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#UKexplore – October 2016

We have just come back from a week away in Cyprus at Half Term so whilst I don’t have that many #UKexplore photos from Half Term that hasn’t stopped the rest of you and certainly hasn’t stopped Rachel. Rachel’s photos of Portmeirion are stunning. I love that place. Why not head over and have a look and the Weird & Wonderful Village of Portmeirion.

Before Half Term we had days out at Another Place in Crosby and at The Enchantment of Chester Zoo. We also had a wonderful #UKexplore day out with Rachel and her family at Erddig Apple Festival if you missed our post.

Erddig Apple Festival

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!

Replicating the statues on Crosby beach #Liverpool #ukexplore

A photo posted by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on

The spiders @chesterzoo were a little bigger and scarier yesterday thanks to @_wildrumpus #halfterm #halloween #ukexplore

A photo posted by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on

#UKexplore continues to grow rapidly 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 October are:

(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 Shelley Loves this photo stopped me in my tracks when I saw it on Instagram right at the beginning of the month!

After work/school walk, look at that magnificent sky! #daisyandbobby

A photo posted by Shelley Loves… (@_shelleyloves) on

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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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.


  1. November 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Thanks for including me Karen! The photos are all so good but that winning one is absolutely stunning!

  2. November 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    That winning photo is amazing!! I went back to look at it a few times after you showed it to me. The light is beautiful.

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