Since getting the dog, we have decided to sign up to the National Trust on a direct debit scheme. There are so many places around the country to visit so we thought it would be great to give us ideas of what to do at the weekends. We decided to venture a bit further and visited the Vyne in Basingstoke, located about 45 minutes away from our house in Southampton.
The grounds were absolutely huge and beautiful and there was so much for adults and kids to explore and what made it even more perfect, were dogs were allowed as long as they remained on a lead. There are several walks you can do, which include some perfect backdrops for photographs as (depending on the time of the year) there are bluebell meadows and daffodils scattered throughout the grounds. There are also cows and deers located around the site too as well as a bird viewing house, which looks over a beautiful lake.
Things to do for the kids include:
We spent around 4 hours here and we did a lot of walking!! We even found an old shed that we later found out was used in the war as an ammunition store. There is a large picnic area located next to the country house and lakes, which is the perfect spot to eat your lunch and let the kids (and dog) run around for a bit. If you haven’t made lunch, there is a cafe on site but we didn’t try it out this time!
Overall, it was a lovely place to visit, perfect for families with a dog and children with lots of energy to burn off. It is great for children of all ages as there’s so much to do. It could be considered a bit pricey to get in as it is £32.50 for a family of four, but with a picnic in tow you can definitely spend a big chunk of the day there.