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24th February 2015

 

THE LITTLE BOOKS THAT GIVE YOU A BIG DAY OUT!

 

Since publishing their first child-friendly guidebooks to free London three years ago, Step Outside Guides have established a sound reputation for providing delightful days out for families and groups of friends.

Written so that children from about nine can lead, these offbeat and beautiful little books take the users on a day which explores both the great sights and hidden treasures in our capital. Meticulously researched and carefully written, each of the six Step Outside Guides provides a complete day out which is not only cost-free, but stress-free too.

Every route begins and ends at a Tube station, and each adventure is escorted by a resident animal statue who comes to life, charmingly illustrated by Sam Fenn. Each animal leads their readers on a themed route full of interest and surprise to captivate both adults and children.

The days are free apart from travel costs, and ever mindful of expense, the trips are thoughtfully designed to fit into the cheap day return fare slot. Aware that exploring London can be tiring on the feet, there are rest-your-legs pages of activities and puzzles. Just as importantly, the guides highlight good picnic spots and free toilets, and give full accessibility details for buggies and wheelchairs.

Co-owner and creator of Step Outside Guides, Francesca Fenn says  ”London is such a fantastic city, but people can be intimidated by both the size and cost of visiting the capital. Step Outside Guides take away both those worries, and offer brilliant days out”.

Users agree; here are just a few comments from happy Step Outsiders:

“We have had a fabulous day today following the Treasure Trail - thank you!!”

“We thought the book was awesome, pitched at just the right level for Leo (7yrs) to lead us and to keep Edie (3yrs) on the look out for Tembo's next treasure.  We can't wait to get the next one!”

“Just to say we had a fantastic day out with this book at half term.  Your book enabled me to share with my 10 year old daughter some of the magic of our capital city and I now understand why people travel from far and wide to see the sights.”

“Just to let you know that my son and I did the treasure trail book at half term and loved it. The highlights were the museum in Lincolns Inn fields and the flamingoes in Kensington Roof Garden.”

Step Outside Guides are £5 each, available from bookshops or online at stepoutsideguides.com

 

17th February 2015

 

THE LONDON ADVENTURE BOX - A FABULOUS BIRTHDAY TREAT!

 

Since publishing their first child-friendly guidebooks to free London three years ago, Step Outside Guides have established a sound reputation for providing delightful days out for families and groups of friends.

Written so that children from about nine can lead, these offbeat and beautiful little books take the users on a day which explores both the great sights and hidden treasures in our capital. Meticulously researched and carefully written, each of the six Step Outside Guides provides a complete day out which is not only cost-free, but stress-free too.

Now the LONDON ADVENTURE BOX offers the perfect birthday treat for children aged 8 – 12 years. Each exciting box contains Step Outside Guides and Step Outside backpacks for everyone, plus a host of other goodies  - pencils, badges, invitations, a disposable camera and much more. The birthday boy or girl receives a special, personalised card, too!

Co-founder and producer Margie Skinner explains:  “We know that children love having adventures with their friends, and with the world’s greatest city on our doorstep, there are many fantastic opportunities for days out. The London Adventure Box takes a lot of the worry out of taking a group of kids up to London, as the routes and activities are so carefully researched and planned.”

Parents will really appreciate that there’s no spending on entrance fees, tickets or passes. Everything in the book is cost free, so once you have bought your box and paid the fares, the rest of the day is up to you. The backpacks make it easy for each child to carry their own picnic if that’s the plan, so icecreams all round could be your only other expense!

The verdict of two mums and six kids who piloted the London Adventure Box - Mum: ”A fabulous idea, it creates a brilliant structure to a day out in London. Hugely interesting and very informative and easy to follow.”

And from the children: Bonnie, 7: “My favourite part of our day in London was when I walked across Tower Bridge, also when I saw HMS Belfast - it was HUGE! I counted 12 guns but I think there was more. It was also interesting to see the building where tea was delivered many years ago.”  Ben, 10: “I enjoyed the guessing challenges including guessing how old Tower Bridge was and how many bricks there were in the Tate Modern Building. I was wrong for both.”

The London Adventure Box is available from stepoutsideguides.com. The drop-down boxes on the order page allow you to choose which Guide to enjoy, and how many people are going. The cost is £12 per person, but until April 20th  2015 the boxes are available at the special introductory price of £10 per person. The Box can be ordered in advance, so even if the birthday isn’t for a while, you can still take advantage of this offer.

12th May 2013

 

INTRODUCING STEP OUTSIDE GUIDE NUMBER FIVE - IF STATUES COULD TALK; A LONDON ADVENTURE

 

The latest Step Outside Guide is very, very special. If you have used one of our Guides, you will know that they offer terrific days exploring London at no cost other than £5 for the Guide itself.

 

The new Guide offers a very privileged extra. Families using ‘If Statues Could Talk…’ are invited in to Westminster Abbey to discover some of the extraordinary statues and other riches there without paying an entrance fee.* This wonderful building, contains 1,000 years of our nation’s history, and is an awe inspiring start to the day.

 

The rest of the day is an excellent adventure too, and ‘If Statues Could Talk...’ offers all the elements which make Step Outside Guides so distinctive. The day is escorted by Samuel Johnson’s beloved cat Hodge, who introduces you to an alphabetical array of statues around the centre of London before taking you on to a rooftop in the City for a panoramic view of the day’s trail.

