At Easter, we visited the Caravan Club campsite at Crystal Palace in South London. We hadn’t used it before, but we found it to be the ideal spot for visiting some of London’s attractions. The site is open all year, and is open to members and non-members (members pay slightly less). In total there are 89 pitches, and most of them are hardstanding, which makes them particularly suitable for motorhomes.
The site itself is nothing special, but it has the standard washing and laundry facilities that you would expect and they are kept clean and presentable.
Situated in South London, there are excellent transport links to the centre: just 5 minutes from the site entrance is a stop for the number 3 bus, which will take you all the way to Oxford Circus - although it is quite slow. A faster compromise is to take the bus as far as Brixton and then switch to the faster Victoria tube line. We preferred to walk across the park to Crystal Palace railway station, from which there was a regular and efficient service.
The site is on the very edge of Crystal Palace park, which is well worth a look around. As well as a lovely Victorian park, with huge model dinosaurs, there is also a national sports centre, with public swimming pool. Plenty of room to play or cycle, this makes it a great site if you are visiting London with children as you are close to attractions but plenty of play space too. I would thoroughly recommend this as a place to stay.
Coopers campsite is situated on New Fold farm at the very far end of the road which runs through the small village of in Edale and it's real claim to fame is the fact that it is the campsite which leads you directly onto the Pennine way.
It is open all year round, and has plenty of 'hook-ups' for caravans. Also on the site is a restaurant and café, a small post office type store, laundry room, shower block and toilets.
Dogs are allowed if under full control, and the same goes for children too...
The village of Edale can be found just off the A625 or the A6187 near Castleton which are very close to the A6 between New Mills and Buxton.
The roads are quite bendy but are quite well sign posted, although the actual road to take you over the hill can jump out on you if you're not concentrating enough, (it is situated just with-in a cluster of trees and is a rather steep road indeed... and please use a low gear and your brakes on the way down into the village, you will see why when you reach the top of the hill and look down the road...!!)
The actual campsite can be found on the left, just before 'Ye old Nags Head' public house, (which is an ideal pub for a lovely meal and drink, very family friendly indeed).
To book in you have to knock on a farm door which is on the right hand side as you walk up enter the stony road towards the post office/ shop,( there is a sign near the door).
It is in a great location, right behind the village shop and a few metres from the Nags head pub, so you can crawl back to your tent after a skin full of real ale.
The site is a good size, comprising of three fields which are all used for camping, either tents or caravans.
The shower block and toilets, which ALL sites have to supply anyway, are in fact better than a lot of sites I have stayed at, allowing a warm shower when you come off the hills after a long hike... and the washing facilities are a big help if you need clean gear...
I always used a tent,(or bivi) and felt safe in the open fields, even in the darkest of nights...the comforting sounds of the wildlife roaming through the grass and in the trees seeming to help you sleep...
There is a cafe at the entrance of the site which serves a half decent breakfast and is open to non site users, (as cooking your own breakfast on an open fire these days is a health hazard and against someone's human rights).
I first stayed on this site in 1985 when you were aloud to park your car at the side of your pitch and you were allowed to have a small, but controlled, open fire, and over the years the site has not changed but the health and safety rules have so the fun of the site has now gone.
The owners of the site have not changes at all and considering they own most of the farm land around Edale, (so I've heard), they are, and always have been, a miserable couple considering the amount of easy money they make from some empty field, they simply take your money without a smile... although the good thing is they do leave you alone as long as you obey the long list of rules, like no loud noises after 11pm, (I always wondered if this rule included excessive bottom burps after a baked beans supper..?), and open fires must be a certain height above the ground, ( basically a gas powered barbeque, which most people camping tend not to have stuffed in their rucksacks...
I know you can't blame one individual campsite owner for the Health and safety brigades rules but when I first started camping, (many moons ago) part of the fun of it was making a small fire to cook you slops on...
Coopers site is the largest in Edale and the high prices shows this, (prices do vary so please check before you go... I think the number is still 01433 670372) so if you only need to pitch your tent up before hitting the Pennines (like we tended to do) then there are smaller, but cheaper sites around Edale, (They are all on farmland and are all signposted), so give your money to some friendly farmer instead of the moody Coopers who probably has more money than he can handle.
Although I do recommend the campsites little café/ restaurant which, like I said, serves a hearty breakfast ready for your days hiking... but for an evening meal then the 'Nags head' is your man and the last time I visited there the landlord was a friendly sole who welcomed everyone with a smile and a quick chat.
Stayed here Sept 2005, 2 of us & 1 tent cost £10 per night. The shower/toilet block is new, with free showers, and hot water.
