The Big Wild Sleepout in our garden!


Camping has always been a bit of a dirty word to me. I’m not great with the “great outdoors” in fact, I am that person that would much rather be sat in a luxury hotel, enjoying a glass of something while tucking into good food that I could guarantee was going to sit on my hips like a clingy toddler.

That really was the truth until recently anyway. Recently I’ve seen so many festival posts from fellow bloggers, especially kid friendly ones and, if I’m honest, I’m a little bit jealous. I would really like to go camping now with the kids, their enthusiasm for being outside, especially Reuben and forest schooling, have had a huge impact on me. The great outdoors has made it’s way into our hearts of late, especially since the arrival of Yoda (who has his own instagram… yeah, I went there) and I really do think that the boys would get such a kick out of being outdoors over night. That being said, I’m not really one to test my theories (which have been known to go epically wrong) without a back up plan. So, tent? Check. Sleeping stuff? Check. Marshmallows for roasting (priorities and all that jazz)? Check.

Now we’re clearly set… where to camp?

The answer is simple: In the garden.

It might seem really daft but the summer holidays is the perfect time to try out something a little different and I mentioned in my holiday bucket/idea list that I wanted to do some camping, but with a 3 year old and 5 year old I didn’t want to fork out a hefty campsite fee and find that half way through the first evening Toby bellows out that he “wants to sleep in a big bed because the savage animals might get him” (We have developed a thing for Zootropolis…). The garden it is then.

Turns out, it isn’t just me who has been bitten by the camping bug. The RSPB have just finished an event called The Big Wild Sleepout last weekend, where they encouraged thousands of families just like mine to head out into the garden and rock out the tent life. They offered families the chance to pitch up at one of their reserves or in their own back garden but now that the event has passed they have stressed this isn’t something that you can only do on that one weekend!

Right now it’s summer, so we have a plethora of things to discover in the back garden, but what about Autumn, Winter and Spring? Every season offers a different opportunity to discover new things, from the delights that we will see at this time of year such as bees buzzing around in the still light skies at 9pm and the  butterflies that are fluttering around after the sun starts to go down all the way through to the wonderful opportunities to star gaze before bed in Autumn when the sun leaves us that little bit earlier.

We’ve also had to contend with some pretty shoddy weather of late, which is all the more reason with little children to give camping a pop in your back garden before you head out into the great wilderness (or, you know, a camp site…). Rain can make a hell of a noise on a tent so little ones are easily nervous, BUT with the house LITERALLY a stones throw away they will be even easier to convince to stay outside and if they suddenly decide the the bug hunting was fun but the wonderful wilderness is not for them past 11pm, bed is just upstairs.

We’re going to give camping outdoors a crack this weekend – a weekend later than the RSPB because, well, we’re late to everything nowadays – and with it we’re going to be trying out all sorts of things from bug hunting, LATE night star gazing and even cooking our own camp fire food. Bring on the smores, holiday diet be damned. Lastly, this fills me with absolutely 0% dread because Edith will be going upstairs to her own bed and I will have the monitor firmly located within signal range so there is no panicking that everyone in the confined space will be woken up when le boobie is demanded.

Have you ever camped in the garden? Or been camping with tiddlers?

H x


  1. August 29, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Oh I hope you enjoyed your camping! I haven’t been with my 3 children as I haven’t been so brave!

  2. August 8, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I am so not good with camping, I did glamping in June and loved that but I would consider camping in my backyard with the knowledge that if it all went caput I could just go upstairs

  3. August 8, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I used to camp in the garden all the time as a child! It’s so much fun and safer!

  4. August 7, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    We’re massive fans of camping and have camped out at Blissfields, Jimmy’s Farm and Camp Bestival recently. I’m kinda used to it now (my first camping trip was when I was 6 months old) the only faff is packing and unpacking! Camping out in the garden sounds good and my mummy will be actively promoting sleepovers in the garden with my friends when I’m old enough on my own xx Good luck and hope you get to a kiddo festival soon xx

  5. August 7, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    This is a great post. How lovely and good idea to camp in the garden. Not only will you not go far but also safe and fun!

  6. August 7, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Have a great time camping in the kids will love it. I may camp with the kids in our garden too they would love that sort of thing and it’s cheaper too 😉

  7. August 5, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    It sounds as though you had and will have a great time and yay for bug hunting x

  8. August 5, 2016 / 8:12 am

    This is such a great idea with children. Me and my husband said as soon as we have kids we will be doing things like this.

  9. August 5, 2016 / 1:14 am

    Aww, what a nice way to spend some time outdoors with the family. I really like this idea!

  10. August 4, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Garden camp outs are so much fun with the kids as they require little effort as you’re not actually going anywhere x

  11. August 4, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Our garden isn’t really big enough for camping, but I did it a couple of times as a kid, and it can be great fun! There’s definitely something reassuring about being able to use your own loo and shower! 😛

  12. August 4, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    I love camping and have actually done a night in my garden haha x

  13. August 4, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Aww, I’ve never camped in my own back garden overnight but I had a little tent I would put out when younger during the day but I have been camping elsewhere overnight for a couple nights xo

  14. August 4, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    ooh enjoy your camping experience. We have a tent but I’ve not been well enough yet to go camping. I hope to go in the future as its one thing my child has never done yet.

  15. August 4, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    My parents never let me camped in the garden when I was young. I went camping with my school and sad to say I hate it!

  16. nicol
    August 4, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    ive never been camping before but i do want to try it out though. camping out in the garden is always a good idea

  17. August 4, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    I have never been camping. Not quite sure how I could cope if I am honest haha! Like you, I prefer a hotel.

  18. August 4, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    When I was younger, me and my friends camped out in our back garden and it was SO much fun! xxx

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