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Posted by in General News on Mar 21, 2017 .

Celebrate Mother’s Day The Outdoors Way!

 

Mother’s Day is the end of March this year - 26th March if you weren’t sure! There’s a good chance the weather will be mild (or have we just jinxed it?), so here are our (low or no-cost) ideas for honouring the mothers in your life, the outdoors way.

 

Go for a walk

If having a family walk is something you often intend to do at the weekend but it always drops off the list in favour of chores and errands, make this be the weekend it happens.

 

Plan it around mum’s favourite things to do, of course: does she like being around rivers, woods, botanical gardens? Can you...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Mar 10, 2017 .

5 Ways To Make The Walk To School or Nursery More Fun

 

Less than half of school children walk to school, compared with 70% a generation ago. And while our lives might be busier, if it’s something we can fit in, it’s a positive move.

 

It adds a daily dose of physical exercise, it offers you time to talk to your little ones about how they’re feeling, and it connects you to your local community.

 

The campaign organisation Living Streets also wants to get more people walking to affect town planning – so our spaces are designed around pedestrians and bikes rather than cars.

 

So, whether your mornings and...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Mar 02, 2017 .

Green and blue is good for you!

 

Intuitively we know that being in nature makes us feel better. And more and more studies are coming to the same conclusions: we depend on the natural world for much more than water, food and materials to build with.

 

Being in nature is good for our health and wellbeing. Or, if we wanted to talk to our children about it: being in green and blue is good for you.

 

Studies find that being able to get to green space reduces stress and anxiety for many people. Whether it’s due to physical exercise associated with being outside, unplugging from over-stimulating technologies or boosting our...

Get ready for Pancake Day!

What on earth has Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, got to do with outdoor clothing for kids, you ask? Well, we’re always up for new and interesting ways to be outside, and Pancake Day offers loads of opportunities. Plus it’s the one day of the year when it’s socially acceptable to throw your food, making it especially fun for kids everywhere! This year it’s on 28 February. So get your frying pan, get your togs on and have a go at some of these…

Pancake Races

Perhaps the most common way to celebrate with pancakes in the UK (apart from eating them) is to hold a pancake race. The idea is simple:...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Feb 13, 2017 .

Five Easy Ways To Get Outdoors This Half Term

The lure of the outdoors is often weak on dreary February days. Cosy fires, blankets, books and TV come calling instead.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but this time of year can be a magical time to be outside, with snowdrops and other early bulbs signalling the start of spring. Plus getting active in the fresh air for a while helps lift moods, burns energy and relieves cabin fever.

So whatever your local patch of outdoors looks like, here are some low-cost ways to get out there and enjoy it.

  1. Treasure hunts

Kids from preschoolers to preteens love treasure...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Feb 10, 2017 .

We’re not talking news, politics or work here. We’re talking resolutions.

We might seem a little late to the conversation, but with data suggesting that around two-thirds of us have broken our New Year’s resolutions by the end of January now is the perfect time to get planning.

February is a great time to commit to a new habit. Life has returned to normal after the holiday period, you’re more in tune with what your routines and regular habits are. Spring is not too far away so things are looking up, but the year is still new.

So, consider January your free trial month for the year. 2017 starts here.

The benefits of...

Posted by in General News, Reviews on Feb 10, 2017 .

Before Christmas, we sent mum and blogger, Pink Pear Bear, some of our outdoor gear to test, here's what she thought.

'As you can see in the video, we have taken our job of writing a Kozi Kidz review very seriously and I am happy to say we give them a huge thumbs up! Everything has required a wash after a very muddy bike ride at the Forest of Dean cycle centre and it was a doddle to both wash and dry with no shrinkage or adverse effects from being in the machine and still totally waterproof, which is the thing that has annoyed me about washing previous waterproof jackets, needing to use a special solution to rewash after. My son’s...

Posted by in General News on Aug 31, 2016 .

L to R: Sustrans Director Gordon Clarke, Transport Minister Chris Hazzard and Dr Eddie Rooney, PHA Chief Executive with pupils from St Joseph's Primary, east Belfast and Pond Park Primary

Cycling charity Sustrans been awarded the contract to deliver the Active School Travel programme until 2021. The £2.25 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Infrastructure and the Public Health Agency (PHA), helps to increase physical activity in children, reduce congestion around schools, and so improve health and road safety awareness. The Programme began in 2013 and since then 191 schools have enrolled with more than 60,000...