We have certainly been making good use of the National Trust these holidays. Not only have the boys taken part in several of the free (yep you heard me - FREE!) 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4 activities at Tredegar House in Newport, we have just spent a happy few days exploring National Trust managed coastline in North Cornwall.
I'd like to say this was a successful camping trip but in reality it was not for two reasons: we weren't strictly camping; and we only stayed one night instead of two due to an unfortunate (but funny) air bed explosion leaving us one bed short, and a wriggly six year old who proved my husband's predictions that all of us sleeping in one room was a recipe for no sleep.
We stayed in a pod at Caradock at Tregardock It's a seriously beautiful place and the pods are incredibly comfortable. I was here a few years ago (sans the Mister that time) and was really looking forward to returning. The views overlooking the Atlantic are spectacular and it's an unbelievably peaceful location. Only three pods makes it lovely and quiet and the owners are friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. I happily recommend it. We walked from the pod down to Tregardock Beach on our first evening and just spent time admiring the coastline. The following day saw us at Widemouth Bay for some paddling and sandcastle building before heading into Bude for lunch, then over to Boscastle - another National Trust managed stretch of coastline.
I didn't take many photos as I was too busy chilling. Wish I'd taken one of the soft pink and blues in the sky at sunset though, and of the sight of the full moon over the water at about 5.30am (the only good thing about being awake early!)
The National Trust have a number of activities on around the country this Bank Holiday weekend. If you're at a loose end, or on your way to or from somewhere, why not see if there's something to suit you. There is a listing here. The organisation is about so much more than old houses!