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Mum-of-22 Sue Radford shows what happens when she takes her enormous brood for a picnic


BRITAIN’S biggest family the Radford’s have revealed the planning and drama which involves them all going out for a simple picnic. 

Mum Sue, 45, and Noel, 48, are Britain’s biggest family with Sue welcoming their 22nd child child, Heidie, in April. 

The Radford's are Britain's biggest family with 22 children

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The Radford’s are Britain’s biggest family with 22 childrenCredit: The Radford Family/Youtube

The family shared a video on YouTube showing the organisation which goes into a family day out, with mum Sue spending ages making sure everyone is ready. 

Sue, who lives in Morecambe, Lancs, said: “So we’re ready to go out. It’s taken about an hour to get the kids ready, sorted and in the car.”

Despite Sue being relieved the children were finally ready, Noel pointed inside the car, saying: “Oscar’s sat in there with no shoes on.”

The Radford’s planned an al fresco lunch at Fell Foot Farm, in the Lake District, next to a lake, with Katie helping make sandwiches. 

The family is getting even bigger as Millie is expecting her first child in September

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The family is getting even bigger as Millie is expecting her first child in SeptemberCredit: The Sun

They set off for the picturesque site, but ran into a problem after being turned away – after not pre-booking a slot. 

An exasperated Sue says: “Basically we’ve got here and there was a big sign on the entrance saying, ‘pre-booked tickets’ only. 

“So we just pulled up and tried to get on the website, which took ages because there’s not really much signal, to pre-book a ticket. And they’re saying there’s no availability.

“So we thought we’d drive down to the car park to see if we can get in.”  

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The family shared a video detailing their family picnic

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The family shared a video detailing their family picnicCredit: The Radford Family/Youtube

But they’re turned away by a steward, with Sue saying: “The lady there said no, it’s pre-booked tickets only, and obviously they’re all sold out. 

“So we’re going to try and find somewhere else to go.”

Mum-to-be Millie then appears with baby Heidie, as Sue admits: “She desperately wants feeding so think we might have to just pull up somewhere, I’ll have feed Heidie, then we’ll see where else we can go.

“That is really disappointing, didn’t even think to book tickets.”

Noel later reveals Sue was forced to pull over on the side of the road to feed Heidie, while Noel and some of the other kids went in search for somewhere to eat. 

They run into trouble as they forgot to pre-book anywhere

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They run into trouble as they forgot to pre-book anywhereCredit: The Radford Family/Youtube

After finding a beautiful waterfall, they come to a caravan park and eventually find somewhere to sit – right next to the lake. 

Noel says: “We’ve finally found somewhere, we’ve come to Beach Hill.

“So we’re just picnicking down here. Katie’s already tucked in.” 

Katie asks her parents if they’d ever move, to which Noel replies: “I would. At the drop of a hat I’d live round the shores of this lake. 

“We’re a few million pound short though to be honest.” 

Noel admits he wouldn't have a touring caravan with so many children in tow

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Noel admits he wouldn’t have a touring caravan with so many children in towCredit: The Radford Family/Youtube

While they might not be able to live right next to the lake, Noel says they’re “so lucky” to be living less than an hour’s drive from such a scenic spot.

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He said: “We’re so lucky, we can drive to here, and have that view.”

As they take in the view Sue and Noel reminisced about a holiday they took nearby in a caravan a long time ago.

He pointed out: “Yes we had a caravan, but we didn’t have 21 kids.”

Sue seemed keen on a static one, which Noel warmed up to. 

He said: “I’d go for a static caravan, but not a touring caravan. 

The youngest Radford's even go for a dip in the lake

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The youngest Radford’s even go for a dip in the lakeCredit: The Radford Family/Youtube

“Not again, not with this many kids, it would be a living nightmare. 

“Static one I could live with that. Imagine caravaning in a touring caravan with all this lot.”

The kids later dry off in the sun after paddling, with Sue revealing most of the children had mixed up their clothes, with the boys swapping T-shirts and pants. 

Sue explained: “I dressed Oscar and Max, because Max had cut his foot, so I was sorting Max out.”

Mum Sue gave birth to her latest child, Heidie, in April

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Mum Sue gave birth to her latest child, Heidie, in April

And pointing at her various boys, Sue said: “Then you forgot to get some pants out of your drawer to bring, so we didn’t have any pants. 

“You were supposed to get your clothes out, I was getting the boys clothes out, anyway. 

“We didn’t have any more pants for Max because he was soaking wet. 

“So Oscar’s now wearing Casper’s which is probably two sizes too small for him, and Max is wearing Oscar’s. 

“We didn’t have a jumper for you but you’ve got Casper’s jumper on instead.”

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She added Casper ended up wearing Archie’s shorts. 

The family all live in a single house in Morecambe, Lancs, and even have three dogs

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The family all live in a single house in Morecambe, Lancs, and even have three dogs

The family soon head back to their home, with Noel getting the hot tub ready for an evening of relaxation after their day out. 

The Radfords are Britain’s biggest family, with Noel and Sue parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two, Bonnie, one and Heidie, who was born in April.

The family all live in a single house in Morecambe, Lancs, with the exception of the Radfords’ eldest children. 

The Radford's document their hectic family life on YouTube and Instagram

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The Radford’s document their hectic family life on YouTube and InstagramCredit: Instagram/theradfordfamily

The Radfords are already expecting another bundle of joy as 18-year-old Millie is expecting her first child – a girl called Ophelia, in September.

Sadly, the couple’s 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.

They also have three grandchildren – who are Sophie’s kids – Daisy, six, Ayprill, four, and Leo, two.

The parents famously don’t claim benefits and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

Plus Britain’s biggest family is getting even larger as kids are desperate for rabbits & they’ve already built hutch.

Meanwhile Sue shows off son James’ disastrous home haircut after he lets sister Katie ‘trim it’ with clippers.

And they recently swapped their 22 kids’ bedrooms to make way for pregnant Millie’s baby – and it’s utter chaos.





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