Do you take your phone with you everywhere you go or struggle to turn off at the end of the day? According to research we conducted in 2015, more than half of us hardly ever spend time with family or partners without a phone, tablet or computer on standby. What better way to try and change those statistics for the better with National Unplugging Day 2017!
Sunday 25th June marks National Unplugging Day 2017. To mark its arrival we’ve put together a list of 10 things you can do instead of using technology to fill your Sunday. These are a great way of releasing your inner child and re-connecting with those around you, especially on our campsites.
Walking, cycling, swimming and wildlife spotting are amongst the activities you can do in the great outdoors. Our 16 Camping in the Forest sites all have great walking routes and places of interest to explore nearby. There are endless outdoor opportunities whether at home or away, get creative and enjoy a little time outside with friends and family
Kids and adults alike can benefit from an hour or two of getting crafty. Many people find arts and crafts to be incredibly relaxing and it’s a great way to keep kids entertained on a technology free day. Painting, drawing, creating collages with materials you have on hand and even adult colouring books are a great way to explore your crafty side.
Have you read our blog: Dark Sky Locations: Great UK Campsites for Stargazing? It gives an overview of the top places in the country to see a variety of dark sky delights. It’ll also give you an idea of the items to take with you to ensure you’re prepared for a few hours outside. Stargazing is a great way to continue enjoying the sky after watching the sunset.
Wake up early, just before the sun comes up to experience the sun rise as a kick start to your day. Alternately, gather your loved ones and enjoy a relaxing end to the day as the sun goes down.
When was the last time you walked into a shop to just pick up a paper? Apps, websites and social media are all ways modern technology is allowing internet users to get a hold of the most up to date goings on. Instead of getting your phone out to bring up your news app of choice, pop into a shop and grab a newspaper.
Another great way of passing time without the use of technology is to read an actual book instead of an electronic version. You’ll find you can pass a day easily with the right reading material!
If the weathers nice (fingers crossed!) why not pack up your favourite treats, a big blanket and find a nice spot for a picnic? If kids are coming along, you can bring toys and activities to keep them entertained. This is a great way to make use of the middle of the day and can extend into a lovely lazy afternoon.
This is a great day away from home or the campsite with zero technology, perfect for big and little kids alike. You’ll find farms which are open to the public across the country and the entry costs are reasonable. Try your hand at feeding a goat or counting how many animals you’ve seen throughout the day.
Whether you’re the one organising it or joining in with someone else’s, a treasure hunt is great fun no matter what your age. Get creative with the things you hide, you could hide everyone’s favourite treats or the ingredients for a great night of technology free fun such as a family game, snacks and drinks.
This is an obvious one but all too often, we don’t make the time to sit down together and talk about our days. Set aside an hour for cooking and two for eating, getting everyone involved in the preparation. We have 5 campsite meals under £5 which all serve 4-5 people and are great for getting everyone involved.
So there you have it, 10 ideas to get you inspired for National Unplugging Day 2017. Decide on the best ideas for your family or camping group, and enjoy the freedom of 24 hours away from technology.
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