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Eco friendly outdoor activities

Now that summer seems to be in full swing, I'm sure that you and your little ones are eager to be spending time outside together!


But are you stuck for ideas for outdoor activities? Fed up of going to the local park or walking the same dog route?


Whether you’re going on a staycation or heading to a local attraction, here are some suggestions for some fun, eco-friendly, outdoor activities to try in the UK this Summer…



1. Rare Breeds Centre – Ashford, Kent


The Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford is a beautiful 100-acre farm that promises a fun day out for animal-loving children & parents!


The team at the Rare Breeds Centre are committed to the conservation of natural animal habitats and the biodiversity found in the areas surrounding the farm.


They have a wide range of farm animals - from geese and sheep to goats and birds of prey!


It’s safe to say that this will be nothing short of a fun day out for the entire family.


Other attractions at the Rare Breeds Centre include pig racing, play parks, and their mysterious marsh adventure trail.


If you get hungry during the day, there are three dining areas, with plenty of ethically sourced meat and veggie options.


To book a day with them, find their website here.






2. Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm – Wirral, Liverpool


My next recommendation is the Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm in Wirral, Liverpool.


This urban farm is perfect for an exciting (but also educational!) day out.


They provide fun lessons on caring for farm animals and how important conservation is to natural environments. They are currently creating two more wildlife areas onsite to encourage the development of habitats and biodiversity!


Tam O’Shanter has also previously launched an animal food bank project, to feed less fortunate animals.


Children also have the opportunity to feed the animals, as long as they don’t mind potentially being nibbled by a curious little sheep themselves!






3. Princess Diana Memorial Playground – Kensington, London


In the heart of Kensington Gardens is the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, which is a tribute to the passed Lady Diana, inspired by the tales of Peter Pan.


In this play area, sustainable wooden play structures are incorporated into the natural wooden landscape to ensure a zero-plastic environment.


As well as this, the playground is completely accessible, so that all children can play together and there are no barriers to their enjoyment.


There is also a nearby cafe with a range of food and drink options for the perfect end to an energetic day.





4. Go Ape.


For any little adventure seekers, I would suggest you visit your closest Go Ape!


With several locations across the UK, it is an easy attraction to find.


Go Ape! provides an experience like no other, with treetop rope courses designed for thrill-seeking fun. You can expect a range of difficulty levels - so you can find an adventure course that perfectly suits you and your family.


Although they use nature to elevate their rope structures, they are committed to ensuring the health of the trees and are wildlife-friendly by providing nesting materials for birds; encouraging the life of several species.


They also commit to donating a portion of their profits to the Outward Bound Trust, a charity to provide authentic outdoor experiences to children.


To find your closest Go Ape! and embark on your own adventure, visit the Go Ape! website.






5. Humber Bridge County Park


If you don’t fancy a taste of heights or adventure, perhaps the Humber Bridge County Park in Yorkshire is a better option.


This nature reserve has several different eco trails that you and your family can follow and have a different experience every time you visit.


Some of the meadows are mown for games and picnics - but others are rarely cut to encourage wildflowers and butterflies! Why not count the number of species of butterflies that you can spot when you visit?!


The trails each offer different biodiversity habitats, so you can learn about how animals thrive in distinct environments and show your children just a snippet of how many beautiful animals exist in the world.


There is a bird feeding area, rare butterfly and newt species, and also printable orienteering leaflets if you want a unique, incomparable experience.




I hope you have a wonderful Summer and spend lots of time making memories outdoors! If you visit any of these places because of my recommendation - please let me know over on Instagram by tagging us @forestcraftandplay!




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