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Alite, Atlasware Flasks, Boreas, East London Design Show, ELDS, Event, EzyStove, kairaasi, Klean Kanteen, LuminAID, rucksacks, Scrubba, Shop, Storm Kettles, Ticket To The Moon, tiffins, Truman Brewery, Wild Woodgas -

I've been going to the East London Design Show for, oh, twelve years as a punter, and I'm now going to get to go as a trader! I love it because I've picked up reasonably priced, beautiful presents - jewelry, homewares, toys, knitware and the like - that just aren't available on the high street. And every year you see things that two years later you see in John Lewis or Liberty for five times the price! There is a great mix of local and international designers, with small businesses like mine that hand select the best products for a niche market. Pretty things, practical things and stuff that is just beautifully designed. There are also good food traders, and of course it's at Truman Brewery, so round the corner from Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. You can take a look at all the exhibitors here and check out my page on the ELDS website here. I'll be taking along most of our market range, with a few new Scandinavian, US and British products on special offer. You can use the 2 for 1 voucher below, or if you'd like a VIP pass then email me quick - I've a very few to give out to valued customers! ELDS_2for1_voucher I'll be figuring out how to display the best of Outdoor People on a stall a third the size of the one at Broadway Market, but hey ho, nothing beats a challenge! And don't forget, we'll be ploughing profits back into projects getting kids outdoors, so please tell your friends and relatives and ask them to come on down! Here's just some of the stuff we'll have there... IMG_7329 IMG_4470 IMG_4748 IMG_5253 IMG_3252 IMG_2499 IMG_3473 IMG_4442 IMG_4774 IMG_4953 IMG_4972 IMG_5150 IMG_5250 IMG_5276  IMG_5417 IMG_5450 IMG_5460 IMG_5345 And lots more stuff to make it easy to get outdoors... PS if there is anything you specifically want do let me know, so I can deliver or put it aside for you!

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Event, Forest School, Free Range Urban Kids, Hackney, Millfields, Wildtime -

If you go down to the woods today... Well in the woods in Millfields Park, Hackney on Wednesdays and Fridays what you'll find is Free Range Urban Kids - the borough's first 100% outdoor nursery for 2-5 year olds! Run on Forest School principles,  the emphasis is on fun and play, some learning through nature and lots of simple enjoyment. And being outdoors. every day. Come rain or shine. Despite the fact these children live in the heart of urban East London. Well if they can do it in Sweden, and even in Scotland, surely we can do it here in Hackney?! FRUK12 Yesterday Free Range Urban Kids ran their first 'taster' session with about 13 kids dropping in with their parents to see what it would be like to be outdoors. It couldn't have been a better first day - crisp autumn sunshine, lots of leaves and sticks to play with and parents quickly discarded as the kids just had fun. One of the founding partners, Hayley Mitchell said "It was fascinating to watch the child who arrived and refused to put waterproofs on, demanding to go home, and then by the end of the session joining in and having a great time. A true Forest School transformation." Children who are unaccustomed to getting their hands dirty tentatively - with no doubt some peeking at parents - began to enjoy the mud. Serendipitous findings of mushrooms and spiders, cue awe and wonder at what can be discovered just a short walk from their own front doors. This was very different to the usual childcare rooms, despite commitments to 50% outdoor time and 'freeflow'. This was ALL about the outdoors. FRUK5 As well as simple free play, Hayley described how the children could choose to do art, this time using the leaves around them for pictures. The session was led by Henry, an experienced teacher and forest school leader, who will also mange the volunteers who are all experienced childcare professionals currently studying the Forest School approach. There was an area with musical instruments that the children could pick up and play, and big fat brushes so they could 'paint' the trees with water. They made flags for their boundary fence out of sticks and old fabric decorated with mud and leaves. These children will know, despite the fact they will need to clear up every night, that during Free Range Urban Kids school this is their place. Snack time soup was served and hands could be washed using piping hot water from flasks kept for that purpose (flasks provided by Outdoor People :-)) At the end of the session, fed and watered, there was just time for a story - appropriately 'We Are Going on a Bear Hunt'. FRUK9 Hayley, who is undertaking her Forest School training here in Hackney, finished up by saying "It was wonderful to see the small transformations over the morning, it was truly magical". Every single one of the children that came to the taster sessions has now been signed up to come regularly, and there are a few places left across the autumn term (running up to the 19th December). Drop in sessions are £18, or £16 per session for a block of 6. e-mail info@freerangeurbankids.com. FRUK15 FRUK6 FRUK7 FRUK2

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Event, Exhale, festivals, laying diwn memories, Somersault, Wilderness, Wildtime, Womad -

Exciting news - Outdoor People has been asked to do a workshop at Somersault Festival! So if you are going, do come say hi about 12:00 on Friday! I'll be doing a fun workshop around why we became indoors people and how we can break free... Discussing issues like why children don't go out so much, what communities can do about it and giving some examples of where streets and groups have taken back control of their own spaces so kids can play out. I'm replacing the fabulous Jay Griffiths, author of Kith, so just a bit of pressure... 20140716-145128-53488279.jpg After that I'll be taking a break to go to Womad with my niece and nephew, something we've been doing as a family for 8 years now since both of them were small. As they are now 15 and 18 I suspect it will be a bit different, but I couldn't be happier that they both still want to keep up this tradition. A year or so ago I wrote a piece inspired by my niece about the importance of 'laying down memories'. That's not something that happens when you leave them watching cartoons! And then a couple of weeks later I'll be off to Wilderness festival as a trustee of a The Wild Network to present a showing of Project Wild Thing. 20140716-144656-53216155.jpg And then on August 22-25th Outdoor People will be at Exhale Yoga Festival, where we are coordinating the play and games, providing a shop and hiring out tents and swags to sleep in! Get in touch if you'd like more information - soon to be live on this site! Looking forward to meeting lots more Wild Things! So you may see a couple of new faces on the stall on Broadway Market schoolyard, do drop by and say hi to them if you are in town. Especially if you need anything to make your own festival holidays comfortable and fun! 20140716-144527-53127339.jpg Festival fun certainly is one way to make the outdoors easy.

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Aside, bushcraft, camping, Event, Exhale 2014, Get Involved, play, yoga -

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!
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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