Family Traveller teamed up with Peugeot to embark on a search for UK's most active family, in association with the new Peugeot 2008 SUV with Grip Control, the perfect car for any family adventure.
We asked you to send photos of you and your family out and about, getting stuck into everything from rafting to hula hooping. We weren't just looking for organised activities, we wanted to see families finding creative ways to get active – jumping in puddles can be just as awesome as kayaking!
The winning family has earned themselves a week-long Normandy Chateau Family Adventure Holiday, where the action takes place in and around the beautiful 200-year-old Chateau de la Baudonniere, close to the coast near Avranches.
The Chateau’s one hundred-acre grounds, made up of river, lake and forest, are the ideal setting for a week of activities. Our winning family will enjoy circus skills, canoeing, climbing, archery, kayaking and more – plus there’s a mini farm. Even cooler, all meals, activities and entertainment will be thrown in too!
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The five runner-up families have each won a £100 voucher for Ellis Brigham, who specialise in all things outdoorsy, including ski gear, outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment.
The Bayliss family are mum Sarah, dad Ian, Tommy (5) and Ida (3). They live in Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire.
'The picture above where we're looking windswept is of me and my family on top of Snowdon in June. We almost got blown off! My Tommy (at five years and three months) walked all the way up the Snowdon Ranger path. This was the day after we went wild swimming in lake Cwellyn. Our summers (and the rest of the year) involve camping, fishing, hiking, discovering and playing. We love our little adventures, getting the kids outdoors is super important to us.
When we're at home, we go our local country park and build dens, source food for free, explore the ponds and climb trees. We also take a back pack to hand containing a tarpaulin sheet, a mini gas cooker and waterproofs to head outside for picnics in all sorts of weather. We are not afraid to be adventurous. We took a trip to Skye with our caravan when Ida was 12 weeks old and hiked along the Quirang, swam in the fairy pools and found the old man of Storr.
The Colombus family are mum Katie, dad Mark, Kaila-Rose (6), Maia (4) and Jackson (1). The live in Radlett, Hertfordshire.
'With a dad who loves his extreme sports – anything from skiing through bungee, to hiking up mountains with a fridge on his back to raise money for charity (this really happened!) and a mum with a past in gymnastics and dance and whose current fave pastime is yoga or running a 10k here and there, it’s no wonder we have three free-range kids who live for tree climbing, rock climbing, beach combing and wildlife spotting.
We joke that they are “feral" as they like to get mud on their feet and twigs in their hair, but Mark and I both love that they are more interested in nature than iPads and TV shows. We have a small terraced house with a small back garden, so with three kids we all seek our space in the great outdoors! We love walking - around lakes, up hills and mountains, through the countryside.
The Falls family are mum Catherine, dad Barry, Jack (5) and Noah (2) – plus there's another on the way! They live in Ireland.
'Living in Ireland means we can't just be fair weather walkers. We get out most weekends, regardless of the forecast. We believe there is no such thing as poor weather, just poor preparation. So we take the kids bodyboarding, hiking, climbing, walking, and exploring. We are definitely all outdoorsy types. I am thankful for the kids adventurous spirits, and hope they remain interested in staying active – and spending time with us!
Our favourite place to visit in the UK would probably be the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland. The north coast is a pleasure to visit too. Lossiemouth in Scotland is also a place of spectacular beauty (take us back!) We have plenty more places on our bucket list on the mainland though, such as the Lake District and Dover. A proper ramble and climb over rough but spectacular terrain is what excites us most.'
The Fuller family are mum Michaela, dad Joseph, Aoife (5) and Everly (2 and a half). They live in Basingstoke.
'We love being outdoors and exploring. Our children love discovering new places to visit, or new things to do. We want them to grow up with a passion for life, and thrive for adventure and new experiences. Every week, we fill up our tank, and set off on whatever new place we decide to visit at the weekend.
Whether its raining, snowing, freezing, or the sun is shining, we will find an adventure. We love going for long walks, especially if there is a beautiful view involved, or some kind of water for the children - they love to splash or make mud pies, or potions! Woodland walks are also our favourites, and the children love to pretend they are going on a bear hunt!
To keep costs down we take a packed lunch with us wherever we go. We take the kids' bikes everywhere too. We have also recently bought a National Trust membership we pay for monthly which saves us £30 a time.'
The Kimbers are mum Samantha, dad Jonathan, Eleanor (8), Tabitha (7) and Jasper (4) – or Jono, Sam, Ellie, Tabby and Jazzy as they're commonly known! They live in the countryside just south of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
'We are all active and the children especially are most happy when they are outside being busy. Even in the winter we can usually be found outdoors – we have masses of waterproofs and warm things so we're always ready. Ellie and Tabby have been doing judo for three and two years respectively and Jasper will be starting as soon as he's five. All three swim weekly, which they love, especially the younger two.
We all love the beach, and the children love beach-combing for shells, stones and sea glass. Our favourite place to visit as a family is probably Aberdovey beach. It's such a special place; where the mountains meet the sea. As a family we all enjoy walking, Geocaching and 'peak-bagging.' The children are currently trying to 'bag' all of the Marilyns (a type of hill) in Shropshire. We've done five out of the ten so far!'
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