With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start planning activities to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts! We’ve pulled together lots of ideas to get you out and about, whether you’re spending time with the family or going it alone.
If you’ve never been camping before, why not give it a go? It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and you can stay as near or far away from home as you want. Lots of people are now choosing to go camping in the UK as a ‘staycation’ rather than holidaying abroad and it’s a good way to save money. Depending on where you decide to visit, the facilities you’re after and the number of people you go with, campsites can charge anywhere between approx. £10-£30 per night (just make sure that your chosen campsite allows tents as some don’t).
It’s a good idea to plan ahead when you go camping. Pick a tent that’s always a few berths bigger than you need so you have plenty of space to store your luggage, and check what size of tent the campsite accepts, as some charge for two sites if your tent is extra large. To avoid stress and arguments when you arrive at the campsite, practice pitching the tent in your back garden first. That way you’ll have a much better idea of what to do when you’re there and you can also make sure there’s no vital parts missing!
So grab all the camping essentials and hit the open road. There are camp sites available all over the UK, leaving you spoilt for choice. Find your perfect spot here. We love the Bude Club campsite in Cornwall! With gorgeous sea views and access to 7 beaches just a short car journey away what more could you want?
Go the extra mile
It’s recommended that we all do at least two and a half hours of exercise a week. Walking is a great way to keep fit whilst taking in some amazing scenery along the way. If you’re not sure where to start, it might help to ask yourself these questions before making your decision:
1) What sort of terrain can you manage? If you don’t fancy climbing up hill and down dale you’re better off choosing a walk along flat land.
2) How far do you want to walk and how long do you have? It takes an average person around 20 minutes to walk a mile but add extra time if you’re a slow walker or if the terrain is particularly difficult to follow.
3) Are you taking any dogs along with you? If so, is the route dog-friendly and can they comfortably complete the walk?
4) What type of scenery do you want to see along the route? Are you a beach lover or do you prefer rolling hills?
5) Are there any activities you enjoy? You could include these in your plans to get more out of your walk. For example, if you’re a keen bird-spotter, there are plenty of walks which pass through nature reserves, where you’ll find plenty of wildlife.
Start planning your next walk now. You can find loads of inspiration online but the Walk4Life website is a great starting point.
Picnic in the park
Pack up the hamper and trek down to your local park; the perfect place for your little ones to run around, especially if you don’t have a garden. We’ve got a great range of picnicware so you can pack some lunch to take along with you.
And don’t forget to keep the kids entertained when you’re there with a few outdoor toys. What about a classic game of rounders? This kit comes with everything you need and is easy to carry too. Or go exploring and find lots of different creepy crawlies. This bug jar will even let you view them up close! See how many different ones they can find in an hour.
Start planning your next adventure and find your local park here.
On your bike
If you’re looking for something a bit more active then why not take a ride through the countryside on your bike? There are lots of cycle routes throughout England which also include family-friendly and traffic-free options.
If you don’t own a bike then you’ll find a huge range for all ages and experiences at Wilko.com. Before heading off anywhere, make sure you’ve packed the essentials (particularly if you’re biking over a long distance). Don’t forget a bottle of water, puncture repair kit, a lock (for if you stop somewhere for a break), lights and of course, a helmet.
You can explore cycling routes close to you and search for a route with specific needs here.