Days out in West Sussex with the National Trust
From the beautiful stately home Petworth House with its enormous deer park, to Woolbeding Gardens in a quiet corner of West Sussex (you need to book in advance for that one), from walking on the Devil's Dyke and enjoying the views over Sussex countryside and the sea, to visiting Nymans Gardens - there's plenty to do.
Memberships to organisations such as the National Trust give you a great opportunity to explore parts of Sussex you wouldn't ordinarily see - and to catch up with people. I met my friend at Standen House (okay, so that's in East Sussex just outside East Grinstead) for a coffee in their wonderful cafe and thoroughly enjoyed my visit there. The recent programme on Winston Churchill wetted my appetite to re-visit Chartwell again, Churchill's beautiful home with its stunning gardens. And I loved my visit to Quebec House in Kent, childhood home of General James Wolfe who led the British to victory at the Battle of Quebec in 1759. There's nothing like heading out to East Head on the south coast, whether on a winter's day or a summery one. Or visit the Cissbury Ring, with its history dating back over 5,000 years. Centuries of continues grazing have produced a wonderful habitat for butterflies and flowers.
In short, you can indulge in and lose yourself in beautiful surroundings, discover more about the past, wander through stunning gardens or enjoy a refreshing and brisk walk in stunning scenery.
Enjoy all these when you become a member
Here's a list of FAQs about membership, in case you have any questions
Membership subscriptions, donations and volunteers all contribute to look after all the places the Trust cares for. So you’ll be directly contributing to the protection of over 257,000 hectares of land, over 300 historic houses and gardens, and 775 miles of coastline when you take out a membership.
And if you go on holiday around the UK, you can still use your membership - it's not exclusive to Sussex - there are over 500 places to enjoy, so even if you have a short weekend break away, it's worth checking to see what's in the area so that you can make the most of your membership and visit. As well as England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you can use your National Trust membership card in 14 other countries, including Scotland.