 

Step Outside Guides are beautifully illustrated, and are designed so that children can lead the party. The carefully researched and themed trails mean that there is no worry about getting lost, and since the days begin and end at tube stations, every step, and every bus ride are to a delightful purpose filled with free-to-see places and things.

 

Since Step Outside Guides published their first titles in March 2012, hundreds of families have taken the opportunity to discover London using the Guides, and Step Outside are establishing a sound reputation for excellent free-to-see outings in our capital.

 

*Ticket is valid for one or two adults with at least one child. It is not valid for unaccompanied adults or tour groups.

 

‘If Statues Could Talk.... a London Adventure’ is published on May 13th, price £5.00 and is available from www.stepoutsideguides.com and bookshops.

17th October 2013

 

GOOD NEWS FOR FAMILIES AT HALF TERM.

 

This half term will probably offer the last picnic opportunities of the year, so make the most of it and explore our fabulous Capital city too.

This can be easier said than done – London is exciting and fascinating, but it can be bewildering and expensive, particularly for a family group. We may just have found the answer in a series of little books called Step Outside Guides. These guides are designed to give families a whole day in London without spending a penny, but they offer much more than that.

Step Outside Guides are distinctive and brilliant! They are inspirational in inviting children to lead the day. The themed routes begin and end at tube stations, and fit into the all-important cheap day return slot on trains.

Once your day is underway, maps and instructions are clear, illustrations delightful and plentiful and each Guide is peppered with facts, questions and information. You will be popping in and out of buildings, jumping on and off buses and exploring both the great and the hidden gems of London. And when your legs are tired, there are Rest-Your-Legs pages with sitting down activities.

Important practical information such as free toilets, good picnic spots and step-free access is provided, as are the opening times of everywhere you visit.

So, why not spend a day or two exploring London this half term – and still have cash in your pocket at the end of the holiday! Step Outside Guides cost £5 each and are available from shops or from stepoutsideguides.com.

21st April 2014

 

INTRODUCING STEP OUTSIDE GUIDE NUMBER SIX - KENSINGTON GARDENS AND BEYOND.

 

May 1st sees the publication of Step Outside Guide’s latest book in their series of cost-free family days out. The new guide takes readers on a day exploring the wealth of marvellous things in Kensington Gardens, and a little beyond.

 

Using the formula which has proved so popular in previous guides, the day is hosted by an animal statue on the route, who comes to life to show you her home. Kensington’s guide is Hermione Heron from the Peter Pan statue. She introduces her readers to the many delights of Kensington Gardens and they have fun together too- there are stickers in the book, too!

 

Step Outside Guides are beautifully illustrated, and are designed so that children can lead the day. The carefully researched and themed trails mean that there is no worry about getting lost, and since the days begin and end at tube stations, every step, and every bus ride are to a delightful purpose, filled with free-to-see places and things.

 

All the necessary elements of an outing with children are catered for, including free toilets, good picnic spots, step-free access, rest-your-leg pages and opening details of everywhere that is visited.

 

Since Step Outside Guides published their first titles in March 2012, hundreds of families have taken the opportunity to discover London using the Guides, and Step Outside are establishing a sound reputation for excellent free-to-see outings in our capital city.

 

“Kensington Gardens and Beyond….” is published on May 1st, rrp £5.00 and is available from www.stepoutsideguides.com and bookshops around London.

22nd November 2016

 

Christmas in London

 

It is difficult to find Christmas things for the family to do in London that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for Step Outside Guides, who have published a delightful book which does exactly that.

 

‘Christmas in London’ captures the excitement and splendour of London during the festive season without calling for any help from your already groaning purse or wallet, since everything in the day is cost-free. But this doesn’t mean you will be short-changed in any way.

 

From Leadenhall Market, decked out in festive splendour, to London’s sparkliest Christmas streets, the route explores buildings, streets and squares, with occasional hops on and off buses. Golden decorations on buildings are spied and stuck on the Christmas tree in the book, while people and objects from the Christmas story are discovered and added to a stable scene. Super-crowded places are generally avoided in favour of a variety of special Christmas locations and traditions, though Trafalgar Square just can’t be missed!

 

The guide is written so that older primary children can lead, and there is plenty to keep the adults entertained too. From finding a golden grasshopper to discovering a box of gold, frankincense and myrrh, Chrismas in London will keep everyone involved, delighted and intrigued throughout the day.

 

Here’s what a couple of Christmas in London-ers had to say:

 

“We did the Christmas trail yesterday - just perfect!  Thank you for a wonderful set of books.”

A Nicholas, St Albans

 

“We had a great time seeing London at Christmas and the bus ride up Regent Street was a great 'rest'. We will make it part of our family Christmas tradition.”

B Coles, Goodmayes

 

Hundreds of families and groups have enjoyed exploring the capital with one of Step Outside Guides’ seven books. Each offers a complete day discovering cost-free London with a beautiful and charmingly illustrated book. The house style is polished and colourful, with plenty of information to make the day easy – free toilets, good picnic spots and step free access are all in there. Each route is fully mapped and described, information is given for every location visited and the days conveniently begin and end at tube stations. Step Outside’s claim that ‘we’ve done all the work so you don’t have to’ is right on the button.

 

These remarkable little books enable you to enjoy  cost-free and stress-free days exploring our amazing capital city. And isn’t that what every parent, grandparent or group leader taking children to London wants!

 

Step Outside Guides cost £5 each and are available from bookshops or online from stepoutsideguides.com.