Anyone fancy a single parent's camping trip?

(150 Posts)
Lioninthesun Tue 21-May-13 23:08:35

I was just thinking that this is in most SP's price range (camping in general I mean) and how it would be really boring/hard to do it alone...although admittedly I have never tried but the thought of setting up a tent with DD running riot makes my brain bleed a little.
So...if it isn't too weird an idea....does anyone else fancy it?
<visions of a few giggles around a campfire with marshmallows and the odd baileys perhaps>

MummyAbroad Wed 22-May-13 01:25:39


(I'd do it if I was in the UK!)

Iwishitwouldgetwarmer Wed 22-May-13 11:26:00

Oh that sounds good. Would depend whereabouts though.

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 12:18:07

Fab idea! But location and price affects my ability to come. (i don't drive, and am on v.v. low income as a student) Love camping though, and would definately be interested smile

cestlavielife Wed 22-May-13 12:39:26

ther are some camping trips on the single with kids site -

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 13:36:59

They are expensive cest I normally pay half that for all 3 of us!

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 14:32:55

Mind you, I normally stay at v.basic sites, so maybe that price isn't so bad, depending on facilities!

LadyMaiBlossom Wed 22-May-13 14:40:08

Im not a SP but my dh is disabled so its me who puts the tent up. We are going to the new forest in August to the red shoot campsite.

If you are intrested in going and want a hand putting up the tent PM me smile

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 15:03:13

Ooh lovely, replies!
I am in South East and also don't drive, but happy to get a train or something somewhere (will figure that bit out...). Ineed are you S.East area at all? New Forest sounds good but would need to sort out getting there first!

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 15:04:28

Cest I saw that site too but thought it was a little expensive. Was going to try doing it on a budget <eyes beans/tinned goods and Aldi pop up tent>

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 15:04:49

Yes I am south east, Berkshire smile trains are fab!

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 15:10:37

Oooh I used to live in Guildford, so perhaps somewhere around there would be good? Then I might even catch up with some old friends on the way there/back smile
Will have a little look around the campsites in the Surrey/Hampshire area if that sounds do-able to you?

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 15:23:34

Yea that sounds great. My family are camping mad, so ill ask for recommended places. smile

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 15:32:59

Yay! smile
May have to be August at this rate weather wise though!

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 16:12:51

True, although last year we camped bank hol weekend, and had 4inches of mud!

HerrenaHarridan Wed 22-May-13 17:06:53

I would absolutely love this! What a great idea!

I am in process of getting my license and then me and dd are going adventuring in the teeny tiny camper van I have bought.

Towards the end of the summer would be better for me.

If other people are going on train I can bring the bulky stuff and if the weather is awful we can hang out in the awning.

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 21:01:56

WOW! That sounds amazing!
I plan to do my licence too, but only when I can find somewhere to park the damn thing! Maybe you will be my inspiration wink
OK, so shall we say end Aug? Maybe the last week of Aug?

Exogenesis Wed 22-May-13 21:04:28

count me in. I am in Surrey but have a car so can get about grin

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 21:16:26

Sounds good to me, my birthday is end ofAugust smile just hope I can afford it!

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 22:01:31
Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 22:04:44

Or this one says £15 per night for 6 people?! shock
Anyone else wondering about going to Peppa Pig World for DC's?

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 22:06:32

Looks nice! Has more facilities than places I normally go, but actually we will need them with dc and no cars to go far! smile

How old are everyone's dcs btw? I've got 2 boys, 8 (will be just 9 at end of August) and 6.

Cluesue Wed 22-May-13 22:09:08

Sounds great can I come all the way from south Wales ;-)

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 22:09:21
Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 22:11:49

More the merrier! All welcome!
My DD will be just 2yo then.
Peppa Pig is in Portsmouth so about 20/30min away by car. DD would love it so we could do a day trip if other DC's wanted to come?
Like the idea of cycling too if they have bike seats or those trailer things smile

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 22:15:02

Oooh that site looks even closer to the action! Loads to do there too!
I am looking forward to exploring and the beaches! If we are closer to the beach then no need for a pool perhaps?
Paultons Park is Peppa Pig World I think...

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 22:16:16

Ahh ok. There's an Alice In Wonderland themed mini theme park in Bournemouth which the boys love too.

