Riverside Lakes Campsite, Dorset, UK
For one night in May Our first family camp of the year was perhaps a bit ambitious. There was no hiking, kayaking or trekking involved. No, this trip would be tacked onto the end of an even more demanding day… my daughters 5th birthday party. An exhausting day out at a children’s theme park with ten small children and parents, directly followed by a night camping with other friends. The day before was spent madly assembling a birthday cak
Young children can be fairly easily entertained in nature – some sticks, mud, water and leaves can keep them busy for ages, particularly if there are other children to play with, but there are times when one of them may need some quiet time on their own, or if the weather is wet. These play treats can make all the difference. Also, staying awake late in the dark is a novelty for my two and the darkness brings a heap of opportunities for fun and excitement. Here are some tiny
What they don’t tell you on the instructions is that when you inflate this air-filled sofa you will instantly be mobbed by kids. As soon as they saw the Lazi Bed being filled, our children came running from the distant corners of the campsite to leap all over it. They had a wonderful time and it survived in tact despite the rough and tumble. When I did finally get a chance to try it I found the Lazi Bed was extremely comfortable to lie on, quite amusing to try and sit upright
A tarp provides shelter from the elements and can be a useful add on if you have a small tent. This Coleman Tarp is designed to fit its Darwin / Tasmin tents but can be adapted to fit most small tents. Supplied with just one pole, the back edge rests on the front of your tent and creates an extended porch area. As our new family tent is quite small (Coleman Kobuk Valley 4 Plus), I wanted to create a dry and shady space for our children to play, plus space to store equipment.
Lets get our kids outside on short camping adventures more often and more easily. Less gear will be smaller to store and quicker to pack and so much easier than you think. 1. Be brave! Your friends may think you’re crazy leaving the glamping equipment at home but you’ll be pitched and unpacked with wine in hand before they have found their mallet. Plus you’ll be so much more relaxed when you arrive. Be brave, be bold, be free! 2. Halve the equipment list and pack light for ca
Camping with children can be brilliant fun, but needs a bit of thought to make it go really well. If you are feeling daunted about taking your kids camping, here are a few family camping tips and tricks I've learned from experience with my kids which will help you all be warm, cosy, safe and happy. 1. Staying safe on a campsite
Its brilliant for children to be able to run wild and free in nature, however you need to keep a check on where they are. Do a quick circuit of the c