After the long hot summer, we could be forgiven for thinking that now is the time to retreat indoors, but with autumn leaves falling perhaps it’s time to get kitted out and explore the beautiful surrounding landscapes with friends and family. 

A recent survey found only one in 10 children aged from 5 to 11 visit a park once a month, three quarters have never roller skated, half have never climbed a tree, and a third have not yet learnt to ride a bike, what’s more…

    72% of children have never played conkers

    66% have never gone hunting for insects

    60% have never flown a kite or built a den

    57% have never made a daisy chain

    47% have never played Frisbee

Free and unstructured play in the outdoors boosts problem-solving skills, focus and self-discipline. Socially, it improves cooperation, flexibility, and self-awareness. Emotional benefits include reduced aggression and increased happiness. Whatever your age.

With doom and gloom seemingly facing the great British High Street almost weekly, it’s good to know that there is a new addition arriving in Swanage this Autumn. With the opening of Coast & Country – a sister store to Tilly Whims, with over 30 years history in town, the new store celebrates everything we love about coast and country with quality, affordable outdoor clothing brands for active spirits both young and old.

Come and visit Di, Michaela and the Team in their new store, to explore new ranges, bag a bargain and layer up this autumn for new adventures in the great outdoors.  Whatever the weather brings, we’ve got you covered.

Purbeck Gazette