Did you know that a quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive and only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors? This is why, in 2016, Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk started the Wild Night Out. Millets have gotten behind it and once a year, they encourage people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the outdoors for the evening. This year’s Wild Night Out fell on the 29th June 2019. Did you join in too?
Our children are getting less active and spending too much time indoors playing video games and on their phones which is affecting their physical well-being as well as their mentality. This is why it is important to encourage them to go outdoors as much as possible. We like to get our children out for nature walks at our local nature reserve which is just on our doorstep and also whenever the weather permits, we like to take a bike ride together.
This year, for our Wild Night Out theme, we decided to do a garden family sleepover. Some of you might know that we have recently moved house and we have a fairly decent garden that offers us a place to go camping at home! Also, we can have the outdoor experience but also take advantage of the comfort of home facilities!
After a few days of heavy rain, thankfully we have had a few nice warm days and the garden is almost dry and in good condition for us to pitch the tents.
Mr C and I were in charge of putting up the Eurohike teepee tent whilst our children were to set up the Eurohike pop 200 tent. This teepee tent is wide enough to accommodate 4 men and the pop up tent is for 2 men.
The teepee took us at least 30 minutes to set up and is surprisingly very straightforward to do so. While Mr C placed the tent on the top of the tarpaulin, I set up the pole. We then pulled each corner to peg it down.
Once the teepee is up, it looks so grand and spacious! Check it out!
Mr K and Ms C had the easiest job by popping out their tent and we all helped to peg it down! Once it was set up, Ms C couldn’t wait to get in her sleeping bag!
As this is a garden family sleepover, my children decided that they preferred to sleep in our teepee than their pop-up tent and use our double sleeping bag! Of course, we shared it with them and had a cosy night in! We also had fun in the garden too! We were spying on the robins and magpies in our garden and have a regular neighbourhood cat visit us too! Not forgetting those creepy crawly insects and many more visiting us! Later, we made ourselves some S’mores using the disposable BBQ kit!
If you like what we did by camping in our back garden then why not check out this camping checklist by the camping experts from Millets! Let them help you to remember to take everything you need on your next camping adventure!
Disclosure: We received the samples for the purposes of writing this review and Start Camping From Home, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.