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DameEdnaBeverage Sun 09-Jan-11 16:25:34

Dh and I dream of one day getting away from rat race and doing more interesting and rewarding work. We love camping and running our own site in the South West would be our ideal. Have obviously thought of focussing on SN families (bathrooms/sensory areas etc)but would many of you do this or is it too much work to go camping with your dc's?

TheArsenicCupCake Sun 09-Jan-11 16:42:19

we do.. Don't tend to go too far .. But we live in that area so it's easier without the long drives.

waitingforgodot Sun 09-Jan-11 16:52:28

I dont think i would consider camping with DS as he is an escape artist. Sounds like a good idea though!

linksandsmileys Sun 09-Jan-11 17:02:01

My DS LOVES camping - the freedom to run around in near to nothing for as long as he wants. He has Asperger's and we stayed at a campsite last year where, coincidentally, a group of carers and teenagers with SEN were staying. They'd travelled from London to near Penzance and apparently the carers had been doing this with groups of kids (with a variety of needs) for 26 years!

I think it's a lovely idea - follow your dream!

Marne Sun 09-Jan-11 17:10:46

I think its a great idea, i have never camped with the dd's, mainly because dd2 is an escape artist and i don't know if dd1 would be to keen, it would be great if you could offer caravan homes kitted out for sn families as well as camping. We have been on a few cheep holidays (with the Sun) and they often end in disaster as dd2 has not got the restrictions (stair gates, safe areas) that she has at home.
I think it would be great to be around other sn families (no one to judge or stair). Go for it.

NotRocketSurgery Sun 09-Jan-11 17:12:30

Escape is easy to prevent when they are tiny - either sleep between them and the exit if it is a small enough tent - so they have to climb over you to get out. If it is a big tent, then hopefully you can position the zip on the door so that it is too high for them to reach and open on their own.

whimsy Sun 09-Jan-11 17:14:31

It sounds lovely, I dream of finding a place with no children's rides, fairgrounds or ice cream vans that scare ds2 so much, it's not worth going on holiday

sugarcandyminx Sun 09-Jan-11 17:23:32

I'd love to go camping with DS, but I've only been once. The main thing that puts me off is that, as a single parent living in a city, I don't drive and it's often impossible to tell if it's possible to reach a campsite by public transport. Youth Hostels tend to be very good at giving information on bus links from trains stations but campsites always assume you'll have a car and only give driving directions.

signandsmile Sun 09-Jan-11 17:49:35

Am planning to take ds camping this summer, hmm

Gonna try out in nanny's garden first, and as dh can't camp. (his physical disabilities would make this very awkward) am intending to go with another mum and her kids,

Am really nervous, dh thinks I am loopy to try, but I think ds would love it, if he copes with it, IYSWIM...

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but has anyone got recommendations about good campsites in the South West, (Wilts, Somerset, Devon etc)?

intothewest Sun 09-Jan-11 18:07:12

We go every year - have been in tents when ds was small,but we've now bought a cheap caravan as I HATE camping in tents !!!!! but your idea sounds good.

moosemama Sun 09-Jan-11 18:09:45

What a fantastic idea. We would be there like a shot! grin

Oddly, camping is the only type of holiday that ds1 will consider other than our usual regimented visit to a family owned holiday house every summer. I would have thought the lack of structure and unpredictablity what with the weather etc would be a real problem for him, but he loves it.

I think he likes the lack of noise, fresh air, open space. It definitely has a calming effect on him. He also likes the fact that we tend to play more board games as a family and we get to sleep in the campervan.

He does however, only like the sites that have family bathrooms rather than shower cubicles and we've only taken him to the small sites that have a maximum of about 10-12 pitches. Not sure how he'd cope on a big commercial site and we wouldn't like to go to one ourselves anyway.

He actually made a couple of friends on the last camping trip we did. shock They were loving finding frogs and digging in the mud (it rained the whole time we were there).

