Best places to paddle board in Cambridgeshire
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a great family activity, and our local turf in the East of England is full of great spots to do it. This is our guide to the best places to paddle board in Cambridgeshire. We got our first paddle board two summers ago and enjoy it so much that we now do it at every opportunity with our two young boys. We’re lucky to live close to a couple of excellent waterways, with the River Cam and the River Great Ouse right on our doorstep. But they aren’t the only places to get out on your SUP in Cambridgeshire. On the River Great Ouse, with the church steeple at Hemingford Abb ..read more
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Review: Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Balance Bike
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Most modern balance bikes are lightweight and agile, but this retro wooden design bucks the trend. Here’s our review of the Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Balance Bike. Both of my boys learned to ride on balance bikes, and in my opinion they’re the best way to get started on two wheels. The two balance bikes we’ve tested out before (Kiddimoto Super Junior and Decathlon Runride 520 Cruiser) have been steel-framed, so we were fascinated to compare them with something chunkier and heavier. Stunning design The first thing I have to say about the Kiddimoto Evel Knievel Balance Bike is that it’s absolutely ..read more
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Indoor family sledging, Milton Keynes Snozone
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Fancy hitting the slopes with your kids but don’t want to sit about waiting for snow? Then the indoor family sledging sessions at Snozone are perfect. Living in the barren flatlands of Cambridgeshire and waiting for winter snow to arrive can be a soul-destroying experience. If I get three flakes on my car windscreen I almost faint. So this winter we took matters into our hands by by booking a Family Fun Sledging session at the Milton Keynes Snozone. Growing up in the grim Pennine hills I sledged a lot as a kid, but neither of my boys had even sat on a sledge before this winter and were despera ..read more
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How to build a campfire with your kids
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Building a campfire with your kids is a fun and exciting way to spend time outdoors as a family. But how do you do it safely? Both of our boys have always loved camping, so over the last few years we’ve spent endless hours toasting marshmallows and telling stories around campfires. And it isn’t just a summer activity for us. Once the clocks go back and winter arrives, the long nights and extra hours of darkness give us plenty of chances to have campfires in our garden too. But as great an activity as this is to do with your family, there are also plenty of things to think about in terms of fir ..read more
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Review: Decathlon Runride 520 Cruiser balance bike
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Our 2-year-old has been test-driving the Decathlon Runride 520 Cruiser balance bike for the past few months and it’s already turning him into a proper little cyclist. Here’s our review… Balance bikes are the perfect way to introduce toddlers to cycling but there are an almost bewildering amount of options out there for first-time buyers. Our eldest son learned to ride on the excellent Kiddmoto Super Junior balance bike. But one of his nursery buddies was using the Runride 520 Cruiser at the same time and I was always envious of its retro design and rear brakes. So for kid No.2 we decided to gi ..read more
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Family camping with a roof tent | Tentbox Lite review
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Roof tents have exploded in popularity for their ability to turn your car into a mini campervan. But are they good for families? Read our Tentbox Lite review to find out. I’d never even heard of a roof tent until last summer, but now it feels like every campsite we pull into I spot another one. Essentially they’re pop-up tents that attach to the top of your car like a roof box, with the main advantage that they take just a matter of minutes to set up. I’ve always been intrigued but a little bit dubious about roof tents. This summer we were sent the Tentbox Lite to review and here’s what we tho ..read more
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12 tips for hiking with kids
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by The Outdoor Dad
2y ago
Hiking with kids is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities you can do as a family, so here are some tips we’ve put together from our experiences of walking as a family. Our two boys (and all young kids in general) love being outdoors and exploring new places, so taking them hiking is a perfect family hobby. But there are a few things you need to consider to stop that first trip from turning into a nightmare! Start hiking with kids young It’s a bit tricky to get your child to walk up a hill when they can’t even stand up, but there are plenty of great bits of kit that you can use to get ba ..read more
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Best family camping kit – 2021
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by The Outdoor Dad
3y ago
If you want to try camping with kids, you’ll need some decent gear to get started. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so here’s a roundup of our best family camping kit from 2021. We’ve tested a lot of great camping gear over the past few summers and below is a roundup of our favourite. We have two young boys so everything gets a proper thrashing, and we never review anything we haven’t thoroughly used. If you have any questions about any of the camping kit featured below then please get in touch! Best family tents Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus BlackOut Made for five people (although rea ..read more
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Best family camping kit – 2021
The Outdoor Dad
by The Outdoor Dad
3y ago
If you want to try camping with kids, you’ll need some decent gear to get started. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so here’s a roundup of our best family camping kit from 2021. We’ve tested a lot of great camping gear over the past few summers and below is a roundup of our favourite. We have two young boys so everything gets a proper thrashing, and we never review anything we haven’t thoroughly used. If you have any questions about any of the camping kit featured below then please get in touch! Best family tents Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus BlackOut Made for five people (although rea ..read more
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What’s the best stand-up paddleboard for families?
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by The Outdoor Dad
3y ago
If you want to try paddleboarding with your kids but don’t know which board to buy, check out our review of the Aquaplanet Max SUP. The best family paddleboard we’ve found. The first thing we discovered when we started looking into buying a paddleboard is that they’re much more expensive than we expected. And they’re all inflatable, which was also news to us! So after spending longer than we’d like to admit trying to find a solid one, we set about finding the best deal on an inflatable SUP that was stable enough for a beginner adult (me) and also strong and reliable enough to support the weigh ..read more
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