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Eurocamp/Keycamp type of thing - top tips and things to take?

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AncientCrone Thu 06-Jun-13 11:18:36

We're off to Brittany in a couple of weeks, staying in a mobile home type thing. We've never done this sort of holiday before so was wondering if anyone has any top tips or suggestions of things to take with us. Thanks in advance smile

talkingnonsense Fri 21-Jun-13 17:39:37

Thank you dingit, and thank you Mandy! Never thought of looking in reviews!

LedaOfSparta Fri 21-Jun-13 16:12:06

Following this as we're off to the vendee in 3 weeks.

We're staying in a safari tent which looks v posh indeedy. I do need to ring and ask if they have duvets on the beds or just blankets.

dingit Fri 21-Jun-13 15:56:49

Duinrell was fab, like staying in the middle of Chessington, you could go back to your mobile home for a cup of tea! Lovely beach nearby, and lovely little village for a wander in the evening complete with ice cream parlour ( a pre requisite for DH)

Pm me if you need to know anything else.

Mandy21 Fri 21-Jun-13 12:59:06

talkingnonsense we went to Duinrell to earlier this month - put quite a detailed review on the Reviews page.

devilinside Fri 21-Jun-13 10:47:25

We just stayed in a key camp mobile home and everything there, just need towels and duvets (unless you pay for theirs). Don't waste space packing pillows - there were millions of the buggers.

talkingnonsense Fri 21-Jun-13 10:19:44

Ooh dingit, any tips for duinrell?

AncientCrone Thu 20-Jun-13 17:20:25

Also Huelgoat - any good for small children?

AncientCrone Thu 20-Jun-13 10:43:08

Has anyone been to the Sound Discovery Centre? It's an hour away, wondering whether it's worth the trip.

AncientCrone Thu 20-Jun-13 10:26:48

Ooh good tip dreaming grin

Holes in the ground ... I remember the horror of those from trips to France as a child. Haven't seen them for years and probably wouldn't bother me so much as an adult!

Thanks for info re hi-vis jackets/breathalysers too.

Comtesse you got me very excited about the possibility of a dishwasher then, but we are just in the most basic chalet I think (booked through Brittany Ferries as was cheaper) so washing up for us.

Great info re supermarkets/markets.

Any suggestions for day trips/rainy day activities very welcome ... For rainy days I was thinking of taking a few games/craft things to play in the caravan plus I think there's a games room and indoor pool.

Day trips - I've got beaches (Kelenn), Ile de Batz, maybe Brest? Have a 4.5 yo and nearly 2 yo. Also maybe something to do when we arrive, as ferry docks at 8 am but presumably we can't check in to Mouette until 2 pm or so.

Was it someone on here who said the chalets don't have ovens, just hobs, or did I imagine it?

I will add my own tip for those with small children who don't like being showered - very small paddling pool for bath time (we do this on camping trips too).

Thanks again all for your input, I am feeling properly excited grin

ShoeWhore Tue 18-Jun-13 22:17:17

I don't think you need to take lots of kitchen equipment (there's a list somewhere on the website of what kit is provided) but tea towels and pegs are useful. And if your dcs are little and you're still at the stage of peeling fruit etc then a vegetable peeler is handy.

Cereal is quite expensive if your dcs are very keen on it for breakfast. Got a feeling nappies might be quite expensive too although it's been a while since I had to worry about those!

Have fun!

dreamingofsun Wed 12-Jun-13 10:22:12

candy like a dream. just be clear with your kids that if they make lots of friends - which is quite likely - they don't bring them back to your mobile. do not offer anything positive in the way of food/toys/encouragement to other people's kids and you will be fine. otherwise you will become site babysitter.

candycrushhater Wed 12-Jun-13 09:58:45

Ooh, thanks Boo smile

We've never been on this kind of holiday before, so it's reassuring to hear that my plans for drinking wine whilst the DCs play is not too far off the mark grin

dingit Wed 12-Jun-13 09:41:11

We have not been to a keycamp site we have not liked. This year we went to Duinrell which was fantastic!

Branleuse Wed 12-Jun-13 09:32:42

toilets are only hole in the ground at the public reste areas along motorways. not at service station s or campsite s

Methe Wed 12-Jun-13 07:11:07

Camping le solei. Ve never even been to France before so it's all new. Can't wait!

makemineapinot Tue 11-Jun-13 22:14:42

Methe - where are u going in Argeles? We've been and loved it!! Yes yes to the above! And u can get hi vis vests suitable fir kids t the £1 shop! A bit big but they do the job!

bamboostalks Tue 11-Jun-13 20:36:34

Thanks for that info, never heard of it.

BooCanary Tue 11-Jun-13 19:52:54

candycrush we stayed in Berny Riviere a few years ago en route to Alps. Very nice - have a lovely memory of DH and I sitting by the lake with cold beers whilst the DCs played in the play area. smile

Branleuse Mon 10-Jun-13 21:46:58

they do still have hole in the ground loos in loads of places

Methe Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:04

That is very tempting!

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:17:56

I've not come across a hole in the ground loo in France for awhile!

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:16:48

Methe I'm going to steal that idea and mine are 11 and 14. This year we threatened to leave them behind if they scrapped, so we could bring home more wine grin

SolomanDaisy Mon 10-Jun-13 21:14:33

You just need to flip up a bunk to fit a cot in. We have hired a buggy a couple of times and both were all terrain, great for using around the campsite but too big for folding and putting in the car. They were both a bit dirty, though not as dirty as one of the high chairs we had.

Methe Mon 10-Jun-13 21:12:35

We have them and plenty of story tapes. I'm planning on putting the cool box inbetweeners themin the back as physical barrier to keep them from scrapping.

Are the toilets really holes in the ground? [ohmyactualgod]

twooter Mon 10-Jun-13 21:11:09

The shops on sites where I've been are always open early in the morning and sell fresh bread and croissants . If your dc are older than toddlers, try to fit in their bikes.

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