Celebrating Fathers Day with Lazy Jacks Customer Dan Crandon
We find out how Lazy Jacks customer Dan Crandon is going to be celebrating Father's Day this year with his family.
all images credited to Dan Crandon
Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you and your family…
I was lucky enough to grow up in post industrial Wales and the Welsh Valleys at that. By the time I was in my childhood prime, the coal tips were a memory that only my grandparents would recall, and as such I was left with rolling countryside and impressive mountains to run around on. I couldn’t have been luckier to have such countryside on my doorstep. This was great for everything, mountain walking, football, rugby, cricket, fishing, running, cabin building. But not conducive for getting my home-work done on time, or dare I say, done at all! But when I say that I spent all of my spare childhood time outdoors I mean it. Only returning home for feeding, watering or on the fall of darkness and normally pretty dirty. Not a games console in the world that could ever compare. I did venture away from the countryside, for school in Clifton, Bristol and university in Bath, but was lucky enough to move back home, marry my wife of 5 years, Tanya, and have two fantastic children, Harriet and James. They now have the privilege of growing up in the amazing surroundings that I did. Being a serving police officer, time off is precious following a 60 hour week and there is the potential for not seeing much of the children during this period. Therefore, time is of a premium and we like to get out, out, out.
Where would we find you and your family on a typical weekend?
Outdoors. We like to get outdoors. Whether that’s out walking our Labradoodle, Cocoa, playing in the park, walking in the countryside, or in the garden planting flowers and attempting to grow veg (we’re doing ok this year).
What will you be doing to celebrate Fathers Day this year?
Well, i’m a bit of a coffee geek! So if Dad gets his way on Fathers day it’ll be out for a coffee followed by a good run around in the park. I am still the reigning, undefeated, undisputed, heavyweight hide and seek champion of the world. I won’t be loosing that title on Fathers Day! But a 4 and a 2-year old aren’t that much competition!
Have you got any plans for the summer months?
This summer we will be heading to Cardigan Bay again. We spend a lot of time there as my in laws have a holiday home there. So we will be building lots of sandcastles, walking the costal paths and having plenty of BBQ’s and picnics. As is always the case in this country, it could potentially pour down all summer, but that won’t put us off. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor choices in clothing. But, Lazy Jacks have got that covered.
What are your favorite pieces of clothing from Lazy Jacks?
Personally the LJ60 men’s waterproof jacket
. It's extremely waterproof, dries quickly and cleans well. Not only that, it was amazingly priced, under £60 if I remember right. A price bracket that offers similar performance to products I have bought at well over £100. We also love the children’s range. The sweatshirts are brilliant, and perfect when getting out of the sea, drying off and getting warm whilst having your picnic on the beach. But the list is endless. The four of us wear Lazy Jacks in our family, and always will.
What do you like most about wearing Lazy Jacks Clothing?
Its versatility. My LJ60 jacket
has been worn everywhere -Ceredigion’s costal paths, the mountains of the valleys, London and Cardiff. It goes everywhere with me. Whether I’m in jeans and a t-shirt or walking boots and full waterproofs. Coast or country this jacket delivers.
Thank you to Dan for being part of our Fathers Day feature. You can follow Dan on Instagram here to keep up with his family's outdoor adventures
Our Guide to Visiting St Ives This Summer
Meet our Stockist of the Month - Christies of Fochabers
Fochabers village is close to the River Spey between Aberdeen and Inverness. This lovely village is a key stop off point on the route of the Speyside Way long distance path connecting Aviemore & Buckie. Within the village we have a folk museum, which has a collection of items dating back to the 18th & 19th Century. For those enjoying the outdoors, there’s plenty of walks and trails, including the Winding Walks and Monster Mountain Bike Trails.
Chrisities Garden Centre is located just off the bypass and brings a great deal of visitors to the village. Now in its 5th
generation of Christies, we are the largest independent garden centre in Scotland and the 4th
oldest family business in the UK. Christies, as its slogan suggests, is ‘so much more than a Garden Centre’, it is a destination with something to do for everyone.
The restaurant serves homemade meals and cakes throughout the day and traditional Scottish high teas on a Sunday evening. Weekends and school holidays are busy with the younger visitors in the Play Garden, bouncing away on the ‘jumping pillow’ and racing around the Go Kart track! The centre also has an extensive selection of gift, jewellery, lifestyle, pet products, furniture and a wide variety of clothing, including a great selection from Lazy jacks. Then there’s the garden…with everything that a traditional gardener could want from plants, compost, tools and gloves. There really is something for everyone here at Christies!
