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bracelands vs christchurch (forest of dean)

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Fillyjonk Sat 11-Jul-09 13:50:10

am taking my mum, camping refusenik (scotland, 1960s, girls brigade) camping, want it to be half decent.

Also in party, dp, 3 young kids, whatever friends with kids I can rustle up.

We'd have to go in school holiddys.

They look the same to me...anyone got any thoughts on which to book?

lisad123 Sat 11-Jul-09 17:12:13

I have just got back from christchurch 2 weeks ago and love it. Nice beaches at high cliff and mudeford, strawberry picking, and a nice little theme park that takes Tesco clubcard voucher thingies HTH

LilRedWG Sat 11-Jul-09 18:19:45

We've only been to Christchurch and it was lovely. The showers are hot/free and powerful but the toilet block does need a revamp. that being said it was very clean for the whole week we were there.

Lots of lovely walks in the forest. Loved it!

Fillyjonk Sat 11-Jul-09 20:32:27

think we are sold on christchurch, apparently it is nearer the shops blush

have heard a rumour that there is a costa coffee at christchurch? is that true?

Fillyjonk Sat 11-Jul-09 20:32:27

think we are sold on christchurch, apparently it is nearer the shops blush

have heard a rumour that there is a costa coffee at christchurch? is that true?

lisad123 Sat 11-Jul-09 21:52:19

yes thats true

lisad123 Sat 11-Jul-09 21:55:13

if you want a site with nothing but basics, there is one called medowbanks. It has toilets, bathrooms, laudery, little shop and a tiny little games room with a pool table. It has a lovely river to walk along and a little park just outsside. Will say it has statics there too though, and beach is a drive away.

highly recommend mudeford or highcliff but only stayed in statics though

Fillyjonk Sat 11-Jul-09 22:06:57

is it close to forest of dean? need not long drive....

(but costa coffee....actual COFFEE....)

lisad123 Sat 11-Jul-09 22:25:18

LOL Christchurch I know is in Bournmouth, Im guessing theres another near forest of Dean.

RubberDuck Sat 11-Jul-09 22:28:01

Christchurch is better than Bracelands - has a playground and the shop on site - if you're at Bracelands you have to walk up that hill to get to that shop and the pain au chocolats!

saggyhairyarse Sun 12-Jul-09 11:27:13

Christchurch is nice and is indeed near the shop with the coffee!

Also, spacious pitches and pretty spot.

supersalstrawberry Sun 12-Jul-09 17:26:33

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Soups Sun 12-Jul-09 20:28:17

I did really like Christchurch in the Forest of Dean.

However the toilet facilities aren't great and a bit past their sell by date. You have to time a shower for hot water, the drains often couldn't cope with the amount of water. Much as I like standing in a pool of water ;) luckily I no longer have a toddler. They're kept clean tho and the staff did extra cleaning if there was a complaint.

There was a Costa Coffee machine in the shop but over a May bank holiday and half term it never was in operation. We asked several times when it would be fixed and kept getting the reply that it wasn't working LOL The appearance of pain au chocolate and croissants was a bit erratic, seeing as it was a busy half term and bank holiday. I don't mind but my 7 year old kept hopefully going most mornings, lined up for 15 mins, then told they didn't have any that day. He wasn't best happy!

Oh dear that sounds as if we didn't like it, we did LOL It's just that we'd seen Costa and left the stove top expresso maker at home, I was gasping for a proper coffee by the end ;)

Washersaurus Sun 12-Jul-09 20:43:41

Oooh not Christchurch - too cramped and the facilities are old and yacky, and there is no view of anything, except the play area (which is not really suitable for younger children)

Bracelands on the other hand, is spacious with fabulous views and a lovely new facilities block. The nicer tents are usually to be spotted on Bracelands too wink

AND when I came out of the toilets in the middle of the night, there was a herd of deer outside the door, it was absolutely fantastic.

We stay on Bracelands 2-3 times a year..the walk uphill for coffee isn't that bad.

supersalstrawberry Sun 12-Jul-09 20:48:50

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Milliways Mon 13-Jul-09 17:07:34

Bracelands! Loads of space.

Christchurch is all on top of eachother, no privacy, no space to play etc etc.

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Mon 13-Jul-09 17:17:37

I like Christchurch because of trhe aprk but TBH they are pretty much the same place

definitely nearer the shops

Wave t us if youre there Aug 17th week as we will also be about grin

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Mon 13-Jul-09 17:18:51

Oh a tip

the showers closest to the staff caravan are by far the better ones

wink

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