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cool campsite for teens in Dorset or E Devon

(18 Posts)
TroyMcClure Sun 08-Jun-14 18:29:23

fancy going away with just me and my boys for a couple of nights, as much as spur of the moment as I can,
I have been to the Golden Cap place in Chideok before and I liked it but that was pre kids.

where is kind of spacious and relaxed?

hz Sun 08-Jun-14 22:22:41

Exmoor has some fabulous sites, Look at Westermill Farm, Poole Bridge, Caffyns Farm, Doone Valley Campsite. Can't recommend Exmoor highly enough it's amazing! And much less crowded than many other areas in this part of UK.

TroyMcClure Sun 08-Jun-14 22:25:23

thank you hz

TroyMcClure Sun 08-Jun-14 22:32:11

this looks ocol here

hz Sun 08-Jun-14 22:36:46

Eweleaze is a massive site, Feels a bit like a festival, depends what you are after. Tranquil it isn't but there is some fun stuff for kids (depending on age?) Also it's only open in August although it has two sister sites open in other months, they don't have the beach access though. I wrote a review of it here if it helps.

TroyMcClure Sun 08-Jun-14 22:42:18

thats interesting - teens might like big? I know that area quite well,
I was wondering how open fires work...

Fram Mon 09-Jun-14 22:26:19

open fires- at eweleaze (and other sites I've been to) you have to buy their wood (for H&S reasons, presumably it's been seasoned) and you can buy kindling, and they drop it to your tent for you. You can also buy haybales to sit on, should you not have chairs/enough chairs.

It's great, but busy. Was much quieter after BH weekend... but they seem to close on BHmonday nowadays.

The fields at the bottom of the hill (away from cliffs) are nice and sheltered, and have real flush loos too, not compost loos. Showers are fine, eve though they're solar. were clean etc.

Is v easy to get into weymouth/dorchester from there, but yours are prob too big for beach now. Will find plenty of youths to play sport/matches on site though wink
beach is pebble.

Fram Mon 09-Jun-14 22:26:59

and the pizzas are v good.

TroyMcClure Mon 09-Jun-14 22:30:24

thanks Fram
Do i need a recepticle to have my fire in?

Fram Mon 09-Jun-14 23:25:06

No, no, there will be places on the ground where others have already had fires, you'll probably just be asked to reuse one of those.

TroyMcClure Tue 10-Jun-14 19:14:26

I'm going first time as an adult (after scores of kids holidays) what would you say I have to get
Air beds
Gas stove / BBQ
Plates knives etc
All got.

A table ?

TroyMcClure Tue 10-Jun-14 19:15:04

Plus a lantern? Washinc line to dry towels?

Fram Tue 10-Jun-14 20:24:41

Well... we're minimalist, so we don't do tables/chairs... but I would say yes- most people use them, though it's nice sitting on hay bales round the campfire <sigh>

You will need at least 1 lantern, probably torch for each DS, as the loos have no lights/electricity (even the plumbed/flush ones) so any trips after dusk will be essential to have torch, though headlamp type are good for loo visits, wandering around in the dark. The LED ones are v inexpensive nowadays, and are v light with good battery life.

The shop on-site sells most things, though obviously not the cheapest. They had good organic eggs, meat, pasta, beer, cider etc. Most people had gazebos outside their tents, lots made little corrals with their pals (whole swathes of people seem to meet-up there, but it's not a problem, camping types are usually v friendly).

One family had an outside caterer come in and do a hog roast for them over the BH- there were about 6 or 7 tents, so quite a lot of people altogether, celebrating someone's 50th I think... but that's probably going a little too far for a few days away with the boys! wink

TroyMcClure Tue 10-Jun-14 20:27:42

Hog roast? OMG that's clever. Thanks for the tips. Have head torches so that's cool

TroyMcClure Tue 10-Jun-14 20:28:17

I hope the shop sells cold wine. S1 who has just finished GCSEs is very interested

TroyMcClure Tue 10-Jun-14 20:28:56

Plus patisserie. Yum

Fram Tue 10-Jun-14 23:42:31

shock How can he be Y11 already? He only just went to secondary school <gulp>

TroyMcClure Wed 11-Jun-14 06:19:02


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