Our customers favourite Lazy Jacks pieces for the season are the LJ45 Jacket
and the LJ165 Sweatshirt
, the jacket being one of the most popular pieces we sell. Customers have fed back to us that the quality is excellent, and so we were delighted when we saw it was available in a new bright Cerise and Sunshine colours with a bold spot lining. The classic Lazy Jacks sweatshirts are also a great casual item and the new relaxed fit of the LJ165
puts a new spin on some of the more traditional pieces customers love from Lazy Jacks.
Our website is www.christiesoffochabers.com
or find us on Facebook @christiesgardencentre
Why Girl About The Farm loves our LJ45 Classic Waterproof Jacket
Laura at Girl About The Farm blog has shared her favorite Lazy Jacks pieces for the season and why our jacket is perfect for all weather.
Behind the Scenes of our Summer Shoot
Take a look behind the scenes of our design process...
Did you know that all of our unique prints are designed by our designers, Amy and Ceris in our home county of Devon? Each season our collections begin by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources. Our designers often take sketching trips out to local parks and coastal towns, so you will often find foliage, florals, leaves, boats and landscapes within our prints all inspired by our beautiful surroundings in Devon, which we are very lucky to have on our doorstep.
The design process always starts by hand - sketching, painting and block printing methods are used to create interesting textures and motifs that are then turned into repeating patterns digitally. As we are a relatively small design team, each member is involved in how every design evolves to become the final printed garment.
If you want to find out more about our team you can head to the meet the team page here.
The Insiders Guide to Louth
Rachael Humberstone, Store Manager of Jemima and Drake and stockist of Lazy Jacks tells us why the traditional market town of Louth is well worth a visit. ‘Louth is ideally located for the best of everything Lincolnshire has to offer; from country walks to traditional seaside fun for the whole family.’
Jemima and Drake opened in September 2016 in the lovely market town of Louth, situated in the beautiful Lincolnshire wolds. Run by myself Rachael, and partner Andrew. I am in the shop most of the time while Andrew deals with the account side of the business. As we are open 7 days a week Andrew also helps in the shop at weekends.
Things you may not know
Louth was recently voted the UK’s Favourite Market Town by BBC’s Countryfile Magazine, as well as earning a high ranking in the Times’ Top 30 Coolest Places to Live.
Where to Eat
Louth is the food capital of the wolds with many independent businesses just like Jemima and Drake to be proud off. On the occasions we get time off we love to eat at The Ranch steakhouse and grill. This is a firm favorite which draws people in from all across the country. The only rule there being you must wear your cowboy hat at all times…there is no where else quite like it! The Greyhound pub and Bar Castillejar are two more of our must eat places in Louth.
Where to Stay
The Best place to stay in Louth that we recommend is Kenwick Park hotel, which has its own pool and spa also boasts its own 18 hole golf course. The Brackenborough Hotel is also a firm favourite.
Things to Do
Hubbards Hills - the towns very own beauty spot. It is very popular in the summer when you're chilling by the stream with an ice- cream! Or sledging down the hills in the winter if we're lucky enough to get snow.
We are very lucky to live in the heart of the Lincolnshire wolds, which is always a draw for walkers of all ages.
St James church with its huge and unique spire is always one of the first things you see coming into Louth. You can even climb the spire at certain times of the year once the Peregrine Falcons have fledged, and take in the views over Louth.
There are many events planned for the summer
Classic car show... 4th June
The Louth festival.. 16th June - 2nd July
Louth run for life .. 25th June
Bike night .. 29th June
Vintage day .. 2nd July
Victorian fayre... Sept 2017
All in all Louth is well worth a visit and so is Jemima and Drake - you will find new season Lazy Jacks pieces my favourite being the LJ90 skirt with the sailing design teamed up with a t-shirt and scarf to match.
Next time you’re visiting, make sure you pop along to meet Rachael at Jemima and Drake, Mercer Row, Louth, LN119JG
Lazy Jacks by the sea
We are proud to have opened our first Lazy Jacks store 15 years after our brand was first created in our coastal hometown of Teignmouth.
Win a Kids T-Shirt & Shorts Set
Summer on the Coast - Our guide to spending your time in Exmouth
Ok – so we know that we haven’t even celebrated Easter yet, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer adventures! One place we are sure you would love this summer is Exmouth, and is next up on our guide to spending your time in Devon.
If you are looking for a traditional British seaside resort Exmouth has something for the whole family. A 2-mile stretch of beach backed by a long promenade, dotted with ice cream parlors is enough to keep anyone smiling! Why not take a long walk along the golden sand or set up camp and take in the sun-rays while the kids play in the rock pools.