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 22-May-13 22:18:01

True, pool.might not be needed with beach nearby. And I'm not fussed on evening entertainment either, we can put the dc to bed and crack open the wine instead grin

Cluesue Wed 22-May-13 22:22:51

I have two DD's 7 and 11 months x

Lioninthesun Wed 22-May-13 22:31:40

I do so hope DD will sleep <she just woke up again sad > and I get some of this wine you talk of!!!
It is much needed.

ninja Wed 22-May-13 22:35:10

I'd be interested smile but in the Northwest sad I'll keep watching though!

I have 2 DD's - 10 and 4

iwantanafternoonnap Wed 22-May-13 22:43:56

I'll be interested and I'll drive anywhere. I go camping with DS (3) anyway as we love it.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 23-May-13 09:48:00

Fantastic. Well done op!

End of August fine by me, may have to do some jiggling with dds contact on Saturdays but I'll figure that out.

Would prefer pool but will sacrifice that if close to beach smile no bother!

Evening entertainment is usually dire ime, boxes -and boxes-- of wine and the fresh air should suffice.

I'm happy with either site proposed and will keep scouting for more until a decision is final.

Can I suggest any drivers offer lift share? My van only has 2 seats but happy to meet people at station and take their luggage.

Dd is 16 months smile

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 11:58:17

Fabulous! This is really exciting!
If we keep posting sites we like and can afford then try to tie the dates down, then we can all book in ourselves for however long we can do smile
Thank you so much for the offer of a lift - it's going to be 'interesting getting sleeping bags and a tent etc with a 2yo on a train! Good challenge though smile

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 23-May-13 12:38:55

This is getting exciting! I'm hoping I'll be able to persuade my dad/brother to take me and my stuff, I have camping cooker that we can share smile

HerrenaHarridan Thu 23-May-13 15:11:55

Tell me about it that's why I'm learning to drive! Failed my test again yesterday and booked again for the 6th. I need to drive, I just can't cope any more with how restrictive public transport can be!

One of those site had a banner saying no single sex or mixed groups?!? Wtf does that even mean? I took it to mean something like its a family site no hen party's?

I have been looking at other sites but have really found anything that compares facilities/price wise.

How does everyone feel about dogs?

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 16:24:15

Fine with dogs as long as they are child friendly, obvs!
Yes, I think price and location-wise the last link posted for £11 per night is the best so far. A pool would be nice but I am hoping to be out and about exploring for most of the days so hopefully 'entertaining the kids' will be dinner and bed after that wink
Although, dependent on the amount of wine weather it might be nice to have something they can do near the tent?

paneer Thu 23-May-13 20:51:18

Can we join too? Have a car and quite a bit of kit and a bell tent.

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 23-May-13 20:52:02

dogs are ok with me. Ds1 is always a bit wary of big dogs, but he gets over that quickly enough.
Bats and balls are normally allowed near tents, as long as the children are careful. My 2 play card gamrs/colour outside in the sunshine, but they are a bit older than the others smile
If people would prefer the site with the pool then we can do that? I guess it depends what we all want smile

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 20:54:37

Sure Paneer - all are welcome!
I can't decide if it would be worth the extra for the pool. Would be nice just not sure if we would make the most of it. What does everyone else think?

HerrenaHarridan Thu 23-May-13 21:02:06

She lives with a 16mo so shes thoroughly kid proofed!
Wouldn't be able to take her to this site if we do end of August but that isn't make or break for me.

Been reading the reviews of st Leonard's (the last link)

Lots of pluses a big one is they let you choose your pitch, which is obviously important so we can hang out when dcs in bed without leaving them to be ravaged by bears grin

Shame about the pool but I don't think it's far to beach and a few reviews mention a kids play park.

Also I think it will work out cheaper for some if not every one pays for electric hook up, since we can just share one or two.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 23-May-13 21:13:02

Just had a look and it's not especially close to sea, trying to figure out how far by public transport

Right close to new forest though!

I wonder if they'd mind if we brought a paddling pool? grin

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 23-May-13 21:36:28

Electric hook up is only any use if we have the cables. I don't but could borrow them, and agree, we could share electric, we won't really need in tbh, except to charge phones.

