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Ideas to get the family outdoors and active – for free!

With the promise of a fresh new year comes the familiar resolutions – get healthy and active, spend more time with the family, spend less! These are just a few ideas for how you can get the family active in the outdoors, enjoying some quality time together at little or no cost.

A Winter walk…
There’s nothing quite like layering up with scarves, hats, gloves and wellies and heading out on a winter walk. The silvery white sheen on the ground and the trees, and the crisp winter air make for a picturesque and bracing opportunity to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Whatever the weather kids will always be grateful for the opportunity to run around, explore and play. If you’re looking for inspiration the National Trust website lists plenty of picturesque walks across the UK.

A family cycle ride…
Cycling is great exercise and being on your bike means you can cover more distance, so you can explore your local area, head to a nearby landmark for a spot of sightseeing, or perhaps even try out a local cycling route. The web is a great source of local cycle routes so do give it a try – who knows you may even discover somewhere new just around the corner!

Sledding…
Even if we don’t see snow this Winter, on the right hill on a frosty day sledding can still prove to be enormous fun! And if it’s snow you want indoor snow centres offer a fun in the snow experience whatever the weather, at a relatively low cost.

Fly a Kite…
Make the most of a windy day to enjoy some kite flying. A great activity for the park, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching your kite take flight and soar gracefully through the sky. If you don’t have a kite you could always use the many templates and tips online to make your own – a creative AND active day out!

Playing / watching local sports
There are lots of sports your kids can get involved in that cost little or nothing. You could organise a game of football or rounders with friends and family, or perhaps head to the local tennis courts. There’s often lots going on locally so check your local newspaper for details of matches or games taking place that you may be able to go along and watch. Who knows it may even inspire a new hobby!

Tree climbing
A favourite for outdoor loving kids everywhere, if you find a park with a few good tree climbing trees you’re guaranteed a good few hours of outdoor fun for the kids!

Treasure / scavenger hunt
If you’re still trying to get rid of all the Christmas treats how about using them to create a fun treasure / scavenger hunt? A quick internet search will throw up plenty of fun scavenger hunt ideas you could tailor to create the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family. Or take your local treasure hunt one step further and join the thousands of people discovering the thrill of geocaching