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Christmas Gifts for mini-adventure lovers!

Swap plastic tat for family fun this Christmas….

Is anyone else in a relentless cycle of ‘clearing out stuff!?’
The house is permanently over-flowing with nick-nacks and toys that are either broken (or forever run out of batteries) or have been quickly discarded by the kids after the novelty factor has warn off.

This Christmas we’re doing things differently. That doesn’t mean not giving the family gifts – imagine their little faces with no gifts under the tree – but re-thinking gift giving so it’s more ethical and exciting on both Christmas day and for the year ahead…

caving
have a go at caving…

Making some memories:

As winter sets in, we always like to plan a few adventures to look forward to in the year ahead – it keep’s the winter gloom at bay.

This year, we’ll be combining Christmas gift giving with our 2022 adventuring plans…. fun to open on the day but with so much more to look forward to!

Adventurous Christmas gifts:

Doorstep Adventures:

Enjoy more adventures right from your own doorstep.

  • Den Kit Company – so many great kits and activity sets for getting out and about from your doorstep
  • Nature Nurture Kids – fantastic new company with gift ideas that help children have a positive impact on the planet. Check out their ultimate kit for a great Christmas idea
  • Catkin & Co – beautiful small UK business with activity kits and ID cards for all your mini adventurers
  • Yippee Adventures – 100 awesome adventures to do before you grow up – a brilliant poster full of ideas for the kids
  • Don’t forget to sign up for our Christmas Advent(ure) Calendar starting on December 1st – festive fun for kids that love being outdoors
set an ambush
setting an ambush…

Local Adventures:

Explore nearby

  • RSPB youth membership  – with a welcome pack to open on Christmas day plus regular children’s magazines (highly recommend) and access to local nature reserves to get out and explore!
  • Adopt an animal – the Wildlife Trusts run a lovely adopt a local animal scheme, from red squirrels to owls and badgers. In return, the kids get an info sheet plus a cuddly toy of their animal.
  • Build an adventure! Can you set a family challenge like build a go-kart, make some bow and arrows or even build a raft!?
    You’ll need some tools for that…. There are some great woodland tools from the Forest School Shop
children map reading
plotting some local adventures

Big Adventures:

Some fun ideas to consider for 2022:
Family Bike-Packing
Wild Camping
Plotting an Adventure

What will your big adventures be this year?

  • Plan some adventures: We love Al Humphreys‘ books on planning adventures both big and small. Plus the Wild Guide Series to help plot where to go.
  • Adventure kit! Everyone loves a bit of kit…. There’s some great second hand gear for sale at the moment to save from buying new.
    Our favourite brands for kit are:
    Alpkit and Lomo for the grown ups
    Little Adventure Shop for the kids (I love their ‘activities’ tab).
    We got the children climbing harnesses last year and have had a year of outdoor climbing!
Winter wild camping

Experiences:

Get some exciting things in the calendar for next year and spend time together, whether it’s theatre trips, live music, festivals, talks – these are the things to look forward to!

  • We’ve booked tickets to see Steve Backshall‘s Ocean talk (he’s the children’s hero).
    On Christmas day, as well as the tickets, we’ll be giving them a Fahlo Shark tracking bracelet so they can watch their very ‘own’ shark cross the ocean… shhh don’t tell them!
  • Foraging course – I LOVE foraging and it’s great for the kids to learn. Look for courses near you.
    My favourites are Go Foraging (Bristol & Hampshire) and Gourmet Gatherings (South Wales)
  • Family Adventures– there are some great courses for family adventures; whether it’s caving, climbing, axe throwing, kayaking or bushcraft.
    I love Mendip Outdoor Center near Bristol and Crag2Mountain on Dartmoor. And keep an eye on GoWildGoWest events for upcoming adventures in 2022!
Climbing with kids

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