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Outwell Miramar Summer Hammock

We have a closer look at the Outwell Miramar Summer Hammock. Great for lounging about but what about taking to the campsite?

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A mini-heatwave, the city, bees, and tent pegs

Campfire in the garden
It has certainly got hot recently. What have you been up to?
  1. It has indeed been a tad warm of late but we’ve made the best of it. Our lad Ben had his first Cub Camp and even though I’m a Scout leader we gave him some space and he revelled in it despite the 34C heat! Our little girl helped Dad set up an old Canvas Vango 4 man tent we bought from eBay second hand for short nights away when the Tentipi is a tad excessive. It seems tiny but cosy… No room for a stove in there!

    Lets hope for another sunshine filled weekend or two to make the great outdoors that much more appealing!

    8:15 pm on June 20, 2017
  2. Hello. It is very hot and uncomfortable here. But I have to remember that we have far too many cold wet miserable days where all we can do is look out the window and wish it was warm and sunny! I do enjoy being out in the garden in the evening when it’s a little cooler and watching the sun start to set accross the field. You don’t get that in city’s so feel your pain being stuck in concrete jungle.

    9:46 pm on June 20, 2017
    • Yes, it’s just noise, dust, and heat here.  Though the heat had one interesting side effect.  I was walking past University College Hospital yesterday afternoon and the heat caused one of the glass panels to shatter just as I was walking underneath. I got showered in glass!
      Fortunately it was just safety glass, but I still ran for cover as I wasn’t sure what else might be coming down when it exploded!

      10:51 pm on June 20, 2017

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Gullivers Campsite in Milton Keynes

We stay at Gulliver's Campsite in Milton Keynes and check out a bit of theme park too.

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Camping With Kids: The Book

Stuck for ideas to do with your kids while camping? Then check out this book by Simon McGrath called "Camping with Kids"

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Outwell Hurricane Pump
The Outwell Hurricane is an interesting design. It's both a pump and a vacuum cleaner in one little package. We give it a try.
  1. Interesting, I have been looking for a small vacuum for our van (there is only so much you can do with a dustpan and brush). On our last camping trip we needed to inflate the airbed after a couple of nights sleep. Not wanting to drag the bed over to the car to use the 12v pump, this would have done the job nicely.

    I’d be interested to hear more about how it works as a vacuum, how much debris can it handle do you think?

    10:12 am on June 14, 2017

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Just how are caravans made? We have a look

We visit the Elddis factory and watch the birth of new caravans and motorhomes.

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Family Tent Guide

Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Tent Review

We test out the Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 and are very impressed with what we see.

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A year in a tent, camping recipes, and mild or wild

Pods at Bellingham Campsite
In this newsletter, catch-up on a great campsite we stayed at, an abbey ruin, a new camping lantern, and tips for getting people cycling.
  1. Bellingham Northumberland? Cycled there for overnight Easter ’51, from N/cle. Snowed and my tent was a US semi bivouac army surplus. Open half was against a stone dyke. Bloody cold but the ride provided the sleep. Startled a fox in the morning. His jaw just gaped when he saw me. Could not believe his eyes!! Think the cheese sandwich and Blue Star ‘broon ale and Guiness black and tan in the pub made sleep deeper. So how am I receiving your email here in Pickering , Ontario, Canada? Are you a Geordie too?

    1:18 am on June 7, 2017

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Bellingham Campsite

Sleep under the stars at Bellingham Campsite, which is located in a Dark Skies area, and is in the Northumberland National Park.

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Outwell Obsidian Lantern Review

Outwell have introduced a smart looking new lantern, called the Outwell Obsidian. We test it out and find it's more than just a lantern.
  1. Goodness me… is there anything it doesn’t do given the instructions?!?

    10:20 am on June 3, 2017

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