I spend a lot of time (no, really A LOT) combing through the internet for campsites that allow campfires. Occasionally, I come across one I haven’t seen before but mostly I am seeing the same places coming up. It never ceases to amaze me. I know I’m a tad on the obsessive side on the subject but surely most people enjoy a campfire?
Camping is all about slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. The campfire is the perfect embodiment of this. Taking the time to light the fire, to teach the kids about fire, to roast some marshmallows, maybe cook and to enjoy the warmth and as the evening draws in. How can anyone camp without it?
The fire provides a focus to camp, it provides warmth and light. And the flickering, crumbling interior of the fire provides entertainment that never ceases to fascinate.
So why, WHY don’t more campsites allow fires? There are so many ways to do it.
Dig proper fire pits surrounded by stones as they do at Thistledown Farm.
Provide an off ground fire pit at each pitch as they do at Beeches Farm.
Hire out fire braziers for the evening as they do at Alpine Grove.
Seriously, campsites can make a few quid out of this – and why shouldn’t they? Campers love it; a campsite with campfires is a lovely sight in the evening, as the smoke drifts, kids learn how to roast marshmallows, and the flicker of firelight lights the happy faces of the campers.
Ok, I may be slightly over romanticising it. If it’s windy and the smoke is constantly whipping round making eyes stream, or the marshmallows keep falling in the fire or if you just can’t get the fire going it may not be all smiles but it will be a learning experience, and personally I feel a bit odd just sitting in a field at night without a fire!
C’mon all you campsites – get with it!!!