Outdoor Activities

Schools invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting challenge, the Big Pedal 2019.

 Two girls walking to school, this year’s competition will see schools across the UK close their streets to cars in a bid to reduce air pollution and congestion

Schools are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools.

This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling.

Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel by bike, foot or scooter for their journey to and from school.

Playinnovation create inclusive outdoor spaces

A Playinnovation outdoor area

Education for Everybody spoke to Playinnovation about how their PE and playground equipment is inclusive for children of all abilities.

Innovation at its best 

Children of all ages thrive when their senses are heighted and stimulated but this is especially true when it comes to children with special needs and disabilities. Providing these children with the means to engage, explore, discover, react and have fun outside the classroom setting is priceless and should be an essential part of the daily learning programme. 

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor

‘Adventure sports’ and ‘disability’ probably aren’t phrases you normally put together, but at Calvert Trust Exmoor accessible and inclusive activity adventures are the norm; pupils of all ages with all types of disability take part in adventurous sports like climbing, archery, horse riding and canoeing alongside their peers.

Free residential camps for children with health challenges

Free residential camps for children with health challenges

Free recreational activity camps will provide children with health challenges -and their families- with the experience of a lifetime. The residential camps are scheduled to take place in various locations across the UK from April to October. Families interested in signing up for the residential camps- which are also available to siblings affected by health challenges - can apply now. 

Over The Wall, the charity that organises the therapeutic camps, aims to present children with the opportunity to experience the magic of camp through activities such as kayaking, fishing, climbing, swimming, dancing, taking part in challenge courses, archery, arts & crafts, talent shows, discos and much more.  

Who really benefits from having a Canopy i2o ltd have the answers

Canopy

Interview with Mark Cooper Sales Advisor i2o ltd & Little Miracles Sean Robson- Business Manager on Canopy's

 

How has Little Miracles benefited from having the canopy?

 

We are able to offer particular activities and equipment like the table football and pool table all year round now which we would only ever offer outside if we were guaranteed it was not going to rain. But, now we can just keep them out there rather than taking them out and putting them up and then packing them down again and bringing them in.

Great Turnout for ‘Disabled Access Day’ Event at Wrea Green Equitation Centre

Disabled Access Day’ Event at Wrea Green Equitation Centre

Wrea Green Equitation Centre, based in between Blackpool and Preston, recently held a successful event to mark Disabled Access Day.

Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed at encouraging more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities such as horse riding.

The Accessibility Mark accredited centre welcomed 20 potential new clients on the day, who thoroughly enjoyed the activities organised to highlight what can be achieved by disabled riders.

Throughout the afternoon visitors were given a guided tour of the yard, where they were encouraged to pat the ponies, before watching a riding demonstration by the centre’s Accessibility Mark riders.

10 ways natural playgrounds help benefit children’s development

Children in playground

Playgrounds aren’t just about entertainment – they’re a key part of a child’s development. From confronting danger with climbing structures to social skills garnered by interaction in a play environment, playing outside helps children grow.

Natural playgrounds and adventure playgrounds, built using wood, stone, sand and water, are a growing trend thanks to their sustainability and their suitability in a wide variety of landscapes. Put simply, they blend more seamlessly into different environments – from National Trust parks to school yards. However, the natural elements of play also benefit children’s development. Here’s how:

10. Versatility

12 fishy facts for back to school, with special guests Dory and Nemo

Fish-tank

Many kids headed back to school in the next few weeks will no doubt have their heads full of the hit film Finding Dory.

The animated feature has been topping box offices in the UK and Ireland, with families flocking to see the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. But while everyone knows Dory, not many know that she can go by a string of different names, among them Regal Blue Tang, Surgeonfish and Doctorfish. And did you know that it's a myth that fish have memory problems like Dory does?