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5 Great Winter Walks on the South Coast – Guest Blog

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Blow away the cobwebs with these 5 south coast walks

GO Outdoors Blogger of the Year Kate from ‘Adventures of Kate’ has been busy out and about exploring the South coast for us to bring us 5 walks that she would recommend in the area of the country where she grew up and here’s what she recommends:

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Is Britain Becoming a Hiber-Nation?

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Brits are choosing to huddle indoors, hibernating throughout the winter months, a new study has revealed.

‘Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’ is a famous quote you’ve likely heard before, but the spirit of adventure that inspired that quote may be lacking in today’s Britain.

GO Outdoors recently comissioned a survey a survey of over 2,000 adults in the UK where we found that more than half of working adults spend less than 30 minutes outside in the fresh air, with 83% barely seeing any daylight at all due to leaving for work before sunrise and coming home after sunset during those shorter winter days.

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Why it’s Great to be a Scout

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Inspiring young people with skills for life

Today is Founder’s Day – the birthday of the Scouts’ Founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and what a brilliant moment to shine a spotlight on the Scouts and the amazing volunteers who make it happen. Here at GO Outdoors we couldn’t be more pleased to support such a positive movement.

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Tips to get the Kids Outside During the School Holidays

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Tips and places to go to make the outside more interesting to little ones 

Ah the school holidays, precious extra time with your little cherubs, or the perilous task of thinking up ways to keep them from spending every minute of the day on their games console. Whichever resonates with you the most, it’s important for us all to encourage kids to spend more time outside. A study in 2016 showed that kids spend less time outdoors than most prison inmates, and 1 in 9 hadn’t set foot in a park, beach, forest or other natural areas in over a year.

So what can we do? How do we get kids interesting in spending time in the outdoors?

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Outwell Tents return to GO Outdoors in 2019

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Exclusive and New Outwell Tents arriving at GO Outdoors this spring 

Danish camping giants Outwell are back at GO Outdoors in a big way in 2019, and we’re thrilled to welcome a whole new range of tents alongside some of their stunning camping furniture.

The best bit about these tents? They’re exclusive to GO Outdoors which gives GO Outdoors Discount Card holders the best possible access. Read more

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New from Hi Gear Tents 2019

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What’s new from the Hi Gear camping range in 2019? 

A new season brings plenty of new gear, and nothing gets us more excited than seeing all the new kit arriving in our stores and on the website. Over the next few articles, we will shine a light on a different brand available at GO Outdoors and some of the fantastic new tents and camping equipment set to land with us in 2019.

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An Answer to Outdoor Maternity Clothes

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GO Outdoors are proud stockists of ‘Zip Us In’ products 

If you’re getting ready for the arrival of your baby, the last thing you need is the expense of having to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothing during pregnancy, it’s costly for you and it can be wasteful buying clothing for a short length of time.

With more expecting mums wanting to stay active through pregnancy, we realised that there simply were not many options for outdoor maternity clothes, so we were very excited when we found out about Zip Us In expander panels.

Zip Us In create a waterproof expander panel that can be zipped into your existing waterproof or insulated jacket to help cover your bump.

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Storied Locations: 100 Acre Wood

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Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a visit to his home

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January 18th marks the annual ‘Winnie the Pooh Day’, which is celebrated on the birthday of the author A.A. Milne. The special day is a chance for Pooh Bear fans of all ages to celebrate their love for one of Britain’s best loved story characters. If you enjoy Pooh’s adventures with Piglet, Eeyore and co., did you know that you can visit where the ideas and stories came from?

The 100 Acre Wood where the characters had their fun in the stories is actually based on the 500 Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Read more

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Our challenge to you in 2019

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Take on the GO Outdoors 2019 Challenge for a healthier and more memorable year.

Resolutions are great, a new year kicks in and we tell ourselves we must do better, must lose weight, must get fitter, must be more organised etc,  but January can be a challenging month for a number of reasons and resolutions often get pushed aside.

In 2019, we’re saying ditch the resolutions and challenge yourself, and we’ve come up with 7 simple challenges that anybody can take part in, no matter what their outdoor experience level is. Read more

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Guide to Fossil Hunting on the Isle of Wight

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There are a million and one reasons to explore the great outdoors of Britain, but if you’re looking for a truly thrilling incentive, how about the prospect of finding fossils and dinosaur bones dating back some 125 million years?