Exmouth beach also hosts a wide array of water sports for the more adventurous members of the family, with paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking. You can even take a paddle boarding tour around the beautiful Jurassic coast.
Exmouth Fun Park
It’s not a traditional British seaside destination without a fun park, great for the kids – but we’re sure the whole family will enjoy the swan pedaloes, a firm favorite of ours.
If the swan pedaloes don’t float your boat you could take a walk along the coastal path round to Orcombe point, which symbolizes the start of the Jurassic Coast. But you don’t need to stop there, carry the coastal path round the edge of the cliffs all the way to the next seaside town on the map Budleigh Salterton. You could even get the bus back to Exmouth from Budleigh town after enjoying a well-deserved drink in one of the local pubs.
River Exe Café
There is nowhere better to spend an evening basking in the evening sun than at the River Exe Café – a floating restaurant on the River Exe. Sit back and soak up the views while enjoying local, fresh produce from the market and local fishermen. Although you need to take the water taxi from Exmouth’s marina to get to the café, it truly is a unique experience that you won’t forget in a hurry!
Stuart Line Cruises
Throughout the summer months you can climb aboard the Stuart Line Cruise boats and take a sail down the River Exe from Exmouth Marina. Of course a favorite of ours is the cream tea cruise. What could be better than eating scones and clotted cream while hearing about the history of the area and taking in the sights?
Exmouth even has you covered on those rainy days…If you find yourself cursing the Great British ‘summer’ weather head to Ocean, an entertainment venue on Exmouth’s sea front promenade with something to keep the whole family happy - bowling, arcade games, cinema and soft play.
Plan your trip to Devon this summer with our favourite local events
Here we round up a few of our favourite events in South Devon this summer... Nothing beats summer on the coast!
24th March - #LazyJWeekend Competition
Q&A with Catherine from Life In Our Van
On the run up to Mothers Day, Lazy Jacks caught up with Catherine Thorley the inspirational mother of 2 from Life in Our Van
. Catherine and her husband Richard gave up their 9-5 to travel around Europe with their 2 girls, home schooling from their camper van. We asked Catherine a few questions to discover more about the family and their recent adventures.
Where are you at the moment and where is your next destination?
We have just visited Vienna and are on our way to Budapest tonight before heading into Croatia.
What inspired you to decide to give up the 9-5 and travel Europe your young family?
It is something that we had been thinking about doing for about 5 years before we left, but we suddenly realized that either we went now or we would have missed our chance as our eldest daughter was 2 years away from starting secondary school. We wanted to teach our girls about the world by experiencing it first hand, whether it's a geographical feature (for example we have slept in a volcano crater in Italy, then climbed mount Etna), a historical event (e.g. we have taken amazing tours of the Ypres and Somme WW1 battlefields) or religious understanding (we have visited various cathedrals, synagogues and mosques). We additionally wanted them to be European citizens, aware of the importance of language and understanding other cultures.
What were you doing before you started your family adventure?
I was teaching maths part-time to 10 to 13 year olds.
Where is your favourite destination for families?
We have been very fortunate to have visited so many amazing places, but our favourites are Croatia and Andalucía, in Spain. Both places are beautiful with amazing beaches and a lot of interesting places to visit.
What is the best thing about living in the van?
The ability to travel to so many varied places whilst keeping the costs down through cheap camping costs and being able to cater for ourselves rather than relying on expensive meals out. We also enjoy traveling with all our things, knowing wherever you are and whatever you have been doing we will be going back to our own home and our own beds!!
What is the hardest thing about living in the van?
We are very luck that our van is well designed, which makes it easy to live in despite its relatively small size. Initially, I thought that the hardest part was going to be not being able to take many things with us, but we have all discovered that you do not need many things to be happy or to fill our time. I think the hardest part for us is not being able to bring our dog on our travels, although she is having a wonderful holiday with our family!!
How will you be spending Mothers day?
I will be spending Mother's Day in Croatia, a relaxed day hopefully by a beach with a BBQ if we have made it that far by Sunday. Fingers crossed!!
What are you favourite Lazy Jacks pieces for Spring? And why?
I am loving the Breton tops as they look fantastic, are very comfortable and have been perfect for wearing on their own or with the Gilet for added warmth when out and about.
Any pieces of advice for anyone wishing to follow in your families footsteps?
I'd say go for it!! We have had the most amazing experience so far. Our girls have learnt so much from what they have seen and experienced. I shall always be grateful for having been able to spend this time living and learning together. It is not always easy, each day can bring new challenges that need to be overcome, but it is worth it for all the fun and memories along the way.
