Wednesday, 29 February 2012

James' #happyplace

James Ingle from Eyes Wide Digital Ltd shared this amazing picture of his happy place, Box Hill, when no one else is around.

Stunning view of the heart of Surrey. © James Ingle

He created it by taking 65 images and stitching them together in Photoshop!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Jane's #happyplace

Here's Jane, the Property Operations Manager at Greys Court in her happy place, amongst the peonies at Greys Court – she likes the "peace & quiet, absolute heaven…………."


Friday, 10 February 2012

Share your happy places with us and win a family day out

Given the gloomy economic climate, we're looking to share some of life's simple pleasures with our followers. So, we'd love to hear from you about your happy place. Where do you go when life's getting you down? Is there somewhere that brings back amazing happy memories?

It could be that you're happiest when sat round the kitchen table with your family, or it could be that you've got a great memory of some time spent at one of our places in London and the South East.

We'd like to share your stories on our happy place map so that other can get that little spark of inspiration to hopefully find their happy place. You can tweet us your happy memory or picture to @southeastnt or you can email us.

We'll then add them to our map, and as a little thank you for sharing your stories, we've got 1 day family pass to to give out to our favourites every Monday - Friday untill the 11th April 2012. So get your thinking caps on!

If you're stuck for a happy place, we're porducing some exciting little maps of inspiration for each county in our region outlining all of our places open to the public. They're not quite ready yet, but you can pre order your free paper copy here. They'll be posted out in late March and as soon as the online ones are ready we'll let you know.

Here's our happy place map so far:

View National Trust London and South East - Happy Places in a larger map

Happy Place terms and conditions

These terms and conditions apply to stories and images submitted as part of our Happy Place campaign:

1. By submitting a story through social media or by email, the user grants the National Trust limited, non-exclusive rights to use the story and/or images in promotional material within a five year period of the story or images being submitted.
2. The photographer will be credited whenever an image is used and published by the National Trust.
3. Submitted stories will be moderated and added to the website by the National Trust, stories using inappropriate language will not be published.
4. By submitting their story, users give permission to the National Trust to contact them for further information should it be necessary.

Free pass give away terms and conditions
  1. The competition will run from 10 Feb - 11 April 2012
  2. By entering the competition, the entrant grants the National Trust limited, non-exclusive rights to use the images to promote the competition the images were submitted to, or for similar future competitions within a five year period of the winners being announced for the competition that the images concerned were submitted to;
  3. The photographer will be credited whenever the image is used and published by the National Trust.
  4. This prize draw is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man aged 18 years or over excluding employees and their families of The National Trust, anyone professionally connected with this promotion.
  5. Only one entry per Twitter  or Email account per day.
  6. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The National Trust will not be responsible for any transport or accommodation costs incurred in the fulfilment of this prize. 
  8. The winner will be notified by Twitter message or by email asking for their postal address If a winner does not respond setting out their contact details and address within 3 days, the Promoter has the right to pick another winner from all valid entries.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Get your little map of inspiration

We've created little maps of inspiration for each of the counties in our region that highlight all our places, both countryside places as well as the more traditional places.

We're currently offering maps of Kent, Surrey, West and East Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire, Bucks and Oxon, London, and the Isle of Wight.

To order your free map, please click on the link below

We will only use your information to post you your maps in accordance with this Privacy Policy

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The great indoors this February

Many of our outdoor places are open all year, whilst some of our houses are closed for us to conserve, clean and restore the precious interiors. Once this has been done the doors are flung open for you to enjoy a warm winter’s visit. Here are the indoor places opening in February after their winter clean:

Alfriston Clergy House opens on the 25 February

Basildon Park – ground floor exhibition area opens 6 February

Eastbury Manor House – open on Monday and Tuesday

Hinton Ampner – open all week from 11 February

Hughenden – open all week from 11 February

Leighton House Museum – Wednesday to Monday

Mottisfont – art gallery open all week from 11 February

Osterley Park and House – house tours from 11 February

Polesden Laceylimited guided tours every weekend in Feb, then limited guided tours Wed to Sunday 15 – 26 Feb and then normal opening the 29 Feb onwards (Wed – Sun)

Scotney Castle – opens Wednesday to Sunday from 15 February

Sutton House -  Thursday – Sunday from 4 February

Standen – open Saturday and Sunday from 11 February, Wednesday – Sunday from the 29 February

The Vyne – all week from the 11 February

Wakehurst Place – open all week

Winchester City Mill – open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 12 February, open all week from 13 February