The OLPRO Rambling Blog
Launch of new 2 year warranty on products
OLPRO celebrate high profile awards recognition with launch of new 2 year warranty on products
OLPRO, the UK-based camping and campervan equipment company, has recently been named as a finalist for 'Digital E-Commerce Business of the Year' at the FSB's Small Business Awards. This follows on OLPRO's success of being named the West Midlands' 'e-commerce Business of the Year' and the national runner up for the awards at the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2019.
As a thank you to its customers, OLPRO have launched a new 2 year warranty for any tents and awnings purchased on the OLPRO website, from 11th February 2020 onwards.
Daniel Walton, Founder of OLPRO, said: “We're absolutely delighted to see OLPRO recognised for so many high profile awards and I think it's a great reflection of the attention that goes into making our high quality products. We want our customers to know that we appreciate all of their support and positive reviews and our new 2 year warranty is just a small part of our way of saying thank you.”
New Products for 2020
Awesome Autumn is upon us
Autumn is well and truly here, and half term is fast approaching. Although the weather isn’t as conducive to adventures as the summer months, the Autumn colours are well worth making the effort to get out for. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!
Beaches are wilder and more dramatic (as well as quieter!) and campsites are quieter and more affordable as the off-peak tarrifs kick in. We’ve rounded up a few ideas of Autumn adventures for you to make the most of your free time this season.
1: Follow a Leaf Peeping Trail
1: Follow a Leaf Peeping Trail
The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley have launched the UK’s first Leaf Peeping Trail this Autumn. With 50 miles of stunning scenery and colour, there’s plenty to do along the way, from canoeing the River Wye to clambering up Symonds Yat to admire the view. There are some great campsites in the vicinity if you want to make a weekend (or a week) of it, such asWhitemead Forest Park for a larger site with more facilities, or the stunning simplicity ofBeeches Farm campsite for sweeping sunset views across the valley.
2: Go Stargazing
2: Go Stargazing
With the earlier evenings, even the youngest member of the family can enjoy some stargazing. It’s Space Week at the moment, what a great opportunity to get out there and spot some constellations with the family. The UK is full of ‘dark sky’ spots – places with little or no artificial lighting – where you can head out and enjoy the wonders of the galaxy. It’s also Hunter’s Moon on October 13th, the full moon for the month – the ideal time to get out and enjoy a celestial celebration.
Combine your stargazing with a campfire (as long as they are allowed where you are, of course) and some marshmallow toasting, and you’ve got the perfect autumn activity to remember for years to come.
3: Go Apple Picking (and pressing!)
It’s the season of plenty – plenty of apples! Many National Trust properties have pick your own events in their apple orchards, such as Brockhampton in Herefordshire. You can also find information on apple pressing days all over the country, where you can take along your bounty and join in acommunity apple pressing event, saving the juice to drink as it is – or make your own cider of course!
Clean, warm sandy beaches are great – but for me, you can’t beat a wild, high full moon Autumn tide complete with whirling seagulls, crashing waves, and the fascinating detritus that gets left behind. Driftwood, seed pods from lands far far away, mermaid’s purses, the treasure found upon a remote beach is far more interesting in Autumn than summer. See which of these treasures you can find on your adventures. Take a pair of gloves and a bin bag with you and do your own mini beach-clean as you go.
Some of our favourite beaches:
Rhossili Bay in Wales
Warbeth Bay in Orkney
Brancaster in Norfolk
Marloe Sands in Wales
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
5: Visit an Arboretum
With over 60,000 species of tree across the globe, and 32 native British species, we owe it to the world of arboriculture to get out and appreciate these incredible, beautiful, oxygen-producers. An Arboretum or a woodland is an ideal way to visit and appreciate a wide variety of trees from our native species to thousands of introduced varieties as well. Autumn is when an arboretum really comes into its own as the colours change and leaves, seeds and nuts all fall, giving a blanket of beautiful seasonal goodness. Support the development of Arboretums and woodland with your entry fee, car parking fee, National Trust membership, or donations to the Woodland Trust, and make sure the trees will be there for many generations to come. Check out some of theUK’s most beautiful arboretums here.
The Outside Is Yours
The Outside Is Yours
|Have you ever noticed that if your children or grandchildren are grouchy, you take them outdoors and they almost immediately relax and start to enjoy themselves? This is 'biophilia' - the theory that by nature, human beings are naturally drawn to nature and natural things. |
Whereas most of us grew up exploring our outdoor surroundings, today's kids are being brought up with 'nature deficit disorder' where they are kept indoors for fear of danger, abduction, injury - and where they spend far more time in front of a screen than they do building dens or playing in streams.
It's no wonder that children's mental health is on the decline - surely the two correspond?! So what can be done to counteract this childhood travesty?
Make the most of your free time. In today's world, both parents often work and this can leave little time for outdoor exploration and adventure such as walks and camping trips. However, it doesn't have to be much - even walking to school, heading out to the park, taking the dog out - or even playing in the garden - will all help to feed the need for the great outdoors. If you have more time, of course, then planning in camping trips or walks in national parks, forests or beside beaches is and ideal (and affordable) way to spend more time outside with your whole family. You may be exhausted on evenings and weekends but we promise, if you ALL get outdoors and enjoy nature, you'll feel the benefits for everybody's mental and physical health.
Join a forest school group or outdoor playgroup.Take the play outside - there are many groups now where you can sign up with like-minded families and spend dedicated time in the great outdoors come rain or shine. Just search online for one near you - and if you can't find one, set one up yourself! The one we attend is in a local woodland and involves plenty of fun activities such as fire building and cooking, den building, and of course jumping in muddy puddles.