Where are you going camping this year?

(73 Posts)
CyclesPerfecta Wed 02-Jan-13 20:19:16

Just being nosy really.

We will go to New Forest at least once: www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/hollands-wood-campsite

would like to go to this site in Dorset: www.woodfarm.co.uk/index.php

and possibly to this site near Canterbury: www.yewtreepark.com/

and if we're lucky and get our booking early, then probably to this site in France, Savoy Alps: www.lesrivesdulac-annecy.com/en/32/Discover-Annecy-and-its-surroundings.aspx

happyhorse Thu 03-Jan-13 12:06:39

We'll definitely go here We went last year for 4 nights and it worked out really good value as there was enough on the park for the kids that we didn't need to leave it (which meant we could drink wine at lunch time as no driving - always a bonus on holiday).

And I'm going to book this place

Also we'll probably do a few of nights here which is not far from home.

EauRouge Thu 03-Jan-13 13:27:38

We're planning on Dorset too, I've got a couple of sites near Lyme Regis in mind. I also looked into the New Forest, that Holland Park site looks lovely. I gave DD1 the choice between fossils or ponies and she chose fossils, so Dorset it is.

Might manage a long weekend in Norfolk, depends on visiting overseas in-laws and how much holiday DH has left over.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 03-Jan-13 13:29:36

we are going to Brittany for a week here and then will have a couple of weekends locally in Jersey. Can't wait!

CyclesPerfecta Thu 03-Jan-13 17:40:11

Can you recommend the Greenhil park happyhorse? It looks quite nice and it's not too far from us (we live in Essex).

The site in Brittany looks great too funnys. Have you been there before?

MrsMcEnroe Thu 03-Jan-13 17:43:06

South-West France (Biaritz/Hossegor area) in the summer, and hopefully a weekend or two at Lobb Fields in Devon, and a couple of days at Eweleaze farm campsite near Weymouth grin depending on the weather and our finances!

Grockle Thu 03-Jan-13 18:19:36

We will probably go to this site in Lyme Regis again because it was the most perfect holiday ever last year.

We'll probably do Hollands Wood as well. It's silly - we live less than 30 minutes away but the DS's love it!

And also Camp Bestival.

I think we're going to stay close to home.

EauRouge Thu 03-Jan-13 18:25:59

Ooh, that's one of the campsites I was looking at Grockle- would you recommend it then? We were thinking of June.

Grockle Thu 03-Jan-13 18:32:49

Definitely, eaurouge. It depends what you expect. The new toilet block was great - enough showers, clean loos etc. It was full of families with lots of children so was nice for DS.

You can walk into Lyme without going on a road pretty much the whole way - and you come out by a bridge where there is a Banksy picture on the side of the building.

It has a good little shop, staff were friendly (& were very helpful when I needed to be jump started when we left!). The only downside is that because all the pitches are on levelled/ terraced ground, it can be really difficult to get pegs in. We'll probably go at half term (1st week of June-ish)

happyhorse Thu 03-Jan-13 18:40:51

Hook Farm looks lovely. Will add that to my list of sites to visit.

Cycles I've not been to Greenhill Park before but I think I found it through a recommendation on here. It also has good reviews on Ukcampsite.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 03-Jan-13 22:18:22

Cycles no we haven't but did go to Pointe St Gilles last year which is just up the coast and it was great. Not too far for us to drive either. 50 mins ferry and then about a 2 hr drive. I love Eurocamp!

serin Thu 03-Jan-13 22:39:09

2 weeks in cornwall at a Caravan Club CL,

1 Week in Glastonbury at Easter.

FourArms Thu 03-Jan-13 22:47:36

We've just booked a week at Kelling Heath in Norfold website

We'll probably have at least one weekend at Rowlestone Court Farm website It's so cheap and so lovely for the kids to roam around.

