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National Trust Bucket List: Fancy A Challenge?

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If you’ve recently joined the National Trust, or you want to reignite your love for visiting National Trust places and fancy a challenge to help you make the most of your membership, then you’ve come to the right place!

Use our National Trust bucket list below (plus our free printable!) to discover a whole bunch of places you might not have considered visiting and activities you might not have thought about doing… all courtesy of incredible National Trust places you can visit for free with your membership.

Not joined the National Trust yet? You might also want to check out our detailed review, which is full of advice on whether a membership is right for you plus some bonus tips on how to get the most out of your money.

Anyway, back to our National Trust bucket list challenge. It’s a yearly calendar, which you can print out for free if you want to.

We’ve included suggestions of what you might want to try each month, followed up with recommendations for National Trust places you might want to visit to do that particular activity.

Are you ready for a challenge? Let’s get to it, shall we?!

National Trust Bucket List Challenge: A Year Of Amazing Adventures

National Trust Bucket List Challenge


Fancy a frosty morning walk in winter? January is a great time of year to wrap up warm and head outside – especially in wide-open spaces where the landscape could look silver in all its frosted gorgeousness.

You might like visiting:


Belton House - Pride & Prejudice 1995 Location

Ahh, February; the month of love! Whether you’re in a couple or travelling solo, why not celebrate all things love and romance this month with a trip to a Pride & Prejudice filming location? National Trust places feature throughout both the 1996 TV series and the 2005 movie. We’ve actually written an entire blog post all about the different filming locations you can visit, which you can read here.

Pride & Prejudice National Trust highlights:


If you’d like, why not treat your mum to afternoon tea somewhere really special for Mother’s Day? Of course, you might also start to see the beginnings of spring blooms in March as well, so that’s also a great way to spend your time this month.

You might like visiting:


Hanbury Hall Flowers

Now, this is where spring blooms REALLY start to get interesting! Head to a pretty landscaped garden to see all the beautiful colours of spring in the form of tulips, blossom, lilacs, hyacinths and more – and simply enjoy being outside in the fresh air.

You might like visiting:


May is another fantastic month for spring blooms – especially fields, woodlands and groves full of pretty bluebells!

You might like visiting:

BONUS: Stay in a National Trust cottage

Spring is also a wonderful time for a holiday, so why not make it a National Trust-themed one? There are lots of places you can choose from – from cute little cottages to castles, water towers and more. And… it might actually be cheaper than you think!

Especially as we have a discount code we can share with you for 15% off selected National Trust cottage bookings booked and taken between now and May 31st 2024. Just use this link and the discount code NTAF before paying.

We just used it to book a 2-night break in this cute Devonshire cottage with our dog for just £238!



If you’d like, you could celebrate Father’s Day with an unusual and fun activity like falconry or medieval archery. You can take part in so many interesting events at National Trust places; I’m sure you’ll be surprised! Of course, you don’t need to wait for Father’s Day – try the activities out anyway!

You might enjoy:


Summer’s well and truly here! Hopefully, the weather’s nice enough for a trip to the beach? Together, the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland care for the bulk of the UK’s coastline – and you may even be able to park near the beach for free as a National Trust member!

You might like visiting:


Picnic in the garden

Did you know the National Trust sometimes partners with theatre groups and performers to offer you an extra special evening? The summer months are perfect for an outdoor picnic at an open-air theatre or cinema. You may even find your local National Trust property has events going on in their gardens or estate. Check what’s on here!

Places to research:


Is it time for stunning autumnal colours yet?! Come late September, you might start to see beautiful reds, ambers and yellows adorning the woodlands.

You might like visiting:


Why not celebrate Halloween a little differently this year with spooky stories, pumpkin carving and ghost walks? A fair amount of National Trust places run special events throughout October like this, so be on the lookout for them!

Places to research:


This year, assuming you’ll be able to, why not go somewhere unexpected for an amazing fireworks or bonfire display? 

Places to research:


Tyntesfield at Christmas

Finally, finish your amazing bucket list year strong at an epic Christmas event somewhere special. You’ll find that lots of National Trust places offer interesting events and activities at their properties like unique light displays and Victorian Christmas decorations, so be on the lookout for those as well. Although sometimes, these events cost extra.

You might like visiting:

Want even more ideas of where to go? Take a look at this round-up of our favourite National Trust places or check out our mammoth UK bucket list.

Don’t forget to grab a printable version of our National Trust challenge while you’re here as well:

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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