Friday, 5 February 2016

Easter Wild Things


Back to nature fun for kids in Italy this Easter

Truffle hunting, orienteering, crafting with nature, snow fun and more...

"A week in the countryside is worth three months in the classroom"   - George Monbiot, 2013
"Feral: in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication"  - definition, Oxford English Dictionary

Truffle hunting with these two - lots of fruitful fun! 

Together with our neighbours, Sebastian, Paola & Margot (truffle hunters & small holders), we want to share with other families the richness of the lives that we live in our own hidden wilderness.  We want to open up our world that feels a million miles away from classrooms, confines and civilisation.

A place where you can follow the rhythms of nature, watch the falling stars and rising moon, build fires and cook outside.  A place where you can get lost in the woods, build camps, paddle in streams, climb trees and graze your knees.

Where kids can be kids

We have a selection of tents, and all the camping equipment you could wish for.  We have luxury showers and a communal barn, fridges and cookers, pots and pans, and so much more.  

For one week over Easter we are aiming all of this for families with children aged between 6 and 14yrs.  All you need bring is you, your kids and a desire to go feral, we'll provide the rest.

Between 28 March - 1 April we'll be putting on four days of activities designed to immerse you and your children in nature and reconnect with the wild thing within.  (We're also planning similar for 30 May - 3 June, but with a focus on photographing nature from a child's perspective.)  An idea of the Easter activities are below (but subject to change depending on the weather):

Monday:  Spend 2-3 hours exploring the woods around us, learning all about working with truffle hounds in search of the coveted truffle, which grows in abundance on this land.

Tuesday:  We go off collecting sticks and berries, leaves, moss and herbs and spend an afternoon crafting gifts from the things that we have found around us.

Nature's gifts

Thursday:  We go out and find snow!  A half hour's drive takes us up the mountain to 1800m where there should still be plenty of snow for lots and lots of sledging fun.  Steaming hot chocolate in the ski chalet afterwards is the perfect end to a fun-filled afternoon.

Friday:  orienteering in the fields and woods around us.  Learn to how use a compass and follow clues in search of hidden treasure!

...and something for the grown-ups too:  parents can join in with the kids if they like, or take advantage of some free time to explore this wonderful area around us.  The hiking here is spectacular and we have plenty of maps and guidance as to where to go and what to do.

Hiking in the Majella National Park

The rest of the time, just go wild with your kids!  And we have plenty of space and suggestions for you.

What's it going to cost?

Accommodation:  self-catering in tents (roll mats, sleeping bags, blankets & towels provided): €16 per adult, per night, €8 per child aged 3 - 14yrs (under 2s go free, over 14s pay full price)

Activities:  four days as above, €150 per child.  Under 6s to be accompanied by an adult.

Maps & guidance:  completely free and given with pleasure!

Sample cost for a family of four: staying for 1 week, both kids joining in with activities:  €636.00

How to get to us

Nearest airport: Pescara (40 minute drive) via Ryan Air from: London Stansted, Brussels, Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Milan Bergamo

For a greater choice of airports and airlines, the Rome airports are an excellent alternative and only a 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
See our website for more travel information:

More information

Browse the main tabs of this blog for information on our facilities and surrounding area, hiking in the Majella National Park, Abruzzo interior & coastline.  You might also find the following links useful:

Kokopelli Camping website:
Kokopelli Camping reviews:   Trip Advisor / Cool Camping
Paola & Sebastian:          Paola / Sebastian

Don't forget our social media pages too:

How to book

For booking or any other information, just send me an email or give me a call.  Please note that, apart from the orienteering treasure hunt (which will also be offered to local children), spaces on the activities will be strictly limited to a maximum of 6 children. 

mobile:  +39 333 4636075

Project Wild Thing:  Official Trailer

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