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Things to do in UK
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.
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
Looking for an unforgettable camping holiday? We ask Cool Camping expert Amy Woodland for her recommendations of the most unique places to go camping in the UK.
Pitching a tent, cooking al fresco and sleeping under canvas can be an adventure wherever you decide to go. But throw in a campsite in a truly extraordinary location and you’ll have the makings of a holiday quite unlike anything else – even if you do spend the entire day at the campsite! We’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com to reveal some of their favourite quirky campsites in the UK, each offering something so special you simply won’t find it anywhere else. The only difficulty? Deciding which to visit first…
There’s not a single place in Britain that’s more than 70 miles from the sea and when it comes to camping holidays it’s tough to top a visit to the coast. To help you pitch within a flip-flop’s throw of the beach, we’ve asked Cool Camping’s Amy Woodland for her latest recommendations…
Sand, sea, sky and the sound of crashing waves… there’s no place quite like the coast. Choose a campsite near the beach and you’ll never be short of things to do: You can surf, swim or build sandcastles, enjoy cliff-top walks or poking around in rockpools. And, after a long day exploring our craggy coastline, what could be better than returning to a campsite right beside the shore? There are plenty of campsites around the UK’s long and varied coastline but only the best get the thumbs-up from coolcamping.com – we’ve asked resident writer Amy Woodland for her latest recommendations…
Whether you’re searching for a campsite near the surf, a family-friendly spot on a farm or a scenic cliff-top getaway, you’re bound to find a campsite to suit in Cornwall. To help you find the cream of the Cornish crop, we’ve asked Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com for her favourite places to pitch…
The feeling of sand between the toes, the smell of freshly caught crabs on the quay, the sound of seagulls above a harbour town and the taste of clotted cream ice-cream… holidays in Cornwall are the ultimate release from normal life. And there’s no better way to experience this incredible corner of England than on a camping holiday. Whether you want to pitch up in the Cornish countryside or camp slap bang on the coast, pitching a tent really gets your out there and puts you in amongst the scenery. Not only that, but it’s great value and great fun too. The experts at Cool Camping have spent years seeking out the best campsites in the country. Here are just five of their favourites in Cornwall…
If you’re always on the look-out for a new place to pitch your tent, how about trying one of these pop-up campsites open during the school holidays only? Picked out by Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com, each of these campsites opens for less than a month each year, ensuring a brief but brilliant camping existence…
Flowers aren’t the only things that pop up and lend a bit of colour to the countryside in summer. The good weather and school holidays also see temporary, tent-only campsites spring to life across the country. Whether you fancy camping in the New Forest National Park, among the remote dunes of a Northumberland beach or in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty, these 28-day-long campsites are a great way to visit places that are usually out of bounds. The experts at coolcamping.com have been keeping an eye out for new arrivals and have put together this little collection of some of the best sites popping up this year…
Camping holidays could have been invented for dogs and their owners. The fresh air and long walks make for waggy tails and big smiles all round. Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com picks out five of the best dog-friendly campsites…
Looking for a pet-friendly place to go on holiday can be a tiresome task for dog owners. You think you’ve found the ideal accommodation only to come across the dreaded words: “Sorry – no dogs allowed” in the small print. We know how frustrating it can be, so we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com to put together a ‘ruff’ guide to some of the best places to go camping with a dog in the UK. Here’s what they’ve come up with…
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.
Enjoy a scenic hiking holiday this spring and get 15% off YHA stays
Want to experience the Great British countryside at its most beautiful? Pack your rucksack, tug on your hiking boots and tackle the unspoilt wilderness by foot. From picture-postcard villages, to dramatic sea-torn cliffs, here are five great National Trails just waiting for your footprints and camera snaps. Even better, most of these breath-taking long-distance walks are near to a YHA hostel so you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in friendly surroundings after your trek.
Some of our favourite family-friendly festivals on offer in 2018
Family holidays and camping trips can get quite similar after a while and that sometimes means that they lose their magic. Rather than going to the same campsite with the same local amenities and doing the same activities, try one of the many fantastic family-friendly festivals taking place in the UK this year instead!
Finding a family-friendly festival isn’t always easy and you don’t want to spend hours searching for one that’s right for you only to find it sold out months ago. So, to help you to start planning, we’ve compiled a list of the leading family-friendly festivals in the UK in 2018 – in date order – for you to choose your favourite.
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?
A selection of some walking routes to try around the UK
If you’ve found yourself inspired by ‘Britains Favourite Walks’ on ITV and you’re looking for somewhere to get your boots muddy this weekend, we’ve compiled a few lists that might help you find what you’re looking for, with over 150 walks to choose from, there should be something for everyone.
Get involved with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and look out for these birds in your garden this weekend
Each year RSPB hosts their Big Garden Bird Watch to get a count of bird sightings in the public’s gardens around the UK. This vital information can give them great insight into how different bird species are fairing year on year. So we’ve come up with a list of 15 birds that you might be able to see in your garden this weekend. 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
With darker autumn nights closing in, we look towards the Milky Way and ask the folks from coolcamping.com for their tips on where to camp for the very best of the night sky.
August has been and gone, days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting cooler. You could be forgiven for thinking the time to put away your tent is drawing near. Don’t be too hasty, however. After a rainy summer, the weather is finally starting to brighten up across the UK and with the coming of early evening darkness comes some of the extra joys that a camping holiday brings – evenings keeping warm around a campfire, mornings sleeping in and dark, starry skies where you can hunt for shooting stars and satellites. To help you find the best spot for enjoying the night’s sky, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of five fantastic places for stargazing in the UK…
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
All aboard! We’re heading downriver on a voyage of campsite discovery with James Warner Smith, editor of the Cool Camping guidebooks, as he picks his top five waterside campsites.
Whether it’s wild swimming, stone skimming or simply messing about in boats, there’s nothing quite like camping beside a river. The wide, flat meadows and green spaces that surround our British waterways seem ready-made for camping and it is often here, in these beautiful areas, that the UK’s best campsites can be found. To help you find your next watery wonderland, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of the very best riverside campsites in the UK. All you need to do is pick your favourite and hop ashore…
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.
It’s time to wave goodbye to the changeable summer weather and seek out shelter in the trees. James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com chooses his top five woodland campsites for getting back to nature.
Sun, rain, cloud, thunder-storms… so far this summer we’ve had it all and, when it comes to going camping, it’s always wise to read the weather forecast to make sure you’re prepared for what’s in store. As well as gathering all the right camping equipment from your local Go Outdoors retailer, one guaranteed way to make the most of changeable weather is to find a sheltered campsite among the trees. Whether it’s the sound of the dawn chorus, the smell of campfire smoke or the sight of dappled sunlight as it dances through the leaves, it’s tough to beat sheltering away at a forest site. To help you find the best woodland spots, we’ve asked the experts from coolcamping.com to pick five incredible UK campsites where you can pitch your tent in the trees…
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.