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In today’s gadget-rich and time-pressured lifestyles, it is sometimes hard to make the effort to ensure our children have an upbringing that gets them outdoors and active. Similarly, parenting is increasingly becoming risk averse and challenge-free  – we spend too much time making it ‘easy’ for our children. Children also spend too long indoors and in front screens (of one sort or another).

Children need ‘managed’ exposure to age-appropriate challenges and risks… in the outdoors.

We seek to achieve this through family adventures and experiences designed, on the whole, to get us outside, adventuring and having fun… as a family. If we can do it, anyone can.

We hope that some of what we are sharing is of interest to like-minded parents.

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Here are 100 family-friendly adventure ideas for parents with young children to try.

So, if you are looking for family adventure ideas, whatever the weather, then take a look at our 100 Adventure Ideas page.

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In February 2014, speaking at the Telegraph Outdoor Show

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We offer a fun and inspiring family talk aimed at promoting families to embark on simple, cheap but fun family adventures.

We have spoken at a range of adventure festivals, alongside well-known adventurers like Dave Cornthwaite, Alastair Humphreys, Phoebe Smith, Squash Falconer and many more.

For availability for events and other requests, please email Adrian.sington@dcdmedia.co.uk or Charlotte.ridge@dcdmedia.co.uk

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B.R.A.V.E parenting is an approach we use to try and encourage, support and consolidate our children’s development is several key areas. Each letter of B.R.A.V.E is associated with a quality or competence we value as parents; we feel mastery of these competences will result in secure, robust and confident children, able to not just cope with life, but thrive in it.

These five competences of the B.R.A.V.E approach to parenting are:

B is for Bold

R is for Robust

A is for Adventurous

V is for Virtuous

Recent Activities / See 365 Activities

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French skip

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Instead of sitting inside your house watching the telly you should decide to go outside and do an activity like French skipping. All you have to do is get two people to put their legs inside a…

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Play ball to wall

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There are various ways to play this game – and various names for it too. Ball to wall or ‘Sevens’ is a simple game to play. All that is needed…

Kick round a landmark

Kick a ball around a landmark

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Kicking a ball around a landmark is great exercise. But not only is it good for your body, but it also let’s you see different angles and views of the…

Football Golf

From TEE to GREEN

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You may have heard of frisbee golf but have you heard of football golf? Of course you haven’t; we made it up! In this game the rules of golf and…

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BBC Radio Nottingham interviewSaturday 9th August, 2014

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Recent Activities / See all 365 Activities

French skipping

French skip

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Instead of sitting inside your house watching the telly you should decide to go outside and do an activity like French skipping. All you have to do is get two people to put their legs inside a…

all 7s bal and wall

Play ball to wall

| 365 ideas | No Comments

There are various ways to play this game – and various names for it too. Ball to wall or ‘Sevens’ is a simple game to play. All that is needed…

Kick round a landmark

Kick a ball around a landmark

| 365 ideas | No Comments

Kicking a ball around a landmark is great exercise. But not only is it good for your body, but it also let’s you see different angles and views of the…

Football Golf

From TEE to GREEN

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You may have heard of frisbee golf but have you heard of football golf? Of course you haven’t; we made it up! In this game the rules of golf and…

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River: Open fish pie

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Location: River The location provides plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration. Go paddling or try skimming a stone: choose flat stones and throw them at a flat angle across...
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Forest: Curried beans and rice

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Location: Forest A forest or wood can provide a wonderful after school playground and magical setting for an evening one-pot. Before cooking, explore the area for trees to climb, dens...
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Lakeside: Sausage Orzo

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Location: Lakeside We are always attracted to water so a nearby lake provided a perfect location for a one pot. Our lake serves bird watchers, walkers and sailors but other...
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On a hill: Chicken Curry

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Location: Nearby hill You hopefully don’t have to go far to find a hill or raised area away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Try to find...

Adventure is out there; you’ve just got to go and look for it! – Amy, aged 7