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Kids Outdoors

  • Need a seaside fix? Six great beach daytrips in under 3 hours

    No plans for a sunny day? Get thee to the beach - it's nearer than you think. Here are our six favourites, all doable from landlocked Oxon and Bucks. Just don't forget the sunscreen, lobster face!

  • Summer hols saviours!

    Desperately seeking summer holiday activities for your little darlings? The good news is there's loads going on and you're not too late. Sporty, arty or just plain feral, we've got something to suit all tastes.

  • Summer’s best outdoor theatre

    From Shakespeare to Dickens to Austen and beyond, there's an al fresco production for everyone this season. Bring your brolly, a sense of humour and a sneaky bottle of Pimm's and enjoy.

  • No more couch potato kids

    Overstretched parents, tech-addicted kids and, shockingly, exercise levels dropping from the age of seven - what can be done to help children get moving again?

  • HALF TERM 2017 – Outdoor fun for families

    Want to get the kids off their devices and into the fresh air? Here’s my pick of the best local heritage properties, gardens and grounds. National Trust options At Stowe Landscape Gardens (above)  near Buckingham, there’s a fun take on their kids’ trails with different choices for kids to make: will they pick the naughty path, the path […]

  • Half Term courses – book em in, boot em out!

    For once we’re out of the starting blocks earlyish on Half Term, and rather than an exhaustive calendar of stuff to do, plus lots of scrolling through this and that, we’re scaling it back and really curating hard so that you can clearly see the very best in courses, day out locally, day trips away, […]

  • Get your skates on – the best local (ish) outdoor rinks

    Time to polish up your double toe loops and triple Salchows – or, um, maybe just try and stay upright? Outdoor ice rinks are starting to pop up all over the place so here’s my round-up of the best places to skate in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

  • Try this: Longridge Activity Days for kids

    I wrote this last July, but I’m running it again to give you a good flavour of what these Longridge Activity Days are about because my kids aren’t booked on until next week and you’ll want to know about it before they get booked out! ******************************* Why didn’t I do this before? Last week I […]

  • What to do with the kids?

    Wahhhh! I’ve left it totally last minute yet again to book the mudlets into holiday courses and out of my hair. Why, why, why do I always do that? If you’re as disorganised as me, fear not, because I’ve done a last-minute trawl of cool courses, camps and other childcare-masquarading-as-fun options to help ease your […]

  • The Muddy Summer Festival Guide: Oxon, Bucks & beyond

      I’m a dedicated Glastonbury lover from the *ahem*  comfort of my sofa – I had an awesome front row of Chris Martin for starters, and let me tell you, the toilet facilities are way better. But whether you’re a namby-pamby glamper like me or a hardcore roll-in-mud and wet-wipes-at-dawn music-fan, here’s the Muddy Guide […]

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