nature
ˈneɪtʃə/
noun
the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other earthly features.

Welcome to this week's newsletter, all about nature.

These snow days have been great, but wet and cold, right? As we recover from a week spent avoiding the perils of rarely seen, soft, white snow, just remember, it will all melt away soon and normal business will resume.

But while the kids are enjoying rolling about outside, tell them about these recommended events and walks made by parents on Kinfo, and make family plans to get outside more!

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Blue Planet DVD

You won't find a better researched, more beautifully shot nature documentary than 91-year-old Sir David Attenborough's global hit. He spurred on successful public campaigns to clean up our oceans, and as for these sex-changing fish... What a cinematic feat! "A family must see!" says a mum of 3. Comfy, family screen time this weekend.




Natural History Museum

"Busy in the holidays, so get there early," tips one dad. (Or, make the most of today's snow day, central London was eerily quiet but functional yesterday). The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exhibition of 100 images that have captured the beauty and drama of the natural world. Ends in May.




London Wetland Centre

An urban oasis just 10 minutes from Hammersmith, with lakes, ponds and gardens. Feed birds, meet otters and cows or sign up for a dawn chorus walk. An Easter duck egg hunt starts at the end of the month. "Great exploration and wildlife," says a dad of 3.




Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens

Not a well known spot and long past its glory days, but still good for admiring wisteria-filled Edwardian landscaped gardening that "feels like a secret garden from a children's story," says a mum of 2. Of course, the lovely heath and wild swimming ponds are just across the road.




Camp Wilderness

The best 'drop and go' ever, kids aged 6-15 can camp in nature in various UK locations for 3 or 5 days and learn all about fire-lighting, wilderness first aid, wild swimming, games, scavenger hunts... "My children loved everything about it," says another mum of 2.




Kenwood House

As well as indoor games and dressing-up boxes, family day trails can be enjoyed inside and out by under-5s. "The stately gardens are a wonder of ancient trees and sloping landscaped lawns," says a mum of 1. Get exploring with mascot Mac.




Kew Gardens

London's grandest botanical, Victorian-era walkabout, a popular Unesco World Heritage Site, recommended by a mum of 2 on the app. The annual Orchids Festival is back, celebrating Thailand's vibrant plant life, until 11th March.




Blean Woods

We love a healing woodland adventure! All that den-making, hide-and-seek and leaf-kicking is essential for souls young and old. "The kids love it here. Blackberries, bluebells and birds over the changing seasons - lovely, long walks," says a dad of 2. A Kent must-do for anyone on their way to Whitstable.




Camber Sands

Bracing, British coastal walk, anyone? Well, maybe next weekend. Says a mum of 3: "beautiful sandy beach with dunes". We say: great for all-weather walks, especially with four-legged friends. The beach has great parking facilities, but note, strong tides.




Golders Hill Park

Mini, free zoo of exotic birds and mammals (laughing kookaburras, ring-tailed lemurs and ring-tailed coatis). Plus landscaped, Mediterranean and water gardens. "Beautiful space where the kids climbed trees, fed the deer and donkeys, flew kites and visited the butterfly house," says a mum of 3.




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