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  1. Looking for something to do during the summer holidays beyond?

    There’s plenty to do with an English Heritage gift membership – or treat yourself to one!

    You can continue to get 15% off Gift and Annual memberships at English Heritage Membership with code 'EH2019'.  (This code is valid until 29/09/2019).  It's perfect for getting yourself ready for the Summer and School Holidays with the family!

    Use the code EH2019 and get 15% off Annual and Gift Memberships - code valid until 29/09/2019

    There are lots of family days out.  English Heritage asked their Facebook fans what their favourite family days out would be and here’s their top 10:

    Dover Castle topped the list of Top 10 Family Days Out

    1. Dover Castle, Kent
    2. Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Gardens, Warwickshire
    3. Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
    4. 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield, East Sussex
    5. Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
    6. Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
    7. Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
    8. Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
    9. Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
    10. Audley End House & Gardens, Essex

    And you can stand in places where history actually happened!

    Stand in places where history actually happened, such as Beeston Castle

    If you’re getting a gift pack for someone, you can either have it delivered to yourself so that you can give it to them directly, or direct to the gift recipient with your own personal message. 

    Packs are delivered within 10 working days but if you need the gift earlier, panic not – a gift certificate is available to download and print after you’ve made the purchase.

    So what do recipients get with an English Heritage Gift Membership?

    • Unlimited access to over 400 historic places
    • Free entry for up to 6 children
    • Free handbook worth £10.95 to help you plan inspiring days out
    • Free or reduced entry to exciting events 
    • An exclusive members’ magazine, 4 times a year
    • Members’ rewards with exclusive special offers on great brands

    Give them the chance to explore, discover, enjoy and be inspired with a Gift of Membership to English Heritage! 

    Give a Gift Membership today!

    Use the code EH2019 and you'll get 15% off until 29/09/2019.  

     

  2. The National Trust for Scotland protects some of Scotland’s most precious historic places and landscapes.  Battlefields, ancient houses, mills, gardens, castles, coastlines, islands, mountain ranges – these are just some of the examples of places the charity works to protect.

    Some of these are off the beaten track. One of the key projects the Trust has been involved with is that of the seabirds on the island of Canna.

    To protect Canna’s beautiful seabirds, the National Trust for Scotland, the EU Life Fund, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Scottish Natural Heritage funded an important project.

    Research undertaken by the Highland Ringing Group and the Trust had discovered that manx shearwaters and other seabirds on Canna were dropping in number.

    Manx Shearwaters were dropping in numberse
    Manx Shearwaters were dropping in numbers; 
    now they are returning, thanks to the work of this project

    Brown rates were preying on seabird nests – and some birds were abandoning the places they’d used as breeding sites for years.  They were nesting in caves and on ledges, moving to more inaccessible sites.   And yet their numbers continued to fall.  BY 2005, only 1 or 2 pairs of shearwaters survived in these isolated areas or inaccessible sites.   Yet in the 1980s, 1,500 pairs of these birds had been recorded. 

    So in 2005, a project was funded to eradicate Canna’s brown rates.   A New Zealand team, supported by volunteers, set up and replenished bait stations.  The team recorded when and where the rats were taking the bait.  By March 2006, it was thought all the rats had gone – and two years later, the island was declared to be rat-free.  Canna is now quarantined to ensure that the rats don’t make a come-back.

    Razorbills resting on a cliff edge
    Razorbills resting on a cliff edge

    And now, manx shearwaters are coming back to Canna and breeding successfully.  Puffins and shags have also increased in number, which is great news.

    A seal on the coastline

    Today, Canna’s coastline supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds.  It’s also home to lots of wild creatures from porpoises and whales to puffins and eagles – and it also has a small crofting community.

    To get there, you can take a passenger ferry from Mallaig (no cars).

    Join the National Trust of Scotland or give a gift membership and you can help the Trust continue its work to protect beautiful places in Scotland. 

     

  3. Those fabulous people at English Heritage have a great deal on until 30 June 2019.

    They care for some of the nation’s most treasured and iconic buildings and monuments, including Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle.  They advise the Government and others to ensure we get the best out of our wonderful heritage and that it is protected for future generations.

    You can continue to get 15% off all Gift and Annual Memberships at English Heritage Membership. Simply use code 'EH2019' at checkout.  The offer will expire on 29/09/2019 so don't let it become history!!


    Give a gift membership to English Heritage and give people the chance to discover, explore, find out, become immersed in history
    Give a Gift Membership today

    Enjoy 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships with English Heritage with the code EH2019 until 30 June 2019

    As a member you can enjoy:

    • Unlimited access to over 400 historic places
    • Free entry for up to 6 children
    • Free handbook to plan inspiring days out, worth £10.95
    • Free or reduced entry to our exciting events
    • Exclusive members' magazine, four times a year
    • Members' rewards with exclusive special offers on great brands

     

    Join English Heritage today

     

  4. The RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth – RHS Chatsworth – starts today in the beautiful county of Derbyshire.

    The Show has a wonderful mixture of things to inspire you, with wonderful colours, have-a-go- workshops and bountiful opportunities for shopping, all with the stunning Chatsworth House as a setting!

    Let your senses enjoy the delights of the RHS Chatsworth flower show
    Let your senses enjoy the delights of the RHS Chatsworth flower show 
    ©Chatsworth

    It runs from Wednesday 5th June to Sunday 9th June from 10:00 to 5:30 each day (Sunday closes at 5pm) and you can buy your tickets on the RHS website.

    So what can you do at Chatsworth?

    • Enjoy the sight of 6,000 dahlias in full bloom in front of the house
    • Take in the sight of all the wonderful floral displays in the showgrounds – full of colour
    • Visit the Mindfulness Gardens, Long Borders and gardens around Chatsworth
    • Find out how Trees enhance our lives in the new Talks Theatre with the new woodland feature, The Power of Trees
    • Go to expert talks and workshops
    • Indulge your taste buds with a tea tasting at Wedgwood’s Tea Conservatory – try their exotic teas in their Wonderlust Collection
    • And of course, you can shop for England with over 200 exhibitors attending the show.

    Discover the Power of Trees at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
    Discover the Power of Trees at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
    ©Chatsworth

    Plus you can meet lots of other people who are into gardening as well as you stroll around – when my parents and I went to Hampton Court, one of the things we loved was meeting other people who love gardening.  We all went home determined to do better with our own patches, however big or small they were!

    Frankly, one day just won’t be enough!

    Buy your tickets online here from the RHS website

    Join the RHS here


    By the way, there’s a Save on tickets and RHS membership with our Join Today offer on so this could be a great time to join the RHS and give them your support in getting more and more people involved in the wonderful activity of gardening!  I'm not sure how long it will last and if you have to buy both to save.