Why We Want To Raise Lifelong Learners

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A few weeks ago, whilst choosing books on Amazon to take along on my honeymoon, I bought Professor Mary Beard's A History of Ancient Rome. I bought the book simply because it was on Amazon's bestseller list, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed it.

Only Men Can Be Adventurers

Catherine Capon | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Capon

Yes, a woman can do these things, and yes, other women might like to try these adventurers too. I never even thought of myself as a women who was an ecoadventurer but perhaps this is one sector where what sex you are still matters to be considered a role-model.

Let the Children Play! - Why Your Children Should Be Playing Outside This Summer

Karl Young | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Parents
Karl Young

You only need to look on social-media during the summer-holidays to find parents up and down the country looking for free fun days-out and that magical formula to entice their kids away from their consoles and in to the great outdoors.

Just Run. The Rest Will Come.

Laura Maisey | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

It will happen naturally. Although you might not necessarily say you're 'enjoying' it yet, you keep going. Your body feels the change happening, even though your brain still wants you to sit down. It's confused by your insistence on repeating this madness.

22 Reasons to Go Camping!

Megan Morgan | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Parents
Megan Morgan

The summer is here! Long, summer nights following beautiful, sunny days (at the time of writing, we'd just had a mini heatwave!). What better time to seek adventure in the great outdoors! We thought we'd share with you a plethora of reasons why you should get yourselves and kids down to a campsite soon...

How to Embrace Al Fresco Dining With Style

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Hoppen

The heat is on! Whether you have a terrace, balcony or patio - it's that time of year when you want to make this space look as amazing as your interiors. In this fantastic weather, it's only natural that you'll want to spend more time in the sun, so here are my top tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for enjoying and entertaining!

In Praise of Year-Round Outdoor Swimming

Gill Paul | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Paul

You have Technicolour skin when you climb out of the water: lobster pink and mauve in my case. The circulation boost has great anti-ageing effects on the capillaries, leaving skin supple and glowing. Some claim it combats cellulite as well.

The Power of the Worksheet!

Polly Walker | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Parents
Polly Walker

I hate to think I'm forcing our daughter's pastimes or interests (pushy mum alert!) BUT when we live on the edge of miles of beautiful Chiltern countryside I refuse to ignore the opportunities our natural environment presents: For educational purposes, yes of course, but overall for good old fashioned fun!

Six Reasons to Exercise That Aren't About Losing Weight

Elena Manighetti | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Manighetti

Every time I try a new sport out or push myself to climb a harder grade or a scary looking route, I am pushing my limits and stepping out of my comfort zone. I can't tell you how good it feels, even when I fail.

The Great Outdoors

Dean Hodgkin | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dean Hodgkin

Transferring just one of your weekly workouts to the outdoors can bring a new edge to your routine, introducing a sense of adventure and stimulating an adrenalin boost. It can take you back to thoughts of endless hours spent running about playing and exploring when you were young but more importantly it lets you enjoy your body again.

Don't Hedge Your Bets: Plant Now for Summer

Gareth James | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Hedges aren't just wildlife-friendly, they're the cement that holds a garden together, that define areas, boundaries and spaces. They're the foundation onto which everything else - flowers, bushes and shrubs - are built.

Style Edit: The Great Outdoors

Faye Jacobs | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

Each year, I watch the glamour walkers in their DuBarry boots, Moncler jackets and oversized shades and then rush home feeling totally inspired to see what bargains I can pick up online in time for my next walk. Here are my "must have" picks to look super stylish for the Great Outdoors.

Learn to Live Like a Wildling

Frontier | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK

Did you use to dream of drinking a poison that could turn you into an animal? Or maybe you still wish you could become a lion, a sharp-toothed wolf or a kingly hawk? Well, the bad news is that there is no magical formula that can turn humans into animals, but do you even have to?

Aliens from Outer Wales

Gwen Potter | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gwen Potter

I was recently taking a break while working alone in the woods, it was completely silent and still. Suddenly, the whole area of 'just trees' became alive - a wren started foraging in front of me, a robin starting singing to me from about a metre away.

Let the Children Play! - Why Children Should Be Playing Outside This Winter

Karl Young | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karl Young

I believe that technology isn't the problem, the problems is that as parents, we are failing to manage our children's recreational time effectively. Parents nowadays are busier than ever before and finding that extra time to deal with and plan children's playtime is becoming increasingly difficult.

Trail Running: Venturing Off the Beaten Track

Jez Bragg | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jez Bragg

Why don't more runners embrace the trails? I suspect many find that a psychological barrier exists between the two, particularly when you are just starting out. Perhaps a seemingly innocuous footpath stile creates a mental barrier as well as a physical one, for runners as well as livestock.

Seven Film Festivals to Get Your Outdoors Fix This Winter

Will Ross | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Ross

Now that we're officially into Autumn, it's time to plan for the darker days ahead and what treats are due. When it comes to thinking about snow or escaping to surf somewhere in the sun, outdoors films, festivals and tours provide a handy placebo.

Britain's Best Parks - Which Ones Made The Cut?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You don't have to go to New Zealand for impressive mountains and miles of fields - magnificent countryside can be found right here in the UK. This...

What's the Deal With Walking?

Andrew White | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

What's this walking think all about then? There's been such a big push to go walking and to get outdoors in the past couple of years, but there are still people who haven't got the message yet - or perhaps don't even get the outdoors. So, this post is for you to show them...

5 Reasons You Should Swap Your Gym For The Park This Summer

Romy Grace | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Romy Grace

You may not be on a beach in Thailand, but being outdoors amongst the grass, the trees, and the pitter patter of laughing children can help improve overall wellbeing and mental health. It sure beats facing a grey wall on the treadmill.

A 'Sweet as' Kiwi Hike - The Tarurua Range

Shannon Kendall | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shannon Kendall

New Zealand. A country world-renowned for its phenomenal landscapes- rainforests, volcanoes and glaciers perfectly decorate the two islands creating a...

Finding Fire: Swiss Alpinist Ueli Steck Back on Himalaya

Will Ross | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Sport
Will Ross

Nicknamed 'The Swiss Machine', Steck is known for his outstanding ability in alpine free climbing. Since setting a number speed records up Europe's highest mountains, the last few years have seen Steck focus on climbing in the Himalayas to peaks in excess of 8000m. The joint ascent of Everest and Lohtse was one of Steck's major high altitude bids for 2013.

Five Ways to Get Your Children Out Walking

Andrew White | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

Getting children into walking at a young age can influence their habits in later life - hopefully leading to a healthier, more active lifestyle. So how can you get your young ones interesting in walking? Here are my top 5 ways to get your children out walking...

Book Review: My Outdoor Life by Ray Mears

Robert Bradley | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

We all have them don't we; stolen moments of fantasy! Where we imagine doing something out of our comfort zone and turning our lives into one great big adventure! These tend to find me on the London underground, on my depressingly dull way home from work. How many of us rarely step out of that cotton wool world we've created for ourselves?

The Day I Got My Kit Off for a Pop Video

Hugh Carswell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Carswell

When we came to think about making the video for the single 'Take Hold', which is all about that incredible feeling of liberation, I wanted to try to capture a bit of that spirit - and the idea was born that we should feature some swimming, in particular, some underwater swimming.