Top 7 campsites to visit this Summer

I don’t often accept guest posts as I like to make sure I bring you totally relevant material. However, when Trekwear approached me with this I was more than happy to accept it. These campsites look fabulous!

Not all these campsites allow campfires but are in such stunning locations I may have to bend my rules.

My favourite is number 5.  Very cool!

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Get Kids Camping

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A while ago I wrote this post ‘10 Reasons why you should take your kids camping‘. It went down pretty well actually.  People seemed to like it.  Today I was contacted about a new campaign from the Camping and Caravanning Club ‘Get Kids Camping’  (they pretended not to have read my post but I reckon I was the inspiration….)

Anyway, despite their refusal to name me as their inspiration, I am very happy to publicise the fact that (social) science has now backed up my assertions.  Clever people from Plymouth University have confirmed that camping is not only great but also great for kid’s education. Continue reading

Campsite Review: Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia.

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Where:  Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, Near Beddgelert, Snowdonia, LL54 6TL

Contact: 01766 890321

How much:  £10 per adult, £5 child (under 12)

Fires: Yes in off the ground fire pits available on site.  £10 hire per day if you DON’t buy their wood.

Wood:  For sale in the pub.  Buy wood to avoid hire charge.

Facilities: Very impressive new shower and toilet blocks. Well designed and with underfloor heating. Luxury!  Also laundry room.

Dogs permitted: £2 per night

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The untold wonders of waterproof trousers.

IMG_8266During the first week of the Easter holidays we visited the Lake District.  As we all know the UK has many areas of beautiful countryside but I must admit the Lake District is one of my favourites.  However, it is also the second wettest area of Britain.

‘Yes, it may well rain’ I explained to my children as I booked the holiday, secretly believing we would be lucky and enjoy a week of unusually warm, spring loveliness.  However, as the date approached for our departure it became evident that spring sunshine was highly unlikely. Continue reading

Campsite Review: Celtic Camping, Pembrokeshire.

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Where: Celtic Camping, St David’s, Pembrokeshre, West Wales, SA62 6DG.

Contact: 01348 837405  Email

How much: Adults £10, Children (5-15) £5 per night

Fires: Yes, anywhere you like. (Although its always considerate to use a previous spot if at all possible.)

Wood: On sale at reception.

Facilties: Good modern toilets and showers.  Also large camping barn (for campers to shelter in when weather is well…Welsh).

Dogs: Permitted – £2 per night

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Campsite Review: Longthorns Farm, Wareham, Dorset.

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Where: Longthorns Farm, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH.

How much: Varies by size of tent, we paid £16 per night for campervan with awning + £2.50 per child.

Fires: In braziers for hire, £20 for stay including a bags of logs.

Firewood: See above, also available to buy separately from honesty shop.

Types of Camping: Mixed. Caravans mostly in a separate field with EHU.  Also very lovely tipi area and several shepherd’s huts.

Facilities: Temporary toilet block, separate small block for showers, honesty shop and honesty fridge(!). Freezers available for freezing ice blocks.  (NB: 2015 a brand new lovely shower/toilet block is now open!)

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Air Bed or SIM?

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Let’s face it a good night’s sleep is the single most important element of a successful camping trip.  With a full night’s comfy sleep under your belt you can cope with anything the day throws at you. To achieve this you will require warmth, a pillow to suit your requirements, and of course a comfortable surface to lay your weary bones upon.  So how do you choose?  Air bed or SIM? Continue reading

When you can’t camp…

Brean Down

Wow! It has been pretty glorious the last couple of weekends hasn’t it?  The camping itch has been getting hard to ignore. But lets face it is only March, and though we’ve had some warm days, nights are still pretty chilly. Although we love camping we aren’t all that hardcore.  The campervan does not have heating and even if it did, I don’t generally like sitting around in it in the evenings.  So whilst we have been very tempted we haven’t quite committed to the start of the camping season yet.  So, in order to calm the itch a little we have been taking the Bongo out on the weekend for one day adventures. Continue reading

Campsite Review – Penrose Campsite, Porthleven, The Lizard, Cornwall.

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Where:  Penrose Campsite, Porthleven, West Cornwall.

How much: £5 per adult/ £2.50 per child NB: Open July and August only!

Campfires: Yes, please use previuosly burnt fire circles. There are plenty.

Fire Wood:  Reconstituted fire logs sold on site.  Personally prefer to get some real wood, but a perfectly acceptable alternative and probably more environmentally friendly.

Facilities:  Toilets, showers and washing up sinks all in block in first field.  Well maintained but basic.

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