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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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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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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Farm park fun

If you are looking for a hassle-free, fun-filled weekend to keep the kids entertained and utterly wear them out, then look no further than Cotswold Farm Park. What an utterly brilliant place! Now as the parents of a three year old, we have spent a fair amount of time at farms, farm parks, adventure playgrounds […]

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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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Ecopod Love

We wanted to start this year with a bang. It was to be our first camping trip of 2017 and crucially number one in our ’17 family camp outs in 2017’ mission, as well as being an important new county for our X County Challenge. However our plans ran into some early problems…. We had […]

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The Big Rocks

Friday 30th December had been earmarked in the diary as a ‘Family Adventure Day’ for some time…. It was the one quiet day in amongst all the Christmas craziness and the day before everything ramped up again for the New Year. We knew that after all the visitors, the family, the eating, drinking and the […]

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Forest of Dean Fun

Gloucestershire – you are the chosen one!  Note to self… when going on a cycling micro-adventure, remember the padded shorts! OK, so my derriere may be a little bruised, but try to stop me smiling! This momentous weekend marked the official beginning of our self-imposed Cross County Challenge and the big decision of which county to head […]

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