My ds1 isn't keen on swimming, so.I'm happy not to have the pool. But if others would prefer it, that's cool too as he will get in.

I've taken a paddling pool before (attached to a bouncy castle) although that was with the camping club, and not on a commercial site wink

russetbella1000 Thu 23-May-13 22:51:17

Ah brilliant idea!
...I've actually got a little hol sorted for this year but hope this works out-would definitely be interested in future :0)

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 23:17:14

LadyMai said she was going to New Forest further up thread!
Are you still around Lady? Red Shoot site?

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 23:19:49

I think this is the one?
If we want to do NF that is smile

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 23-May-13 23:25:40

That ones £28 per night though (plus an extra £4 for the second child, with a minimum of 3 nights! That's def out of my budget. Sorry!

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 23:32:51

Ah sorry I read it as £28 for the 3 nights but thought it sounded too good to be true!
Back to Plan A then? I think everyone liked that link nearer to the sea but without a pool <note to self, remember the fricken name!>

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 23-May-13 23:43:15

£28 for 3 nights would be so good!

HerrenaHarridan Fri 24-May-13 08:41:26

The st Leonard's one at £11 a night is not near the sea nor does it have a pool. It is accessible to local amenities which presumably includes a bus stop.

The oakdene one at £15 a night is not near sea but does have pool and on site shop etc, it says it a 1/2 miles to the nearest road though so public transport might be an issue.

The first link Sherpa wood? Is £22 a night so maybe a bit steep, although its dies have a massive pool in a greenhouse type thing swoon emoticon

In going to do a bit more trawling and try and find one closer to the sea if no one minds?

HerrenaHarridan Fri 24-May-13 09:25:37
IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 10:24:38

I just looked at that one Herrena, in August the price spikes so high. I put details in for 1adult 2children, it would be over £100 for 3 nights.

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 10:43:28

Mind you the st Leonard's one is £70 for 3 nights in August. Thing is, the closer they get to the beach, the more they cost.

lizzie479 Fri 24-May-13 13:07:15

Hi Can I join? My sister lives in Winchester and I love the new forest. Have a DD age 4 and a DS age 2. They would LOVE Peppa Pig world but I have held off both camping and peppa pig world this year as think it will be such hard work on my own since only becoming a SP six months ago! I am not going to be crying into my soup though! Really fancy the camp fire/hot choc baileys and a giggle scenario !

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 16:12:08

I still think the St Leonards one sounds best - sandy beaches are only 7 miles away it says! I don't think we will get much cheaper in the area than £11 per night. If we book all together they may do a discount if we ask nicely?

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 16:14:45

Lizzie welcome! OOooh this is going to be fun!

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 16:15:50

Wow, am I right in counting 8 adults so far? smile

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 16:19:01

I'm happy with the st Leonard's one too. smile its only 2 miles from wonderland (the Alice in wonderland place I mentioned too)

Exciting exciting smile

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 16:29:10

I do think if we called and explained we don't all have cars - i.e only 3/4 cars between 8 tents they may give us a discount... Has to be worth a try!
Anyone do telesales? wink

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 16:50:44

I'm happy to give them a ring tomorrow smile

janey223 Fri 24-May-13 16:59:17

I'd love to come, can someone bring a car of wine?

I don't drive but anywhere accessible from London!

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 18:47:16

janey there are a few of us not driving, and you are more than welcome! I will be trekking in from Kent (prob via train) with a buggy straining under the weight of a tent and sleeping bags etc. I did 9 months around Oz with a backpack about the size of my torso...I think it may be time to hook that badboy out of the loft!
<Please note; I may fall over like a weeble on arrival>

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 18:50:54

Actually just looked at the train journey from my town to Bournemouth station and I have to change at Victoria to Clapham Junction anyway, which is where the direct train goes from. If you are training it perhaps we could try for the same train? I'll be quite easy to spot I imagine!

HerrenaHarridan Fri 24-May-13 20:26:20

Super exciting, I'm happy to go for st Leonard's too.

Definitely worth trying for a discount for group booking, a motorhome pitch is usually allowed an awning and a tent. So some one may be able to pitch their tent in 'my' motorhome pitch.

Shall figure out some dates or see what Yoni can negotiate in August?