Is it just me, or does everywhere seem mega expensive this year? [might be overly influenced by lots of weekends at Rowlestone and a week we won in a raffle last year]

FourArms Thu 03-Jan-13 22:48:02


MegBusset Thu 03-Jan-13 22:54:07

Kelling Heath is lovely Fourarms smile We will prob end up there at some point. But I'm not booking anything in the UK as the weather is so random - we'll just follow the sunshine! Manor Farm is our go-to campsite for last-minute trips.

We're going for two weeks in France with Canvas in the summer - Berny Riviere and Domaine De Drancourt. First time abroad with the DC!

professorpoopsnagle Thu 03-Jan-13 23:04:37

We're looking for somewhere for a week in May, can't decide whether to go to Yorkshire or Norfolk/Suffolk.

MrsShrek3 Thu 03-Jan-13 23:12:00

seriously considering Jersey. any experience?

FourArms Thu 03-Jan-13 23:17:37

Thanks Meg! All the reviews I've read sounded good. I hope we get nice weather because it's probably the most expensive UK booking I've ever made (and every time we go camping with the family we've booked with we get extreme weather!!).

here in Brienz

We stayed in a hotel for a night last September and came across this campsite, so we will go back this summer, hopefully getting there before the Dutch this year!

Amazing campsite.

We will also go for a long weekend to this one in the Black Forest such a peaceful underrated lake.

Grockle Fri 04-Jan-13 00:19:16

I'd love to go to jersey or guernsey too. Any suggestions or tips?

lisad123everybodydancenow Fri 04-Jan-13 12:33:49

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MrsMcEnroe Fri 04-Jan-13 19:15:00

lisad123 We went to Eweleaze last year and it was fab, we might see you there this year!

CyclesPerfecta Fri 04-Jan-13 19:22:52

Lots of lovely campsites mentioned here. Might try some of the UK ones. And the Brienz one looks great, how long is the drive?

M25Meltdown Fri 04-Jan-13 19:24:37

Can't think of anything worse. {shudder}

lisad123everybodydancenow Fri 04-Jan-13 21:15:26

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MrsMcEnroe Fri 04-Jan-13 23:06:25

Lisad123 - yes it was very busy, but the site is so big, with many, many different fields to choose from, that its do-able I think. ....

It is not a small rural campsite. It's big business, they turn over a fortune in the (very expensive) farm shop every day and the queues for bread in the morning are very very long ..... If you are looking for a Cherry Tree Farm type of experience, Eweleaze is not for you. And it's not cheap! It's only an hour's drive from our house so, bearing in mind that our DD gets horrendously carsick and that both our DCs are animal lovers, it's a winner for us (you can pet all the animals whenever you want, and there are loads of them). Everyone on the campsite was very polite and friendly, and respectful of each other's space, which was lovely. No flushing loos though!

lisad123everybodydancenow Fri 04-Jan-13 23:11:29

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COCKadoodledooo Sat 05-Jan-13 11:26:52

Holland's Wood was great first week of Easter hols, not cramped at all (hardly anyone there). It was blardy freezing though and I'm glad we had a camper van!
Heading to somewhere near Oxford May Day weekend to meet up with my dsis and her family, plus my cousin, as it's pretty much equidistant for all of us. Will camp in the New Forest back garden, East Sussex and possibly around Lulworth Cove too.

hannahem Sat 05-Jan-13 12:23:59

We've got a week at May half term booked at Deer's glade in Norfolk, which looks lovely and will be a new area to explore for us!

We're thinking of a week at longthorns in Dorset in the summer hols, lisad123 - is this the one you've been to? Would you recommend it? I read some reviews that said the shower block wasn't great and I do like a nice hot shower, it's one of my few non-negotiables!!

lisad123everybodydancenow Sat 05-Jan-13 12:36:53

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colleysmill Sat 05-Jan-13 16:18:10

We were thinking of a few nights in the New Forest at a site we went to a few years back called Red Shoot on our way to the IOW. Had a cracking microbrewery next door. Anyone been more recently?

