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  1. Tiny houses and transformed spaces -'s top ten

    July 25, 2014
    by |'s top tens | about camping

    Earth domes in New Zealand. Pic courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House.
    Mostly when our thinks drift dreamily to the type of accommodation we will cacklingly obtain when millionaires, it is of the portable and very expensive variety. A

    three-storey RV like Robert de Niro’s


    a billionaire’s Earth caravan

    and a

    £3500 tent

    have all featured in our musings, mostly ...

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  2. 27 walking holidays! Our guide to UK walking festivals this summer and autumn

    July 17, 2014
    by | festivals and events | sports and outdoors

    Airing boots highly recommended between walks
    Although we tend to pack Inappropriate Heels when tottering off on our outdoor hols (and that’s just the men), we’ll usually be found with walking boots crammed into the rucksack too.

    Our love of the striding is such that we have a special category just for ...

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  3. The wheelie big guide bike rides

    July 11, 2014
    by | family | guides | sports and outdoors

    Family cycling trip
    Le Tour –  it has pedalled off! Around four million bike boffins were estimated to have watched the

    Grand Départ

    in Yorkshire last weekend, with quite a few more hundred thousand ramming the streets to see it in London and Essex. We hope that didn’t make commuters cranky.

    As promised ...

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  4. C'est Bretagne! Ten things to see and do in Brittany

    July 4, 2014
    by | beaches, coast and seaside | destinations | family | food and drink | history and heritage | sports and outdoors

    The flag of Bretagne. Pic by Audrey AK.
    Brittany was once known as ‘little Britain’, but fret not, you’re unlikely to find Vicky Pollard and her cohorts here. The Celtic region of Bretagne est both très cultural et très independent, has a different feel from the rest of France, and is the only place in the country ...

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  5. A shore-fired guide! Watersports and outdoor holidays in the UK and beyond

    June 27, 2014
    by | fishing | guides | sports and outdoors | surfing and watersports

    Surfing at an impressive angle
    Like to make a splash? Us too, even if we do occasionally get laughed at almost tipping over a kayak. Ahem. Whether you like dipping in wild pools, walking miraculously on water, or taking to the waves for the best surf, here’s the shore-fired guide to watersports ...

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  6. Motorhome madness! This year's camping, caravan and motorhome shows

    June 20, 2014
    by | about camping | festivals and events | industry news

    VW camper tent
    Any excuse to buy a new tent, say we – and what better excuse than


    ? Yes, a goodly chunk of the team shall be mud wallowing in Somerset fields come next weekend, making it an absolute necessity to acquire new canvas under the excuse that ‘this one might ...

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  7. Golf, gee-gees and more - how to have a sporty summer

    June 13, 2014
    by | seasonal | sports and outdoors

    Words can't even

    Although on the whole we’re a relatively sporty lot – marathon running, cycling and horse riding are just a few of the ways various members of the team spend their weekends – our moods can occasionally change in hot weather. Sport on these days can then mean ‘exercising one ...

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  8. Back of the net! The guide to watching the World Cup

    June 6, 2014
    by | guides | offbeat | sports and outdoors

    Brasil 2014! Pic © FIFA.
    Words could not possibly express how excited we are about the start of the 2014 World Cup next week. Well, a few possibly could: they are ‘squeee’, ‘beer’ and ‘phone in sick’.

    Even better than the World Cup itself – if such a thing were so – is watching the World Cup ...

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  9. Off-grid versus tech-packed - what is 'proper' camping?

    May 23, 2014
    by | about camping

    'Don't make me leave my baby behind...'
    One of the surest (and funnest) ways to provoke debate/start a fight in camping circles is what designates ‘proper camping’. A tent in a forest in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a sleeping bag, matches and a torch – or a lodge (possibly also in a forest) with ...

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  10. Horses for courses: the best of this year's horse shows

    May 16, 2014
    by | family | festivals and events | sports and outdoors's Gillian on Felix No long faces here, neigh – has gone all horsey. We’ve been glued to the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire and the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Her Maj’s gaff last week and this – and are very proud indeed to announce we are sponsoring a class at ...

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