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 20:28:58

I am free the last two weeks of Aug so would prefer that end of the month if poss but flexible as to specific days and number of nights smile

HerrenaHarridan Fri 24-May-13 20:45:59

I'm busy 22-25 but either side of that is fine. Slightly overlapping if necessary but I would be a bit sad

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 20:50:49

I can't do bank holiday weekend, but i will see what they have tomorrow smile
I think it said no pup tents herrena, which would me we can't do that, but I will check smile

HerrenaHarridan Fri 24-May-13 21:17:25

Ok, tell them it's the teeny tiniest motorhome that its possible to have, it's exactly the same size as a bedford Bambi and only has 970cc engine grin

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 21:26:24

Lol ok!

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 24-May-13 21:27:04

Lol ok!

Blondie1969 Fri 24-May-13 22:28:06

This campsite is great. Stayed for a week last year and going this year

Looking at booking to go in August 3rd Aug for five or six days with my ten year old girl and 6 year old boy.

Beach is twenty mins walk away. Train station not far. A supermarket is within walking distance. Campsite is great for kids and tyhe island of holyhead/anglesey has loads of fun (and relatively cheap things to do )

Lioninthesun Fri 24-May-13 22:36:23

Ah, my DD's falls then so wouldn't be able to make it even if the train wasn't a little daunting to Wales!
Hopefully someone else nearer may like to join you though - how about ninja?

janey223 Sat 25-May-13 01:05:06

Train goers could meet at clapham junction? It's pretty easy to get to for most I'd reckon, train would start at either Waterloo or London bridge if its not Victoria and they're a nightmare from here.

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 10:25:11

Ok, have spoken to them.
there are no discounts for no cars/groups etc.
We can have a pup tent, I misread that bit.
The lady recommends coming from 30th august onwards, as it is cheaper then. £22 per night for electric, £17 for standard. But she said it books up quickly as its the air show that weekend.
Does anyone have 'big' tents that they could share? Then costs are shared? Although sharing with strangers would be odd!

Lioninthesun Sat 25-May-13 11:12:51

Oh well done - that week suits me if it works for everyone else?
I am happy to share with others but DD is liable to do the usual toddler ransack of bags if unattended in the tent - just to pre warn! I have visions of us thinking she is asleep while she empties all of my shampoo/conditioner all over our clothes in the dead of night...
Yes, it takes me an hour and a bit to get to Clapham J but happy to meet somewhere there about 12/1ish and then aim to get to the site 3ish?

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 11:21:50

I've got to check which date the dc go back to school, but otherwise am ok with that date. My bday is 31st so wine will be a must smile
Ive only got a 4man tent, but can see if I can borrow something bigger.
Does that train come through Reading?

mummylin Sat 25-May-13 11:42:41

Just to let you know , I live in Bournemouth and if you manage to get to the air show, it's free which is a bonus. It's a great show providing weather is ok. There may be a train station nearer to the forest without you travelling right into Bournemouth station. If you do this , you will only have to travel back the way you have come to get to campsites. Hth . I second the person who suggested naive in wonderland park. I used to work there and it's a great day out. Would suggest you take a picnic though as cafe is expensive. Loads to do for children and you can spend all day there. Enjoy your holidays !

mummylin Sat 25-May-13 11:43:43

Naive = Alice

Lioninthesun Sat 25-May-13 11:55:04

Thank you mummylin smile
I only have one 3 man or a 2 man tent!

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 11:57:07

Thanks mummylin My 2love the Alice in Wonderland park, and are always nagging to go again smile and of course you would be welcome to join us on day trips smile

mummylin Sat 25-May-13 12:04:56

Alice park is only ten minutes from my house , and no you can't all come and camp in my garden !! But you never know if you are at air show I will be there, wouldn't miss it

FourLittleDudes Sat 25-May-13 12:11:03

This looks lovely :-) I'm a single parent to 4 boys, who will be 11, 9, 2 and counts fingers about 8 months in August. I've never camped before in my life, don't have a tent, and don't drive so would be a complete adventure for us! Can we think about coming along if no one minds?

