Wowsers! There were SO many photos shared on the #UKexplore hashtag in August. We’ve now exceeded the 20,000 mark which is quite incredible. We really love seeing all your photographs and it’s such a great community.
Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed the school holidays by escaping outdoors for some summer fun. As always we take full advantage whenever we can. We’ve escaped to Devon, Paris, the Isle of Wight and Spain recently but we love exploring closer to home too. Highlights this month have included visiting the National Trust’s Ham House in Richmond where we played skittles, made a den and ate cake along with the Sculpture Park, the British Wildlife Centre and Loseley Park.
“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”. “I don’t much care where”. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland). A walled garden with a maze of pathways to explore and spectacular displays wherever you look. I ❤️ @loseley_park and it’s ‘rooms’, each of which offers something different. It was a fleeting visit with the small one running around like she was Alice but who can blame her with delights like this? I just have to head back on my own for a more leisurely wander.
We went to @loseley_park yesterday for a wander round the beautiful gardens – see my previous post for a peek. You can’t picnic in the superb walled garden but there’s a cafe on site (and Loseley’s famous ice-cream!) and a picnic area in the grounds. We’ve actually never been to the latter but it’s a lovely space with a seesaw, swings, balance beam and luckily for us something to climb! The small one has always been a climber regardless of what she’s wearing! Lovely moment here of her watching the ducks (or geese I couldn’t see that far!) in a nearby field 😍
If you’ve not come across it before, #UKexplore is an Instagram based community focused on sharing your outdoor adventures and special places. It doesn’t have to be an image of one of the 534 National Trust properties in the UK (although we adore them); we want to see your ‘off the beaten track’ spots, too. Your photograph 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 photo and upload it to Instagram using the #UKexplore hashtag so we can find you. You don’t have to be a blogger either, anyone can join in and be in with a chance to win a prize.
The #UKexplore community is co-hosted by Karen from Mini Travellers (& Fuelled by Latte) and myself. If we’re not following each other on Instagram, do give us both a nudge – you’ll find me here and Karen here. These are just a few of my favourite images from August. Make sure you head over to Mini Travellers to see Karen’s winner and favourite #UKexplore photographs too.
Top left to right: Blossoms and Wren, Bavarian Sojourn, Very Much So Blog
Middle left to right: Muddy Boots and Pearls, Extraordinary Chaos, Emma Gibb
Bottom left to right: Otis and Us, Jenni is Dancing in the Rain, Rainbeau Belle
My winner this month however is Top Knot And Daisies with this beautiful photograph from Lordington lavender fields. She wins a Day’s Family Pass to a National Trust property of her choice. Huge thanks to the National Trust for providing the prize.
Do click on the links above so you can follow these folk on Instagram. We look forward to hearing about all your adventures next month.
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 PODcast 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 PODcast, and the corresponding social media channels.
8. The judges’ decision is final.