There is a bar on site which serves normal priced beer & food. The beer was great. The bar area is suprisingly spacious & the people friendly.
The campground is great-well drained & not at all lumpy.
There is also the Drovers Inn within a hsort walk away, but the hygeine there was questionable & it cost £5 for 2 pints of beer-and just local beer, not Guinness. The Bar on site is just perfect, and there is a nice seating area outside.
There is an extensive cooking/washing up/clothes washing facility.
This site is right on the West Highland way
there are also wooden wigwams & chalets to rent
We'll be back !
campsite Tel: 01301 704281
After returning from a very successful camping holiday in Killarney, Co Kerry in Republic of Ireland I must tell you about a fantastic site called Flemings of Whitebridge. It is a very clean and tidy site with ample room for static caravans, touring caravans and tents. The picturesque grounds are well tended will lovely floral gardens. On site there are 3 modern shower/toilet blocks which are immaculate at all times. Also on site is a shop, tourist information, 2 laundry rooms, games room, TV lounge, campers kitchen, fishing and bicycle hire. Nightly rates are very reasonable with a family tent £4.00IR, adults £4.00IR and children under 14 years £1.00IR. The site is situated close to all the sites and sounds which Killarney has to offer such as Killarney town and the Ring of Kerry. To get to the site follow the N22 Cork Road out of Killarney. After passing SuperValu and the Killarney Heights Hotel take the first right turn (sign posted Ballycasheen Road and Flemings White Bridge) and continue for about 300 metres to the archway entrance. I hope if you are considering holidaying in Co Kerry and decide to stay at this site you will find it as an enjoyable experience as we did.
I must tell you about an excellent family run holiday park. It?s called Pentewan Sands and is situated near St Austell in Cornwall. My family have been going they?re for their holidays since 1965 and in those 37 years a lot of improvements have been made. The camp itself is nestled in a small quiet bay and is surrounded by countryside and benefits from a private beach. Another benefit is that no pets are allowed so that you never have to worry about children stepping in dog mess. The park itself has been open for over 60 years and is still run by the Tremaine family. It spans an impressive 32-acre site, which has 105 luxury caravans and 480 touring pitches. Nearby are the lovely fishing village of Mevagissy, a large indoor market that opens Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, The famous Eden Project, The Lost Gardens Of Heligan, Charlestown (where Tony & Cheri Blair visited 16/08/01), Carlyon bay and St Austell town which boasts all the normal shops you need. There is a Large Asda supermarket and a Tesco Supermarket not very far away. When my family started going there, there was only a few concrete chalets, no lighting on the camp and in the chalets they had their own toilets ( which was a luxury )and stone showers that you stepped into. Like I said things have certainly improved over the time. There is now an outdoor heated swimming pool, The Beach Club, security gates, full lighting and security guards that walk the camp all day and night. When I was a child I loved the freedom of the camp, my parents knew that I was safe and I was a typical tomboy who loved climbing trees (well falling out of them mainly). I am now 28 years old and there are still loads of us that go on holiday together. Every year there is 3 or more static caravans housing my family? I think the manager Graham thinks we are the mafia or something. The beach club is great for children, when my cousins come on holiday with us they enjoy all the activities. There is also
an adventure playground situated near the beach . The children?s club runs throughout the day if parents wish to have a peaceful few hours. The children are usually taken on one or two trips that don?t cost the parents very much. My cousins didn?t want to go so I?m not sure of the price. In the evening the beach club has got a bar and runs entertainment which is surprisingly good. I have watched many cabarets there over the years and have enjoyed the majority of them. The beach club starts at 6.30 with games a disco for the kids. Every week there is a talent show for the children and the club member?s help the children practice for the night so that the everything runs smooth. Parents have no need to worry, even though the club doesn?t shut until 1am the children can stay as late as you like. There is also an amusement arcade, shop, restaurant and take away on the camp .The camp also boasts it?s own slipway and launch service and boats are welcome, for those people into water sports. The village of Pentewan is very small and is also mainly owned by the same family, all you have to do to get there is to walk across the old harbour bridge. In the village there is a cycle hire shop, post office and an excellent pub called the Ship Inn that does terrific value bar snacks or meals. Right beside the village are some amazing river walks that also have a cycle track. Further along the road back towards St Austell, on the right hand side is a small pony hire business . The camp has a strict policy that if you cause a disturbance through extreme rowdiness you will be removed from the camp immediately. The accommodation is luxurious, some might think the prices are high but for the security and peace of mind we think it?s worth it. For an 8 berth caravan prices start from £365 per week rising to £560 a week. If you want an early or late holiday, between the 1st April -25th May and 8th September - 27th October (dates vary slightly year by year) it
will cost you £190 for the largest caravan for a week. You must add £5 booking fee and £6.50 cancellation insurance (total £201.50). If you choose to take two weeks holiday in those bargain periods the second week is half price, but the cancellation insurance changes to £12.50. So if you want a fortnight?s holiday out of peak season and wish to enjoy a fun but relaxing holiday in a safe, secure environment, it will cost you £302.50. Their phone number is 01726 843485 . An extra bonus for the kids is that there are ducks in the river and they come up to the caravans to be fed ( With their ducklings). That is why I have booked my honeymoon there and I shall continue to go there with my family.