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 12:38:16

Yes come fourlittledudes smile especially as then my boys won't be the only boys there

I'm going to speak to my brother later and see if he has any spare tents to lend us smile

Lioninthesun Sat 25-May-13 13:37:14

Oh yes! So glad there will be some other 2yo's for DD to make mischief with too smile We haven't been camping together yet either, so should be an eye opener!
Am wondering if it would be worth seeing if we could hire a big tent from they do that? If I can save bringing a tent that would make train travel a lot easier, but if it looks unlikely I am sure we can manage smile

HerrenaHarridan Sat 25-May-13 20:16:12

Wow I just looked at Alice in wonderland park!

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 20:45:23

They probably don't hire tents, I can't get hold of my brother but will keep trying. He certainly used to have tents he doesn't use.

Confused40 Sun 26-May-13 00:45:58

Oh I'd definately be up for this! I've got a tent and an about to have a baby. Older son isn't interested in camping at all, but got another friend who'd be up for it too. What a good idea. Just to get away for a few days sounds fab! What dates were you thinking of? This is so needed smile

janey223 Sun 26-May-13 08:59:39

Off to start a thread in allergies - DS may need to spend the weekend eating pasta shapes, carrots and fruit... Not that he's mind.

Lioninthesun Sun 26-May-13 09:14:49

We were looking at 30th Aug onwards as the prices are a bit lower. There is apparently an air show on that weekend though, so perhaps we should try to book fairly soon? I think we'd be up for a whole week.
A few of us will be going up by train and meeting at Clapham Junction too smile
I have a friend down this weekend but will pop on here later tonight.
Hope your DS isn't suffering too much janey, it's hayfever season now at last so I am starting to suffer with sneezes and slightly watery eyes.

HerrenaHarridan Sun 26-May-13 11:50:49

Let me get this straight, booking as if 30tg August, no group discount so can book individually.

Motorhome can have tent on same pitch.
How do I fairly offer that?
To a family with ++ kids that would en up using 2 smaller tents and therefor paying double?
I have a 2 man tent that someone is welcome to use (or bring their own obviously)

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 26-May-13 12:25:30

That's right Herrena re group discount.

Not sure how best to offer the spare place, it says pup tent, which normally means something small. I think my tent is too big to be classed as a pup tent, otherwise is offer to share the space and split the cost.

HerrenaHarridan Sun 26-May-13 14:31:09

Depends how big it is I suppose, anything with rooms is probably pushing it grin

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 26-May-13 15:21:25

Mine tall enough to stand in, and has a living area, and 2 bedrooms. :D

janey223 Sun 26-May-13 20:23:55

Oh his are just food I'm the hayfever sufferer!

No tent here, sure they'll be cutting them in price by then!

HerrenaHarridan Sun 26-May-13 21:07:52

Yoni; that is not a pup tent! grin

Thinking I will book from the sat (31st) but going to go through my diary and work it out with contact.

Dds dad has cancelled 4 times, which I figure gives me 4 'valid' cancellations since I have never cancelled. The question is do I travel down sat after contact and miss contact at the end or miss contact the week before and book Friday through Friday and encompass a visit to my down south family (live in Scotland)

Going to look at the travel times and see if its even realistic to travel down after contact.

The deposit isn't too steep at least smile

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 26-May-13 21:48:08

No I know its not, but I hate not being able to stand!

I'm probably going to go on the Fri, as my birthday is the Sat smile

Just have to see how long we can stay, which depends on school dates. And money of course!

HerrenaHarridan Sun 26-May-13 22:55:03

Oooo your birthday!
That's very exciting! Do you like baileys? I have a beautiful recipe for baileys. I will make a batch specially. Do you have any preferences for flavour I can easily do extra chocolate, extra coffee, mint, orange, cherry or hazelnut and with a bit if thought I could probably do strawberry or raspberry.

Had a look at travel times and there is no way im doing the drive in one go, google maps estimates 7.5 hrs but since most of that is motorway (assumed speed ~70mph) and my van has a top speed of 55mph methinks that it should be done over a couple of days at least. Which is great because its another chance to visit my family.

