Summer is a time for families. From festivals to flea markets, there's infinite ways that you can spend some quality time in the outdoors with your family this summer. And don't forget, Saturday, 29th June 2019 is Wild Night Out, the UK's Annual National Day of Adventure and we're encouraging you to take part!
To get your ideas flowing here’s five inspiring ways you could spend your Wild Night (and day) outdoors.
Back Garden Camping
Camping in your back garden will never get old and is always a great warm-up for the kids before you step out into the great outdoors. You get to be close enough to home comforts but also have the outdoor experience of sleeping in a tent for the night or sitting around a campfire. You'll also get to enjoy other camping activities like toasting some delicious marshmallow’s, yum yum! Take a peak at our camping equipment to find everything you'll need!
Perfect for adventure seekers and confident swimmers, wild swimming is one of those things that we've all thought about doing, but only a handful of us have taken the plunge. A fantastic activity for family and friends on a hot summer's day, step away from the hustle and bustle of the local pool and instead find your secluded sweet spot and enjoy the feeling of fresh water surrounding you with the company of nature. If we've piqued your interest, then why don't you head over to our swimming store for all the kit you need to dive right in.
Host a Mini-Festival
Perfect for festival lovers that want something a little more intimate. Hosting you own mini festival is a great party idea for joint birthdays, anniversaries or fundraisers. It's cheap, fairly easy to set up (depending on how far you want to take it) and can all be done in the comfort of your back garden.
Just simply whip out the barbeque, put down some fun activities for everyone to enjoy such as some arts and crafts or a paddling pool, buy (or even better, borrow) a karaoke machine and set up some nice lighting and you're good to go! This way your guests will get to take the stage to perform some of their favourite headliners for a truly magical afternoon.
If you want to take it a step further, why not pick up some fireworks for later on to end the night on a bang!
Alton Towers Stargazing Pods
New for 2019! Alton Towers Stargazing Pods are the perfect family getaway. Aimed at families on a budget who want to spend more time enjoying the Great British outdoors, the pods allow you to experience a night camping but with the home comforts that we've all become a custom to, such as heaters, plug sockets and a comfy bed. They even offer free Wi-Fi as well! If you class yourself as more of a glamping person than a camping person, then this could be the trip for you.
Take a walk around the village green and see everything that the Enchanted Village has to offer. Why not grab a drink at the bar in the tipi, that also has live entertainment to keep the little ones on their feet, the mascots will accompany them to a dance whilst you can put your feet up and relax. Once the sun sets, head back outside and use one of the many telescopes dotted around the village to stargaze in the beautiful night sky and let the little ones take their first look into the cosmos. The telescopes are the perfect height for children they don’t cost anything, you can use them whenever you like!
Our friends over at Yeahlifestyle headed out to see what all the fuss was about, and they absolutely loved it! Check out what they had to say about their fantastic family getaway here and get your trip to the enchanted forest booked now before it's full up!
Windermere Lake Cruises
Voted as one of the UK's top 20 attractions to visit, Windermere Lake Cruises offer an unbeatable roster of lakeside cruises that truly are mesmerising. Located in the Lake District in Cumbria, you’ll be treated to stunning views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands, no matter where you decide to start your journey!
We recommend picking up a Walker's Ticket and checking out all of the attractions along the way. The Walker’s Ticket offers three different routes that get you through all of the key areas. From Ambleside to Wray Castle, a great little journey that will excite the kids. A pleasant walk along the Lake to Claife Heights and the viewing station. Boat across over to Bowness, where there's lots to do and there's plenty of fun-filled family attractions including The World of Beatrix Potter, a magical recreation that brings the iconic writer's stories to life, featuring Peter Rabbit!
So there's our top 5 adventures that you and your family can get involved in this summer. We hope that you make this year's Wild Night Out one to remember.
Wild Night Out is run by a team from a non-profit organisation, Explorers Connect, and championed by Ordnance Survey. At Millets we believe everyone should experience time outdoors and so we're here to help you celebrate this National Day of Adventure. Take a look at how you can get involved here.