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

The Perfect Campsite


I have been driving myself crazy searching for a campsite or two for our summer holidays in Cornwall. I know, I know, I have left it rather late and boy it shows.

It would be a lie to say that all campsites in Cornwall are booked up. No doubt some of the sprawling megasites with lines of trimmed pristine pitches, gleaming bathrooms and well kept concrete paths do have space. There are so many of them it is hard to imagine that they ever all get filled up. However, the kind of campsite that you and I like, dear reader, are few and far between and almost without exception FULLY BOOKED for the summer holidays. Continue reading

Bongo Campervan Awning Options

Campervans are great but there are a couple of drawbacks. One issue is a lack of space, especially when compared with some of those mammoth family tents.  The other issue is getting in and out of the van without getting wet if it is raining.  We spend far too much time ruminating on the pros and cons of the various awning options available so I thought I would share: Continue reading

The Brilliant Campfire Grill.

Campfire grill

There is nothing like cooking over a campfire.  It can’t be done quickly, it takes time and patience to build up the fire to the right heat to get some good cooking heat.  Like all the best stuff to do with camping, campfire cooking means slowing down and getting in touch with your primal side.

Once your fire is ready for cooking the next challenge is what to cook on. Continue reading

Kent and Sussex Campsites

My mental image of the south east of England, particularly the areas of Kent and Sussex, is rather a domestic one.  This is the area that I grew up in, and while I always appreciated it was a pretty area, I would have never imagined it as a holiday destination.  However, I have noticed many rather fine looking campsites in the area and I am being forced to re-assess my opinion.  Check these out: Continue reading

Portable Fire Pits

There are a fair number of campsites which allow campfires only off the ground.   Some of these sites provide or will hire you a  fire pit (a good little money spinner for the hard working campsite owner). However, others such as Porth Joke and Burnbake (both campsites I would really love to visit), do not offer the required apparatus. Thus, I have been having a sneaky little look at portable fire pits. Continue reading