At last! The first camp of the year had arrived. After waiting months for the UK weather to clear up it was amazing to finally be able to chuck our camp things in the car, grab the kids after school and head off for a mini camping adventure in mid April. Where we went With our favourite local campsites not yet open for the season we tried a new one – Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest – and couldn’t have been happier. Only half an hour from home yet it still felt like another wor
The clocks have changed, winter darkness is rapidly disappearing and our thoughts are wondering outside again at last. Long summer evenings are suddenly coming our way so lets be ready to seize them with both hands and get out there!
If your camping kit has been lingering in a shed or attic for the past few months, now is the time to dig it out, dust it off and quickly get packed up ready for a season of easy stress-free camping fun.
1. Gather - dig out your list and gathe
Why do we bring so much stuff with us when we camp? After speaking to many campers and reflecting on my own experience I think it comes down to one thing – fear. Leaving the safety of our homes and venturing out into the darkness, without a well-stocked frige, wifi and a locked front door leaves us feeling vulnerable and we worry. We worry about being cold and hungry. We worry about our children being bored and squabbling. We worry that if we are cold, hungry and tired our fa
Four years ago we discovered Burnbake in Dorset. A beautiful, quiet campsite with small grassy pitches nestled in woodland. Dappled sunshine shone through the trees, children played on a simple rope swing, footpaths meandered away into the woods across a babbling stream. Free hot showers, a lovely shop in a charming wooden cabin selling just what we needed. Situated within a few miles of Corfe and its ruined castle, Kimmeridge with its rock pools, Durleston Head with its brea