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  1. English Heritage Membership this February half term

    Fire up the family's imagination this half term by delving into England's history with English Heritage, whatever the weather.

    Whether they want to scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails or explore underground wartime tunnles, there are plenty of activities to inspire children and keep them entertained this half term.

    Enjoy access to a wide range of attractions, museums, castles, events and more for free when you purchase an English Heritage Membership. Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of sites from as little as £41 a year.

    Find the perfect membership for you and your family.



  2. Surveys can make interesting readings.   I was on the internet having a general browse as you do, and I came across VisitEngland's website and with it their Annual Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions i.e. where people are visiting the most.

    As one might expect, the top attractions in England were in London - but I was pleased to see (as a lover of  wildlife, gardens & history) strong numbers to historic properties, wildlife attractions and gardens.  

    One of the lovely things about wildlife attractions and gardens is that you can stroll around outside, taking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.  

    Like historic properties, they give the chance to escape from the routine of daily life and go somewhere different, where the senses can indulge in something new - different things to see, to hear, to smell, to touch and feel (perhaps!).   You can enjoy the outputs of somebody else's efforts (no weeding, mowing, planting in the gardens you can enjoy for instance), but be inspired to put more into your own patch at home.  

    In a historic property, there's no dusting or hoovering or window cleaning for you, but you can get lost in times past and stroll around and take in life from past times when things were simpler.   Life seems so fast paced and chaotic for many of us now - could it be that many days out in the top 10 give people a chance to slow down, and go to a time and place where things are more orderly?

    You can pick up tons of helpful tips, discover lots of titbits about your chosen venue and the way people lived, and just escape into a different world and of course many gift memberships give people the chance to have such a day out

    I'll be putting up more info about the top 10s of places people visited very soon so you can get an idea of where everyone goes!


  3. One of the great things about giving a Gift Membership is that you know your gift is helping a cause.  It is making a difference.  That difference could be in another country on the other side of the world, or it could be right in the recipient's local area.   

    I was looking at the Wildlife Trust's website today.   The Wildlife Trust is a UK based charity, and I was having a look through their website, and I happened to come across the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.  

    Looking at their Membership pages, they really brought home to me that, although the Wildlife Trust covers the UK, you can choose to make a difference to wildlife right in your loved one's local area with a gift membership. 

    Through a gift membership with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, your gift will help protect habitats (that's wildlife homes) and so protect species such as the water vole, otter, and butterfly.  Members can enjoy a closer connection with the natural world in their area. Your gift will give locals a place where they can connect with nature and be a part of it.  So you really can make a difference to wildlife in the local area where your loved one lives with your gift membership to their nearest Wildlife Trust.  

    There are 47 Widllife Trusts around the UK, all helping nature, so you are bound to find one that is fairly local to you - there's even one in the island of Alderney in the Channel Islands.  

    Click here to find your local Widllife Trust.  It will have details of their membership schemes on its website.   


  4. Welcome to my blog!  

    Gift Memberships has been going for some time now and I thought it was time I started an online blog, with news, thoughts, gift ideas, charity news etc.  So here it is - I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful :-)  

    One of the reasons I started this website was to raise awareness of the range of meaningful gifts you can get for people who have everything.   You know, I suspect, what I mean - it is hard to buy for them.  They have everything they want, so there's a tendency to go for practical buys which either get stored in a cupboard without use for years on end, or which immediately end up on e-Bay straight after Christmas.

    You'll see that many of the gift memberships on this website focus on our green spaces and blue seas - giving nature a helping hand.   I am a nature and wildlife lover, and am doing what I can to help the wildlife in our garden, with birdbaths, food for the birds, log piles, butterfly and bee friendly plants and, soon to be added, a home for hedgehogs.

    If you know of an animal lover or wildlife lover, or someone who loves the outdoors, exploring new places and returning to favourites, there are plenty of gift memberships to give them.  So I've listed a few on this website - more will be coming along!

    Meantime, I hope you enjoy this blog and website, and thank you for coming to visit :-)