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#UK Explore – May 2016

#UK Explore – May 2016

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When we launched #UKexplore on 7th April Rachel and I had no idea how popular it was going to be.  We are thrilled to have over 1000 photos tagged since then.

If you aren’t aware what #UKexplore is it is our new Instagram community that we have invited you all to join in with and share your favourite places across the UK and your outdoor adventures. To join in it doesn’t have to be a photograph one of the 534 National Trust properties (although we do think they are amazing); we want to see your ‘off the beaten track’ spots, too. It could be the most marvellous of meadows, the perfect place for a picnic, the loveliest lake for skimming stones, or rambling routes for running along. Wherever and whenever you’re out exploring, simply take a snap and upload it to Instagram so we can all share in your adventures and explore the UK with you. All we ask is that you use the #UKexplore hashtag so we can find you. You don’t have to be a blogger, anyone can join in and be in with a chance to win.

There have been some fantastic photos tagged with #UKexplore this month and it is so difficult to choose just one winner each, but that’s the task.  I have however chosen nine of my other favourites and Rachel has done the same.

So without further ado some of my favourites and the winner of the Day’s Family Pass to a National Trust property of their choice.  Thanks so much everyone for joining in.

Some of my favourites are from West London Family, A Cup Full of Glitter, One Tiny Leap, Everything Mummy, Girl Tries Life, Tin Box Traveller, Jenny Eaves, Squished BlueberriesMe Hubby & Charliet,  (Do click on their links if you would like to follow them on Instagram)

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But my winner this month and the person who wins a Day Family Pass to the National Trust property of their choice is Photo Jodie, do pop over and take a look at Jodie’s feed it is fabulous.  Thanks so much Jodie for joining in and tagging this amazing photograph with the #UKexplore. Why not head over to Rachel’s page The Ordinary Lovely, to see her favourites too.

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So if joining in with #UKexplore and getting the chance to win a National Trust Day Pass every month wasn’t enough, we have some more exciting news too!

We’ve teamed up with the National Trust’s official outdoor retail partner Cotswold Outdoor and this month a third overall winner (chosen by both Rachel and me) will not only win a National Trust Family Day Pass but will also win a huge bundle containing all the gear you need for the perfect family camping trip worth over £1250!!.

It includes a comfortable 4-person tent and even a coffee press for that vital morning brew, this essential kit will give you the perfect excuse to get back to nature.

Camping is more popular than ever, with increasing numbers of people choosing to holiday UK rather than heading abroad. For families with a love of the great outdoors and a sense of adventure, camping is the perfect way to enjoy a low-cost break in some of the country’s most stunning locations. With a bit of planning and the right equipment you can make sure that your trip goes smoothly, leaving you free to explore your surroundings, spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy sleeping under the stars. What’s more you can Instagram you photos and tag them #UKexplore.

So what’s included in the kit we are giving away – Yes that’s right GIVING AWAY – Kit worth over £1250!!

2 x Adult sleeping bags. Robens Caucasus 600, £160
2 x Child sleeping bags. Easy Camp Comic Pixel, £25
4 x Inflatable roll mats. Vango Trek Compact, £22
1 x 4-person tent. Vango Beta 450XL, £139
1 x Large backpack. Lowe Alpine 65:85 (black), £190
1 x Medium backpack. Osprey Escapist 25 (black), £80
1 x First Aid Kit. Lifesystems Camping, £24.99
1 x Coffee Press. GSI Outdoors Javapress, £25.50
1 x Thermos. Lifesystems TiV Vacuum Flask (300ml), £13
2 x Water bottle. Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth (1L), £11
1 x GPS. Garmin eTrex Touch 25, £220
1 x Outdoor charger. Power Traveller Powermonkey Discovery, £40
2 x Headtorch. Petzl Tikkina (blue), £20
2 x Stormproof phone case. Aquapac (fits iPhone 1-6), £16

We look forward to seeing all your photographs next month and huge thanks to the National Trust and Cotswold Outdoor for providing the prize.

Terms & Conditions

1. Please only submit (on Instagram) your own photos.
2. Add the #UKexplore hashtag.
3. The challenge runs from 00.00 on the first of the month to 23.59 on the last day of the month.
4. Only photographs uploaded during those times are eligible for that month’s competition.
5. Winners will be announced on Mini Travellers and The Ordinary Lovely on the second day of the following month and will be notified on Instagram.
6. Winners have 28 days to provide their address in order to receive their National Trust Family Admission Day Pass (exclusions apply and can be made available upon request). The pass can be used by up to 1 adult and 3 children, or up to 2 adults and 2 children for one day only. There is no cash alternative.

7. Including the #UKexplore hashtag indicates approval for the images to be posted on Mini Travellers and The Ordinary Lovely, and the corresponding social media channels.
8. The judges’ decision is final. 


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Friday 3rd of June 2016

Wonderful opportunity and some outstanding images here! I just adore the splashes of pink in the winning photo....scurries off to Instagram to add up some lovely bloggers X

Emma T

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Some gorgeous photos, and great how fast the community's growing. I must remember to tag some more of mine!


Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Such a wonderful idea. The photos this month have been fantastic. It amazes me how blessed we are with so many beautiful spaces in this country x x

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