Trethiggey Campsite in Newquay is only around 10 minutes drive from the heart of Newquay in the small village of Quintrell Downs. Its situated no more than 3 miles from 5 fantastic beaches where many watersports including surfing take place. The park is open all year round with a snack bar, shop, showers, games room, laundrete, fishing lake and childrens adventure playground. Unfortunatly as I found when i went just before the main summer season started many of these were not yet up to scratch. The shop was only half stocked, the snack bar opened in the morning for a couple of hours just before we were leaving to go home, one of the shower blocks wasn't in use and the games room had an old rundown tv and ripped sofa in it. The campsite itself is very spacious with plenty room for children to play. The grounds are really well looked after and there is a seperate area for dog walking. If you are in a tent then there are many little alcoves to pitch in and keep away from other people. There are a couple of pubs only minutes walk away which serve delicious food and in large quantities (excellent value for money there). Or you could even hire a BBQ from the onsite shop. I found the prices quite reasonable at between £3.50 - £4.50 per night per person depending on what time of the year you go. The only thing I found dissapointing about the tarrif was that if you go by car it costs you £1 per night park it there (peak season). The site is a family run buisness and i found the hosts to be very plesant and helpful with any queries I may have had. I probably would go back to this site just to see if the facilities had improved but overall I would say this a definatly a place to stay if your looking for peace and quiet.
The Sandybrook Country Park, Buxton Road, Ashbourne. A very grand title for a not so grand site. Facilities for tents, Caravans and Campers, with electric hook ups. The internet site for this camp site states that it has a bar, swimming pool and childrens playground, however this information is apparently two years old and the site has none of these facilities. They do have plans for them and they should be ready later this year. We went with the view to using these facilities with our two small children and were very disappointed. In addition to the lack of the stated items, the information suggests that there is a slight slope on the field. The 'slight' slope is worthy of any blue run in the Alps. seriously, the slope was the 'ruin' of our short break as anyone who is into camping knows to avoid slopes. This was unavoidable over the entire field. The toilet/shower block are satisfactory, although a bit small. They have the usual washing up and water, waste water and chemical toilet empty facilities. On the site they have some Pine lodges which are rented at £60.00 per night and look very comfortable, and when the new facilities are completed should make for a pleasant holiday. The location of the site makes it handy for Ashbourne centre, 1 mile away, and Carsington water is about four miles away.
I have been going to North Devon on holiday since i was 3 and we have tried various holiday parks mainly in the same area. This particular camping park i am going to give my opinion is called Watermouth Cove Holiday Park, it is located between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, which are both great places to visit. Watermouth Cove is the most beautiful place i have ever been, the first time we stayed there was when i was 10 and we have kept going back ever since (i am now 18). I have an older sister and two younger brothers and we all feel the same about it. It is the friendliest organisation i know, it is run by a family who are the nicest people. The facilities consist of a children's play park, 2 outdoor swimming pools, a private cove, a bar, take away and restaurant, site shop, amusement arcade, hot water and showers, and laundrette. The headland walks are superb and really quite amazing. This is a place for all ages, children love it and aldults too. The entertainment in the bar is fantastic, it ranges from karaoke and disco to country and western and themed nights. The entertainment generally aims at the kids in the beginning of the night then the adults as the night goes on. It is ajacent to a wonderful harbour with easy acess. opposte to Watermouth Castle that has been advertised on t.v (imagine the excitment when we saw that). The series 'Famous Five' was filmed here and i was staying there at that time which was so much fun. They even had the Big Breakfast visit them. Watermouth Cove is obviously the place to visit so you should really send off for a brouchure or visit. They have a web page with the prices ect. on and photgraphs so that will give you a more of an idea. www.watermouthcoveholidays.co.uk hope i have been a help.