So Friday kick off then grin

When's the air show? And when do we get to go to wonderland? smile

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 26-May-13 23:03:22

Ooo homemade bailey's, yes please! Ummm, all the flavours sound amazing! I think the airshow is all weekend. Wonderland is mostly outdoors, so I guess a day with good weather smile

LlamaLover Sun 26-May-13 23:44:36

Oooh, can I join in please? Its me and my 2.5 year old DS. We'll be driving down from oop North (stopping at Birmingham to see friends and Thomas Land on way I'd think). We have our own two man tent and basic equipment.

We'd be very interested in Air Show, Alice in Wonderland and Peppa Pig World. Will need to keep an eye out for vouchers!

I do, however, have a very large estate car, so can bring all wine and other supplies needed for everyone who is coming by train. I can maybe take orders the week before or something. smile

HerrenaHarridan Mon 27-May-13 07:49:29

Hi llama, smile

Vouchers, what a good idea! I'll get googling.

Also don't you sometimes get great discount stuff through tesco club card. I don't have one but I may look into getting one

janey223 Mon 27-May-13 08:16:17

Llama that would be amazing, was a bit worried at prospect of carrying a weekend worth of food.

Will anyone be using formula over the weekend? It'd probably be easier to just use oat milk for DS but I don't think it'd go down well at bedtime.

janey223 Mon 27-May-13 08:16:57

And definitely air show here, my monkey is obsessed with planes

LlamaLover Mon 27-May-13 09:19:46

And I've just seen there is a dinosaur museum nearby too.

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 10:35:37

You can use Tesco vouchers to get in to wonderland,.ay least you used to be able to. smile

Lioninthesun Mon 27-May-13 13:28:16

DD napping and I just googled the Adventure Wonderland place - amazeballs! Found this too
Think we will just bring our dome 3 an or pop-up tent so if anyone does want to pitch share we'd be up for it smile
So glad some of you will have transport - we will have to travel pretty light and stock up there on food etc!

HerrenaHarridan Mon 27-May-13 13:44:16

My best friend got a tesco online shop delivered to a festival once, including about £100 worth of booze.

Everyone laughed but i think it was genius!

Does anyone feel up to co-operating on the food front?

Lioninthesun Mon 27-May-13 18:24:16

Oh HH that is indeed genius!
It may be worth calling Dominoes delivery on our first night then ;)

HerrenaHarridan Mon 27-May-13 18:40:22

Isn't it? I only wish I could take the credit grin

Is it dominos that do the half an hour or its free deal?

Definitely think takeaway first night, will keep an eye for vouchers, 2 for 1s etc and it shouldn't work out to expensive. And of course everyone loves pizza!

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 18:50:35

Remember if its too far out they won't deliver .but worth checking!

youarewinning Mon 27-May-13 18:52:41

I'm in Hampshire.

Would be interested in something around this way and cheap!

youarewinning Mon 27-May-13 18:58:17

Doh - totally skipped page 2!

I work in school so that weekend no good a on back to work mode - however I'm only an hour to Bournemouth and would love to meet if you do the air show? I would be providing an 8yo, oh no 9yo by then DS!
I could also pick 3 people up on route in my car if that makes travel easier?

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 19:04:57

Winning yes please join us for the day that would be lovely smile ds1 is the same age (8 now but will be 9) oh Christ I really hope I can make this holiday smile

HerrenaHarridan Mon 27-May-13 19:44:49

Yoni, you need to figure out if these dates work for you sharp ish, so we can figure out new ones if they don't.
How would it be if instead of running Friday to Friday we did say Tuesday to Tuesday (27-2) the 27 being the earliest I could squeeze to.

Hi winning smile

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 19:58:21

Dates deffo work, its the cost I've got to figure out! I defibately can't do tues-tues as I'm not back from previous holiday till the tues, and need a few days to wash clothes etc

HerrenaHarridan Mon 27-May-13 20:29:51

Right, I see I thought this was about school dates! (I'm on another planet ', Scotland, and the hols are different)

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 21:03:04

Haha no I did have to check which date they.return, but its not until the 9th smile

Lioninthesun Mon 27-May-13 21:03:40

Yoni if you like we could share a pitch to cut costs? Would that work if we had our 3man dome tent?

