National Trust open days in Castleton

THIS Bank Holiday weekend the National Trust in the Peak District is holding it’s annual Countryside Open Days at Dunscar Farm, in Castleton.

Under the watchful gaze of the spectacular Mam Tor, the open days, on Sunday and Monday, are a brilliant chance to have a fun family day out trying new and adventurous activities whilst learning about the countryside and the work of the National Trust.

There will be the chance to try climbing on a climbing wall, ride crazy bikes, go caving and have a go at geo-caching - a high-tech treasure hunt around the farm using handheld GPS units. Cyclists will be able to get their bikes checked by a bike doctor and children can make their own shield or hobby horse and take part in the hobby horse race at the end of the day. Families can try fire-fighting with National Trust wardens, all of whom are trained to tackle the real moorland fires which happen every year, especially in the dry summer months. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day from Search and Rescue dogs, and more.

For those looking to relax, there will be live folk music in the farm courtyard and a licensed bar. Hogarths will be providing tasty Peak District meat and burgers with the National Trust putting on a vegetarian food in the Penny Pot café barn.

Events Officer Jenny Gerrans said: “The Family Countryside Open Days are our biggest event of the year. Set in the stunning scenery at the foot of Mam Tor and Winnatts Pass, Dunscar Farm becomes a place of adventure and play, with music, refreshments and activities for the whole family to enjoy. People come to support the National Trust’s work in the Peak District, and have an unforgettable day out!”

For a family day out with the National Trust, visit Dunscar Farm, Castleton on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May, from 11am till 5pm. Tickets are £4 per Child, £5 per Adult and £15 for a family ticket.