Prepare for The Wild Boar challenge, 2017!
Each year in Caerphilly, Wales, the Borough Council’s Countryside and Landscape Service, along with Caerphilly Adventure Group, Caerphilly Ramblers, Islwyn Ramblers and other partners, organise the Caerphilly Challenge. This annual event consists of a series of routes for people to walk, or even run; varying from a mild 1-5 mile walk, through to the longer […]
Sussex Search and Rescue – one big family
This month’s guest blog is written by Nick Rewcastle, Secretary for Sussex Search and Rescue – a volunteer organisation utilised by Sussex Police to help search for, and rescue, missing people. Read on for a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be a part of this invaluable charity. When my (now) wife told me […]
Tales from the Scottish Stores at Plas y Brenin
This month’s guest blog is courtesy of Isaac Murphy, a Centre Assistant at Plas y Brenin – the National Mountain Sports Centre – based in Snowdonia, Wales, with a centre in Alltshellach, Scotland. While the post-Christmas period can be typically viewed a dour time, characterised by dark days, cold nights and a general lack of […]
An Aspiring Eventer!
This month’s guest blog is by young rider Theo Funnell, who is sponsored by Nikwax, alongside Harry Hall equestrian clothing and Tamara Hick equine sports massage therapist. My name is Theo Funnell, I am 12 years old and am an aspiring young event rider from Devon, UK. I have had ponies all my life and […]
One man and his dog – Interview with SARDA founder
Have you ever wondered who’d be your knight in shining armour if you ever got lost in the English wilderness? Luckily for you, Nev [Search and Rescue Dog Association founder and president], his gang of handlers and their pesky canines are of service; suited and booted in their BOGS footwear, rucksacks and with dog treats […]
The Best Time To Be Outside
Our guest blog this month comes from Mick Ryan, a director of the photo-location guidebook company fotoVUE, alongside Stuart Holmes. They publish guidebooks that show you the best places to take photographs in the most beautiful places on Earth. They currently have four books published, with another 20 in preparation. www.fotovue.com A few weeks ago […]
Celebrate the fail! Shrug off the embarrassment of crashing your bike
This month’s Guest Blog is by Tom Redfern. Tom is founder of Broken Riders – a UK-based company specialising in ethically sourced and environmentally responsible apparel for mountain bikers. www.brokenriders.com Anyone not into mountain bikes, watching a rider in the world-famous RedBull Rampage back-flipping over a seemingly bottomless canyon must look on in awe or […]
#GetOutside – what’s your challenge?
We all like the idea of getting outside, but what’s the challenge that will get you out there whatever the weather? Nikwax took part in the Caerphilly Challenge in Wales last month and asked the other participants that very question! The Caerphilly Challenge offers a range of hikes – from a tough 22 miles, to […]
Nikwax sponsors the Keswick Mountain Festival
We are proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival, being held in Crow Park, 19 – 22 May! Set in the stunning scenery of the Lake District, this fantastic 3-day event provides outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with a huge variety of activities, events and music to […]
A Printer’s Tale
Our guest blog this month is courtesy of Gareth Dinnage, Managing Director of Seacourt Ltd, a Queen’s Award winning environmental printers. Read on to find out how Seacourt became the world’s first ZERO waste to landfill print company and for Gareth’s top tips on how you can become more eco-friendly to make a positive impact […]
Legends of ‘The Pimple’ – Twmbarlwm Trek 2015
Guest blog, courtesy of Gavin Jones, Caerphilly County Borough Council; providing an insight into the great Caerphilly Challenge! If there is one walk etched in the annals of history (well in the old Welsh county of Gwent anyway) it’s the ‘Twmbarlwm Trek’. This may conjure images of thousands of people braving windswept peaks and open […]
The Essential Tech Wash
Guest blog courtesy of Giles Babbidge – a commercial and editorial photographer & writer specialising in the outdoor markets. You can find out more about what he does over at his behind-the-scenes website – www.theactivephotographer.com – or catch up with him on Twitter – @gilesbabbidge. TechWash is one of those products which I have come to […]
Nikwax Photo Competition – The Results!
We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who sent in snaps of themselves enjoying the great outdoors! We had an amazing response to the competition and were genuinely overwhelmed by the number of entries – there are definitely some budding photographers amongst you. Our winning photo (left) is from Paul in Birkenhead, Wirral and it was taken on […]
The Benefits of Using Nikwax Polar Proof
When it comes to looking after my kit, I always treat clothing as I would my photography gear; to keep items in prime condition, it’s essential to use recommended cleaning products and follow suggested guidelines. By doing this, I can be sure that they’ll last longer and perform better, even with regular (dare I say, […]
Walk your way to better health
You probably won’t have failed to notice that Britain is facing an uphill battle against obesity. It seems that whenever you turn on the news, another shocking survey is being reported on, and this is with good reason. The United Kingdom now ranks 24th in the World Obesity Tables, and Walk Magazine recently reported that […]
Cut the cost of “Back to School”
Back To School – these are the words that strike fear into some children. And it can be scary for parents too! New school gear costs money, so it is important that you keep your child’s garments fully protected. That is where Nikwax comes in! Cut the cost of replacing those school essentials such as […]
Once famous for Cheese – now famous for Challenges!
