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Amazing, fun things to do in the UK, days out in and around the UK to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in the UK.

Kew Gardens – Chihuly

There is currently an exhibition on at Kew Gardens which runs until the end of October. I hope you get to see it because it is stunning! Chihuly - Reflections on nature - are iconic artworks in an inspiring setting. But if you don’t make it, there will be other great exhibitions. Even without a special show, visiting Kew Gardens is a fantastic day out.

The Exhibition

You can have a guided tour or pick up a trail guide just for families. We picked up a map of where each artwork was situated and walked around all of them.

We had got to Kew Gardens quite late in the day and only had two hours before it closed. It was just enough.

We loved all the artworks but my favourites were Sapphire Star, Summer Sun and Niijima Floats.   

Kew Gardens - Chihuly - "Sapphire Star", 2010.
Kew Gardens - Chihuly - "Summer Sun", 2010.
Kew Gardens - Chihuly - "NIIJIMA FLOATS", 1992 - 2008

Eating out in Richmond

We were too late to have tea at Kew, so we caught the bus into Richmond. It was a very hot day so a cuppa by the river was just the job! We sat under the shade of enormous trees drinking tea and watching the world go by. Very relaxing! I’d recommend Tide Tables’ cakes too!

There are loads of places to eat in Richmond. That night we ate at Cote Brasserie - affordable and delicious, what more could we ask for!

Kew Gardens - Chihuly - Eating out in Richmond
Kew Gardens - Chihuly - "Neodymium Reeds and Turquoise Marlins"
Kew Gardens - Chihuly - "Opal and Amber Towers", 2018

Have you been to Kew recently? If you have we’d love to hear what you thought of the exhibition. Get in touch via Twitter or Facebook as usual.

14th August 2019

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Plan Your Own Local Microadventure

Hi, Sam here, Head of Marketing Mumbo Jumbo at Treasure Trails (yes, that really is my official job title).

Whilst browsing in a local bookshop, I came across a book which has really changed my outlook on adventure.

Plan Your Own Local Microadventure - Adventure can be found anywhere...

I (naively) believed that a true adventure needed to be an overseas epic journey of endurance but it doesn't have to be that way with a local Microadventure!

What is a Microadventure?

The term 'Microadventure' was created by adventurer, author and keynote speaker, Alastair Humphreys.

In Alastair's words a microadventure is "an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding".

Our Treasure Trails really do help you to see your surroundings from a whole different perspective and this feeling of discovery and excitement is magnified with the allure of a local microadventure.

If you're an ordinary person with a super busy life who's putting their future adventures on ice due to everyday commitments (a bit like me), then it might be time to take stock and plan your very own microadventure.

I'm absolutely sold on the idea!

So much so that I'm joyously researching bivvy bags and digging out OS maps to plan my very own local microadventure.

Baby steps first though, as mine and Max's (my 7 year old son and mini adventurer) first microadventure is to sleep under the stars on a clear summers night (in the safety of our back garden).

You've got to start somewhere, right?!

I'm so pleased that I stumbled across Alastair Humphreys 'Microadventures' book.

It's sparked something inside me that was missing, now that I'm a "relatively sensible adult".

I'm excited about the adventures to come! I'll keep you posted.

For more Microadventure inspiration visit https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventure-inspiration

Where will your local Microadventures take you?


8th August 2019

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