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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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
From short strolls in the countryside to long distance walks and even hill climbs, you’ll find a multitude of walks for all abilities through the picturesque Peak District and the rolling hills in and around the county of Derbyshire including the stunning Pennine Way and Ladybower.
The Peak District is one of the UK’s most widely visited National Parks with many visiting the area for walking holidays. These walks are clearly signposted and widely regarded as the best anywhere in the UK, enable new and experienced walkers to get out and about to see the countless attractions and experience some of the best and most widely-trodden Peak District walking routes.
In the latest GO Outdoors guide we’ve compiled what we believe to be 10 of the very best Derbyshire and Peak District walks for you to research, plan and experience for yourself with something for all ages and abilities included.
The Best Dog-Friendly Walks in the UK
UK residents love their dogs and we’re truly blessed with some incredible locations to take them on walks. With rugged coastline, picturesque countryside and 15 spectacular National Parks to explore it’s no wonder that people are ditching their overseas holidays and opting for dog-friendly holidays in the UK instead.
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.
Explore the week, not just the weekend
Lighter evenings are an ideal time to get your daily dose of vitamin D by pledging to give yourself an hour or so outside after work. We’ve pulled together a list of ideas for you to enjoy the light evenings, and a few reasons why spending more time outside after work might be a good idea.
Share your own #mydeuteradventure and you could be in with a chance to win
This summer we’re teaming up with Deuter to bring you the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Germany. Alongside six other participating nations, UK entrants are asked to share their unique hiking adventures for a chance to win. 2 winners will be selected from each of the 7 participating nations and will be invited to Germany on an all-inclusive holiday.
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?
Love it or hate it, the white stuff is snow joke.
Brrr… it’s chilly out there! Depending on your age or outlook snow could mean snowmen, sledging and snowball fights, or slow journeys, slippy commutes and a rush on bread/milk in the local supermarket. If you do need to head outside, we’ve teamed up with the Met office to bring you some safety tips to help keep you warm, and more importantly – upright.
For all your winter essentials, head to our dedicated snow shop online: http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/winter-essentials or your local GO Outdoors store to pick up all you need.
Andrew White from Walks Around Britain shares why he goes outdoors
We continue to celebrate the different reasons for adventure this year with #iGOoutdoors, you can submit your adventures and stories by tagging them #igooutdoors on your social channels, more info available at http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/igoutdoors .
This week we sat down with Andrew White, the man behind ‘Walks Around Britain’ to find out how he’s using his love of the outdoors to encourage others to give it a go.
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.
How can you get fit without the costly gym membership?
January comes with a torrent of celebrity-endorsed fitness DVD’s and all the local Gym’s telling you that it’s a new year and a new you (for their small sign up fee). While gyms are great for fitness, there are also plenty of ways to keep fit outdoors, and the scenery is a little nicer too.
Here we take a look at the best ways to lose a few pounds through 2018:
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
Be safe and be seen this winter
Don’t hibernate through winter, there is plenty to discover in the outdoors, and a crisp, clear winters day is often a fantastic time to see it. There are some things you should take into consideration if you’re hitting the hills this season. If you’ve checked out the 10 things that should be in every hikers rucksack, then here we’ve compiled a few tips specifically for winter: