They say there’s a big kid in all of us, but the age we’d most like to go back to is 8 years old.

In a new survey commissioned by Camping in the Forest, 35% of UK parents said that if they could turn the clocks back, they would be in Year 3 again and that 19% missed camping holidays the most when recalling favourite memories from their childhood. And, when asked what they’d do if they could be a kid for a day, they would be braver and more fearless (33%), hug their families more (31%) and spend the whole day playing outside (58%).

In a bid to help modern-day adults unleash their inner child and get back to the simple things in life, Camping in the Forest welcomed families from across the UK to their Holmsley site in July to join them and TV wildlife expert Chris Packham for a special event.

Inner Child Boot Camp

Following a region-wide campaign calling for children aged eight to explain why they would make a good park ranger, five competition winners were chosen to enjoy a weekend of camping, activities and fun, along with some of the UK’s top parenting bloggers.

The New Forest National Park Rangers were on hand to teach the children about the forest’s native inhabitants, as well as what it takes to become a Park Ranger. Chris Packham also hosted a series of fun and interactive wildlife activities, with each team headed up by the children.

Bob Hill, Sites Director at Camping in the Forest said: “We wanted to offer parents a chance to let go of their responsibilities, enjoy camping in the great outdoors and have a bit of fun, whilst giving the children the opportunity to take control. Our Inner Child Boot Camp was a great weekend of fun for all of the family, and we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”

A place called Away

With ten campsites dotted around the picturesque New Forest, Camping in the Forest offers its guests unrivalled access to one of the UK’s most stunning forests, with the benefits of a wide range of amenities and activities for all of the family to relax and enjoy themselves.

With a focus on providing access to the forest with no boundaries, a stay on a Camping in the Forest site offers a chance to reconnect with nature and each other this summer. The New Forest Park Rangers are on hand throughout the season offering a host of educational and interactive activities for children and big kids alike or, if you prefer, simply sit back, switch off and enjoy the views.

So, what are you waiting for? Get back to basics and unleash your inner child in the forest this summer!