Worn my way: guest blogger Karen from My Winter & Jonah
Karen from My Winter and Jonah blog took her two favourite items from our Spring collection.... Here is how she styled them. Copy Karen's look by styling our Chambray Shirt layered with our Breton for a casual classic look. Want to read how Karen styled her Breton 3 ways? Click here
Five of our Favourite Beach Walks
As the nights get lighter and the days get longer, spring is on the way and we all start to feel the urge to get out and blow away the cobwebs. So here are just a few of our favorite beaches in the South West to have a walk, explore and take in the spring sunrays.
With a sandy beach set against the sweeping backdrop of rolling hills, Bigbury beach is the perfect place to take a stroll and explore this spring. At low tide you can take a walk over to Burgh Island, but when the sea comes in, don’t panic, you can get back over to the mainland on the towering sea tractor!
When the spring sun is shining, one of our favorite places to explore is the visually stunning Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, which form part of the Jurassic Coast. We suggest starting your day at Durdle Door, taking in the geological wonder of the rock archway before heading along the coastal path to Lulworth Cove. Perfect for all you geology enthusiasts, the rocks here are full of ancient fossils and remnants of pre historic Jurassic creatures. Why not try finding your own fossils on the beach before ending your day with a delicious meal at the Lulworth Cove Inn
Perranporth is a great beach to visit for the ultimate adventurer, with watersports and horse riding available all year round. Or if you’re not quite ready to brave the chill of the water, you could take a 2-mile stroll along the beach if the tide is out, to Ligger Point. Make the return journey over the sand dunes and have a well-deserved drink in the beach bar, The Watering Hole
. Where you can also find live music events there in the summer months.Golden sand, dog friendly and perfect for surfing (if you can brave the chilly waters)
Crantock beach ticks all the boxes for us! Close to Newquay, you are spoilt with an endless amount of beautiful beaches dotted along this coast line, though the vast amount of sand at low tide here will make sure you miss the crowds of some of the more well known beaches. Perfect for taking a long stroll at any time of the year!
With its pretty row of beach huts and 2-mile stretch of pebbled beach, Budleigh Salterton is a real Devon gem. Watch the fisherman cast their lines into the sea, before heading into the quaint picturesque town where you will find lots of traditional pubs, cafes and shops. Or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can follow the coastal path up over the rolling hills all the way to Exmouth, where you will find long stretches of golden sand.
3rd March - #LazyJWeekend Competition
Behind the Scenes in Sidmouth
Our latest shoot brought us down to Sidmouth on an unexpectedly sunny (but very chilly) winters day – not that you can tell from our lovely model Mia’s face. At Lazy Jacks we are extremely lucky that we live locally to so many beautiful beaches, and we definitely take advantage of this when shooting our new ranges.
Sidmouth is one of our favourites - a lovely seaside town nestled beneath the picturesque green rolling hills and steep cliffs of the Sid Valley. The beaches run as far as the eye can see when there is a low tide and feature lots of interesting backdrops to make our signature bright colourful clothing stand out. We chose the staggered rock boulders, pastel beach huts and white washed wooden steps of Jacobs Ladder beach as the backdrop of our Spring Summer 2017 range.
If you are thinking of visiting Sidmouth here are a few of our favourite things to do whilst here:
If you enjoy walking, take a leisurely walk along the long stretch of beach or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can follow the coastal path up over the red cliffs of Sidmouth all the way to Seaton, taking in all of the spectacular coastal sights along the way.
Looking for the best ice cream in Sidmouth? In our opinion it has got to be the Taste of Sidmouth
located in the town. You will usually find queues out of the door in the summer months but we guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Take a climb up Jacobs Ladder steps to the Connaught Gardens where you will find lots of beautiful bright flowers along with a delicious family run cafe called The Clock Tower Cafe.
We suggest trying a Devonshire cream tea with 2 scones and lashings of jam and clotted cream while taking in the views of the beach below.
If you are looking to end the day in style have dinner at the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
, in the upper deck restaurant. Where you can watch the sun go down with panoramic coastal views.
Exeter - Our favourite things about our regional capital
Exeter is a great vibrant city and our regional capital here in Devon. Its super close to our coastal home of Teignmouth, which you can reach by car in 20 minutes or take the scenic train along the coast, (the best stretch of line in the country we think.) Instead of a ‘day in Exeter,’ this time we have decided to give you our favourite places and things to do whilst in the city as we think you’ll enjoy much more than a day here.
Things to do
Saddles & Paddles
Hire a bike, kayak or canoe and travel down the river for the day. Stop at Double Locks or Turf Locks for a refreshment en route.
Clip and Climb
The first clip and climb in Europe. A fun few hours for all ages.