For weekends we were thinking a bit more local so as not to spend too much time travelling. Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is always a hit if you like cycling

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 05-Jan-13 16:31:58

MrsShrek and Grockle we live in Jersey and there are two campsites here. Beauvelande and Rozel campsite. The are both nice and both have pools. Beauvelande has a restaurant too. We go for a weekend to both over the summer and always have a fab time. Plus we can go home if it rains! Both sites have statics or you can take your own tent or caravan

MegBusset Sat 05-Jan-13 17:22:59

We were looking at Beauvelande for our summer hols (before we booked for France) but it didn't seem to have a great reputation, quite a few reports said it was rowdy?

Matildaduck Sat 05-Jan-13 18:34:39

Were going to trellyn! Which i'm uber excited about. I'm looking for another similar type of site...if anyone knows of one....pretty please.

Not keen on camping close to others.

shockers Sat 05-Jan-13 19:01:15

lisad123, we went to Eweleaze 2 years ago and we loved it. The size of the site meant that tents weren't cramped together. Camp fires are allowed,the farmer will deliver hay bales, which we made a sofa out of to sit round the fire. Our children queued for the bread in the morning and didn't mind, so we got to have a shower and get the rest of breakfast on the go.

Our children's favourite things were the giant water butts and haystacks that were in each field for them to play with. They spent hours rolling each other round inside the butts grin. They made loads of friends, swam in the sea on the (pebbly, but with loads of fossils) adjacent beach and had a fantastic time.

We found there was a sort of 'festival' vibe to the place, because lots of people were there in groups and also I think, because it's not a permanent site, it's only open for a month a year, so no posh toilet blocks!

The on-site food was lovely (all organic too), but very expensive!

MrsMcEnroe Sat 05-Jan-13 19:04:12

Colleysmill - we are going to the Red Shoot Inn for lunch tomorrow, I shall check out the microbrewery for you wink

Lisad123 - I think you would love Eweleaze smile. The pitches are unmarked so you can pitch wherever you like, as close to or as far away from your neighbours are you like. When we were there, all the kids were in bed from sunset to sunrise, even the screechy ones, hurrah!

MrsMcEnroe Sat 05-Jan-13 19:04:41

Ooh x-posted with shockers!

gemma4d Sat 05-Jan-13 19:17:56

I live in Guernsey. Have done a few one-night camp overs at Fauxquets Valley which I would highly recommend (so long as the location suited you - its not central!)

I've not long bought my first tent, so will be doing a weekend at Fauxquet Valley to check it and then a week probably at Woolsbridge in New Forest www.woolsbridgemanorcaravanpark.co.uk/

glamedupbutonlythekidscansee Sat 05-Jan-13 19:19:32

Would Eweleaze be a good place to go for a single parent with 2 children under 5?

How expensive is the food?

MrsMcEnroe Sat 05-Jan-13 19:35:38

The food at Ewleaze is VERY expensive and the site is absolutely massive - I wouldn't take two under 5s there on my own as it would be too easy to lose them. There are fields and fields and fields .... You would have to supervise them 24/7 - it's not the sort of campsite where you can send them off to the playground on their own and you can watch from the safety of your tent. W let DS and DD (then aged 8 and 5) go off on their own together to pre-agreed points on the campsite, on condition that they stayed together ..... They went off for HOURS and loved it but they could have been anywhere.

cheesesarnie Sat 05-Jan-13 19:42:03

Courcité, France. very excited!
keep forgetting to save though!

glamedupbutonlythekidscansee Sat 05-Jan-13 20:30:52

Thanks MrsMcEnroe that's really helpful smile

I might start a thread asking which sites would be good for my situation

AngryFeet Sat 05-Jan-13 20:43:35

Hoping to head back to wellington country park in the summer hols. Had a fab 5 days there last august - kids loved it.

