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Broadway Market Schoolyard, camping, Diary, Exhale, HackneyWildWalks, Kelda, kites, Klean Kanteen, water bottles, Womad -

We are really gearing up for Exhale Festival Exhale programmenow, with the page up showcasing tents to hire and the team for play and games coming together. I'm also making long lists of the right range of products for our on-site shop - do share your favourite tips!     We're also planning our Playday2014 - are you? We've loads of gorgeous new water bottles Colourful kanteensand some kites at the stall at Broadway Market Schoolyard, so if you're passing by, come and say hello and take a look. I won't be there this week but the fantastic Kelda and Philip will be. Kelda is a very experienced Playworker so if you have any questions about how to get your kids or the neighbourhood kids a bit more wild, then she's your woman. Somersault Festival last week was great fun, and huge thanks to the folks who came and joined in the discussion. We were reflecting on why kids don't go out, and how we can bring down the barriers to kids enjoying their own communities. There will be a dedicated blog coming up, but we agreed key calls to politicians in the upcoming elections, such as:

  • better cycleways and ways for young people to move round their own community
  • making street closures like Playing Out easier and everywhere
  • making the importance of outdoor play better known
I also really enjoyed meeting Free Range Urban Kids who are planning a completely outdoor nursery! In Hackney! Do take a look at what they are doing. Right I'm off to Womad with the family where we'll be seeing how few plastic and paper cups we can avoid using... The tiffins are also useful for checking that festy facepaint! Don't forget you could check out the Hackney Wild Walks this weekend, and maybe take a kite! Have a fab weekend and make it easy Cath    

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ExhaleDo you like being outdoors? Do you like yoga? Do you love making a great space for kids to play, organising adults’ communal games or teaching bushcraft skills? Would you like a free weekend camping in a gorgeous wooded campsite, with loads of yoga, gorgeous food, fantastic DJs and a chilled vibe?
If so we are looking for staff and volunteers to bring some playfulness to this holiday brought to you by Stretch and Black and Light Yoga. Exhale is a new Yoga Festival - exciting and dynamic with an emphasis on fun and frolics! Three days camping in the English countryside centred around Yoga, games, feasting, and good times! Pitch up and kick back with us for the long weekend to relax and unwind around the camp fire, share food, drink and laughs!
Details:
To do what? Staff would offer one or two 4-hour shifts, either morning or afternoon, on the Saturday or Sunday, to include:
  • providing fun, play based and outdoor childcare so parents can do yoga (DBS and experience, including references essential)
  • organising and supporting a range of games and community fun for the adults and kids to get involved with (rounders, cricket, crazy sack races, croquet, den building….)
  • organising bushcraft workshops (whittling, fire making…)
  • pop up playwork, observing and managing an area where kids can come and play freely (experience and references required)
In return you will get:
  • fIMG_1876ree camping (we can help with a tent if needed)
  • free food
  • free non alcoholic drinks
  • free evenings to sit around the fire, party with the party crowd or star gaze
There may be some team leader roles too - get in touch to discuss. If you think this sounds like a gorgeous way to spend a summer weekend please contact: exhale@outdoorpeople.org.uk or ring 07813 879179 Looking forward to hearing from you!

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adventure, camping, Diary, Launch, mountains, National Trust, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor People, Outdor People, Plas Y Brenin, snowdon, Wales, Wild Network -

Outdoor People celebrated our launch and National Children’s Day UK with a wild screening of the documentary film Project Wild Thing on an expedition to Snowdon.  OP Launch 3 - Wild Screening As part of National Children’s Day UK, we took a group of families from Hackney and beyond out into the wild, on an expedition to Snowdon, Wales’s highest mountain. The group, joined by Andrew Denton leader of the Britain on Foot Campaign, enjoyed a ‘Wild Screening’ of the acclaimed documentary Project Wild Thing on a jury rigged screen on the mountain-side at the base of Crib Goch, just a few hundred metres below the summit. Our adventure was part of a whole 'Wild Weekend' of screenings organised by The Wild Network, with other groups scaling Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and then loads of others simply screening the film trailer on iPads and mobiles in back gardens and wild spaces across the UK. This was all in celebration of National Children's Day UK 2014,  to help promote the new Children's Outdoor Charter and Project Wild Thing as a vehicle for helping communities think about the importance of getting outdoors.   IMG_9761 Our expedition was initially planned by my niece, Phoebe Prisk (15), who is an experienced mountaineer thanks to her dad. She's been going up mountains in all weathers since before she could walk, and as long as she can chat about Supernatural, has the right gear on and a pork pie in her backpack she just loves it.

“The best thing about being outdoors is the freedom. It doesn’t matter if it’s the park or up in the mountains. I just like being outdoors” Phoebe Prisk (15) from Frodsham, Cheshire
We did indeed set off on her chosen route up the Pyg track, but when we got to our screening place it was a bit windy... [wpvideo kYqg6MWh] Nothing deterred we watched the Project Wild Thing trailer, roping in a passing Snowdon Ranger to take the photos proving we'd done it! Andrew Denton, who is also the Chief Executive of the Outdoors Industry Association and a fellow Wild Network member, then helped us out and together we all agreed to shorten the walk with a fun cross country adventure down to the very well marked Miners Track. IMG_9902 As an aside I have to say that the National Trust does an amazing job maintaining the walking paths around Snowdonia.  It seems to be a little known fact that over three quarters of their land holdings are completely free to visit, and they make it ten times easier to get to see those wild places by simply building lovely, often wheelchair and buggy accessible, paths into them. The Snowdon paths aren't suitable for those with poor mobility, but are just fine on a good day for children with a bit of stamina who are with adults who have a basic idea of what they are doing and some common sense. Our kids were certainly not the only ones braving the winds and rain that day, and Phoebe's cousin Annabel Arden (11) made several other young people smile as they met us by handing out chocolates... Phoebe,  Annabel and the rest of us were of course a bit disappointed not to get to the top this time, but there will be another time. And when we do, we hope the Hackney and Liverpool children that were going to join us, the ones who had never been camping before, can come too! Annabel Arden, 11, from Stoke Newington, Hackney, said:
“It’s been such a fun day! Being outdoors just makes you feel so wild and your imagination can just go further. I love going outdoors, even if it’s just playing in the street. The best thing about the walk, despite the weather, was the views. We could see for miles!”
[caption id="attachment_237" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] After our mountain top adventures we went to find other random outdoor places we could show our Project Wild Thing trailer, using a mini projector kindly provided by the lovely East London Design Store. First stop was the fabulous Welsh National Slate Museum... (who did great hot chocolate!) [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] And then at Dolbardon castle, an amazing spot with a bloody history and glorious views only a few minutes walk from the car park. [caption id="attachment_213" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram

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