Special Contribution to the Local Community


Our adventures in Essex, London & beyond. Sharing our passion for the outdoors. Solo mum, muddy boy. Outside whatever the weather. Nature lovers Novice Campers.

I started this blog two years ago with the aim to encourage people who look after children to get outside more. I’m Essex through and through and really love our county. As well as a love of where I live, I also wanted to share our passion for the outdoors and our adventures with you.

I really do think that there is no such thing as bad weather when it comes to getting outside with our children. I try to teach my son (B who is 5) that enjoyment of the outdoors isn’t weather dependent. How can we enjoy jumping in muddy puddles without rainy days? I’m also a big believer of learning through play and the letting children have the freedom of unstructured play.

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful outdoors places to take children. And so many of them are FREE! In the last year I’ve shared walks, nature reserves, beach days, events, London days out, woods, museums, theatre trips, forest schools, country parks, a camping holiday and over 40 local Essex playgrounds!


Highly Recommended: Kim Drake, Little Heroes ASD

Little Heroes ASD Support Group is a parent led support group for families of children who are on the autistic spectrum. Helen and Kim met on a professional level when Kim’s son Alfie was in the early days of receiving an official diagnosis of autism back in 2011. Several years later and Little Heroes is still going strong, is now a registered charity and continues to bring more and more families together. We provide support and assistance for families within Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding areas from as soon as they discovered there are additional needs.


Highly Recommended: Nicola Sibley, Fun on the Farm Toddler Group

Need a new adventure for your little one to get stuck into? Barleylands Farm Park has just the thing – grab your wellies, bring your little one and come on down to our ‘Fun on the Farm’ Toddler Group. Our friendly group meets during term time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am till 12pm in the Farm Park. With a host of fun packed activities from watering and feeding the animals to playing in the indoor play area with your new friends, there’s something for everyone.


Highly Recommended: Do it Like a Mother

Do It Like a Mother is a movement, created and curated to bring you the most empowered and connected experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting, with the pursuit of your passions alongside it all. We believe that EVERY parent matters and we keep it REAL. Our values are INCLUSIVITY, EDUCATION, EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT, COMMUNITY, CONNECTION & CHANGE​ and we’ve supported hundreds of parents to step into them since 2013.

This is a community of Parents that invites every parent to join, NO EXCEPTIONS.


2021 Winner: Mace Playce

2020 Winner: Argosy Toys

2019 Winner: Go Bananas Autism-Friendly Sessions

2018 Winner: Go Bananas Autism-Friendly Sessions

2017 Winner: Helen Whiting, Baby Sensory

2016 Winner: James Sinclair, The Partyman Company
2015 Winner: Charlotte Yoxall
2014 Winner: Chicken and Frog Book Shop

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