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 21:05:55

I don't know of we can put 2 tents on 1pitch Lion, and not sure if we will all fit in one. If I ever manage to get hold of my brother i will try and borrow a big tent that we can share smile

I should be able to afford it, ill have more money coming in by then smile

Lioninthesun Mon 27-May-13 21:19:08

Cool, well as I said am happy to share a tent if you are happy with a toddler!
We should have a little more by then <counts chickens> as exp has finally told CSA he has a new job! Just waiting to see how much we can expect each month smile

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 21:23:44

I'm happy to share smile sharing's caring lol! Just the logistics of.all fitting in.

Grockle Mon 27-May-13 22:50:38

Oooo, I was all excited about this... but I live in Bournemouth! We can walk to the airshow so it seems a bit silly to camp further away!

If you are doing Adventure Wonderland, they take Tesco Days out vouchers... def worth doing.

Grockle Mon 27-May-13 22:52:05

Also, if you are staying at St Leonard's, you should go to Moors Valley for a day.

janey223 Mon 27-May-13 23:03:12

I've only ever camped at a couple of festivals so would be very nervous at a whole week - i thought it'd be weekend :-p

It is my birthday on the 28th though so maybe I should be brave!

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 23:22:21

You don't have to dp a whole week janey smile just as long as you feel you can.

That's 2 birthdays to celebrate while we are!

LlamaLover Wed 29-May-13 07:39:55

So, where are we up to with this?

Has a date and place been agreed? Shall we book?

HerrenaHarridan Wed 29-May-13 08:27:59

Kick off Friday 30th smile

I'll have to get past rent day before I can pay deposit. Deposit is not steep but having just bought my dream teeny tiny campervan and failed my stupid driving test again I'm right in the line to meet rent. Think I can book by the 5th

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 29-May-13 10:22:24

Lion I spoke to my brother, his tent is no bigger than mine, despite being for more people. He says we will all fit in mine, so I'm happy to share that? Only problem is Mum says she's booked something that week, quite why she insists on booking things without asking me I don't know! so now I've got to see what and when, as I might not be able to do the whole week! Grrr.

Actually on second thoughts, would we all fit on your tent? The 5 of us? Then I could share with you for the nights I am there?
What do you think?

Lioninthesun Wed 29-May-13 16:25:26

Hmmm. I think my 3 man tent is really only for 3 people lying down very still...more like a 2.5man if you ask me! I don't think we would be very comfortable with even just 2 adults and 1 child!
Going to try and post later as DD refusing to nap and sitting on my arms whenever Itype.

IneedAyoniNickname Wed 29-May-13 17:44:16

I though it might be easier to give up on the idea of sharing then! I'm sure ill find the money

Lioninthesun Wed 29-May-13 18:21:01

When is everyone going to book? Was thinking of doing it early/mid June as hoping to have £ from ex by then... hahaha
Do we need to say we want to be near each other on the site somehow or is it a turn up and get a place they allocate situ? I have an image of us being near a picnic bench or two so we can do BBQ's or something and all sit around not too far from our tents?
Am aware this is probably a complete dream world!

HerrenaHarridan Wed 29-May-13 19:14:16

The reviews said you can choose where you pitch but its worth checking this is still the case.

If we are looking for specific things it worth mentioning to them.
For instance if thy have hard standing for vans we need to be pitching tents next to this so I can park on it.

Some people may prefer to be right near the kids play park for in the day time.

Distance from toilet is another consideration

ThePskettiIncident Wed 29-May-13 22:31:36

I'd love to join if I can get the time off work and buy a tent! Just me and two year old Ds.

Lioninthesun Wed 29-May-13 23:01:48

ThePskettiIncident another 2yo! Huzzah! Go Outdoors has/had a sale on and had a 3man tent for under £30 smile I was tempted as haven't used mine in years and want to check it hasn't been eaten by mice or anything. Roll on more sun so I can get it out in the garden!

HerrenaHarridan Wed 29-May-13 23:03:01

Hi psketti smile

Oh an lion I hate to be the bearer if bad news but a couple of reviews said about no fires so its worth checking about bbqs (and of course you can have fantasy BBQ as much as you like, after all there's no calories grin)

Yoni called them last time. If we compose a list if questions I don't mind calling this time.

Is it camp where you like or will we need to arrange adjoining pitches?

Bbqs yes or no

Bus stop nearby?

...insert question here...

