Climbing hills, walking the dog, splashing through rivers – we’re always doing something outdoorsy as a family. And we write all about our family adventures here.
I’ve been dragging Sonny outside with me since he was just a few days old, but now he’s turned from a motionless baby into an active little boy our family adventures steadily becoming more ambitious and exciting. All of our biggest and best trips will appear on this blog in the Family Adventures section, mostly to create a catalogue of memories for us to look back on as a family in years to come, but also hopefully for other people to enjoy and draw inspiration from.
Thanks for reading!
- Family days out: Go Ape Nets Kingdom
Go Ape Nets Kingdom is an awesome adventure playground set 30 feet above the forest floor, full of treehouses, netted walkways, slides and inflatable balls. And it’s perfect for young kids.
- Family days out: Riverboat cruise on the Ouse
Last weekend my 3-year-old drove an actual riverboat and ticked off around a dozen new wildlife species. If that’s not a good family day out, I don’t know what is.
- Family days out: Formby Beach, Merseyside
The National Trust’s Formby Beach in Merseyside is a perfect family day out, with a long golden beach surrounded by towering sand dunes and thick pinewoods full of red squirrels.
- 8 great winter walks for families
This collection of 8 great winter walks for families is designed for getting outdoors with your kids on short, frosty and spectacular days.
- Outdoor Blog Of The Year finalists!
For the second year running, the wonderful people at Go Outdoors have shortlisted The Outdoor Dad as a finalist in their blog awards – and NOW WE NEED YOUR VOTES!
- London Ski & Snowboard Show with kids
We’ve just spent a great afternoon at the London Ski and Snowboard Show, which had loads of cool activities for kids – plus snow, ice and even a visit from Santa!
- Who Let The Dads Out? | Hinchingbrooke Park
Campfires, den building, pond dipping and flame-grilled hot dogs – safe to say last weekend’s ‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ event at Hinchingbrooke Park in Huntingdon was right up our street!
- Family days out: Holkham beach, Norfolk
Holkham Beach in Norfolk is a perfect day out for outdoorsy families. You can paddle in the sea, run in the sand dunes, play games on the beach and charge through the pinewoods. We love it!
- Camping with toddlers – how scary is it?
Aside from having a kid in the first place, camping with toddlers is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Here are some tips for surviving your first night under canvas!
- Cycling London on Boris Bikes – for just £2!
We recently escaped to the capital for a child-free weekend and it was too hot for the sweat-filled underground misery of the Tube, so we spent two days cycling London on Boris Bikes instead.
- Wild swimming with toddlers: is it safe?
Thanks to the awesome summer 2018 heatwave we’ve been jumping in every bit of water we can find. But is it safe to go wild swimming with toddlers?
- Canoe camping microadventure
Canoe camping simply involves going on a canoe trip, stashing a tent, hammock or bivvy bag in your boat, then sleeping outdoors by a river. I just tried it for the first time – and it’s awesome!
- Open Farm Sunday | Free nationwide family event
Riding tractors, petting sheep, milking goats, riding horses, bouncing on bouncy castles and scoffing homemade ice cream – our first family visit to Open Farm Sunday was a big success!
- Why garden camping is great fun for families
Garden camping is a great option if you want to sleep outdoors as a family but don’t feel confident enough to tackle a campsite. It’s cheap, safe, very local, (mostly) stress-free, and loads of fun!
- Mini adventures: Saturday morning nature hunt
Sonny woke me up early yesterday (no shock there) and the sun was shining, so instead of lounging in bed we jumped on my bike and went for a little Saturday morning nature hunt.
- Creating an outdoor family network: we need your help!
It’s been two months since I wrote about potentially creating an outdoor family network. The response to that first blog was fantastic – and now we need your help to make it happen!
- Great family days out: Matlock Farm Park
Part farm, part petting zoo and part wildlife theme park for kids, Matlock Farm Park is a perfect day out for outdoorsy families visiting the Peak District National Park.
- My 5 favourite family adventures
Nothing beats a day in the great outdoors with your kids, so put down your iPhone, turn off your TV and get out outside. To help you get started here are my 5 favourite family adventures.
- Our first family snow day
You know how exciting it was when you first saw snow as a kid? Well today I experienced a family snow day for the first time as a parent – and it was even better!
- You’re never too old to play Pooh Sticks
All you need to play Pooh Sticks is a stream, a bridge and a couple of twigs. It’s a brilliantly daft game that’s great fun for kids and overly-competitive adults (I know this one because I am one).