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20/05/2016

News release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall

Calling All Adventurers!

Head over to the National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens located just outside of York, where a feast of family fun awaits this half-term. Open daily, Beningbrough Hall hosts a week of play and adventure for big and little kids.

From its leafy woodlands to magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland is packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and what better way to discover its delights than with the essential play list: ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. Running throughout the half-term, climb a tree or track down the many weird and wonderful bugs hiding in the grounds, the popular bucket-style list is back! With over 35 things to tick off at Beningbrough all year round, grab a free scrapbook and see how many challenges you can do!

Wander muddy trails or meander the formal borders along the way … the lure of the great outdoors is strong. And with bikes, trikes and scooters available for free, little ones can keep up too. Head over to the wilderness play area and hide out in a secret den or come inside and discover the Hall’s interactive galleries on the top floor. Get hands on in the sculpture room or enjoy dressing up and posing for your own digital family portrait. There’s something to do come rain or shine.

Liz Silkstone-Byrne, events assistant at Beningbrough said “’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ has been so popular. Children love the challenge of seeking out new experiences. To help them along their way we’ll be around on some days for a number of the tougher challenges like pond dipping and learning to read a map and compass.”

Download the official free 50 things app or visit the designated website, and see where you can combine more family days out with the play list at other National Trust properties in the area. Test your hand and eye co-ordination at Goddards House and Garden, near York racecourse with croquet or head over to Treasurer’s House just behind York Minster for the indoor house trail; perfect for wet days in the city centre.

All the activities are free and it’s free entry to National Trust members and under-fives, otherwise normal admission charges apply.

Beningbrough is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm and all Bank Holiday Mondays, for more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough or call 01904 472027. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Play Store.

ENDS


Notes to editors:

For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Jo Parker, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator.
07917174629, 01904 472017 (direct) 472027 (office)
joanne.parker@nationaltrust.org.uk

Beningbrough programme of activities for half term

A selection of things to do every day, 28th May – 5th June 2016
Climb a Tree
Roll down a Really Big Hill
Create Some Wild Art
Build a Den
Go on a really long bike ride
Make a grass trumpet
Make a trail with sticks
Go Bird Watching
Hunt for Bugs

Date specific activities
Where a member of the National Trust team will be on hand to help with some of the more challenging tasks and share in depth subject knowledge.

Saturday 28th May – find your way with a map and compass
11am, 1pm & 3pm
Families can join Julie to find their way around Beningbrough using compass bearings. Full instructions will be given so children can learn a new skill. There will also be a self-led trail which will teach children the basics of using a map and co-ordinates.

Sunday 29th May – hunt for Bugs
12 noon & 2pm
Families are invited to join Mark to see what they can find lurking in dank, dark spaces, under tree stumps and leaves. They will also find out about the creatures they find and why they like these conditions.

Monday 30th May – build a Raft
10.30am-4.30pm
Families will be provided with a range of materials to enable them to build a raft with a paddle. They will then have the opportunity to test whether it will sink or float in a paddling pool.

Wednesday 1st June – build a Home for a Wild Animal
10.30am-4.30pm
Families can have a go at creating a home for a wild animal using a selection of natural materials from the gardens and parkland.

Friday 3rd June – discover what lives in a pond
12pm & 2pm
Families can join Mark in the American Garden for an insight into what lives in a pond. They will have the chance to get close and personal with all kinds of critters and will find out what they are and why they live where they do.

Saturday 4th June – find your way with a map and compass
11am, 1pm & 3pm
Families can join Julie to find their way around Beningbrough using compass bearings. Full instructions will be given so children can learn a new skill. There will also be a self-led trail which will teach children the basics of using a map and co-ordinates.

For more information on 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ and full details of the activities can be found on the website: https://www.50things.org.uk/

The National Trust ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ campaign was first launched in 2012 as a response to the ‘Stephen Moss Natural Childhood Report’ which revealed that far too many children are missing out on the benefits of a special connection with nature. In fact children are now spending 60% less time outdoors than their parents did at the same age. The campaign is now in its fifth year, has won several awards, and has proved popular with participants - 86% of visitors describing their ’50 things’ experience as ‘very enjoyable’.

About Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion between York and Harrogate. Today, the hall is home to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 18th century portraits, whilst the garden boasts labyrinth paths, grand borders, hidden woods and a working walled kitchen garden and an extensive wilderness play area.

Beningbrough is open Tuesday – Sunday plus all bank holidays, 11am – 5.00pm.
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About National Trust:
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/