Do We Need To Get Our Children Outdoors More?

NOTICE-BOARD-2With the Summer upon us, should we be encouraging our children to get closer to nature and enjoy the activities that can be done in the great outdoors?

Research shows that traditional outdoor activities such as climbing trees, playing in the mud and making daisy chains are becoming a thing of the past as children instead spend their time playing computer games, watching TV or just hanging out with friends.

In a recent study it shockingly showed that two thirds of today’s children had never made a daisy chain and more then 40% had never squelched through mud. Animal spotting is also becoming less popular with many children saying they have never looked for birds and just 35% have gone searching for insects.

The average child spends just 5 hours a week playing outside, less than half the 11 hours their parents’ generation enjoyed. This demonstrates that youngsters are missing out getting dirty in the mud and puddles or simply spending time in the fresh air. Plenty of research has shown that children exposed to nature perform better at school.

These traditional activities can be a great way of encouraging children to spend more time outdoors, get more exercise and create more memories then they will get from simply sitting in front of a computer or TV screen.

Our Biggest Competition Yet

CrockyTo celebrate these school holidays Crocky Trail are launching our biggest competition yet…. where you could win the biggest prize we have ever given away.

We are revisiting our stone stacking challenge we ran at February Half Term but this time we want to see how high you can go – how many stones can you stack?

This competition will run over the upcoming half term with judging taking place on site by our official adjudicator. It takes place over 9 days from Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31stMay, and the lucky winner will grab a grand in cash.

1000-stone-challengeThe adjudicator’s will take a photo of your attempt if it’s in the running, and your name address and email.

Also don’t forget to also share your stack on our Facebook page, whether it be a serious challenge of just having good fun, to be in with a chance to win an annual pass too #CrockyStoneStack.

Sunny Muddy Good Fun Forecast For The Bank Holiday Weekend

chester day outWe’ve been having a look at the weather forecast for the upcoming long weekend.

Even though the clouds are forecast to roll in, the sun is still scheduled to make an appearance this weekend. It is meant to stay dry until Saturday night. Then scattered showers are forecast.

We are even more excited for the long bank holiday weekend after seeing this forecast – sunny weather with a wet ending.

Crocky Trail is great on a sunny day but it’s just as brilliant after a few showers. Why? It means mud, and mud means gloriously mucky which is something that appeals to both boys and girls. It can make the trail even more adventurous and exciting.

And don’t forget we now have annual passes which you can buy online today and enjoy as many visits as you like to the Crocky Trail for 12 months.

You could experience the trail in all weathers, as often as you like.