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03/06/2021

Open Air Embraces Plastic-Free Packaging On Online Orders

It’s no secret that one of the biggest culprits of plastic waste is food and product packaging. Polythene plastic postage bags may be a staple in the mailing industry, however are often non-biodegradable or not recycled properly and end up in either landfill or damaging places for the environment. As an online retailer who sends out hundreds of packages each week, we believe that we too have a responsibility to reduce our plastic waste, reduce the use of polythene bags and to help spread a message of sustainable packaging within... Read More

29/04/2021

The Total Beginners Guide To Camping

So you want to go camping for the first time? Perhaps it’s to connect with the family, or perhaps it’s on an adventure filled weekend with friends, or perhaps it’s even camping solo to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life! Unsurprisingly, we absolutely love camping and being outdoors in general really. However we also know that for the total beginner, things can seem a little overwhelming and more often than not you’ll be so overwhelmed by all of the little things that you’ll forget something big…like... Read More

29/04/2021

Rab Zenith Women’s Jacket Review

It’s no secret that we LOVE Rab’s jackets! Following on from our recent spotlight on the Rab Meridian men’s jacket, we thought it would also be a fantastic opportunity to highlight another of our favourite from our women’s range, the Zenith Waterproof Jacket. This incredible jacket excels in wet weather and is built to be the perfect lightweight, weatherproof companion for those spring/summer downpours that catch you off guard out of nowhere! Let’s dive in! View The Rab Zenith Jacket Here. About The Jacket To kick things off, it’s worth... Read More

16/04/2021

Our Pocket Guide To Cambridge

Being a local independent business, we’re all about helping our fellow retailers, cafes and restaurants out! We often get asked ‘where’s good?’ and luckily, Cambridge is full of some of the most bespoke and artisan food establishments in the country, so we thought we’d list just some of our favourites here. If you’re looking for great food to compliment your day out in Cambridge, look no further, we’re sure there’ll be something for you – Don’t forget to tell them that Open Air sent you! You can’t go wrong with a good... Read More

07/01/2021

Surprising Ways That Walking Impacts Your Mental Health

We’ve all heard about the benefits of spending more time outside. Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsy person or not, more and more people are discovering that walking is a fantastic way to get into the natural world, explore your surroundings and learn a lot about your mental health! During 2020, we all saw the importance of getting outside and over 63% of us took up some kind of physical outdoor activity, from walking, to running, to cycling and to all kinds of other interesting activities! We sure know that... Read More

10/11/2020
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Business Not As Usual

It’s safe to say this isn’t quite how we imagined celebrating Open Air’s 30th birthday. In line with the government’s latest announcement of a new lockdown period, our physical Cambridge stores are now closed until December, except for customers collecting Click & Collect orders. But don’t despair, as our Leki and Open Air web stores remain fully open for business, where you can find our full range of products, and benefit from our fast and efficient dispatch. Not only that, we’re also upping our game by making a wider range... Read More

16/04/2020
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Staff Book & Film Picks: Tom

This week, our series continues with Open Airist’s high-flying adventurer Tom, telling us about his favourite outdoor-related books and TV series: Wind, Sand and Starsby Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Why I Like It: The book was first published in French in 1939, and tells the story of the career of Saint-Exupéry as an airmail pilot, who founded the Casablanca-Dakar route across the unconquered Sahara Desert. This was a time when parts of the world had yet to be mapped, aviation was in its infancy, engines were unreliable and navigation from the... Read More

14/04/2020

Solo Cycling for the Socially Distant

By Marta. Getting a little stir-crazy indoors? Same here! If you really need to spend a bit of time outside for your daily dose of activity, why not a cycle ride? Check that your bike is working smoothly before you set off. Pack your backpack with an extra layer, a waterproof, a basic toolkit, your water bottle and a snack. You’re almost ready; we’ve just got a couple more suggestions for how to keep yourself and others safe. Plan your journey with the following in mind: Know your limits! Don’t... Read More

27/11/2019

A Lighter Side to this Black Friday 2019

One will not have failed to notice that retail businesses have been going through somewhat of a tough time of late. In what has been described as a perfect storm for the High Street, tough times are afoot and with Black Friday this weekend, things are only predicted to get worse for businesses already struggling to cope with the pace of change. This year, we hope to do something a little different for Black Friday weekend. Along with long-established independent retailer, Millers Music on Sussex Street, we will be donating... Read More