Unless you live near a fossil site, you might not even be aware of the important role that the UK plays in the realm of paleoethology, the branch of science concerned with fossilised animals and plants. But just across the Solent from GO Outdoors Southampton, there is a place dubbed ‘Dinosaur Island’ – also known as the Isle of Wight.

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Walkers

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10 Christmas Gifts for Walkers 

Christmas is the time for giving, and there’s no greater gift than the gift of adventure. If there’s an avid walker/hiker in your life and you’re struggling with some gift ideas this Christmas-time, we’re here to help. We’ve pulled together 10 suggestions to help focus your search.

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The 2018 GO Outdoors Awards has launched!

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Vote for the very best of the outdoors in the GO Outdoors Awards 

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate the very best of 2018. At this time of year, the GO Outdoors End of Year Awards launches in search of the very best outdoor brand, outdoor bloggers, products and more.

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The best of Black Friday deals 2018 – GO Outdoors

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Black Friday has already begun at GO Outdoors 

Remember, Remember that fantastic offers always come in November. There is no better time to start or even finish your Christmas shopping than the second half of November.

If you’re looking to give the gift of adventure this Christmas, or refresh your winter wardrobe, or just treat yourself after a year of hard work – There’s something in the GO Outdoors Black Friday offers for everyone.

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Zombie Survival Kit List

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Why GO Outdoors is your one-stop zombie survival shop 

Whether you’re a fan of Halloween, horror movies or The Walking Dead, there is a big obsession with zombies in the world today. The obsession stretches so far that the Pentagon actually has a zombie survival plan, fear of the undead is a very real thing.

So it got us thinking – what would you do if we really were subject to a zombie apocalypse?

Simple answer: Get to GO Outdoors. Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Even in times of impending apocalyptic doom these guys are STILL trying to get me in store?’, but hear us out and we think you’ll agree with our thought process.

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Lightweight Childrens Bikes from Wild Bikes – New for 2018

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Wild Bikes always shine 

A new cycling brand has landed exclusively at GO Outdoors in 2018. Wild Bikes offer confidence-building lightweight children’s bikes.  Created for adventure, this range of bikes is your child’s next step from a balance bike and onward through their cycling development. The thoughtful components on each all come together to create an easy to ride bike, without going through the stabiliser phase.

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23 Walks with Myths, Stories & Legends

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Take a walk through myths, legends and stories

Britain is steeped in history, and with history also comes a few tall tales, myths and folklore. To celebrate the very real (and the not so real), we have decided to take a look at some of the locations around the UK that you can visit and learn of some wonderful stories to accompany the scenery. Read more

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15 Outdoor Ideas for Kids this Autumn

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Turn those square eyed TV monsters into wide-eyed wandering explorers 

The weather is getting colder, the hours of daylight are getting shorter but these aren’t reasons to stay indoors this half term. Spending family time outdoors when young can kickstart a lifelong love for adventure. It’s easier in summer, so here are a few tips for the autumn months to try.

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Rab: 10 Years of the Microlight Alpine

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A love letter to an outdoor institution. Celebrating 10 years of the Rab Microlight and introducing the new generation of Microlight.

Always one of the most popular down jackets of the season, the Microlight Alpine has stood the test of time as an accessible figurehead in the Rab range. 2018 sees the microlight alpine 10th anniversary and to celebrate, Rab has perfected the old and introduced something brand new.

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Campsites in Wales – 5 to try

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Camping in Wales – 5 Welsh campsites to try 

Walking, climbing, coasteering, surfing, zip-lining and more; Wales offers a wealth of opportunities for those who want to go outdoors. It’s the go-to location for adventure in the UK and a camping holiday is the best way to make the most of its epic scenery. We’ve asked Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com to suggest a few of her favourite sites…

Wales has three national parks, 750 miles of coastline and more than its fair share of mountains, forests and farmland. You can climb Snowdon, walk the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, hike in the Brecon Beacons or simply relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It’s a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors and a perfect place to go camping. Here are five of the top spots to pitch a tent, as approved by the experts at Cool Camping…

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LOWA arrives at GO Outdoors

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New seasons bring new kit, and excitingly – new brands!

We’re delighted to be welcoming outdoor footwear brand LOWA to select GO Outdoors stores and GOoutdoors.co.uk this season, and we think you’re going to love the boots and shoes that they produce. With over 90 years of experience in their field, LOWA comes with a fantastic reputation for style, comfort and quality. Let’s take a closer look at the brand and the range.

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