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Toddler holiday and term time breaks at Bluestone Wales; mid week breaks from £239


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Take advantage of some great value term time family short breaks at Bluestone Wales. Perfect for young families there is 500 acres of car-free countryside to explore. Let your little one become a Mini Ranger (0-3 years) or Junior Ranger (4-7 years).  Babies and toddlers can have fun in the safe sandy bay of the  Blue Lagoon Water Park and enjoy the Circus Zone in the Adventure Centre. Junior Rangers can experience a range of hands-on nature activities and get to grips with indoor climbing.

A 2 bedroom cottage sleeping a family of four is available the 13 October for just £239 for  a 4 night mid week break. A range of accommodation options are available including cottages, lodges and a larger properties.

Toddler and Baby Friendly Short Breaks – Bluestone Wales..

October half term Ranger activities at Trevella Holiday Park Cornwall – bugs, beasties and bats; only £178 for a caravan for 3 nights

5 star Trevella Holiday Park in Cornwall has a fun October half term lined up for you with a great selection of Ranger led nature and survival activities. Come face to face with bugs, bats and beasties that live in and around the park’s own nature reserve and lakes or in the streams, rock pools and sands of nearby Crantock Beach.

These FREE activities include:

  • spooky night time walks to spot moths and bats
  • discovering underwater insects
  • catching bugs with pit-fall traps
  • survival skills including shelter building and map reading
  • freshwater fishing for beginners

A 3 night stay arriving on Friday 25 October costs from £178. This is staying in a caravan that sleeps 6.

Trevella Holiday Park in Cornwall l Camping & Caravan Holidays, Newquay | Trevella Holiday Park.

Dartmoor family camp week with nature, bushcraft and storytelling; August 4 – 10 2013 | Wildwise

This is a truly inspirational family experience based at a beautiful woodland site on Dartmoor. A truly wild and wonderful blend of nature awareness, bushcraft and storytelling in a friendly camp setting. The activities going on during the family camp week offer something for everyone.

Typical activities may include wildlife watching, bat-detecting and bug hunting at night, wild fire making and wild food gathering, silent movement, scavenger hunts, woodcraft, listening to stories/music around the campfire and den making.

This Wildwise familycamp runs between the 4 and 10 of August. Great value at just £250 for the 1st adult, £195 for the 2nd adult and £110 for children (5-16 years). Tents can also be hired.

Kids camps, family camps, wild food, canoe trips, bushcraft courses, outdoor events.

£50 off May half term family nature & activity holiday Scotland; from £450 adult, £350 child | Wild at Heart

This Scotland holiday based near Inverness is perfect for families with children aged 4 years and over who are looking for an experience that combines nature, wildlife watching and conservation in a fun and engaging way.

Typically you will get to play nature based games which enhance environmental understanding, create nature-art, learn to set-up cameras to watch wildlife remotely, spend a day with ‘tracker Dan’ looking for clues and learn about seals and dolphins including boat trips to spot seals, seabirds and possibly dolphins. In addition, parents can take some time out to relax with afternoon tea, a massage or other treatment additional cost) or simply walking in beautiful gardens.

A 4 night holiday will cost £450 (adults), £350 (child) and a 6 night holiday will cost £675 (adult) and £525 (child) at Newbold House – prices inclusive of accommodation, activities and most meals. A 7 night holiday in a self-catering lodge costs £675 (adult) and £525 (child). Your base is Forres, 25 miles from Inverness, Scotland.

Special offer: Wild at Heart is currently offering £50 off per family of 2-4 people and £100 off for families of 5+ who book this May half term.

Wild at Heart Ecoholidays | Family Nature Activity Holidays.

10 family bushcraft courses: experience nature

Here’s a guide to family bushcraft courses ranging from 1 day courses to overnighters across the UK. Kids will love being out in the woods actively learning simple bushcraft and survival skills. There are fun-filled family courses for families and also ‘kids only’ days/camps listed here. The whole family will enjoy experiencing nature in such an interactive way and it’s certainly a different way to spend your time!