The Bike Shed Theatre
The Bike Shed host’s comedy, theatre productions, film showings and music jams all from its central venue in the heart of the city. It has a great cocktail bar too and is open most evenings. For more ideas on things to do with the family, visit the Life in Our Van 72 hours in Exeter here.
The Hour Glass
It’s quite possible if you are not local you would never find it. It’s a teeny traditional pub nestled in the terraces just behind the quay. The food is even better than the ale, enjoy a candle lit dinner here in one of the nooks.
The Fat Pig
This pub has it’s own brewery ad smoke house. Need we say more? Also check out their sister pubs the Pig & Pickle and the Rusty Bike
The Old Firehouse
Its very old and very popular by locals and students alike. Friday and Saturday evenings host live music with a great selection of ciders and ales. It has also been said that this is where JK Rowling got the inspiration for the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter series.
Places to Eat
No 1 Polsloe
Looking for the best brunch in town? This is our favourite place to breakfast or brunch. Whether it be pancakes, traditional English or vegan breakfasts you’ll find it all served here.
Famous for it’s quayside location and dustbin lid sized pizzas, the waterfront is a real favourite for locals and visitors alike.
The Dinosaur Café
Named Dinosaur 25 years ago as their daughter liked Dinosaurs at the time, the same couple still owns the café where they serve the most delicious Turkish food and always with a smile. Try a mixed salad with a freshly squeezed orange juice. Harrys Restaurant
Fun, delicious and always fully booked. Try to book well in advance for a great evening at Harrys.
Shop independent in Exeter by heading to Fore Street
where there are a great collection of small shops.
You can stop for a coffee at the Glorious Art House Café
, there is no place quite like it in the city.
is also another great high street just on the edge of the city that boasts some lovely gift shops.
Head to the coast
There are so many wonderful beaches within half an hour of Exeter. Try Exmouth for a traditional British seaside day out. Other favourites include Sidmouth & Budleigh Salterton.
17th Feb - Win a breton
Teignmouth, the Gem of South Devon. It really is a beautiful place to spend time and how lucky we are that it is our home town. Here we share a few of our favourite things about the town.
Winter is a great time to be in Teignmouth, the crowds of the summer have died down, dogs are allowed back on the beach, the sun rises above the Ness each morning and the sea glimmers in the winter sun.
Start the day with a traditional English breakfast at The Oystercatcher's Café.
Head for a stroll along the back beach, with views over to Shaldon. Notice the colourful beach huts you will have seen in our imagery and an array of rowboats on the shore.
Got kids? Take them for a blow out in our amazing Play Park on the seafront. Young at heart? Have a game of Adventure Golf,
you are at the seaside after all.
If the rain hits catch a film or grab a coffee at the Teignmouth Pavilions
on the seafront. It’s the towns brand new creative hub that includes a Theatre, Films, Comedy, Dance and Exhibitions. It also has spectacular views out to sea.
For a delicious lunch try Twenty Six Bistro
tucked just behind the promenade. It boasts super tasty, local award winning food. Or if you fancy the seaside classic fish and chips head to Finn McCools. Watch out for the rogue seagulls, they hold no prisoners in this town.
Full tummies and time for fun at the Pier
. The pier was built in 1865, in recent years has been knocked about by our rough seas but still holds its glory as a fun family attraction in the town. It’s a family run venue with lots of traditional games that ensure a good time for young and old.
For a relaxed afternoon pop over to see our neighbours over the water in Shaldon on the ferry. The Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry
is a small passenger boat that runs every 10-15 minutes all year round. Shaldon is a beautiful village that has lots of narrow alleys and beautiful houses to weave your way around.
Head back on the ferry and enjoy a pint at The Ship Inn
. The kids can play on the back beach, whilst you relax and watch the winter sun go down. The Ship is a firm favourite in the town, especially in summer when they boast live music on the beach!
Lazy Jacks were very proud to sponsor Phillipa Benson and Alastair Ireland in the GP14 world sailing championships held in beautiful, sunny Barbados. The pair came 37 out 105 boats and are looking forward to their next race wearing Lazy Jacks clothing.
March // Winner of £100 Lazy Jacks clothing
Lucy Thompson was this months winner. Lucy chose a new sweatshirt for herself and her sister.
You too could win £100 worth of Lazy Jacks clothing by signing up to our email pop up when entering our website.
Teignmouth Boxing Day Swim
As the Teignmouth tradition continues for the locals to brave the cold water and take the plunge into the Boxing Day sea the Lazy Jacks team continues to partake year after year. This year we took the crown for best fancy dress group as we walked into the sea dressed as Egyptians.