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Kids to have say about the future of The National Trust

English: Morte Point NT Area The National Trus...
English: Morte Point NT Area The National Trust owns more coastline than any other single organization in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Trust  are looking for a group of young advisors to help  get more kids outdoors. The idea has come after two pieces of work from the charity, the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and the Natural Childhood Report.

The aim is to find ten children aged from 7 to 12 who will play a role in improving the National Trust sites for kids and having input into outdoor campaigns.

To kick of the search the Trust will open up its doors to children for free for the whole month of August. Over 200 places will be free of charge to children,** giving them the opportunity to explore National Trust places across the country.

The children picked for the role will be announced later this year and will win free access to National Trust places for their family and themselves.

Application will close on 7th September 2012. All you need to do is head over to, download the form and send back.

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Piranha to be Introduced to Lake Windermere

Piranhas - In the Steinhart Aquarium

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Local authorities at Lake Windermere have announced that over the summer months Piranha will be introduced into the lake with a view to reducing the levels of perch.

Perch levels in the river have hit an all time high over the winter months and have started to feed on smaller insects, fish and plant life. This unbalancing of the ecosystem has forced the authorities to look into ways of reducing the levels of perch.

Apirl Jones from the local authority commented “Levels of perch are too high at the moment and following consultation with marine biologists we have decided that Piranah will be brought in to reduce the levels of perch”.

The Piranah will be penned off to start with so they can adapt to the water levels in the lake.


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The Great Outdoors – BBC Four

Tonight see’s the first episode of a new comedy on BBC Four called the The Great Outdoors. It follows several members of a misfit rambling club, including organiser Bob and Christine a new member of the group.

It stars Ruth Jones from Gavin & Stacey and Mark Heap who was in Lark Rise to Candleford. From the clip below it certainly looks good and hopefully tells some stories all ramblers can relate too. It’s on tonight at 21:00 on BBC four, the series totals 3 episodes, if you miss it then it should be in BBC iPlayer.

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The World Cup Outdoors?

South Africa World Cup Sticker Box
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The world cup is here and as most of the nation get ready to watch the world’s biggest tournament we thought a blog would be in order to help you enjoy the matches outdoors!


A few options, use a tent and place the TV in the tent to give it shade and protection from rain. You could put the TV inside point out of a window but that can cause a gaze with the window.  The ultimate option is to use a garage if you can and have a TV projector onto the front of the garage.

You need to have a good seat for the matches, best of all some camping chairs have a cup holder which should hold a beer can easily. You can also pick up England camping chairs from Tesco which feature the England flag. There’s the small fold up chair, fold up sofa or the giant red and blue lounger.


You need to keep your drinks cool but if you don’t want to miss any of the match and don’t have a maid to pass you a drink from the fridge you’ll want a cool box right next to you. Make sure it’s able to fit plenty of cans and keep cool all the way from the 12:30 kick off till the late 7:30 kick off.

Hopefully you should have everything ready for a good session of watching the beautiful game!

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Bank Holiday Monday Camping

After the last few weeks of ash cloud plane trouble many people around the UK are looking to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend. Many will be dusting down the tent, sleeping bags and stove for a camping trip but will this weekend be worth it?

As ever it depends on the weather. At the moment in the Lakes it’s looking like a wet start to the end of this week with things brightening up on Sunday and Monday.

In the Peak District it looks like the rain will continue til Sunday which means only Monday looks good, over the way in the Yorkshire Dales it the same outlook, with only Monday being decent. Over in Wales the outlook is pretty much the same. What about down South?, Cornwall and Devon is set for rain till Sunday with sun on the Monday.

So it doesn’t look like the greatest Bank Holiday weather but at least Monday will be nice so plan a day trip on the Monday!

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Planned zip wire for Lake District mountain

Zip wire
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A high altitude zip wire is being planned for a mountain in the Lake District. At 2,126 ft (648 m) high, the proposed Lancaster Aerial Flight will not be for the feint-hearted.

The zip wire will replicate a similar construction which existed there more than 80 years ago. The proposed zip wire will involve installing a cable running from the top of Fleetwith Pike down to the Honister Slate Mine Visitor Centre.

If the plans are approved, the attraction could open in the summer.

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Berghaus launch online wall climbing game

Outdoor enthusiasts are now able to experience the adrenaline from extreme wall climbing without stepping a foot outside with Berghaus’s new online extreme wall climbing game.

Players have to lead their climber through several stages, battling the elements, before reaching the summit of Mount Asgard.

The game also includes a feature whereby players can connect to Facebook and unlock awards, video content from the movie and add their name to the leaderboard. Also, by connecting to Facebook, players can invite their Facebook friends to play the game and compete against each other.

So, if you aren’t able to get outdoors but need that adrenaline fix then why not try it out at

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Cruzin Cooler: a cool box on wheels

Cruzin Cooler
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The Cruzin Cooler is basically a cool box on wheels. Cool boxes are one of the best selling camping accessories, especially for festivals. They keep your food cold but, more importantly, they keep your beers cool.

The Cruzin Cooler has been designed so that you don’t need to carry the cool box. You simply sit on the box and use the controls to get around which means that you don’t even have to walk let alone carry the thing! Its speed reaches up to 13 mph and has a 24+ can capacity.

I think this is an innovative idea but is it really necessary? Yes, it would be handy for festivals as it would save you from carrying your beers along with the rest of your festival kit, but personally, I think its probably a bit unnecessary (and designed for lazy people).

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Go Ape set to launch four new tree top courses

On March 27th, 2010, four new Go Ape tree top courses will be officially open to the public.

The four new courses are located in:

  • Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire;
  • Coed-Y-Brenin Forest, Dolgellau;
  • Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian; and
  • Black Park Country Park, Wexham.

Go Ape describes itself as “a high-wire forest adventure”. Its courses cover acres of land with much of it in the air. Much of the course is up in the trees, which means that you little monkeys will be making your way through ladders, tunnels, bridges and walkways made of either wood, rope or strong wire up in the air. Definitely not for the feint-hearted!

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BBC ThrillSeekers aims to get you Outdoors

The BBC have launched a new site that aims to get more people outdoor and on an adventure.

The ThrillSeekers mini site links to related BBC programs on the iplayer and related BBC websites.

There’s a guide to different type of activities and an events list. The events are plotted on a map which allows you to search with your postcode to find events near to you or your holiday destination.

Head over to the BBC ThrillSeekers site to find an event near to you.