Since childhood I’ve never been a particularly outdoorsy person. I used to go horse riding every week when I was a kid and have stood on many a football terrace watching Oldham Athletic but apart from that indoor fun has always been more my thing.
However, now I have two little boys, I feel that I need to make more of an effort at being out and about no matter what the weather and to encourage puddle jumping, tree climbing, bike rides and so on. Before meeting Mr ATWWAH I’d never been camping and we’ve only done it a couple of times at festivals with Master ATWWAH but he does seem to enjoy it after our first pretty disastrous start at Big Feastival when he was younger. Mini ATWWAH has never had the joy of camping outdoors yet but he loves the IKEA play tent we have in the house so I’m sure he’ll love the real thing when the time comes.
And I know that I’m going to have to make more of an effort to do more outdoorsy stuff the older the boys get too. I really don’t want them to be couch potatoes although sometimes I do wish they’d just sit quietly and read a book. Apparently that’s all I ever did when I was a kid.
One way to ease myself into outdoor living is The Big Little Tent Festival. It’s an initiative from The Caravan Club and the Woodland Trust where families are encouraged to join in on a one night tent festival on Sunday 30 August in your own back garden. You can go to their website to download wrist bands, invites to anyone you may want to join you, games, activity ideas and recipes if you fancy a bit of outdoor eating too. There are also loads of festival packs they are giving away with bunting and flags plus a chance to win some prizes including European camping holidays and barbecues.
TV’s Simon Reeve, who is also a dad, is backing the campaign and he reckons ‘…the chance to camp in the back garden with the whole family is an easy family adventure’ I suspect it will be in the ATWWAH household as we have foxes who use our garden as their own every evening. I’m not so sure Master ATWWAH is ready to have the noises explained to him yet though. Hmm……
Anyway, if you fancy joining in with your family head to www.caravanclub.co.uk/BLTF for all the details.
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