Top 5 day trips for you and your elderly relative

We have put together a list of 5 day trips across the UK that are great for you to take your elderly relative on.

Southern England | Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Sussex. It features traditional rural buildings up to 950 years old that have been rescued and restored. Discover many historical houses from the inside out and get to know how rural life was during the Tudor and Victorian era with domestic representations. Explore all that the open air museum has to offer and enjoy a walk around the beautiful landscape the Weald and Downland is situated in.

South West England | Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

This secret garden remained undiscovered for years before it was restored to its current beauty and glory. Featuring 100 acres of gardens and estates, the Heligan heritage is the perfect destination for mystery and romance lovers. You can walk through productive and cultivation gardens, pleasure gardens, and even a fern “jungle” with a long Burmese rope bridge. The estates are complemented by woodlands, meadows, farms, glasshouses. The perfect escape for elderly people in order to enjoy the wildlife and rural beauty.

Northern England | Beamish Museum, County Durham

Since open air museums are great destinations for the people we support to enjoy an attraction and a sunny day at the same time, we have included another such museum on our list. Find out how people lived in North East England in the 1820’s, 1900’s, and 1940’s. Stroll around the 300 acre land of Beamish and see traditional houses and shops of England’s heritage. Explore the 1900’s town, colliery and pit village, as well as a 40’s farm. Feeling tired after so much walking? Hop on the 1910’s tram that takes you around the site. Make sure to stop at one of the many shops to taste something homemade and traditional.

Wales | Bodnant Garden, Conwy

The Bodnant Gardens in Wales spread over 80 acres above river Conwy. A great idea for an excursion and some fresh air, the gardens have a view over the Snowdonia range and the valley. Split into two parts, there is so much to explore and so much beauty to take in. The upper part near Bodnant Hall includes terraced gardens and informal lawns, while the ‘Dell’ boasts of the wild gardens and the river.

Scotland | St Andrews and Fife

If you live in Scotland, it is a great idea that you visit St Andrews and Fife. This day trip is great if you want to make a mini tour and see many interesting places in one day. The most popular attraction, St Andrews University is the oldest university in Scotland and stands out for its amazing medieval architecture. Enjoy the grounds and take a look at the Old Course, a classic golf spot. During the trip you have the opportunity to cross the Forth Road Bridge, an iconic suspended bridge. You will also get to see the fishing villages of East Neuk and visit the Falkland Palace of the Stuart times.

At Barchester we know very well how to mix exercise with fun. From time to time we leave our wonderful care homes to go on excursions and visits. Various activities or a walk out in the fresh air of new, exciting, and beautiful places is always a perfect idea for us.