How to: survive a festival – the essential packing list

June 22, 2015 § 12 Replies

Lucky enough to have a Glasto ticket? Planning on moshing at Reading or Leeds? Taking the sedate path at a family-friendly shindig? Wherever you are heading, take heed of my definitive festival packing guide which I have compiled from the front line (a muddy field).

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Happy International Day of Yoga

June 21, 2015 § Leave a reply

Yoga is just posh stretching, right? I definitely thought thus before signing up to a class to try to solve my climbing-induced backache. Two years later and I’m totally hooked, to the point that I get nervous if I can’t factor a few Hatha sessions into my week. Yoga is calming, strengthening AND you get a little lie down at the end, and I’ve gone from barely being able to touch my toes to mastering a headstand on the open sea. If I can do it, so can you.

SUP yoga headstand - Happy International Day of Yoga

10 summer evening adventures

June 16, 2015 § 1 Reply

Long summer evenings were made for little adventures. It’s time to stop seeing the working week as something to get through, (‘Hump Day’: ICK) and learn to savour hours of balmy sunshine. Tick off some of my favourite outdoor escapes and I promise you you’ll see week days in a whole new light.

Summer evening adventures - ten micro adventure ideas

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Competition: Win one of two £50 vouchers from EKO

June 4, 2015 § 27 Replies

Reader, meet Earth Kind Originals. Founded by outdoors-minded designer Helen on the Cornish coast, EKO‘s gorgeous collection of organic cotton pieces are perfect for everything from summer lounging to yoga and pilates, and I’ve got two £50 vouchers to give away to you lucky lot.

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Best beaches for surfing in Cornwall

May 28, 2015 § Leave a reply

In need of some vitamin-Sea? Grab your board and head to glorious Cornwall. Golden shorelines and great swell are synonymous with England’s furthest-flung county – and to help you choose which Cornish beaches you should visit during your next aquatic adventure, the team at have given me their rundown of the best beaches for surfing in Cornwall.

Surfing in Cornwall - Best beaches

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On the hunt for Poldark’s Cornwall

April 7, 2015 § 1 Reply

Hooked on Poldark? Me too. And last week I spent a swashbuckling few days hunting out the gorgeous filming locations from the show on the Cornish coast with photographer Jacob Little. We galloped on the moors, explored windswept cliffs and swam in secret coves, Aidan Turner style.

Poldark cornwall locations

Poldark cornwall locations

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Hardworking staples from Engelbert Strauss

March 16, 2015 § Leave a reply

Engelbert Strauss make durable and comfortable work and outdoor clothing that’s less for lumberjack-wannabes like me and more for, you know, actual lumberjacks. Anyway, they stock brilliant cotton staples and rugged footwear at very nice prices. Even better, most of the designs are unisex – no pastel colours in sight!

workwear Engelbert Strauss

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