What have a sleeping giant Wild Boar, a mystical standing stone and menacing hills shrouded in a swirling ethereal mist got in common? Game of Thrones perhaps? Why no! – we’re merely Waxing lyrical about features of interest that our army of walking warriors enjoyed as they braved the elements to walk, jog and even […]
Nikwax team up with GB Rowing Team as they look to make waves en route to Rio
Rowing is synonymous with British sporting success over the past 30 years, since Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matt Pinsent and others became Olympic legends. A gold medal at the summer Olympics has pretty much been a guarantee on the boating lake since 1988. And now, in 2014, the new generation of oarsmen and oarswomen are […]
The work of the European Outdoor Conservation Association
Tanya Bascombe from EOCA gives us the low-down on the great work done in the UK and overseas: As an outdoorsy type, I bet you probably consider yourself ‘Quite Interested’ in green issues and conservation? ‘Treading Lightly’ – all that kind of thing? Well did you know that across Europe, an ever-expanding group of outdoor […]
Hannah and Chico: Welsh Vacation
The latest blog from Hannah and her trusted friend, Chico: I last sent a message at the very beginning of last July’s heat wave, when the rains of June were still fresh. The walk around Wales took another four and a half months; Chico the donkey and I finally arrived back in Aberystwyth in mid-November, […]
How to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development
Nikwax has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development! We’re amongst just 13 companies across the country this year to have received an award in this environmental category, so we’re immensely proud of all our hard work that led to this achievement. We make every effort to minimise our impact on the environment […]
Join us for a 50km charity challenge!
We have a new and exciting charity challenge for you to get involved in – Widehorizons Adventure Challenge on Saturday 4th October 2014. The event, supported by Nikwax and Páramo, challenges teams of two to four to cycle 37km, canoe 3km, and run 10km (50km in total), across the beautiful South-East countryside, including Bedgebury Forest […]
Gets the kids involved in our Schools Adventure Challenge
Nikwax and Páramo are sponsoring the Widehorizons Schools Adventure Challenge on Friday 4th July 2014 at Bewl Water, Kent. The challenge allows children to experience adventure the way it’s meant to be – offering the chance to conquer new challenges, learn new skills, buzz with excitement and take home fantastic memories. This 5-mile adventure walk […]
World Land Trust – true to its word: Saving Real acres in Real places
WorldLand Trust (WLT) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and believes it has something to shout about. Its strapline ‘Saving Real acres in Real places’ is as true today as it was when they established its first project, Programme for Belize, in 1989. In those days it was possible for the charity to buy threatened […]
World Land Trust needs your votes to help its Caucasian Leopard project!
WLT could win a €30,000 grant from National Geographic Germany for its Caucasian Leopard project and you can help by casting your vote! National Geographic Germany is a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), who shortlisted the World Land Trust’s (WLT) project for this public vote. Nikwax, a long standing WLT corporate supporter, […]
Inspired to take up a challenge for charity?
Are you thinking of taking on your very own challenge this year? If so, here are a few suggestions to inspire you to get started!
Nikwax signs with GB Rowing Team
Top-class technical cleaning and waterproofing for clothing and equipment are a daily necessity for a successful rower. And, for the next year, the GB Rowing Team will rely on Nikwax as its provider of high quality cleaning and waterproofing products after the company signed as an official supplier. Nikwax, founded in the UK in 1977 […]
Nikwax’ Top 10 Tips for a Greener Christmas
Reduce, re-use and recycle Christmas is the time for giving, so why not give back to the environment and follow our top 10 tips for a greener festive season!
Chasing the rain: Life as a product tester
So where will the worst weather be? Helen, my co designer and I debate the mountain location for our monthly field testing get together. We plumb for the Highlands as our best bet.
Capital Walkers’ Summer Adventures on the Alps Tour du Mont Blanc
Check out this month’s guest blog from Dr Moira Fraser at Capital Walkers, and read about her adventures this summer on the Tour du Mont Blanc…
Hannah and the Seaside Donkey
Let us introduce you to Hannah Engelkamp, our guest blogger and donkey-walking author [well soon to be]. Hannah Engelkamp is a travel writer and editor
Top 5 foods to forage
If you thought there was no such thing as a free lunch, think again! UK woodlands have plenty to offer with delicious plants, berries and nuts that are safe to eat and offer a number of health benefits. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best wild foods – chosen for their abundance, nutrition and safety. […]
The history of the tent
The history of the tent is as unique as the tent itself. From prehistoric times to modern recreational camping, tents have been a part of human comfort and survival for thousands of years.