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News Release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

Make time to play

National Trust’s play campaign returns to York just in time for the bank holiday weekend

The ’50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ bucket-style list re-launches at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens on the 23 – 25 May. It will run throughout half term with the aim of helping children to reengage with nature for the fourth consecutive year.

Beningbrough will be using the play weekend to inspire families to spend more time in the open air. There will be a wide range of outdoor activities that children can have a go at themselves and as a family to tick items off the ’50 Things’ list.

The bank holiday weekend will be split into themed days each with different led activities: Water Day, Bug Day and Adventure Day. Activities on offer on Saturday are miniature raft building and discovering what lives in a pond, on Sunday hunt for bugs in the gardens and build a home for a wild animal, and on Monday discover how to search for hidden geocaches and go bird watching. There will also be self-led activities throughout the half term week, including making wild art, tree climbing and den building. Children will be given a free scrapbook to help them record their adventures with stickers and stamps for their achievements.

“This year at Beningbrough, the emphasis is on letting families see how much they can do together,” says Events Coordinator Liz Silkstone, “and our gardens and parkland make a perfect environment to explore. We will be providing plenty of ideas for where the best places are to do many of the activities on the list, such as where best to find wood for den building.”

Another addition to the family offer at Beningbrough is the launch this week of a new range of bikes, trikes and scooters. This will double the amount available for to use for free around the site and it’s a great way to help little ones get about and enjoy the environment or maybe have the odd race together.

The half term fun isn’t weather dependent at Beningbrough - if some days aren’t bright and sunny then take the opportunity to discover the interactive galleries on the top floor of the hall. Indoor activities include dressing up and posing for your own portrait, creating a digital portrait or moulding a new nose for an old sculpture.

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. Goddards House and Garden, near the racecourse, are planning a PlayFest, where you can have a game of giant draughts, table tennis, chess or tiddly winks – whichever challenge suits your family. Treasurer’s House just behind York Minster have a spot the faces children’s trail, which is 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, 11am – 5pm and all Bank Holiday Mondays, for more information visit or call 01904 472027. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Play Store.

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For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Jo Parker, Events and Marketing Coordinator.
07917174629, 01904 472017 (direct) 472027 (office)

Notes for editors
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 fourth 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 & Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion just north of York. 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.
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:

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