Single use plastic

While You’re Outdoors… Pick up Some Plastic!

As an outdoors lover, you’re no doubt aware of the scale of the single use plastic problem. We’ve all seen the disturbing posts on social media, and with everyone from Surfers Against Sewage to the Women’s Institute on the case against single use plastics, it’s never far from the mind’s eye. But aside from switching to reusable drinking straws and a water flask, there is something else that you can do to help the plastic problem. While you’re out and about enjoying the great outdoors… please pick up some plastic!

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hammock

Why Spending Your Outdoor Nights in a Hammock is Good for You

There’s something wonderfully freeing about sleeping in the open air. Combine this with spending an outdoor night in a hammock, and you’re in for a real treat of a sleep! Whether you’re a seasoned camper, or enjoy a peaceful night under the stars in your own back garden, it’s well worth considering the relaxing experience of sleeping in a hammock. But don’t just take our word for it; people have been sleeping in hammocks for centuries, and here’s why…

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Woodland Wonder: Five Interesting (and Useful) Things to do when you go Down to the Woods

For many of us outdoors lovers, being in amongst woodland comes as second nature. Indeed for many, outdoors types or not, spending time in the fresh air and being at one with nature is considered beneficial and enjoyable. But what if there was even more you could do in the great outdoors? Here are some of our favourite woodland activity suggestions to help you do just that. So, if you go down to the woods today, you might just find yourself a little surprised by what you can learn…

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Outdoor play

Why Being Outdoors is Great for Kids, Whatever the Weather.

It’s natural to associate the winter months and rainy days with colds and flu-like bugs. But actually it’s being indoors in warm environments where bacteria thrives that tends to lead to catching the lurgy. So why not make sure your kids are wrapped up warm and guarded against chills, then get them outside to play? The benefits are many, and even the Royals are at it.

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Bushcraft events 2018

Bushcraft and Outdoor Adventure Gatherings: Your 2018 At-a-Glance Guide

It’s that time of year when we have everything to look forward to, and when the programmes for all the events centred on all we adore start being released. We’ve gathered up a selection of what we think look like THE do-not-miss happenings so far for 2018. See what you think, and if you have any suggestions of your own, please head over to our Facebook page and share them!

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Myth and Legend: It’s all in the Woods (and here’s a list of the best places to discover it!)

Ever wondered why it feels so good to go into the woods? Why it seems so magical? Well maybe it’s because the stuff of legends is born there. What do we mean? Well, if you go down to the woods today, you’re more than likely stepping into a setting of myth and legend. In the deepest, darkest depths of the forest, there lives many a tale of intrigue and magic, all waiting to be discovered. So we’ve done a bit of research, and just for you here is a rundown of what we’ve come up with as a top five of where to discover those mythical, magical fantasy woodland worlds.

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Nature Therapy: It’s Official, Spending Time in Nature Has Scientific Benefits

So, it seems the science boffins have managed to prove what us outdoor lovers have known for ages: spending time in nature does wonders for your health and mental well-being! With everything from reduced stress to improved short term memory, it seems there is a lot to be said for ‘nature therapy’. Here’s why you can safely tell your friends and family that being outdoors is THE way to spend the forthcoming year.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiasts in Your Life

Whether you’re looking to buy for someone who, like you, loves the great outdoors, or hoping to leave a not-so-subtle Christmas list of your own lying around where a potential gift-giver might find it, there are some excellent bits of kit and experiences out there which any outdoor enthusiast would love to find under the tree this Christmas. Here we explore the best of them.

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Winter Camper-Vanning Tips for a Cosy Adventure

Let’s not deny it, the chilly part of the year is creeping in. For most people, it’s time to cosy up in front of a roaring fire and crank up the thermostat. But hey, when have we ever been most people?! Oh yes, we adore the outdoors so much that nothing – no NOTHING – is going to stop us enjoying getting outside of these four walls. Of course though, if you’re off on a winter camper-vanning expedition, there are plenty of things you’re going to need to think about before the off. Cue relevant tips and advice from your ever-helpful outdoor know-it-alls!

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Autumn Foraging – Interesting Things to do with 4 Forest Floor Favourites

You always know it’s autumn when it suddenly becomes crunchy underfoot, and you find yourself having to dodge falling (or squirrel-dropped) objects hurtling down from the treetops above. It gets you to thinking, of all these forest goodies that are making their way southwards from the trees at this time of year, are there any that could be put to good use? Instead of crunching them into the ground, isn’t there something useful we could be doing with nature’s autumn gifts? Well yes indeedy there is! Read on for this month’s useful foraging facts!

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Fruits of the Forest – The Forager’s Guide to Baking with Berries

Oh how we adore this time of year in the woods! Late summer to early autumn paints a spectacular splash of colour across the canopies as the fruits and berries start ripening. And how tasty they look! Of course, we have to take great care to avoid the forbidden fruits, but we can’t overlook the fact that much of what nature grows for us is brimming with flavour and goodness. But what to do once you’ve plucked your fill? Here we take a look at three great things you can concoct in your kitchen following a forest foraging expedition, and yes, acorns ARE included!

