'Get Kids Camping' Roadshow Comes to Birmingham
Birmingham’s Centenary Square is set to host a wonderful world of camping this today (May 29), with an array of different and fun camping activities on offer for all the family to enjoy, as part of National Camping and Caravanning Week.
Families in Birmingham who may never have gone camping before will get the chance to experience what it’s like, as a pop-up campsite roadshow takes to the city.
The main theme for the Week is a campaign to ‘Get Kids Camping’, which looks to celebrate the UK’s love for camping in the great outdoors, and encourage everyone to have a go.
Between 10am and 4pm today, kids and parents will be able to come along and enjoy cooking demos; take a look inside state-of-the-art tents, caravans and motorhomes; have a go on cycling, rowing or cross-trainer equipment to simulate the activities campers enjoy while on holiday such as fell running, kayaking or mountain biking.
There will also be fun activities such as tent pitching competitions; face painting; children can have a go at drawing designs on a tent and the best picture of the day will receive a Shaun the Sheep The Movie activity pack.
Plus, there will be the chance to win a free 7 night Ready Camp holiday as well as an iPad and £250-worth of Go Outdoors vouchers.
The move to encourage more families to try camping in the UK follows a study by The Camping and Caravanning Club and the Institute of Education at Plymouth University, which found children who camp at least once per year go on to do better at school and are healthier and happier in general.
Parents and children around the UK were asked a series of questions which looked at the educational, psychological and social benefits of the camping experience to children of all ages.
The research found that more than 4 out of 5 parents thought camping had a positive effect on their children’s school education. It showed that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life.
Julia Bradbury, President of The Camping and Caravanning Club, said:
“Taking the kids camping is such a great experience for the whole family.” says Julia, who is mum to 3 year old Zephyr, and twin baby daughters Xanthe and Zena. “We have masses of beautiful scenery on our doorstep in the UK and camping doesn’t have to be expensive (although you can try glamping!). It’s a brilliant way of getting our kids out in the fresh air, away from the TV and computers - developing their brains and teaching them to interact with each other and the countryside in different ways. If you haven’t taken your family camping, give it a go – it’s an adventure that won’t disappoint you, and there are hundreds of superb British campsites to choose from.”
To find out more information about the ‘Get Kids Camping’ campaign, come along to Centenary Square, Birmingham on Friday 29th May 2015 between 10 and 4pm. Visit www.nccw.co.uk for where else the roadshow is heading to.
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