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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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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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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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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A Wolf-tastic evening.

Howling with wolves… A normal Friday night activity right? If you want a totally different but absolutely fascinating way to spend an evening, then look no further than ‘Howl Night’ at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust: the chance to learn about these incredible and often misunderstood animals, watch them up close, and communicate with them […]

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Best U.K. family adventure so far!

Dorset. Wow. We under-estimated you. The Easter long-weekend had gifted us with the possibility for a four-day adventure and we were keen to make the most of it. With spring in the air and the possibility of blue skies and perhaps even the golden orb that those in the southern hemisphere call the sun, we […]

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Warwickshire redemption – Day 2

Back in February we spent a weekend in Warwickshire as part of our XCounty Challenge. We’ve already written about our interesting (!) first day’s explorations around Warwick Castle and now here’s the blog about day 2 (finally)! On Sunday morning we woke up to some pretty abysmal weather, which certainly wasn’t conducive to being out […]

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Butterfly mystery solved…

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also solved the mystery of the missing Wisley butterflies….. It seemed to me unlikely that Wisley staff had forgotten to put the butterflies in the greenhouse, or that they had perhaps misread the brief for “6000” butterflies and put in only 60, so there must have been […]

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Mr Wee Wee Head

I have to be absolutely honest with you all….. I had never heard about Michael Rosen’s adventurous tale ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ before seeing it on TV last Christmas. However, all three of us absolutely loved every bit of its fairly simple but imaginative storyline: Four children heading out on a ramble chanting […]

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Purple prickles

Who is this creature with terrible claws…. And terrible teeth in it’s terrible jaws…… Oh help… oh no…. it’s the Gruffalo!   Although in our household, this beautiful forest is affectionately just termed the ‘Gruffalo Forest’, its proper name is Wendover Woods. It’s deep, it’s dark, and yes, the Gruffalo lives there (or at least […]

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