It’s about experience not expense

Since our little man came into our lives, we’ve tried our best to make the most of every bit of family time we get. With us both working full time, weekends are the days when we pack in as much as possible to give our son the best memories we can. It can be easy to think that paying for a day out at a local attraction or booking tickets for an activity will be the best thing to do and sometimes this can be fun, but also expensive. What we’ve discovered is the days we spend the least amount are the days we have the most fun. It seems to be all about the experience and not the expense.

We are very lucky to live in a location not too far away from beautiful beaches, wonderful woods and fantastic farms. With many of our Summer weekends being spent on the beach, our Autumn weekends are for woodland walks and finding forests. It’s great to live near some friends who share the same interests as us and agree that it’s not about how much you spend, but how much fun you have.

The New Forest is about 30 minutes from ours and was the perfect location for a trip the other weekend. Our boys were able to run within the trees, hide in dens and climb trees, we may have even attempted some tree climbing ourselves. The smiles the boys wore were huge and to be honest, we wore smiles just as big, whilst watching them play freely.

The great thing about a day in the forest is, you create your own adventures. The limits really are your imagination. The boys pretended a den was their cave, we all hid whilst they found us, sticks became dinosaur tails and logs became giant pieces of apparatus to jump off. There were a few times we said to each other “Who needs a theme park?”. Our boys were whooping and giggling as they created some pretty awesome memories. No souvenir shop? No worries, pockets were soon filled with pine cones, giant leaves and other various nature assortments.

M was very impressed that Clara couldn’t resist a little tree climbing. You are never too old to experience fun memories.

We Love Forests with Mammasaurus

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Annie, Fable & Folk Reply

    I love this so much. It’s just the best thing for nurturing imaginations, completely limitless. Even on the odd occasion that Ozzy is less than impressed with heading out for a walk he’s soon running ahead, collecting acorns and making swords and as happy as can be. Really good on days when everyone just needs to get out of the house and let off some steam!
    Thanks ever so much for joining in and respecting Clara’s tree climbing skillz πŸ˜‰

  2. Kriss MacDonald Reply

    I so totally agree that adventures in a nature setting – such as woods – are the best fun and hugely beneficial for kids. Perfect for me too as I much more prefer a walk in the woods than a theme park any day.

  3. Stephanie Robinson Reply

    How fab – and you’re right you don’t always need to spend money to have fun. The smiles in these pictures are proof of that πŸ™‚ #weloveforests

  4. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries Reply

    I 100% agree with this sentiment. Some of the most lovely days that we’ve had with the boys haven’t costed a penny. To be honest, they’re more captivated by things in nature than they are by bright and shiny theme parks. At this age anyway πŸ˜‰ Not sure what it will be like when they’re bigger! Lovely pics πŸ™‚ xx #CountryKids

  5. Baby Isabella Reply

    Totally agree with this! We live under an hour from the New Forest and love Burley and Beaulieu. We stayed local this weekend and enjoyed exploring without spending a penny! #CountryKids Autumn is a great time for walking x

  6. Coombe Mill (Fiona) Reply

    this is exactly why I started Country Kids 4 years ago, I couldn’t agree with you more, it is indeed all about experience and that experience isn’t just expensive theme rides. queues and money, it is family fun taking in fresh air and nature too and seeing where your imagination takes you. A beautiful post. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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