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The Great Outdoors

It's that time of year to try and find those tent pegs, locate the ground sheet, and get out the insect repellant. Here is MyLocalExchange's guide to camping, glamping (why not inject a bit of luxury), outside fun and Bushcraft. Just don't forget the wellies....

1 Bushcraft

For those of you whose children are off on Bushcraft expeditions, here are a couple of tips:

  • You can find an example of a potential kit list here - Each school and year group has something slightly different.
  • Good places to get kit are Cotswold Outdoors (if you are a member of the National Trust you can get 10% off, just show your membership card when paying), Decathlon and Millets
  • Check out listings on MyLocalExchange - hiking boots, waterproofs etc
  • If your equipment is now no longer of use to you, why not consider selling it on MyLocalExchange. Give it a new lease of life and make yourself a bob or two
  • It's a good idea to get "Microfibre" Towels - they don't take up much room and they dry quickly. You can get these from Decathlon & other camping/outdoors shops.
  • Top tip: for those with children in the younger years looking to invest in a large rucksack, by the time they get to year 7 they have to bring a 75 litre bag. So you may as well invest early and go large.


2 Festivals, fetes and fun

From camping in the Grecian Gardens at Stowe to The Big Feastival with Jamie Oliver, just check out all the great outdoor events listed in the Festivals/Fetes/Live Music section of What's On.


3 Your back garden

You don't have to go far .... why not set up a tent/bell tent for the summer in the garden. Doubles up as a den or a place to escape and unwind, maybe with a nicely chilled rose. Plus all the benefits of having hot water, a loo and a comfy bed within sight.


4 Be a Knight for the night (or a princess)

What about a really unique family break .... Mediaeval Glamping at Warwick Castle - find out more here.


5 Great websites for inspiration



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