CyclesPerfecta Sat 05-Jan-13 21:31:54

Another question about Eweleaze, what are the showers like? (DH getting excited here that we could go with a group of friends AND he can have his campfire grin

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 05-Jan-13 22:29:58

Meg Beauvelande isn't rowdy. Nowhere on Jersey is rowdy grin

Beamur Sat 05-Jan-13 22:35:39

Thinking of taking the IL's caravan to either Pembrokeshire or the SW for a couple of weeks in the summer but need to have a think about where to camp. We didn't use our little tent at all last summer, but did have a lovely week in Northumberland in the big tent.
Any suggestions for somewhere within a couple of hours drive of West Yorkshire?

Pawan Sat 05-Jan-13 23:27:55

We went to Acres Down last year, and may go again this year: www.acresdownfarm.co.uk/campsite.html

It's a basic site, but the location (literally in the middle of the new forest) is brilliant.

Does anyone have recommendations for finding basic (ie budget!) sites in Europe? The kind of sites without swimming pools and activities, but that do have loos and showers?

We're just going to do 1 0r 2 nights in the desert in the UAE when we can fit them in.

professorpoopsnagle Sun 06-Jan-13 13:36:52

You could consider the Northdown site at Eweleaze. This site only has 2 large fields although there isn't a playground as such, more of a gathering at the haybales. Didn't buy food there so can't comment on that but the showers were better than we thought. They are in an individual wooden shed thing (like a portaloo) where there is plenty of space to get dressed, and the showers were warm. The website says they are solar powered but I think there is a little bit of gas help going on.

colleysmill Sun 06-Jan-13 15:03:09

Thanks mrsmcenroe it was about 5 years ago we stayed there (and before dc!) but remember it being a nice site and a great pub!

hillbilly Sun 06-Jan-13 18:13:40

We'll be going to Forgewood in Kent as usual for at least one weekend and possibly Breck Farm in Norfolk. I need to look for some new places too that allow fires in South East.

tyaca Sun 06-Jan-13 22:14:05

cor camping has got busy all of sudden smile

half term we are heading to pembrokeshire, this site, been there before and loved it. hope for better weather than half term last year when we were booked into longthornes but cancelled cause of the weather - would have bumped into Lisa123 if we'd gone!

can't remember who's going to trellyn? i am jealous! our kids are 4 and 3 and i think they're prob a bit too young for the site. for the moment, we're better off with a set up where we can see them.

hillbilly, get ye to nethergong! really, it's lovely.

and then france for three weeks in summer. only our second family holiday. la garangoire for the first bit, then hopefully dordogne for the second bit.

TwoFacedCows Sun 06-Jan-13 22:21:51

We went Here in September this year.

We loved it, beautiful grounds, VERY dog friendly and also has a couple of cottages and log cabins. Gorgeous lagoons, and the Managers Jo and Mike are fab, such lovely couple!

We will be back this year for sure!

TwoFacedCows Sun 06-Jan-13 22:22:32

It is in Pembrokeshire too!

lisad123everybodydancenow Sun 06-Jan-13 22:43:37

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Matildaduck Mon 07-Jan-13 07:55:20

Hi, i'm going to trellyn, mine are both under 5!! :-)

So very excited...has anyone visited?

We might try the sherwood forest site mentioned up thread as that looks nice.

Unless anyone has any other magical sites up their sleeve.......pretty please....

Matildaduck Mon 07-Jan-13 07:57:29

Two faced sit a naturist site.......:-0

Matildaduck Mon 07-Jan-13 07:58:01

Its. *Twas the shock!

lisad123everybodydancenow Mon 07-Jan-13 08:44:15

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hotbot Mon 07-Jan-13 08:56:30

We are hoping to go to
But they haven't replied yet, impatient,
We have a brand new tent , bought end of season , it even has a carpet and a bit of an awning so we can cook there. Dh and I even have our own bedroom"

TwoFacedCows Mon 07-Jan-13 15:00:11

matilda, it was great!

We stayed in a cottage, the owners we lovely! the dogs were treated like royalty! Its is set in around 23 acres, 3 big lagoons, great for swimming! lots of walking, loads of little walk ways cut out. The kids love it!

And the best bit is not having to pack many clothes!