1. NORFOLK Canoe Man Swallows and Amazons Adventure Days 

HIGHLIGHTS: Guided canoe trail in search of Otters and Bitterns, bushcraft session, lunch in a beautiful woodland setting, and archery in the afternoon with canoe journey back. HOW TO DO IT:  7 April, 12 May, 2 June, 14 July, 21 & 24 & 28 & 31 July, 4 & 7 & 11 & 14 & 18 & 21 & 25 & 28 August, 1 & 22 Sept – costs £40 per adult and £30 per child. http://www.thecanoeman.com/swallowsandamazons.asp

2. NORFOLK Canoe Man School of Wilderness Bushcraft 1 or 2 day courses

HIGHLIGHTS:  The 1 day course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of bushcraft and no experience is required; the 2 day course covers the fundamentals in greater depth including an overnight stay in the woods under your own shelter with dinner, breakfast and lunch. HOW TO DO IT: 1 day courses 12 May, 16 June,14  July, 1 & 7 Sept and 20 Oct – costs £45 per adult & £35 per child; 2 day courses 1 June, 3 August & 21 September – costs £95 per adult and £70 per child. Both the bushcraft and the adventure days take place in Wroxham, Norfolk at the CanoeMan’s Woodland Activity Centre (WAC). http://www.thecanoeman.com/bushcraft.asp

3. OXFORDSHIRE The Bushcraft Company Summer Camps (for the kids 7 to 15 year olds)

HIGHLIGHTS: Spend the morning tree climbing, cook your own lunch over a campfire, swim in the lake in the afternoon, and spend the evening playing games. Children stay in beautiful safari-style camps and enjoy freshly cooked meals around the campfire each day. HOW TO DO IT: Runs throughout the summer for children aged 7-15 with separate camps for 7-11 year olds and 11-15 year olds. Option of 2-day (£99), 3-day (£199) or 5-day camps (£349). Takes place at the Woodland Centre Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. http://www.thebushcraftcompany.com/summercamps/

4. DEVON Wildwise Extraordinary School for Kids (for the kids)

HIGHLIGHTS: A day of skills, challenges and adventures drawing upon bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature including shelter-building, firecraft, campfire cookery, woodcraft, making traditional weapons and more. HOW TO DO IT: 10 April, 28 May, 31 October at the Dartington Estate. Costs £30. http://www.wildwise.co.uk/events+.php?nID=18&n_start=0

5. DEVON Wildwise Bushcraft Day

HIGHLIGHTS: Spend the day playing with some of the basic bushcraft skills including firemaking, shelter building and the use of cutting tools as well as bringing awareness to the natural world all around. HOW TO DO IT: Takes place on the 1 September at the Dartington Estate, Devon and costs £45 for 1 adult plus kids, £65 2 adults plus kids. http://www.wildwise.co.uk/events+.php?nID=9&n_start=0

6. KENT Natural Pathways 2 day Bushcraft Family Camp age 5 and over

HIGHLIGHTS: Light a fire without matches, build & sleep in a natural shelter, cook on an open fire, identify plants & trees, animal movements & sign, natural awareness games and more. HOW TO DO IT: Suitable for children aged 5-16. Takes place June half term close to Canterbury, Kent and costs £95 per person or £342 for a family of four. http://www.natural-pathways.co.uk/family-bushcraft-weekend.php

7. Lake District FSC Bushcraft for Families (4 nights) age 8 and over

HIGHLIGHTS: Wilderness bushcraft activities including survival skills (shelter building, camp fire, wild teas), geocaching, producing fish hooks, wilderness walk, making string from nettles and more. HOW TO DO IT: Suitable for children aged 8 and over. The course is run at the Field Studies Council centre in Blencathra, Lake District and costs £170 per adult and £135 per child.  Includes all meals, accommodation & transport and sleeping in a family room.

8 & 9. Scotland and Sussex Wildwood Family Bushcraft Day

HIGHLIGHTS: An introduction to bushcraft for families covering firelighting, knotwork, water collection/preperation, shelter. HOW TO DO IT: Adult £70, child £40. Based at Glen Nevis (near Fort William), Scotland and Nutley, Sussex (dates for Sussex include 4 May, 16 June, 13 July).

10. EAST SUSSEX Ray Mears Family Bushcraft (2 nights) age 8 and over

HIGHLIGHTS: This 2 night course will give you the knowledge of the core skills involved in bushcraft: making a campfire, shelters, nature awareness, animal tracking, useful plant & tree recognition, campfire games & stories. HOW TO DO IT: The base is an expedition style camp in East Sussex, near Uckfield. The camp is in private woodland with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. Course run 5 April and 28 May and costs £225 per person.