Blickling Park is the favourite place of Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall. What’s yours?

Blickling Hall, pictured by actress Kim Cattrall

Blickling Hall, pictured by actress Kim Cattrall - Credit: Archant

She is best known for her raunchy role in Sex and the City, but actress Kim Cattrall is now sharing her love of the countryside and in particular Blickling Hall's gardens in north Norfolk.

Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall - Credit: Archant

For the woman who played promiscuous Samantha Jones in the hit TV series is among a set of stars who are encouraging everyone to share their favourite places - where a visit can lift your wellbeing and spirits.

Sienna Guillory enjoying Blakeney Point

Sienna Guillory enjoying Blakeney Point - Credit: Archant

Photos they have taken at their nominated spots are featured on a new 'app' launched by the National Trust today, which also seeks to capture the views of staff, volunteers and members of the public.

The entry by Liverpool-born Ms Cattrall is memories of a 'perfect day' at the Blickling estate when she visited it with family.

Hall marketing manager Jo Bosch said: 'She came on a lovely sunny day. When I went to talk to her she was really lovely and was particulary interested in the gardens and planting ideas.


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'We have been laughing in the office about how she has put the sex into a visit to Blickling - a phrase we would have not considered before.

'Celebrity recommendations visits like hers do help, as people who might not have thought the National Trust was their thing might now re-think.'

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Another actress Sienna Guillory, who appeared in the Resident Evil movie, chose Blakeney Point and was pictured recently picnicking with family.

Other stars naming their favourite places across the nation are actor Jude Law, TV presenter Alex Jones, model Nell McAndrew and Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp,

The National Trust is now galvanising the nation to discover or revisit their special place and share it with others this bank holiday.

According to the trust, four out of five people said visiting their favourite place had a bigger impact on their wellbeing than shopping or going to the cinema.

Nearly a third of those surveyed said their favourite place was where they grew up. Thirty per cent chose a recent holiday spot and one in four the location of a childhood family outing.

One in ten were romantically-minded and admitted that their special place was where they were married and five per cent where they were proposed to. Some 87pc said their special place made them happy just thinking about it.

Alex Green, learning officer at Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre in north Norfolk is just one of the Trust's many staff who have shared their special places.

She said: 'Brancaster Harbour is such a magical place, particularly during the summer holidays, my friends and I would spend every waking hour down there, either sailing when the tide was in, or mud sliding in the creeks when the tide was out.

'Our washing machine suffered under the strain of all my muddy clothes and my bed was always full of sand - but I had the best time growing up in Brancaster Staithe and wouldn't have swapped it for the world.'

To explore the National Trust places and find or discover new special places log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk, or register special places at www.facebook.com/nationaltrust and #specialplaces

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