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Too soon? The first Christmas 2022 post?

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Lizbethann55 Fri 28-Jan-22 19:27:11

Every year we go to see the Christmas lights in the gardens at Dunham Massey ( National Trust house and gardens in Cheshire). They are always stunning but not cheap! As DH and I usually end up paying for everyone it costs us well over £200. The tickets for this coming Christmas have gone on sale today!!! Surely that is months and months too early. I feel really angry, but if we leave it all the hours and days we could go will have been sold. And when I think of all the interest the NT will get for an entire year, it all seems just pure greed!

janeainsworth Fri 28-Jan-22 19:40:42

I’m liking the National Trust less and less these days.
Earlier this year they offered passes worth I think £25…….. to readers of the Daily Express😮
I complained about this via Twitter & the response was that they were trying to increase membership.
At the expense of existing members!

BlueBelle Fri 28-Jan-22 20:17:57

Boo no C word till I ember pleaseeeeee

BlueBelle Fri 28-Jan-22 20:18:08

November that is

Lizbethann55 Fri 28-Jan-22 20:22:33

Me too janeainsworth. Now to get into the car park it is a membership card per person, not one per car. Which will be very expensive for us GPs who take our DGC to NT places when we are looking after them.

Lincslass Fri 28-Jan-22 20:26:55

janeainsworth

I’m liking the National Trust less and less these days.
Earlier this year they offered passes worth I think £25…….. to readers of the Daily Express😮
I complained about this via Twitter & the response was that they were trying to increase membership.
At the expense of existing members!

Obviously Daily Express readers are less worthy of joining the NT than, what Guardian or Mirror readers. What a snobby view. If your views are representative of the members, well I’m damn pleased I cancelled my subscription years ago.

kittylester Fri 28-Jan-22 21:05:50

I suspect you misunderstood what janea was saying, lincslass. That is certainly not how I took her post.

Witzend Fri 28-Jan-22 21:15:22

I think I’ve seen tickets for a C-word event at Kew advertised recently. Presumably they do sell out quickly, but you do wonder why they have to go on sale so early.

Kim19 Fri 28-Jan-22 21:53:00

Yes, does tend to grieve me when I have to part with a fair amount of cash so long in advance for theatre tickets. However it is a kind of Hobson's really.

janeainsworth Fri 28-Jan-22 21:56:51

LincsLass I think that, as a charity mainly dependent upon members support for income, the National Trust shouldn’t be handing out free passes to anyone. That is members’ money which they have paid to the NT to carry out its core remit of preserving historic places.

Sorry if my reference to the Daily Express touched a raw nerve with you.

Sarnia Sat 29-Jan-22 07:46:42

I have bought pantomime tickets for Christmas 2022. I had a job getting the day and 9 seats we wanted too.

Kalu Sat 29-Jan-22 08:09:58

I didn’t read janea’s post as snobby at all, just an example of what she had discovered by a certain newspaper and understandably quite shocked that they are giving away free passes when current members are having to pay for membership. Something which I also find unfair.

Baggs Sat 29-Jan-22 08:19:37

BlueBelle

November that is

Nope. Christmas season does not begin until after my birthday, which is towards the end of November, and St Andrews Day, which is on the 30th and is the date MrB and I met.

Baggs Sat 29-Jan-22 08:22:15

Lizbethann55

Me too janeainsworth. Now to get into the car park it is a membership card per person, not one per car. Which will be very expensive for us GPs who take our DGC to NT places when we are looking after them.

I wonder if these extra money-grabbing devices are because people are discontinuing their membership in droves?

(I exaggerate with 'droves' but I think there has been a largish drift away from NT).

nandad Sat 29-Jan-22 08:27:26

Lizbethann55

Me too janeainsworth. Now to get into the car park it is a membership card per person, not one per car. Which will be very expensive for us GPs who take our DGC to NT places when we are looking after them.

Which properties are charging per person for parking please?

Maggiemaybe Sat 29-Jan-22 09:23:33

DD1 set up an alert for booking the nearest 2022 Polar Express experience. Tickets came available on 18 January and many dates are already sold out. shock

After getting back on the chair she’d fallen off in shock at seeing the prices (around £150 for her, her DP and 2 year old DGS6) she decided not to bother.

GrannySomerset Sat 29-Jan-22 09:33:55

Cynical me thinks that by paying so far in advance people will have forgotten just how much their treat is costing and be more inclined to pay for extras on the day.

Mapleleaf Sat 29-Jan-22 09:42:11

We noticed that there was no NT sticker for the car with this years membership book and magazine, which used to be sufficient for car parking. Looks as if that might be the reason why, ie that each car occupant has to prove membership. Rather grasping of them if that’s the case.

Sara1954 Sat 29-Jan-22 09:48:38

Yes it’s not just NT I’ve had a notification from Kew.
But I’m actually going to book things well in advance this year, as last year, everything seemed to be sold out on launch day

grumppa Sat 29-Jan-22 09:50:24

Cash flow? January and February must be low on income for the NT, so get some of the November/December cash in now?

Peasblossom Sat 29-Jan-22 10:01:30

Wow, I didn’t know that about paying per person to park. It makes my membership a bit pointless if there’s added expense for taking other people to a NT place.

We would have spent oodles on cake and coffee and probably some in the shop.

They really have lost the plot🙄

TerriBull Sat 29-Jan-22 10:21:57

Given we've only just had Christmas, I think it's quite depressing to be contemplating the next one, it's like wishing our lives away. Fixed important days always to remind us another year over, increasingly they are coming round too quickly.

I take the point about booking up in advance though, we went to the winter light display that Kew Gardens have annually, the first year had no trouble getting tickets for that at all, didn't book that far in advance, subsequent years it became quite evident unless you do book well in advance there are no tickets left.

We don't use our NT membership nearly enough, well it's been a problem to do so during lockdown, we didn't go to any of their places last year except just after Christmas we went to a nice display at Wakefield Place, which is associated with Kew.

Annoyingly we had to ask the NT for the discount they offer on their longer term memberships, they didn't at any time offer it.

BigBertha1 Sat 29-Jan-22 10:34:02

I live near Dunham Massey and 'go o the Xmas show but thought I might like to next year - is it worth the high ticket price?

Sara1954 Sat 29-Jan-22 12:24:05

We have often done Kew, but the last couple of years have visited NT properties nearer to where we live.
There is no doubt that Kew is way more spectacular, but the smaller ones are far less crowded and for us, a much shorter journey.
If we all enjoy it I don’t begrudge the entry fee, but what does make me cross, is the cost of the concessions. Over priced, inferior food, queuing for up to half an hour, I think that really needs rethinking.

aonk Sat 29-Jan-22 14:35:41

There are lots of events which happen at C time and I’m sure I would enjoy many of them. I think they can be ridiculously expensive. I’ll start to think about it in September or October. If they’re sold out it’s too bad. I’d rather concentrate on having a holiday!