The perfect festival for your outdoorsy family

Looking for a small, super-chilled, but active festival that you can enjoy with the kids? Look no further, we’ve found a total gem…… We really weren’t sure what to expect from the National Trust South-West Outdoor Festival – to be honest, I’m not even sure how I stumbled across it. But it looked like there […]

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MORE Farm Park fun in the sun

Scorchio. That’s the only way to describe this weekend. The UK heatwave has continued into almost its third week and this Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far at 32oC. Which is lovely. Except if you’re a rare breed of hairy goat or a shaggy-haired Highland Cattle. Yes, I did feel a […]

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The climbing bug

It was all about the camping when we booked it – just a nice place to go away as a large group, not too far away, and hang out in the sunshine and let the kids play. The fact that there was an indoor climbing wall and outdoor climbing tower at the campsite was an […]

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A rhino called Alan

As every parent of a toddler/small child can testify, there is a strong positive correlation between the amount of time since your first child was born, and the number of hours spent petting small animals at farm parks. It’s scientifically proven. Needless to say, we have visited a great many farm and wildlife parks in […]

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We failed but that’s OK

17 family campouts in 2017 – that was our plan. Alas, we only made it to 14. Nevertheless, that 14 involved a total of 33 nights spent camping in the Great Outdoors, across 10 counties and in two countries. We slept in tents, camper vans, Alpine mountain huts, and ecodpods; and experienced everything from torrential […]

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Family, friends, fire, food and follies

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook what is right there in front of you. We spend a lot of time travelling, camping and adventuring far and wide across the UK (and indeed Europe) and yet right here under our very noses in Oxfordshire is some of the most spectacular scenery and amazing camping, which up until […]

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Alpine awesomeness

So as far as family campouts go, this was by far the coolest trip that we have completed. It totally blew our minds. And Oskar exceeded all our expectations of what a 3 year old is capable of. Read on if you want to find out about a more challenging, yet totally achievable family adventure […]

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A French camping secret we are willing to share…

The perfect family camping destination in France…..? We know it, but do you? We are only telling you this because you’re special…. so don’t go telling too many others! One of our (many) homes away from home is the beautiful Dordogne area in south-west France, up river from Bordeaux. I spent much of my childhood […]

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A colourful kind of adventure

Not our usual outdoorsy weekend adventure but a new experience for us all and a whole load of family fun! This weekend we were involved in organising and running our local village Colour Run in aid of a fantastic local charity raising money for community and education projects in Southern Africa. And colourful it was! […]

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Four seasons in one day

Ten minutes from the summit of Snowdon and we had to call it a day. The wind was epic – coming at us sideways and genuinely strong enough to blow us over. The rain was like bullets stinging our faces and we were basically in a cloud. A wet one. (No photos of this – […]

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