When you get too hot sunbathing, just jump in the lagoon nude! lovely!

Matildaduck Tue 08-Jan-13 08:00:45

My lo comments on everything it would be a nightmare! Looks like a lovely place tho.

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Tue 08-Jan-13 12:27:11

After being subjected to a rather painful weekend on a nudist beach, at ages 12 and 14 with my parents, which ended in a particularly energetic game of frisbee with them and my geography teacher, I can say safely that nudist holidays with older impressionable children are out.

For younger children it could be fun though. It does look lovely.

hillbilly Tue 08-Jan-13 12:32:45

Tyaca - is Nethergong suitable for 5 & 7 yr old? - just thinking about the lake. I remember someone mentioning it on here last year (Blu perhaps?)

Arcticwaffle Tue 08-Jan-13 12:35:04

We are going to N Spain/Pyrenees in August. Hopefully we'll have a few weekends in Cornwall/Devon/S Wales/Lakes too but last year they all got rained off.

We've been to a couple of naturist sites in France, DP and the friends we go with, and the dc, are all keen, so we've been sometimes, I'm less keen but I see it as a super-effective weight-loss incentive. Just the thought of it makes me lose 10lb... IMO naturist sites are often quiet and spacious with great facilities for the price. But really I prefer to keep my clothes on.

hillbilly Tue 08-Jan-13 12:51:52

Arcticwaffle - you're maybe just the person I need! I've been posting during the winter but Camping has been soooo quiet. Anyway - I'm looking for smallish campsites in Northern Spain or SW France. I'd like to get the ferry to Bilbao or Santander and drive a few hours from there. Nothing too hugely commercial, not interested in evening entertainment or mega pools with all the slides, just something simple and good for kids (5 + 7). We love a campfir here in the UK but realise that may not be possible there.

Arcticwaffle Tue 08-Jan-13 12:57:20

We're getting the ferry to Santander and like sites without too much entertainment, but we haven't picked them out yet. I'll come back when we've done it but we aren't rushing as we quite like the municipal sites anyway and in France you can always find them without booking.

I would assume no campfires in Spain anyway, they have fire problems in many areas.

TwoFacedCows Tue 08-Jan-13 13:16:01

matilda, its not just little ones that comment! a lady commented on my boobs, they are quite large, and she 'thought she has big boobs, but they are nothing compared to mine' blush her DH and my DH were nodding in agreement! grin haha

mascarpone Tue 08-Jan-13 15:14:02

We are going to go to Tom's Field Camping in Dorset. Have just picked the site out of the air really - usually, we really look forward to planning where we are camping but somehow this year, DH and I aren't really in the mood sad.

So if anyone's going to tell me the site is rubbish, speak out soon as I have the reservation form sitting on my desk ready to post grin.

We might also go to Swiss Farm in Henley-on-Thames for a couple of nights in May to take the kids to Legoland.

New airbeds have arrived today....woohoo!

lisad123everybodydancenow Tue 08-Jan-13 19:32:15

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MegBusset Wed 09-Jan-13 14:37:01

We went to Tom's Field a few years ago and it was great.

Have just booked at Clippesby Hall for the last weekend of May half term (only a few pitches left!).

tyaca Fri 11-Jan-13 21:13:56

aren't there two Tom's Fields really near each other?

hillbilly, the lake runs along one side of the site. some of the pitches are right on it "the avenue", i think that bit's called. but the main family field is a bit further away, past a bit of woodland, and it's possible to pitch quite a way from the water. it's a really nicely set up campsite tbh. i took a 4 and 2 yo last year and we just watched them play in the middle of that field. you can also pitch in woodland.

hillbilly Sun 13-Jan-13 22:34:14

There are 2 Tom's Fields. We camped at the one which is next to sandyballs in the New Forest and tbh, it's nothing special. 1 long field which runs alongside a main road with loads of boy racers charging along the road all night. Great rope swing foe the kids and they allow fires but nothing else to speak of.

Tyaca - thanks for the info. I'll bear it in mind.

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