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  1. English Heritage look after 400 properties in England so for anyone who loves history, this is a great chance to really delve into the past, and discover lots of nooks and crannies, picks up bits of interesting information, and really imagine what life would have been like back in the past.  

    The organisation cares for castles, buildings and monuments such as Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle.  It helps conserve and protect these wonderful places for future generations to enjoy.  

    But let's not forget the amazing gardens English Heritage look after - many of these are historic gardens themselves, such as

    • Wrest Park which is a magnificent showcase of 300 years of gardening.    
    • Stroll through the gardens of Kenilworth Castle, just as Queen Elizabeth I did - they were created for her by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.  
    • Visit the gardens where Charles Darwin lived, at Down House in Kent, and where he came up with so many of his revolutionary ideas on evolution and natural selection.  
    • Wander through Audley End House and Gardens, whose parkland was designed by Capability Brown, with its amazing Organic Garden.  It has a variety of fruit and vegetables, including 120 apple trees and 40 to 50 pear and plum varieties, plus herbs, flowers and grasses in keeping with those grown and used in the house around 1880.  A great way to be inspired to grow your own! 
    • Eltham Palace and Gardens, a fine example of a 1930s Arts and Crafts garden, with an intriguing mix of medieval features as well, with its beautiful Sunken Rose Garden 

     

    Click here to see the Top 10 Historic Gardens with English Heritage

    Click here to give a gift membership to English Heritage -
    There's 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships until 31 March 2017 if you use the code EH2017


    English Heritage members enjoy a range of benefits, including unlimited access to over 400 historic properties across the country, a whole year’s worth of fun days out, with free entry for up to six accompanying children per adult member.  But there's also free or reduced-price entry to exclusive members’ events giving you access to experts and a glimpse behind the scenes and an exclusive Members' Magazine four times a year, giving members all the news about the organisations' properties and work.  There's also a free handbook to help plan your days out, and special offers, discounts and competitions!  Of course you also get the English Heritage car sticker. 

    Click here to give a gift membership -
    There's 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships until 31 March 2017 if you use the code EH2017

     

  2. World Book Day in March is being celebrated at over 20 National Trust properties around the country this year, so this is a great chance to get the kids out and involved in something different!  

    There are all sorts of things happening.   For instance, you could step back to the 1960’s at Sudbury’s World Book Day weekend, enjoy exclusive access to the conservation team at Belton House in Lincolnshire, listen to tall tales, get creative with book-themed crafts and meet some of your favourite storybook characters at Souter Lighthouse (Tyne & Wear), or head to Ightham Mote to explore the pleasures of books and reading by following the story of the gingerbread man in the garden trail. 

    At some properties, you can meet children's authors and illustrators.  The Children's Book Festival is running again at Wray Castle and also at Knole - check the websites for dates and admission info

    Find the World Book Day event closest to you
    © National Trust


    There are 22 National Trust properties celebrating World Book Day - you can find out the one closest to you here and check the dates they are holding events etc. 

    Members of the National Trust enjoy free entry to over 500 special places and there are lots of events, workshops, fun things to do and ways to get involved (charges may apply) - you never know what is going on under your nose in your area with the National Trust!   

    Click here to give a gift membership to the National Trust

     

  3. Browsing through Virgin Experience Days' website looking at all their fantastic gift experiences, as you do, I spotted that they currently have a special offer on an RHS Gift Membership.

    With this offer, you can save yourself 16%!  I think it's a great way to give the RHS support and help them continue the amazing work they do.    

    This is a great gift membership for anyone who loves gardens - the RHS isn't just about Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. 

    Buy an RHS Gift Membership

    £49.00 for one person

    (instead of £59.00)

    Click here to give an RHS Gift Membership



    Membership benefits:

    • Free days out at more than 200 breathtaking gardens (some at selected periods) including the four RHS Gardens (Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire) where they can take a family guest at no extra cost
    • Discounted tickets, priority booking and quieter Members' Days for RHS Shows
    • Free, personalised gardening advice by phone, email or in person
    • A year’s subscription to The Garden monthly magazine
    • A valuable contribution to the charitable work of the RHS
    • A luxury gift pack including two packets of seeds, a set of six luxury postcards and vouchers for a free RHS tote bag and £5 to spend at RHS Shops - you get this after activating the voucher.


    What does the RHS do?

    The RHS has a mission: to enrich everyone's life through plants and make the UK a greener, more beautiful place.  It organises amazing flower shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park, plus seasonal shows and partnership shows.   It owns 4 gardens across the UK, in Surrey, North Yorkshire, Essex and Devon and works in partnership with nearly 200 partner gardens giving members free access at various times of the year.  This enables gardeners to be inspired by different designs and good horticultural practices.   It offers a range of qualifications, runs the Campaign for School Gardening to encourage kids to get growing.  Over 18,000 schools are involved in the campaign. And it's the national awarding body for community schemes such as Britain in Bloom and It's Your Neighbourhood scheme to get people involved and stuck into gardening.  There's lots more besides, but this hopefully will give you a flavour.


    Please note Virgin's Need to Know - Essential Bits before you buy, and also the validity as it's shorter than most experiences - 3 months - you must have booked and taken your experience before the expiry date

     

     

     

  4. Not quite a gift membership as such, but Preloved  help thousands of their members turn clutter into cash, and there's always something interesting, decidedly unusual or downright quirky being advertised for sale – from space hoppers and sailing boats, to classic cars and camping gear!  

    Preloved.co.uk have different levels of membership - you can join for free, or for £5 a year but the premium members recieve priority placing on listing pages and you can upload as many pictures as you want to your ads.  

    And the good news is that they have a special offer for you.  From midnight on 13 February 2017 through to Sunday 19th February 2017 at Midnight, you can enjoy 14 months PREMIUM Membership for £14 (a bargain considering a year is usually £25!) 

    Just use the code VAL14 and click here to take advantage of this great offer!