Welcome to YHA’s sensational summer guide.
With incredible countryside, awe-inspiring views and amazing cityscapes, England and Wales have something for all. Discover the best of these two magnificent countries with YHA as you experience an incredibly varied network of hostels amidst some truly beautiful and accessible locations.
The Best Dog-Friendly Walks in the UK
UK residents love their dogs and we’re truly blessed with some incredible locations to take them on walks. With rugged coastline, picturesque countryside and 15 spectacular National Parks to explore it’s no wonder that people are ditching their overseas holidays and opting for dog-friendly holidays in the UK instead.
Hold Me, Grill Me, Eat Me, Thrill Me
With barbecue restaurants popping up all over the UK and anybody that can, offering a pulled pork sandwich – we all need to step up our personal barbecue standards. Burgers and sausages are fine, they’re the corner stone of every great barbecue, but what can you do to really rule the grill? We’ve pulled together a few tips on how to become a barbecue master.
How to remedy some common tent issues and tell if your tent is damaged or not
A tent can be a big investment for a family, and if you’re an absolute beginner to camping, it’s common to worry about the health of your tent, but here are some common ‘issues’ that can be easily rectified/prevented, or may not be issues at all. Here’s how to tell whether your tent is damaged beyond repair or not.
Delicious Vegetarian Recipes Ideal for Outdoor Cooking
Vegetarian and Vegan diets are on the rise here in the UK, and with so many delicious food options available, it’s easy to understand why. We’ve teamed up with a selection of foodies and outdoor bloggers to come up with a set of recipes that can be simple enough to cook while camping, but tasty enough that you’d probably eat them at home too. With a bit of prep beforehand, these meals can be thrown together on the campsite and enjoyed by even the most avid meat-eater.
Five reasons why you should head to the forest this summer
Each season in the forest has something special to offer. The forest is alive in the summer! Our friends at Forest Holidays have gathered a few reasons why – and especially for GO Outdoors customers, you can even have a 5% discount on breaks this summer.
Enjoy a scenic hiking holiday this spring and get 15% off YHA stays
Want to experience the Great British countryside at its most beautiful? Pack your rucksack, tug on your hiking boots and tackle the unspoilt wilderness by foot. From picture-postcard villages, to dramatic sea-torn cliffs, here are five great National Trails just waiting for your footprints and camera snaps. Even better, most of these breath-taking long-distance walks are near to a YHA hostel so you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in friendly surroundings after your trek.
Explore the week, not just the weekend
Lighter evenings are an ideal time to get your daily dose of vitamin D by pledging to give yourself an hour or so outside after work. We’ve pulled together a list of ideas for you to enjoy the light evenings, and a few reasons why spending more time outside after work might be a good idea.
The 3rd volume in our FREE Camping Cookbook series is here featuring
‘One Pot Recipes’
It’s here! The 3rd instalment of our FREE downloadable camping cookbook series. After the success of our first two volumes featuring some tasty BBQ, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free recipes for campers, this year we have teamed up with some fantastic outdoor, foodie and lifestyle bloggers to bring you some mouth-watering recipes that can be put together in a single pot.
Posted in Camping, Cooking Outdoors
Tagged camping recipes, download recipes, easy recipes, healthy camping recipes, one out recipes, one pot meals, outdoor recipes, print recipes, recipes for camping breakfast, recipes for camping dinner, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes
Painting, hiding and finding rocks is a big hit with families
You may have heard of it, you may have even seen some of them in your local park, but painting rocks and hiding them for others to find is becoming a big hit with families looking to get outside. Here we take a look at what this ‘craze’ is all about.
