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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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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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