Comic book favourite Dennis the Menace visits Wallington

National Trust property Wallington features in this week's edition of the Beano with star Dennis the Menace climbing the Nootka Cypress tree

Beano star Dennis the Menace is at Wallington, in Northumberland, in the latest issue of the comic
Beano star Dennis the Menace is at Wallington, in Northumberland, in the latest issue of the comic

Dennis the Menace and his sidekick Gnasher visit a Northumberland tourist attraction in the latest edition of the Beano.

The stars of the children’s comic call in at National Trust property Wallington in this week’s Beano, which is on sale today.

Dennis and his trusty companion can be seen chasing his classmate Walter up a Nootka tree.

Dennis is pictured grinning: “Ha ha! Walter’s taking the express route up!”

Gnasher is just below Walter in the tree.

The sobbing softy is hanging on for dear life, saying: “I don’t like heights, but I like getting my botty gnashed even less! Eeek!”

Dennis and co appear as part of a promotion of the trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters campaign.

The initiative aims to encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature.

A trust spokeswoman said: “They loved our 50 things campaign and they got in touch to see how they could get involved.”

Wallington’s 45ft-high Nootka Cypress evergreen was chosen to appear having been voted the best tree to climb by the trust earlier this year in the campaign.

It received the accolade thanks to its trunk height and branches which are ideal for children to scale.

Julie Tucker, events and promotions manager at the attraction, said: “It’s fantastic to see Wallington featured in The Beano.

“The strip highlights the National Trust’s campaign to reconnect children with nature in such a fun way. We’ve set a ‘wild-time challenge’ for families this summer.

“It tasks them with completing 25 of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters and each week The Beano will publish new challenges.”

Also appearing in the comic is the National Trust’s Tyne and Wear property Gibside, having been voted by the trust as the best place in the UK to camp out under the stars in the 50 things campaign.

It is mentioned in a checklist of other adventures to have, with the words: “Camp out in the wild at Gibside, Tyne and Wear.”

Emily Bryce, visitor experience manager at the attraction, said: “Gibside is perfect for camping as we have West Wood Yurt Village, which is open all year round – great for a touch of luxury during your camping stay.

“We also hold family camping weekends twice a year, where 100 families can pitch their tent in the heart of the gardens.

“The trust has lots of family events taking place every day of the summer holidays where you can do the 50 things activities.

“We hope this will help parents have a stress-free holidays by keeping their little ones busy having lots of fun outdoors.”



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