DameEdnaBeverage Sun 09-Jan-11 18:22:58

Thanks for all your comments. Not looking at having a huge site as we don't like these ourselves. Keep your comments coming as they are all very useful.

NotRocketSurgery Sun 09-Jan-11 18:33:41

signandsmile - we liked Bagwell Farm near weymouth - it is quite small - you can get a pitch with electricity if you want and showers /toilets etc were nice and clean. They also have a laundrette which is handy but always seemed to be busy. There was a little shop with everything you could ever want - but as you can imagine, pricey. In the part we were pitched the ground on was well drained.

Pixel Sun 09-Jan-11 19:07:51

We often take ds camping and it's doable. We had to swap our tent for one with a sewn-in groundsheet after he learned to roll under the flysheet but he hasn't escaped since then. His 'bedroom' has two long zips which we do up at the top and by the time he has got them both undone far enough to get out either dh or myself have got up. The noise of a zip really carries at night, it is hard to miss!
It's a bit harder to keep an eye on him during the day but it's funny how people in the surrounding tents tend to cotton on and start keeping an eye open too. It must be from us calling his name about 100 times a day.grin
We've found the New Forest sites (forest holidays) to be quite good as they have nice disabled facilities (and can loan you a radar key if you've forgotten/lost yours if you show them a blue badge).

lisad123isasnuttyasaboxoffrogs Sun 09-Jan-11 19:38:08

we go loads, we have a folding camper so can lock the door at night. My girls love the freedom it comes with and the fact everything has its same place everytime we go grin
I would def consider it, especially if you have a few good family shower/bed rooms, maybe a music area, a easy to go on walk trail and to be able to have a fire at night

lisad123isasnuttyasaboxoffrogs Sun 09-Jan-11 19:38:43

Pixel, which site did you book with forest holidays?

donkeyderby Sun 09-Jan-11 19:49:11

Would be delighted to find an SN campsite. Would need somewhere to go when we all get woken up at 3am and a bit of distance between tents to minimise noise. Disabled loos and hot showers a must too! Hope that doesn't sound too fussy. when can we come?!!

MedusaIsHavingABadHairDay Sun 09-Jan-11 22:18:44

We camp every year with SpecialkidsintheUK .. we started with 5 families quite a few years ago and last year we had over 50 families camping..most for a week.. and it was, and always is BRILLIANT!

To be with other people who just totally get it...

We have tried various sites, and last year went to Lower Lacon camp site in Shropshire. It was flat and the facilities were excellent with decent disabled bathrooms etc. They also ramped all the access for everywhere (for our group) so it now has pretty good access... and there were plenty of quiet spots
The shop was well stocked, there was entertainment and a pool

We always have an t hook up and there are a few families with children who are tube fed and some on ventilators..it really can be done!!

donkeyderby Sun 09-Jan-11 23:04:41

are there any kids with challenging behaviour Medusa, who steal food from other people's tents and hit people...?!!

lisad123isasnuttyasaboxoffrogs Sun 09-Jan-11 23:08:48

that would be my dog and dd2 grin

glittery Sun 09-Jan-11 23:34:56

i'll probably do the SKITUK camp this year but i'll be staying in a nearby hotel! grin

MedusaIsHavingABadHairDay Mon 10-Jan-11 07:15:21

Donkeyderby..yes yes and yes...

Several of our families have children and teens with ASD and severely challenging behaviour. Some choose to camp pitched slightly further away from the main groups because their children simply cannot be that close to other people. Others just pitch up.. In general families get to know each other thro the SPKITUK site and most will say what their needs are and whether their children have particular dos and don'ts

Fond memories of being woken by someone crawling into my sleeping bag one morning... an escapee from a nearby tent...

sarah293 Mon 10-Jan-11 08:11:47

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sumum Mon 10-Jan-11 10:47:48

wow what a good idea. we would definately consider this type of holiday if it was within budget and catered for sn dcs.

MrsYamada Mon 10-Jan-11 17:21:50

Yes please! Can I request good caging fencing around the outside?

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