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My holiday chaos - Or why you should never camp in the UK!

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Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 15:01:05

Having spent 10 days under canvass 9 of which it rained (and when I say rain I mean RAIN - non stop night and day) I think I am qualified to say that camping in the UK is horrid!

Everything is wet
There is nowhere to go that is not teeming with people escaping the beaches
towels never dry
the gazebo just doesn't hack it
playing games under an umbrella is not uplifting
walking to the toilet in the rain is not fun/exhilerating or good for the soul
If you take a little walk in the mud it covers everything
It is cold
putting the tent away in the rain is ridiculous
my feet and hands are shrivelled

WEIRD - kids don't seem to care!
Campsite in Cornwall was great


Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 15:07:58

the vanguard diablo 900 is a great tent - it didn't leak!!

hockeypuck Tue 05-Aug-08 15:12:01

As I'm about to buy a Diablo 600, that last bit is good to know!
However, you're not selling me on the whole camping malarkey

falcon Tue 05-Aug-08 15:25:24

I think camping anywhere is awful.

You could stick a million pounds in a tend and I couldn't/wouldn't spend one night there.

I had the most hellish experience camping in Germany, never again, though I can laugh about it now.

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 15:34:55

BUT WHAT is weird is kids love it

they have such freedom
they get dirty and roam.

they ahve to make games for themselves

for this alone I will do it again - I just need to prepare myslef with more wet weather gear!

Alambil Tue 05-Aug-08 16:06:09

camping is great fun - it's not fun pitching/taking down in the rain, but when the tent's up it's not so bad... if it doesn't leak lol

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 16:09:10

But what do you do when it rains all the time - all the time?

NigellaTheOriginal Tue 05-Aug-08 16:10:00

hurrah - i've got a diabolo 400 and never has it leaked (yet). orf to wales end of august. am hoping for sun. and yes the DDs love it so is worth it for the parental brownie points.

belcantavinissima Tue 05-Aug-08 16:12:09

i have the vango diablo 900 it is fantastic! (even tho it semms to take us about 3 hrs to put the damn thing up and down hmm. we are meant to be camping this weekend. someone somewhere make the sun come out please smile

hughjarssss Tue 05-Aug-08 16:14:27

Beetroot - where abouts in Cornwall did you stay?

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 16:15:03

has anyone got the awning for the diablo?

thinking this might help for somewhere to sit when raining.


Mercy Tue 05-Aug-08 16:15:15

9 days of rain sounds horrendous.

We only usually go camping for up to 5 days tbh. Plus the site we go to has sandy soil so we don't have a problem with mud.

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 16:15:37

we were at Travedra camp site near lands end

belcantavinissima Tue 05-Aug-08 16:17:10

beetroot- we have the awning but not used it yet, will take it with us on saturday and put it up if there is room. no idea about wehat to actually DO in the rain. we are camping virgins really grin

Mercy Tue 05-Aug-08 16:18:02

Did you stay on the site the whole time?

Upwind Tue 05-Aug-08 16:18:07

You were unlucky. One or two wet days is good fun and only to be expected when camping in a UK summer 9 days is excessive.

With suitable gear you can visit beaches and go on walks in the rain.

I find cider helps get me in the mood for games while camping on wet evenings

Our current tent has a massive porch which comes into its own in the rain as that is where the raingear comes off - no mud in the sleeping area.

Need decent sleeping bags/ground insulation to keep the cold at bay. Or if it is only you affected snuggle with your DH.

FRANCE seems a great idea!

Kbear Tue 05-Aug-08 16:19:39

Beety, your holiday was our holiday last year. This year we sold our soul to the devil and went to Florida!!

Celery Tue 05-Aug-08 16:19:56

We used to camp a lot when I was kid. I have vivid recollections of it. It was either brilliant fun, or miserabley horrid. And that totally depended on whether the sun was shining or not!

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 16:27:24

we didn't stay onsite - we chose somewhere pretty basic - showers etc but no entertainment as we really cannot hack that sort of thing,

'we went to loads of sites but they were crowded due to the rain
the beaches were empty apart form surfers

need wet suits for the kids i think as they love body boarding in all weathers

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 16:28:12

it was 30 degress in many parts of the uk when it was raining with us

filthymindedvixen Tue 05-Aug-08 17:56:26

whcih campsite didi you go to beety?

So sorry for you, I have camped in all weather and the good times far outweigh the disastrous times...but 9 days of rain is utterly vile

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 17:59:38

we were at Treavedra and then river dart country park

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 18:00:26


looks great with blue skies

filthymindedvixen Tue 05-Aug-08 18:03:20

oh what a stinking shame - looks lovely. We camped last year at Tintagel but were extremely lucky as it rained heavily every night but was ok during the day. We had some proper stormy nights where we thought the tent was going to take off thouigh! And as for the festival in exeter we went to at the end of our holiday....muddy hell!

Beetroot Tue 05-Aug-08 18:07:02

btw I just read that book you snet me - loved it - only 18 months later!!

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