I think one of the big ‘pros’ for living in the country is the outside space.  We are never far away from a fun field, tumbling hill or enchanted forest.  With the summer well and truly making an appearance (hurrah!), we are really enjoying spending more and more time outside as a family.

Great outdoors

One of our favourite places to explore is the local forestry centre.  There is always so much to do, including an indoor play area.  By far our favourite thing to do is go on a bear hunt.  It takes me right back to when I used to read the Faraway Tree book as a child.

Great outdoors

It’s amazing the imagination that kids have.  The wonder and the fun they can discover in everything.  It’s unfortunate that it sadly fades with age.  I try to see things through Munch’s eyes as much as a can when we go exploring though…remembering how the simple things such as branches or a muddy puddle are actually a magical wand and a fairy seaside resort.

Great outdoors

Great outdoors

Great outdoors

We like to go off the beaten track…after all, that’s where the bears are…right?! Off we traipse, welly boots on and wide eyes for bear spotting.  Remember to look behind every tree.

Great outdoors

Great outdoors

Great outdoors

If the mud gets too squelchy…don’t panic…the giant will carry you across!

Great outdoors

It’s great being able to spend hours here and because it’s on our doorstep, we can nip down at any point in the day.  Fantastic after being stuck indoors for so long.  So with the sun brings plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors and carve some more memories whilst they’re young enough to imagine.

What do you do in the great outdoors? Find out what parks are available near you for your next big adventure.  If you are heading to London over the summer, Mamas & Papas have made a great interactive map of where you can explore.  Just click below…

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5 Comments

  1. Ah it’s lovely that you can enjoy the outdoors near your home. We live close to a canal and often take the boys walking along it, they love (and hate) it. My youngest is 7 and loves to be outdoors, he can often be seen “exploring” in our garden. 🙂
    Great photos!

  2. Aww I love going bear hunting with Lil G, he literally re in acts the story we’re going on a bear hunt and literally I can feel my heart melting. Thanks so much for joining in with #MyFamilyAdventures at the end of February x x
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