Plan your summer adventures with National Trust

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The schools are out, the sun is out, and it’s time for outdoor explorers to be out and about with the National Trust. Enjoy fun-sized adventures for children of all ages with the charity’s kaleidoscope of kites, butterflies, bugs and sea creatures.

Getting in to the summer spirit, Claire Anthony at The Argory in County Armagh said;

“Making the most of summer can be as simple as blowing grass trumpets or making daisy chains in the sunshine. We have stacks of events that can appeal to everyone from the Kite Festival at Downhill on 2 August, to our own Argory Tartan event on 18 July. So we are here to help you make the most of your summer adventures!”

Here’s a taster of what you can do at a place near you. There are lots more great hints and tips to help you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors at all of the Trust’s special places at

Portstewart Strand

  • Jump over waves – how many waves will you jump and how high!
  • Go swimming in the sea – enjoy family fun days out on this magnificent stretch of strand.



  • Hunt for fossils and bones – you’ll be amazed at what you can find along the coast.
  • Go bird watching – the rugged clifftops are one of the best places in Northern Ireland for bird watching.


Downhill and Hezlett House

  • Make a trail with sticks – how many sticks can you find and how long will you be able to make your trail?
  • Fly a kite – the cliff top estate is the perfect open space for some windy kite flying.


Strangford Lough

  • Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool – discover an underwater world full of life.
  • Find a geocache – search for the hidden caches around the Lough. For details visit


Mount Stewart

  • Make a mud pie – with plenty of rain and our own lake to help make the best squelchy mud for pies.
  • Create some wild art – take some inspiration from our topiaries and formal gardens and create something of your own.

Castle Ward

  • Explore inside a tree – discover the inside of some of the oldest trees at Castle Ward and have fun playing hide and seek.
  • Track wild animals – learn to recognise animal prints and tracks, and follow them if you can!


Rowallane Garden

  • Roll down a really big hill – the gentle, rolling hill at the front of the house is perfect for some dizzying family fun.
  • Make a grass trumpet – call to each other with your trumpets and see who can do it the loudest.


The Argory

  • Skim a stone – adjacent to Blackwater River, The Argory is the perfect location for stone skimming.
  • Hunt for bugs – surrounded by woodlands and gardens, there won’t be a shortage of bugs to discover under rocks and near the river!

Florence Court

  • Discover what’s in a pond – there’s a huge population of all kinds of life beneath the water and mud.
  • Go on a really long bike ride – explore the forest for hours with the fantastic bike trails at Florence Court.

Spending time outdoors is good for your heart and it’s good for your soul and the National Trust has a fantastic range of coast and countryside – perfect for your ‘50 things’ adventure.

For more information on National Trust events pick up a copy of their summer event guide from your local National Trust place or visit

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