Thinking of camping with the kids? We’ve got some tips to make it easier
Camping is one of the best types of holidays for family bonding, it’s an activity everyone can get involved with and create memories for a lifetime. If it’s your first trip, you may have reservations and be worried about whether they’ll like it, whether other campers might complain, or how you’ll fill all that time so you don’t get the dreaded ‘im bored’. We’re here to help and have compiled a list of tips to help out.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
The school holidays means it’s time for family holidays, day trips and plenty of time in the car. If your little angel turns into a broken ‘Are we there yet?’ record on long trips, we’ve compiled a list of the very best in-car games to play to make time consuming journeys fly by.
Clean your furry friend without the need for water, thanks to Nilaqua
In 2017 we welcomed waterless shampoo and bodywash brand ‘Pits & Bits’ which was ideal for festivals, or post-race use. This year we’ve got your furry friends covered too as we welcome their sister brand Nilaqua, which allows you to wash your pet effectively without water or rinsing – and it even repels bugs!
Some of our favourite family-friendly festivals on offer in 2018
Family holidays and camping trips can get quite similar after a while and that sometimes means that they lose their magic. Rather than going to the same campsite with the same local amenities and doing the same activities, try one of the many fantastic family-friendly festivals taking place in the UK this year instead!
Finding a family-friendly festival isn’t always easy and you don’t want to spend hours searching for one that’s right for you only to find it sold out months ago. So, to help you to start planning, we’ve compiled a list of the leading family-friendly festivals in the UK in 2018 – in date order – for you to choose your favourite.
Tim Iredale talks us about his reasons for adventure
In 2018 as part of #iGOoutdoors, we at GO are speaking with various people about their reasons for adventure. Each adventure is different, big or small, long or short – everyone has their own reasons for their time outdoors. In this edition, we speak to Instagrammer @Tim2Thin about his decision to utilise the outdoors to lose weight, become healthier and reach his ultimate goal of a long multi-day hike.
GO Outdoors become a DofE Recommended Retailer of Expedition Kit
GO Outdoors is proud to announce our partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to become a Retailer of Recommended Expedition Kit as part of the JD Outdoor Group. From April 1st 2018, those taking part in DofE expeditions at any level will be able to receive fantastic discounts on DofE recommended expedition kit in all GO Outdoors stores and via GOoutdoors.co.uk.
Share your own #mydeuteradventure and you could be in with a chance to win
This summer we’re teaming up with Deuter to bring you the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Germany. Alongside six other participating nations, UK entrants are asked to share their unique hiking adventures for a chance to win. 2 winners will be selected from each of the 7 participating nations and will be invited to Germany on an all-inclusive holiday.
Posted in Travel, Walking
Tagged competition, deuter, deuter future pro, hiking, instagram competition, mydeuteradventure, photo competition, twitter competition, walking, walking competition
The recognition keeps rolling for Calibre Bikes
Calibre Bikes have been recognised at the Retail Week Awards 2018 scooping The American Express Own-Brand Range or Product award. At GO Outdoors our main aim is to make the outdoors accessible for all and part of that is making sure that you can enjoy quality innovative products at the most affordable prices possible. This is exactly what we look for in our exclusive brands and Calibre Bikes is no different.
Find out where some of the best endurance events are taking place this year across the UK.
Image credit: Dragon Tour by le Tour de France
Do you like to push yourself to the limit? We’ve put together a perfect list just for you. Here you’ll find over 80 grueling, challenging and even muddy events for you to throw yourself into in 2018. Why not test yourself and smash your goals this year?
Posted in Cycling, Days out, Running, Things to do in UK, Walking
Tagged 10k, 2018 endurance events, 2018 endurance races, 2018 marathons, 2018 obstacle races, 5k, cycle endurance, cycle race, cycling sportive, endurance events uk, half marathon, marathon, races, races 2018, running events, tough mudder
Author John D Burns talks to us about his reasons for adventure
During 2018 GO Outdoors are celebrating the different reasons that we all go outdoors, proving that adventures can be sprawling epics or simply stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air. In this feature, we sat down with mountaineer, author, actor and blogger John D Burns about how he uses his own adventures to inspire his stories.