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Just So Festival is a curious place for a two year old and the perfect place to experience our first ever eco family festival.

We arrived at Rode Hall in Cheshire on Friday morning; after a short queue of traffic we pitched our tent and hung up our bunting. If the memories of Glastonbury have put you off festival camping, then let me assure you there is space a plenty and the toilets and showers were the cleanest we have ever seen.

From the warm and radiant waterfalls of Corsica to the chillier climes of rivers in England, wild swimming – the practice of taking a dip in natural bodies of water – is versatile, exciting and guaranteed to give you a unique experience each time you try it.

Man made swimming pools have existed for centuries, offering a generally safe, predictable swimming experience. However more and more people are turning to nature to get their adrenaline buzz and exercise all in one. Wild swimming could involve taking a dip in icy waters one day, and leisurely swimming in a tropical lake the next.

Some may see wild swimming as a feat for only the bravest and most adrenaline seeking individuals. Yet benefits can be gleaned by anyone. As well as cold immersion being thought to aid the immune system and soothe muscle pain, mood-boosting endorphins brought by combining swimming with the often harsh environment are another key perk. Indeed, the positive impacts on health seem endless. In addition, the team work, problem solving and risk assessment skills brought by taking a plunge in the wildest waters are valuable to people of any age.

It must be noted, however, that individuals should know their limits and do their research. A respect for natural waters and the dangers that can come with them is essential, with key advice being to never swim alone, always have an escape route, and to check the depth of water before jumping in to it.

Nevertheless, enjoyed safely, wild swimming is a mood boosting and health beneficial practice, as well as one which you may not have to travel far to partake in. Online maps, forums and articles present a diverse picture of the United Kingdom’s lakes, rivers, streams and more. With the Wild lochs of Scotland, the Goldiggins quarry in Cornwall and everything in between, anyone looking for a fun, free activity during our summertime, or indeed anytime, may just have found what they are looking for.

Beacon Hill Farm is an eco-friendly retreat that possibly boasts some of the best views in Northumberland. A part of the Premier Cottages collection, it not only hosts a delightful array of cottage holiday homes, but a spa, semi-ancient woodland and its very own lake.

We embarked on our journey to Beacon Hill Farm late in the afternoon, arriving in darkness to a more than welcomed roaring fire and complimentary bottle of wine. Oak Cottage is full of charm, with a true English Country feel. With two bedrooms; a twin and double with an en suite, there is ample room for a family of four to reside here for the week. Based on one level, families don’t need to worry about stair gates and Isabella enjoyed running through the spacious hallway to the living room or bedrooms. The decor is delightful with the log burning stove and duck print curtains in the living room.

A heated outdoor swimming pool, trapeze lessons, a dog show, and Mexican wrestling. These are just some the ingredients that made 2014’s Standon Calling festival a sumptuous delight.

Situated in the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house, Standon Calling has come a long way since it first started out as a birthday house party for founder Alex Trenchard in 2001. Back then it was little more than a barbecue with a few friends, drinks, tunes and chaos, and has since evolved into well-established annual music festival.