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Nature apps

Top Apps to See You Through the Summer Outdoors

It’s summertime – yay!! So now we’re fully out and about and enjoying what nature intended, it kind of puts all that screen time we hankered over when we were stuck indoors on a backburner. But hang on, what are we thinking? Technology may not be so much of a bad thing after all, because whilst we’re outdoors, couldn’t we be using it to our advantage to help us discover more about our surroundings? Oh yes we can! Apps ahoy, let’s have a look at what there is out there to help us learn while we explore.

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Caring for Your Outdoor Gear Part 2: Boots, Bags and Pots

Last month we welcomed spring by taking a look at ways to restore your key camping paraphernalia should it emerge from its winter storage looking not quite its best. Our two-part series started with tips on how to revive and re-waterproof a mould-ridden tent and, as promised, this time around we are going to move our focus on to other very important bits of camping kit: your boots, your sleeping bag and your cooking gear.

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How to clean your camping gear

Caring for Your Outdoor Gear – Part 1: The Trusty Tent

It’s finally here… the season we’ve all been eagerly awaiting has arrived and we’re all set and raring to go. Or are we? If you’ve just pulled out your outdoor gear, only to find it’s not quite looking as shiny and new as you seem to have remembered when you put it away, you’re going to need a spot of advice to get it back where it should be so that it serves you well through another summer. In this two-part blog series we offer up some tips on restoring your key camping paraphernalia, as well as steps to take before you stash it away again at the end of the season so that next time it sees the light, you haven’t got such a task on your hands. Here we start with the piece of kit that tends to take the biggest battering… the tent.

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Survival tips

Four Down to Earth Survival Skills to Learn This Year

Flicking through the channels on the TV, there appears to be an abundance of wilderness survival programmes on the schedule these days. Whilst the skills the experts teach us are spot-on, in reality you have to think, how many times will I actually be in a position where I need to lick a frog? Extreme survival is one thing, but what would you do if you got lost whilst out on a hike, or your car broke down on the edge of a forest in the middle of nowhere? Your phone isn’t giving you a signal or the battery has died. What you need in these circumstances are basic, down to earth survival skills, which are precisely what we’re going to look at here.

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A Route to Camping in the Wild (Well, Nearly!)

Are you into camping and spending quality time outdoors, but feel a bit frustrated with the way it has become over-commercialised? Maybe the outdoor life has become a bit too fashionable, what do you think? Perhaps there’s been so much hype around spending time in nature that the great outdoors has become just a bit too much of a convenience? If you, like us, appreciate the true beauty of spending time outdoors, but you prefer it with just a handful of creature comforts and basic services, you are probably wondering where you can pitch your tent without getting into trouble. Well, here’s the solution!

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Events, Experiences and Skills Training: It’s a Wonderful 4×4 Life!

The stunning scenery, the wildlife, the thrill of the obstacles, and the mud. It can only be 4x4ing, and whether you’re a shiny new beginner, or a hard core stalwart, you should consider yourself blessed living in the UK, because there is so much to feed your pleasure. From tours and events to training courses, here we take a look at some of the must-adds for your 4×4 bucket list in 2017.

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Show Season

Where to find Outhaus products in the coming show calendar. As usual, Outhaus will be travelling the country to exhibit our great products at various events throughout the year. Read on to find out where and visit often to check for updates.   16th – 19th February 2017 The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show – Excel London…

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Five Good Reasons Why You Should be Spending More Time Outdoors in 2017

Ah Christmas, the indoor season. Sitting by the fireside, indulging in all that divine food and family time. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for sure. But should we really be spending so much time indoors? OK maybe during the festive season, but what about the rest of the year – is there or isn’t there good reason to be getting ourselves into the great outdoors? Oh yes indeedy there is… check out these five reasons why you should be making 2017 the year you get yourself and the family out and enjoying what nature has gifted us.

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Sky Lights: Nature’s Gifts of Beauty and Prophecy

What’s the one thing we are sure to comment upon and focus our gaze on without fail on a daily basis? Of course, it’s the sky. That marvellous expanse of ever-changing colour, shape and patterned display that greets us every morning and bids us goodnight every bedtime. The sky can tell us lots of things, including what the weather is going to be like, and when’s the best time to go fishing.

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Cold Weather Camping: A Cool Winter Adventure

As much as we love the summer, it has to come to an end, like all good things. But just because the sun’s gone in doesn’t mean you have to throw camping over to the side line. In fact, cold weather camping has much to offer! Camping in the winter can be exhilarating, but you do need to know what you are doing. After all, you don’t want the frost to bite, and you’ll want to get the most enjoyment possible out of your cold weather escapade. So here we go with a few winter camping hacks to help you do just that.

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