Lioninthesun Wed 29-May-13 23:08:38

Is it easy to get to from bus/train? Can't see a detailed map on their page...
Oh god. There is a giant spider on my bed. Fuuuuuck.
Er, off for a bit!

ThePskettiIncident Wed 29-May-13 23:17:31

Excellent. Thanks for the tip. I think my old Glastonbury tent is too grim for a toddler! I'll go have a look at a three man. I really hope I can come. It would be lovely to join in!

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 01-Jun-13 20:09:58

Ladies, I don't think I can come sad (we need a crying emotion)

I asked mum today which day she had pencilled in for us doing something, and it turns out she has pencilled in 4 days! And when I say pencilled in, I mean booked and paid for a holiday, without telling me! Now obviously I feel that I shouldn't complain, as after all am getting a free holiday, but kinda Pissed off that she didn't think of checking the dates with me first!

Lioninthesun Sat 01-Jun-13 20:59:30

Oh no Yoni!
Is everyone else OK with dates? If not maybe we could move it back a week?

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 01-Jun-13 21:13:27

I'm already away thurs till tues over the bank holiday, and boys are back to school on the 9th.

Maybe we could do one/two nights and share someone's tent? (and the cost for those nights obv)

HerrenaHarridan Sat 01-Jun-13 22:33:36


Damn inconsiderate favours!

It's ok, no ones booked yet so I'm more than happy to try and jiggle it around for you.

If we can't figure out dates that work better, I'm happy to put up a my two man tent as a pup tent and you can come use that and still hve some space and privacy.

May have to clear it with the site though, they may not be too impressed with someone rolling up one day and saying "no we have booked we're kipping in our mates tent!"
Although I don't think they could really argue the toss if the tents not overcrowded confused

HerrenaHarridan Sat 01-Jun-13 22:33:56

But yoooooooni! Your birthday!

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 01-Jun-13 22:59:14

Inconsiderate favours indeed! grin

Surely that's the point of a pup tent though? That people stay in it? Probably should check I guess!

I'm.not sure if we could find other dates, unless we bring it way forward, which means there won't be time to save sad

And I know, my birthday sad grrr, I love my mum,.and I know I'm so lucky to have her taking us away, but she could have bloody warned me she was trying to book those dates!

HerrenaHarridan Sun 02-Jun-13 23:35:26

Yes true saving time is vital.

Pretty sure lion is busy first 2 weeks in August.
And I'm busy 22-25

How about the 14-21?

Still misses your birthday though sad
not that it will stop is celebrating

It's up to you really like I said, I'm happy to try and rejig and I'm happy for you to just come for a few days in pup tent.

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 02-Jun-13 23:56:01

I don't know, im not sure I can afford it before my other holiday. Plus its ds1s bday on 21st, and I'd need a couple of days to wash/dye.clothes before bank holiday, so realistically could only do until19th.

O think the best thing will be to stick to original dates .and ill just come for the weekend

Artandtravel Tue 11-Jun-13 17:18:33

I also like the idea of a big single parent pow wow. Its really nice to be with a group of people on holiday. campfires etc. When will this be and for how long? I can come by train with a tent and my son who is nine in July. Best time for me is anytime after July 23rd to August 3rd or August 11 onwards. I hope to join you.

HerrenaHarridan Tue 11-Jun-13 20:34:27

We eventually settled on last week in August. smile

iwantanafternoonnap Thu 13-Jun-13 20:39:53

Oh that is a shame I am already camping that weekend near totnes

Shani89 Fri 12-Jul-13 19:06:33

Hiya i am new to this site but just saw this.

I have never been camping but think me and my lil one would love it.

I know i am a bit late commenting on this, but i was just wondering if you guys were still discussing it xx

Lioninthesun Fri 12-Jul-13 21:19:57

Hi! So sorry I went off the radar there!
Been a bit hectic IRL and this had to go on the back burner for me.
I may have an offer of a lift down, and if I can do that then I might be able to afford it again - HUZZAH!
Has anyone booked? Feel bad that I went AWOL sad

teetering13 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:22:26

Love this idea ... would be great to do a northern camping trip too .. Me & my boys go camping, I bought a tent that pretty much puts itself up because it's just me and them .. be great though to go with other single parents grin

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