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#UKexplore – December 2016

#UKexplore – December 2016

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I have absolutely loved December. My girls are the perfect age for them to adore Christmas and for it not to be too hard for me (the baby days can be tough but keep going!).

We have loved being out and about watching Christmas shows and seeing Santa, but we have also loved being outdoors.  We met up with Rachel and her family at Erddig again this time to have Breakfast with Father Christmas, but also to try out the new Alice in Wonderland Trail.  It was good wholesome fun!

I tag all my UK days out photographs #UKexplore on Instagram and if you aren’t following me over there I’d love you to do so!


#UKexplore continues to grow rapidly (Over 8000 photos now!) and both Rachel and I love scrolling through the hashtag to see what you’ve all been up to.  Just in case you aren’t aware what #UKexplore is, it is our 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. So without further ado, who have I chosen this month….

Some of my favourites from December are:

Yorkshire Tots Emmajrgibb SuzanneLeaSmith

Life at Cooks Cabin Craftsonsea Memeandhari

TinBoxTraveller   SoprettyLily     thejoyoffive

#UKexplore December (1)

(Do click on their links if you would like to follow them on Instagram)

But this month’s winner of the Day’s Family Pass to a National Trust property of their choice is Julia from Rainbeaubelle

Why not head over to Rachel’s page The Ordinary Lovely, to see her favourites too.

We would love you to join in next month with #UKexplore, simply tag your photos on Instagram with #UKexplore to be in with a chance of winning National Trust Day passes.  Huge thanks to the National Trust for providing the prizes this month and to everyone for joining in.

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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Erin Ek Rush

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Thanks for the mention! What lovely photos - that Alice in Wonderland Trail looks fab!

Claire at Tin Box Traveller

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Thanks for the mention. I loved December too. What a great month to get outside and explore, even if it news a bit nippy!

Julia @ rainbeaubelle

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Oh wow thank you so much! What a lovely surprise thanks Karen! Can't wait to have a think about where to go :) x

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