Local mum Tracy recently spent a weekend at Diamond Park Campsite in Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire with her family. Here Tracy gives us the low down on their weekend away….
My husband and I took our tribe (three children aged 10, 7 and 4 and a miniature sausage dog puppy) to Diamond Park Campsite in Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire for a weekend break. It was our first camping adventure following a couple of glamping trips. We took the plunge and bought everything we would need and thought we would try it all out somewhere reasonably close by before taking on more of a trek. After a little jaunt up the M40 (about 40 minutes from the Chalfont area), straight from school, we arrived and we were not disappointed!
The campsite was absolutely perfect. It feels very secure and is quite compact which enabled us to give the children free reign to enjoy some independence, make new friends and generally get a bit grubby doing what kids do whilst enjoying the outdoors. The campsite appears to attract a really nice crowd so the children all played really nicely, and shared their resources so they were playing cricket and football, hide and seek and riding around on each others bikes. My three absolutely loved it!
In addition to the “make your own fun” opportunities the site has an outdoor playground and ball games area, a basic games room with a telly, a pool table and table football. These are reasonably priced at 20 and 50 pence respectively. They also have an outdoor pool which is lovely and clean and a good size for the size of the site. It is also solar heated. We were a little unlucky with the weather during out visit but the kids were still able to enjoy a swim and some jumping in competitions! There is also a licensed bar to keep the grown ups happy!
Being rather keen we took all our own food and cooking equipment but if you wanted to put your feet up the site offers fish and chips on a Friday and a Pizza and Grill night on a Saturday. BBQs are allowed and bricks are available to accommodate portable throw away BBQs (no fires unfortunately). There is also a shop on site to pick up anything you may have forgotten! The shower and toilet block are close enough to the camping ground and were always clean and the water was lovely and hot. The site was full but there was never a wait and the same can be said for the washing up room. There is also laundry facilities but we did not have cause to use these.
Dogs are welcome here and our little Delilah absolutely loved her first family beano. She was very popular with the kids who frequently took her for walks around the site for us. The site is patrolled by wardens on a regular basis and they are quite strict about dogs being kept on the lead, which is fair enough. The rules of the site are available for all to see, are fair and are effectively enforced which makes the site a really pleasant place to spend some really great family time away from the electronics that our children’s generations seem to rely on so heavily!
I would thoroughly recommend this site for anyone looking to keep their camping trip pretty local. There are a number of nearby attractions including Blenheim Palace, Oxford City Centre, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Bicester Shopping to name a few. For a weekend our children didn’t need anything over and above what the campsite had to offer so we never actually ventured anywhere but it clearly is a good base if you want to explore that part of the world. We had a fabulous time and will certainly be going back!