GO Outdoors become a DofE Recommended Retailer of Expedition Kit
GO Outdoors is proud to announce our partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to become a Retailer of Recommended Expedition Kit as part of the JD Outdoor Group. From April 1st 2018, those taking part in DofE expeditions at any level will be able to receive fantastic discounts on DofE recommended expedition kit in all GO Outdoors stores and via GOoutdoors.co.uk.
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.
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The recognition keeps rolling for Calibre Bikes
Calibre Bikes have been recognised at the Retail Week Awards 2018 scooping The American Express Own-Brand Range or Product award. At GO Outdoors our main aim is to make the outdoors accessible for all and part of that is making sure that you can enjoy quality innovative products at the most affordable prices possible. This is exactly what we look for in our exclusive brands and Calibre Bikes is no different.
Find out where some of the best endurance events are taking place this year across the UK.
Image credit: Dragon Tour by le Tour de France
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?
Posted in Cycling, Days out, Running, Things to do in UK, Walking
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Author John D Burns talks to us about his reasons for adventure
During 2018 GO Outdoors are celebrating the different reasons that we all go outdoors, proving that adventures can be sprawling epics or simply stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air. In this feature, we sat down with mountaineer, author, actor and blogger John D Burns about how he uses his own adventures to inspire his stories.
Mel from Galzgonewild speaks with us about her reason for adventure
Throughout 2018 as part of #iGOoutdoors we’re celebrating the different reasons for adventure. Not every adventure is reaching a summit, for many, it’s as simple as reaching their first 5k, or getting out on a weekend with their friends to enjoy the fresh air. For our latest feature, we sat down with Mel from Galz Gone Wild, an outdoor activity group in Ireland aimed at encouraging women to join a group of like-minded people for adventures in the outdoors.
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.
Montane celebrate 25 year anniversary with limited edition smock
Much loved brand Montane celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2018 and right from the very beginning they have been innovating ‘cutting edge’ outdoor products to equip those with a thirst for adventure. This is their story:
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.
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
Pip from GO Outdoors shares why she is going outdoors this January
Throughout 2018, we’re celebrating the different types of adventure, and the different reasons we all go outdoors. You can submit your adventures and stories by tagging them #igooutdoors on our social channels, more info available at http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/igoutdoors .
For our first feature, we sat down with Pip from the GO Outdoors online team, to find out more about why she is going outdoor this year.
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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Tagged 100 acre wood, east sussex, family walks, hartfield, hundred acre wood, pooh bear, pooh sticks, walking routes, walks, winnie the pooh day
With the right gear, you can camp throughout the year
Camping holidays are a part of British culture. With so much amazing countryside within a couple of hours of our homes – and in many cases less than an hour – it has become an immensely popular activity, especially for families looking to get away on a short holiday.
The rolling countryside, beautiful rivers and lakes, imposing mountains and local wildlife all add to the experience of camping in the UK. So much so, in fact, that people are looking to go all year round and winter camping in the UK is thriving.
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:
The final theme in our weekly photo challenge
It’s the end of the year and the end of our Outdoor Scrapbook project, so for our final photo challenge theme, we want to see your best outdoor shots that you’ve taken this year. Let’s finish 2017 with some amazing memories of the great adventures you’ve had over the year. Be sure to tag them #ScrapbookOutdoors on the relevant social channels to get involved!
What do you want to achieve in 2018?
You’ve probably heard of a bucket list, it’s the idea of creating a list of all the things you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’, but it’s also a great way to keep track of your goals on a short-term basis as well. Here are a few reasons we think you should document all the things you want to achieve in 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
This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s Christmas week, and this week we want to see YOUR outdoor Christmas. Whether it’s new gear on Christmas day, a boxing day walk, or a festive scene that you’ve found over the weekend – maybe you’re spending your Christmas Day in a tent? (It does happen!) Make sure you tag all your photos with the hashtag top get involved.
We count down the top 10 outdoor brands as voted by you.
When December rolls around we like to have a little retrospective on the year gone by where we celebrate all the great and good from the last 12 months. We do this by hosting our annual GO Outdoors Awards, during which we crown the prestigious ‘best brand of the year’. All votes are public and by GO colleagues so we can look at which brands you’ve really been supporting this year. Here we delve deeper into the vote and show you the complete top 10.