Original Den Kit £40
I first saw a Den Kit from The Den Kit Company at Chartwell, a National Trust property last summer
I’m delighted to be able to review one (we were given it for free to review) and offer one as a giveaway for one lucky reader too! Stick around – entry is at the bottom of the post.
I fell in love with the Den Kit there and then but didn’t buy one
For Months afterwards I’d see it pop up every so often on Social Media as I followed them on Facebook and Instagram. Finally, one Friday evening before Christmas I sent a very unprofessional Facebook message to them to ask if I could review one.
Luckily for me we kind of hit it off and so, the Den Kit arrived. There are different Den Kits available, The Original, The Pirate and Cottage Garden, these all retail at £40. There are also more expensive kits that contain extras.
Admittedly we aren’t the most outdoorsy family
Don’t get me wrong we love the outdoors, in particular nature, but we also like our home comforts. This is one of the reasons we are the perfect family to review the Den Kit, to show that you don’t have to be “outdoorsy” to enjoy what the Den Kit has to offer.
The Original Den Kit contains:
- A green haversack
- Camouflage tarpaulin
- Green ground sheet
- Mallet – for knocking tent pegs into the ground NOT donking each other on the head with
- Tent pegs
- Tent peg bag (to keep them all in one place)
- Mug (for cocoa – or gin for the parents)
- Face paint – (for blending in with your surroundings)
There is an instruction leaflet which tells you how to put the den up and also shows you how to tie various knots. I am still at a loss truth be told but I managed to cobble a knot together and I will learn!
You need to tether the rope between two trees, or in our case the washing line and fence post – see you really can use it anywhere! Then drape the tarpaulin over and knock in the tent pegs. Pop in the ground sheet – SIMPLE!
It really is that easy to pop up and that is the point.
The Den Kit was created by two forest school practitioners with the aim to get kids outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and nature whether it’s in the forest or back yard – like we have.
Now, I chose a cold, windy January day to test it out. The kids had great fun climbing in and out and pretending they were kings and keeping us off their land. I am sure that in better weather (did I mention we aren’t the most outdoorsy family) that the Den Kit will be up in the garden a fair bit. In fact I’m planning on putting a post up to secure it further down the garden so I can still use my washing line…
I have visions of the kids amusing themselves for hours while I sit with my feet up catching the rays… here’s hoping. Big L has already asked if he can sleep in it overnight, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it I guess.
I’m really pleased to be able to offer one lucky reader their very own Den Kit worth £40. They can even choose between the Original or Country Cottage Den Kit. I would urge you to follow them on social media too, they are always posting lovely ideas to get the kids outdoors They can be found on instagram here & Facebook here
* we received the Den Kit free of charge for this review but all opinions are my own