GET COOL, GET CAMPING!
– LOCAL CAMPING EVENTS & CAMPING HOLIDAY CHECKLIST
Once perceived as a pastime for scouts & pensioners, camping is the new cool ☺! Thanks to the increasing number of modern campsites with top notch facilities; more people are packing their bags and heading to the hills to explore the great outdoors & enjoy the simple life!
Camping has evolved and there are so many choices both in terms of places to go (see below for some suggestions) and ways to camp including yurts to full-service glamping. Even at its most luxurious, camping offers good value for money plus a lifetime of happy memories. Cooking over a campfire, sleeping under the stars, letting the kids run wild & enjoying natural free play – what more could you want from a family holiday? (a butler, a personal chef, king size bed…..) ☺
Holidaying with kids though usually means luggage overload, so we’ve created a camping holiday check list of what to pack, to help you along the way ☺
Table & chairs
Cooking stove & gas
Clothes line & pegs
Throw away BBQ (check first to see if your campsite allows BBQs)
Front door mat to prevent tent becoming muddy
Dustpan & brush
Plastic backed picnic blanket
Wind up lamp
Storage – pop up crates or hangable storage dividers with lots of pockets
Cutlery & crockery
Chopping board and sharp knife
Plastic / enamel plates, bowls & cups (for cold/ hot drinks and wine ☺)
Washing up bowl, liquid & dish cloth
Matches / lighter
Shampoo & conditioner
Toothbrush / tooth paste
Soap / shower gel
First Aid – Plasters, Sudocream, Thermometer, Calpol, Insect repellant & insect bite cream.
Take extra clothes and shoes – prepare for the worst you will get wet & dirty!
Something comfy to sleep on eg blow up beds and don’t forget the pump
Bread / brioche
Tins baked beans / spaghetti
Snacks eg crisps, raisins, cheese biscuits
Stir in cooking sauces
Tea / Coffee
Milk (Buy 2% milk in tetra packs that don’t need to be refrigerated until they’re open)
Apple / Orange juice
Box of wine ☺
Marshmallows & sticks
Paper, pens, pencils and sharpener
Bat & ball
Ipad & iphone
Scooters / bikes
Favourite stuffed animals
If you think we’ve missed something off our check list please do drop us a line to let us know and we’ll update it.
LOCAL CAMPING EVENTS
Of course camping outdoors doesn’t have to involve a long stressful journey before you even arrive at the campsite. There’s plenty of local camping events taking place this summer, as well as some local camp site to visit.
JORDANS VILLAGE BIG CAMP
Date: 2nd – 3rd July
Join the fun at the 6th annual Big Camp at Jordans Village. Enjoy games of football, rounders, cricket and treasure hunts, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Bring you tent and cook up a feast on the communal BBQ’s while catching up with friends and locals. Booking essential. See here for more details.
FAMILY CAMPING @ CLIVEDEN
Date: 8th, 9th July & 15th – 16th July
Long after other visitors have gone home, discover the wildlife that comes out at night before falling asleep under canvas in the middle of the historic woods. Tickets sold out. See website for more details.
BIG CAMP AT ASHRIDGE ESTATE
Date: 16th July & 20th August
A chance to camp for one night at Ashridge and take part in a number of different activities from bat walks to art workshops and watch the sunset from the Bridgewater Monument. Booking essential. Cost: All tickets £40 per pitch. See website for more details.
PLACES TO TRY LOCALLY
Town Farm Camping, nr Tring: http://www.townfarmcamping.co.uk/home
If after trying out camping somewhere close to home you fancy trying somewhere further afield, make sure you check out Cool Camping http://www.coolcamping.co.uk to find the best campsites and camping grounds in England, Scotland, Wales and France.
If you’re not ready to get back to basics and you like your creature comforts (don’t we all ☺) check out Feather Down Farm Holidays. You get to stay in a luxury tent whilst enjoying the great outdoor farm life with your children! There are 31 Feather Down Farms in England, Cornwall, Hampshire, Devon, Kent, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Dorset, Wales and more! See http://www.featherdown.co.uk for more info.
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