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  • 9 Dec 2014

    10 ways to celebrate winter solstice with your family

    Winter Solstice, falling on 21st December, is a magical moment in our seasonal calendar. The world seems to stand still for just a moment, and the solstice offers us and our families a chance to step off the merry-go-round of the festive period and enjoy being together. It's an opportunity to appreciate the natural world around us, to fill our homes with candles, friends, laughter, food and warm fires. Or maybe you'll opt for a quieter solstice – a chance to take a breath in the whirlwind and just be still and peaceful and at one with the world. Here are some ideas for celebrating the winter solstice with your family: […] more

  • 17 Nov 2014

    Kids take over museums

    Wander into a museum on Friday 21st November and you’ll be greeted by a child at the front desk, be given a tour through the galleries by a teenager and be helped in the café by a 14-year-old. 21st November is Takeover Day – the annual day on which children are put in charge of museums, proving what a fantastic contribution they can make if given the chance. Look out for the ‘I’m Taking Over’ stickers they’ll be wearing and ‘We’re Being Taken Over’ posters on the museums’ front doors. […] more

  • 10 Nov 2014

    Buy Nothing Day

    When Adbusters set up Buy Nothing Day in the 90’s, they sensibly set it during the month of November – just when the rampant consumerism that leads us up to Christmas begins. Here are our top ten ways to increase your enjoyment of life and reduce your consumerism at home. […] more

  • 30 Oct 2014

    Embrace autumn with a bike ride

    With the clocks going back and a fresh chill in the air, autumn is well and truly on its way. So why not embrace it by digging out your woolly jumper and taking your family on some outdoor adventures on the National Cycle Network? The National Cycle Network is a series of traffic-free and quiet on road cycle route which stretches across the country. The National Cycle Network was developed by the charity Sustrans along with other partners, and in 2013 it was used by a staggering 4.8 million people. […] more

  • 9 Sep 2014

    Ten things to love about autumn

    Living in a house without electricity and heating always makes us slightly more ambivalent about the arrival of autumn. This season, which used to be one of my favourites, is now a reminder of the more challenging winter months to come. The nights begin to draw in, and we have to get ourselves organised for bedtime well in advance! The expansiveness and openness of summer, with its long, glorious evenings, is over. It helps me to remind myself just how much there is to love about this wonderful season. Here are ten things to love about autumn. […] more

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