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National Trust News: Are Dads Out Of Favour?

"A National Trust survey has revealed that 45% of people do not celebrate Fatherís Day, compared to just 18% of people opting out of Motherís Day traditions,'' says Sally Airey.

The recent research gathered on the National Trust website has shown that nearly one third of people questioned only celebrated Mothering Sunday and not the equivalent day for dads.

Tony Berry, Visitor Experience Director of the National Trust, comments: ďWe were surprised to discover such a difference in behavioural trends for Motherís Day and Fatherís Day. Where mums have traditionally received flowers and chocolates for Motherís Day, weíre encouraging people who perhaps find it more difficult to decide on treats for dads to consider a day out for some great family time together.Ē

It is well known that family time together has long been considered to have beneficial effects on peopleís overall wellbeing and happiness and celebrating Fatherís Day could make a positive contribution to this.

The news comes after recent research by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has proven that cultural activities are also good for menís overall health and happiness. The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, has shown that simply observing culture improves the physical health and mental wellbeing of men Ė reducing signs of stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and depression.

Tony Berry comments: ďA day out away from the stresses of everyday life can be just the mental and physical refreshment needed. National Trust places offer so many ways to discover at close range the unique cultural heritage of Britain Ė perfect for a relaxing and stress-busting day out, while also giving dads the day out they deserve on Fatherís Day. We also value the importance of family time together, so we are offering fun events that the whole family can take part in.Ē

The National Trustís top ten recommendations for a spot of culture and relaxation combined on Fatherís Day are:

1. Batemanís, East Sussex
Home of Rudyard Kipling and kept much as he left it, see his 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 parked up outside.

2. Lyme Park, Cheshire
A magnificent estate on the edge of the Peak District, there will be thousands of bulbs for sale and tastings of locally brewed beer for Fatherís Day.

3. Chartwell, Kent
The fascinating home of Sir Winston Churchill and the place from which he drew inspiration.

4. The Vyne, Hampshire
A Tudor power house that has in its possession a ring said to have inspired J.R. Tolkien to write his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

5. Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down
Owner Lady Londonderry made all visiting politicians members of her elite Ďarc clubí, immortalising them as animal portraits that are still on display today.

6. Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Famous for its association with Rex Whistler, enjoy views of Snowdonia and tales from The Battle of Waterloo.

7. Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
The ĎToys for boysí exhibition launches, including train sets and toy soldiers.

8. Gibside, Tyne & Wear
Try family cycling, frisbee golf, archery and wildlife discovery.

9. Brownsea Island, Dorset
One of the last places to see red kites, an unspoilt, natural haven with a colourful history of smugglers and the Second World War.

10. Tyntesfield, North Somerset
A gothic architectural gem, home to geocaching trails and a colony of lesser horseshoe bats.

For more information on National Trust days out, please visit our website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit


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