voles were reintroduced at six carefully chosen sites on the estate,…

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Make poppies for Barrington Court

THE National Trust team at Barrington Court is asking local people to help them create a curtain of knitted or crocheted poppies as part of the commemorations to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. The ambition is to then create a poignant textile installation in…

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Longleat’s military spectacular

THE Military Spectacular returns to Longleat for its second year on the weekend of 29th and 30th September, celebrating the Armed Forces with displays and demonstrations of main battle tanks, a helicopter, boat and other military vehicles, marching bands and parachute displays.. The event marks Longleat’s ongoing partnership with the Armed Forces which stretches back…

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Heritage Open Days in Somerset and Devon

AS part of the national Heritage Open Days, the South West Heritage Trust will be giving behind-the-scenes access to some of its sites in Devon and Somerset on two weekends, including guided tours of the trust’s heritage centres in Taunton and Exeter on Saturday 14th September. Heritage Open Days are England’s largest festival of history…

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