Lambing Weekend at the Earth Trust

Getting up close with the new spring lambs.Getting up close with the new spring lambs. Lambing Weekend, Earth Trust

The Earth Trust at Little Wittenham is one of my favourite places in South Oxfordshire for outdoor family fun. The environmental charity manages and cares for over 1200 acres of beautiful mixed countryside as well as promoting outdoor and environmental learning. 

We love walking at Wittenham Clumps where the easily recognisable landmarks provide great …

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A 36 hour stopover with kids in Sydney, Australia

I will always associate the scent of jacaranda with Sydney. 

There is something primal about those first few breaths you take as you step out of an airport. I find myself savouring that first nose-ful of air, scouring it for clues about my surroundings.  Meanwhile my brain is subconsciously storing away these memory triggers. The …

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Outdoor Ideas for February Half Term

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February half term is nearly upon us and whilst the temperatures are still pretty low, there’s plenty of free, outdoor fun to be had to fill your days and wear out energetic children.

I’ve listed some of my favourite ideas below and don’t forget to check out the Baby Routes calendar for outdoor/ nature events …

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Bear’s First 1km (or walking with an inbetween, again…)

Just over a week ago Bear walked his first official continuous 1km. I’ve had a feeling he was capable of it for a while but we don’t record our every walk. It’s not really about the distance when you’re walking with kids, is it? 

That Friday was a sunny, if somewhat nippy, January day. Bear …

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Wildlife Wednesday: Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

It’s that time again to find a comfy chair by the garden window or wrap up warm and head to the local park armed with your bird guide, notepad and a flask of hot chocolate. Yes – it’s Big Garden Birdwatch time again! 

Every year the RSPB encourages people across the UK to take …

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Christmas Nature Crafts: How to Make a Pine Cone Santa

Christmas Nature Crafts: How to Make a Pine Cone Santa

It’s that time of year again and as soon as the 1st of December was officially here we headed straight for our stash of nature treasures squirrelled away over the year for some Christmas nature crafts inspiration.

Sticks, pine cones, old man’s beard , teasels, sycamore seeds and all manner of other hedgerow offerings can …

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Our Favourite Outdoor Winter Kit for School-Age Children

Essential Outdoor Winter Kit for Kids

As I start to write this the frost is glinting on the grass outside as the beginnings of morning light begins to nudge away at the night. It’s looking like another beautiful but cold and wintery day. As I drink my still-hot cup of tea and savour the silence in the rest of the house …

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Trip Diary: Hello Hong Kong!

It’s been a while since I’ve written, principally because the last few weeks have been a flurry of activity and preparation for our latest trip – Australia with visits to Hong Kong and Singapore along our way. Its the biggest trip we’ve made so far as a family of five with a lot of adventures …

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The Family Camping Troubleshooter: Tips for Nervous Campers

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It’s a well known fact. Most kids love camping. 

From chatting to some of my friends who are also parents, I have discovered that the same cannot always be said for their grown-ups! 

Personally I love being under canvas.  I love the proximity to nature, the possibility to get completely off the beaten track, the …

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12 Outdoor Activities for the Last Week of the School Holidays

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This year was my first experience of the school summer holidays as a parent. I must admit I was both apprehensive and excited but mainly excited. At last I’d get Roo back during the weekdays and the flexibility of family time to do whatever we wanted, wherever we felt like exploring. It’s been brilliant and …

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