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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?
Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a visit to his home
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
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
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.
Autumn is our favourite season, and here’s why
Autumn is arguably our favourite time of year. Now before you start telling us about the cold and the rain and the fact that after clearing your garden of leaves, it looks like you never even did it seconds later – hear us out. We’ve got plenty of reasons why you should embrace the autumn:
Five reasons why you should head to the forest this summer
Each season in the forest has something special to offer. The forest is alive in the summer! Our friends at Forest Holidays have gathered a few reasons why – and especially for GO Outdoors customers, you can even have a 5% discount on breaks this summer.
Painting, hiding and finding rocks is a big hit with families
You may have heard of it, you may have even seen some of them in your local park, but painting rocks and hiding them for others to find is becoming a big hit with families looking to get outside. Here we take a look at what this ‘craze’ is all about.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
The school holidays means it’s time for family holidays, day trips and plenty of time in the car. If your little angel turns into a broken ‘Are we there yet?’ record on long trips, we’ve compiled a list of the very best in-car games to play to make time consuming journeys fly by.
We take a look at some great outdoor spots on the emerald isle
St Patrick’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for us we’ve taken it as a great excuse to shine some light on an often forgotten outdoor gem.
Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have some truly luscious scenery for the outdoor fan, and with many activities on offer, it’s certainly worth venturing away from Temple Bar for a few days to check it out.
We asked GO staff where their favourite outdoor spots were in Ireland, and here’s what we have come up with. Read more
Find out where some of the best endurance events are taking place this year across the UK.
Do you like to push yourself to the limit? We’ve put together a perfect list just for you. Here you’ll find over 80 grueling, challenging and even muddy events for you to throw yourself into in 2018. Why not test yourself and smash your goals this year?
Unwind with a Boxing Day walk
You’ve spent most of the last month driving yourself crazy about buying presents and making ‘the big day’ everything you’d hoped it would be. Christmas is fantastic family time, but for many, it’s still difficult to unwind (let’s not forget the members of the family cooking one of the most stressful meals of the year). Boxing Day is a time to breathe a sigh of relief, and a fantastic time to get outdoors and blow away the cobwebs. Read more
The mountains are calling!
We Brits love a challenge, and you don’t have to travel very far to put yourself to the test. There are plenty of mountains in the UK ready for you to conquer, and there’s something for every level of ability, so there are no excuses not to give it a go. Here we have collected 15 mountains around the UK that we think are must-climbs, from the big three to some slightly lesser climbed peaks that have a lot to offer. Read more
Travel the UK by road and make some stops along the way on these scenic routes
While it may be easy to associate British roads with bumper to bumper traffic and reserve the rose tinted road trip for roads like Route 66 in the USA, there are some truly scenic routes in the UK. In the age of Satnavs we’ve become so accustomed to the quickest possible route, that we’ve forgot about the treasures that can be found on the ‘scenic’ route.
While discussing the merits of Britain’s ‘A’ roads may sound a little Alan Partridge, hear us out. Check out these 12 scenic roads in the UK – we’ve even found something to see or do on each one. Read more
Discover geocaching, a fantastic way to get the whole family outdoors.
What is it? How do you get started? Where can you go? We’ve got you covered!
If treasure hunts and walks in the British countryside sound like the kind of activities that you and your family could get into then it’s time to seriously consider taking up geocaching, one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the UK today. All children love going on a treasure hunt, even if it’s just a small one at home, and if you’re looking for a new way to get them out into the countryside then this is certainly the way to do it.
There are hundreds of events happening over the summer at English Heritage locations around the country, celebrating history in different ways. Here you’ll find a number of recommended events for you to check out, from medieval jousting shows, to travelling storytellers to a World War II weekend. Ideal family days out for over the summer holidays in England.
Places to visit in the UK deemed to have ‘outstanding universal value’
2017 saw the addition of the Lake District to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the first UK National Park to receive the honour and the 31st location associated to the United Kingdom. We’ve picked out the ones that you can visit in England/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland, If you’re looking for fantastic day trips in the UK, then it’s worth checking out some of these places:
YHA share 6 ideas to have a fantastic summer
Are you in need of some summer inspiration? Fear not! Our partners at the Youth Hostel Association have curated 6 ways to have an amazing summer in England and Wales. Even better, if you want to stay close to the action, YHA have rooms available from £29 per night at each of the locations featured.
So there’s no excuse to miss out on making the most of the sunshine!
Every great staycation starts with a road trip – share yours with us!
As we take a short break from our weekly photo challenge, we’re bringing you a fantastic opportunity to win GO Outdoors vouchers each week and the possibility to win £500 in vouchers at the end of the summer!
Tips and food ideas for your next picnic
It’s National Picnic Week 16th June – 25th June, and outside the barbecue, a picnic is one of the outdoor families greatest friends. In this article we’ve pulled together some tips for a successful picnic, alongside some simple recipes that you can make at home and take with you. It doesn’t have to be all soggy sandwiches!
Woodland day trips for the whole family
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. If you go down to the wood today, you’re likely to find stories to tell, stunning trees, and winding paths to explore and enjoy. The British forests and woodland are a real thing of beauty, and they’re just waiting for your family adventures. So if you’re looking for a family day out this year, why not check out some of these?