One day last winter, during the snow, we took Owen sledging on the very gentle slope around the corner. Another couple were there with their slightly older children, and we got chatting.
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
Well, I will start and introduce you to our extended family! Rolly is our Shetland pony. He lives down the lane and we spend alot of time there so you will probably get to see alot of him over this summer. I am keen to teach my kids how to look after animals and enjoy them and being outdoors is definitely a better way of life.
We've been in Golden Square, our smallholding-to-be, for two months now. One of the biggest motivators for our move from SW12 was to have enough land to produce our own fruit, veg, meat and dairy - now we've got the land, we've got to learn fast! It's pretty scary having to make big decisions with so little knowledge, but we're trying to be as sensible as we can, taking advice from nearby breeders, neighbours, books, and internet sites before settling on our plan of action.
Hi, my name is Willow, I am 5 1/2 years old and love being outside. Most of my adventures involve Woody, my old VW Campervan and my 6 month old Airedale puppy named Martha. We go for lots of walks in the New Forest, my local common, the Seaside, Netley is only a 5 minute drive away from home and Martha walks with me to school everyday too.
Over Christmas we had lots of deep snow which made sledging down our steep drive extremely fast and fun! We live next to the sea in a remote valley in the Shetland Islands with very quiet roads so spent most snowy days discovering which small hills and roads were best for sledging!!!
A few years ago my parents built a home on a small Scottish island and cultivated their land to grow vegetables and lavender. It is a wonderful playground for my son, Manny who is three and a half. Shortly before the birth of his sister, Manny brought home the nursery teddy bear, Mark, who was to come to the island for the weekend. After breakfast, it was time to wrap up well and head out on adventures.
We decided to make the most of this nice weather so after school we went up to Brougham Hall to enjoy their nice flat grass for Mira to practice her bike riding skills and Corey following on his sister's balance bike (sorry son we will get you one soon) and then a well deserved rest before home for tea!
One of our favourite spots to spend an afternoon as a family is Tittesworth reservoir in the Peak District National Park. Our last quick visit turned into a whole afternoon playing pirates in the fantastic play area, see photo of Reuben escaping from his little sister, pirate Orla before climbing up into the crow’s nest and checking for sharks.
We had an amazing day and a half on Kerrera, the small island just off Oban on the Scottish West Coast. Staying with pals who run a farm there we were out on the hill, feeding sheep, cows and ponies on the quad bikes. Eassan came prepared ... at 3 he already has his "adventure bag" ready packed with bino's, walkie talkies and magnifying glass.
Ok, I know that anytime we eat Chinese food Ella and Joel sit there picking the mushrooms out whilst complaining how horrible they are. Despite this fact, Ella and Joel love mushrooms. They like the types that grow outside, in the hills and woods of our wonderful countryside. It doesn’t matter where you live or what time of year, there are often some fungi to be found on a walk and a trip we took a few weeks ago didn’t disappoint.
Our family is starting up a community farm in Catherington, East Hampshire. We are hoping to involve the whole community. It’s a lot of getting dirty and muddy but will be lovely in the summer!!