National Trust Calke Abbey

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When my Dad asked what we all wanted for Christmas last year, I asked for a National Trust family membership. It was a low priced gift that we could all enjoy throughout the year. I have visited many National Trust sites over the years and have been a card holder before, back when Elsie was a baby. At that time we visited places in the West Midlands/ Warwickshire and whenever going away for a holiday we would try and visit any local sites. Since moving to Derbyshire last year, we haven't managed to explore many local attractions but there are so many National Trust properties nearby. 

Calke Abbey was first on my list to visit as we drive past it often and I regularly see posts about it on social media. We decided this weekend we would use our passes for the first time and meet my Dad and Stepmum there as they are also members. We chose a really good day for it, the sun was shining and it was a lovely day. It was very busy but the estate is so large you barely notice. 

The house wasn't open on Saturday so we will have to go back at some point to see inside. However, we did have a nice long walk around the grounds and the stables. The stables were really interesting and full of historic items. 

'The Grotto' was a magical looking place, I would love to learn more about what it is/was. You can see it in the second photo in this post. We found it close by to the field full of deer which the children were excited about. They loved sitting and watching the deer from a distance. They love seeing animals out in the open. 

We had such a lovely afternoon and will definitely be heading back soon! I am aiming to visit as many local properties as possible this year. I was so pleased to get back outdoors and dust off my camera. I am looking forward to Spring and lots more exploring and adventures. 

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