Louis and family enjoy an adventure weekend thanks to Action for XP and the Landmark Trust
This year, Action for XP were successful in securing a free weekend stay in one of the Landmark Trusts stunning properties, as part of their 50 for FREE initiative. Following a ballot process Louis Brewin and his family were selected to enjoy a weekend in the country and sample the delights of Wilmington Priory. This is their story of an action packed weekend.
We arrived in the dark so were limited to how much we could take in, but we felt really intrigued walking into such an old building. We were all nervous yet eager for the adventures that awaited. When we woke in the morning, we were all taken aback with the grandeur of Wilmington Priory and we couldn’t wait to explore the house, ruins, grounds and local area. We couldn’t absorb it quickly enough. We were so full of excitement and curiosity, it felt like waking up on Christmas Day!
We had researched about the Long Man of Wilmington before arriving and were looking forward to following the trails past the figure and all the way to the top. In one of the Landmark Trust booklets that had been put out for the children, we read the story about a young boy that worked at the priory who would have fun with his friends running up the hills when they had free time. We couldn’t wait to follow in his footsteps so set out on a clear day for our exciting quest. We past the enormous monument and carried on up the chalk hills, right to the top. The views were spectacular and we could see for miles around. It was a 360 viewpoint that we took our time to comprehend and catch our breaths.
There was a bowl shaped piece of land right at the top, which, with its steep slopes was asking for it be rolled down… just like we imagined the boy and his friends would have done in the story. And that’s just what Louis, Liliana and Lee did – we all had so much fun and laughed the whole time that day. A memory that we will treasure forever and have spoken and laughed about so much since.
We always have a great time away as a family and try to make the most of any experience. Our stay at Wilmington Priory certainly reinforced this. We had such an incredible time away together, making amazing memories that we will treasure forever. It was great to switch off from the modern world, if only for a few days, and take in the special opportunity we had been given.
The fun, the laughs, the smiles, the memories will last forever.
We connected so well on this holiday and really enjoyed every part of our experience to the maximum.
We will always remember this special holiday and all that we learned. It was an amazing opportunity to stay in one of the most spectacular locations we’ve ever experienced. The history, charm and wonder oozes from ever part of this priory and filled our family with so much enjoyment. Treasured memories spent connected as a family having so much fun and adventure.
The Landmark Trust is an amazing charity that creates such a unique opportunity to stay in some of the most breath-taking properties. The incredible restoration work they do means history is not lost and the buildings can live on forevermore wit people getting to experience their own piece of history.