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Colin the Cow goals for kids to discover the Suffolk countryside

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September 22, 2022, at 11:30 am



Writer Gareth Bates hopes his first guide will get children away from their gaming consoles to discover the good outside with the assistance of a cow named Colin.

Gareth, who produced the guide with illustrator Ben Somers, says Colin the Cow Goes Tenting is aimed toward kids aged three to 9, however hopes adults studying with younger ones can even get pleasure from it.

Gareth, 41, mentioned: “I’ve executed a little bit of studying with Maya, my younger niece, and a few of the books I learn had been fairly boring so I believed we may do higher than this.




‘Colin the Cow Goes Tenting’ – the cows on the household farm helped encourage the story

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“Taking my life’s expertise with households and enjoyable issues, and assembly a good friend named Ben who’s an artist, I believed, let’s go and create Colin the Cow.

“The entire technique of writing the guide took me about 5 months. There have been some changes right here and there however in the long run we acquired it.’

Gareth, who lives in Colchester, set the guide in Dedham Vale and drew on his experiences at Rushbanks Campground in Wissington, Essex/Suffolk, which he has run together with his brother James for eight years.


Gareth Bates of Rushbanks Farm and Campsite has written a children's book

‘Colin the Cow Goes Tenting’ is aimed toward younger folks aged three to 9 and their households

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He mentioned: “We’re household pleasant. We camp with youngsters on a regular basis.

“So I believed: let’s preserve these guys entertained and let’s make actually humorous tales.

“The guide is appropriate for youngsters, however it’s also slightly for adults to offer adults slightly leisure.


Gareth Bates Farm and Campsite in Rushbanks

Colin the Cow and buddies!

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“It is primarily for 3 to nine-year-olds, however then we wish that when the dad and mom are studying and in addition to get some leisure as a result of it may be a really sluggish course of, studying with younger kids.”

The guide is accompanied by a Colin the Cow coloring guide with video games and puzzles inside, and a coloring competitors with the possibility to go to Colin’s residence at Rushbanks Farm and win a three-night tenting journey and canoeing journey.


Gareth Bates

With Gareth Bates from Rushbanks Farm and the tenting guide ‘Colin the Cow Goes Tenting’

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The guide is out there at colinthecow.com and competitors entries have to be despatched to whats up@colinthecow.com by September twenty sixth.

Gareth mentioned: “My dad is a farmer with Hereford cows. We run a separate campsite the place we have now canoe rent, paddle board rent and campfires.

“At evening we provide good tenting with marshmallows and attempt to get that type of enjoyable environment.

“I am an enormous fan of Latitude Competition, and I’ve tried to get this tenting and competition vibe into my guide.”


Gareth Bates Farm and Campsite in Rushbanks

The guide comes with a coloring guide

– Credit score: Charlotte Bond

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