Having recently had a family holiday to devon, which including spending money cost £2,300 for a week. I am definately going back to all inclusive next year and probably to the dominican republic. If you shop around for a family of three adults and one child you can get an all inclusive fortnight for about £2,600. The idea of all inclusive terrifies a lot of people but why at these prices. You are not tied to your resort at all, what you should do is find a good hotel with lots of facilities spread around on the all inclusive package, such as bar and food available on the beach, free watersports, free a la carte meals etc. On the resort you wear a wristband to prove you are a guest and therefore entitled to all meals and drinks free, a lot now have free ice creams for the kids and snacks available all day, for those wanting a day out elsewhere many will do a packed lunch if requested. We struggled to spend £300 on our last all inclusive and that went on gifts and excursions, if you choose your resort and hotel well you cant go wrong, and a good tip is look on the web for other peoples opinions on your chosen or opted hotel or resort its surprising the information available.
Camping offers the freedom to enjoy the outdoor life and minimal cost, unless you camp in the New Forest! Having been loyal to Cornwall for many years for the summer family holiday, the New Forest seemed to offer an interesting alternative. The local geography is superb, with acres of forests (surprisingly enough), nearby beaches, and loads of local places of interest. One of the best nearby attractions can be found in Portsmouth, with its excellent naval ships and museums, which include the HMS Victory and Mary Rose. The New Forest itself is ideal for mountain biking, walking and pony spotting, but be warned, you don't have to look for the ponies, they find you. Or more accurately, they find your tent, and if any food is within two miles of your tent, you will have an uninvited guest visiting your canvas home. Oh, and forget about the idea that camping is cheap - £12 per night for camping in the official sites, but the ponies are thrown in for free!
Touring Caravans – a joy for participants – a nightmare for others! Yes, I admit it – I am one of those people who most drivers detest – a touring caravan owner (though my husband tows it, not me!) Of course, we don’t hold anyone up or get in other peoples’ way - that’s what other caravanners do!!! I must say that the journey with a caravan is certainly not all fun and getting cut up by lorries and having people pull out in front of you at the last minute can be rather unnerving but, when you get to the site everything from then on is usually pure bliss. We belong to the Caravan Club and use their Certified Locations, which are only licensed for 5 caravans no matter what the acreage of the site is. This means, of course, that you can really get away from it all and, with our two large German Shepherd Dogs, we do need plenty of space. Most of the CLs have only a tap and somewhere to empty the loo and waste tank - these are the ones which are less likely to be fully booked in the height of the season. The ones with facilities like electric hook up and toilets, etc., are much more in demand and a site has to be booked well in advance on most of them. We have been caravanning for many, many years in this country mainly, though we have towed abroad. I even enjoy cooking in the caravan (a wonder because I’m not keen at home!). We eat, sleep, drink and relax when we like, walk for miles and have no worries whatsoever.
Welcome by name and nature! This Caravan Park is in Dawlish Warren, Devon. It is clean, friendly and has excellent entertainment facilities. The beach is a short walk away, is clean and has rock pools for the children to explore. The site has static caravans and I have stayed in the lower and top range, and all are clean and very modern. There are also chalets which I have never stayed in but look fine. There is a childrens play area with swings etc, lots of activities day and night for the children and adults alike. There are 3 swimming pools and a bubbling pool to relax in. There are shops on site and just off site, launderette, hire services and gas and electric are free. There is plenty of parking space, and there are lots of nearby attractions. In the evening when you have come home from the club there is always a film on their dedicated tv channel, usually one that you won't have seen. This year we watched 'Sixth Sense' and 'You've got Mail' amongst others. I could go on forever about this site, but I will say one last thing, I offered to take my daughter abroad, and she refused saying she wanted to go back to Welcome, now that is a recommendation!
I have been to the hop farm many times with my children and as they have grown up over the years I found that different parts of the farm appeal to them each time we visit. It’s not a huge farm, but there is plenty for younger children to do. I would give the place a limit on the age of the visitors though. I think that kids over the age of 10 years old may find it dull. They all eventually get to an age where they find anything like this ‘boring’. They have most of the animals that you would expect to see on any farm (sheep, goats etc). I think my favourite part is (and always has been) the Shire horse area. You can visit the horses in their stables (watch those fingers if you pat them though! They try and have a nibble). They have ‘working horse’ displays and dray rides around the farm. There is a large room devoted to the shire horses and it contains all the horse brasses (all very highly polished) and every type of memorabilia you could connect with horses. They have covered every inch of space on the walls etc. It’s very impressive when you see it for the first time! All the buildings are converted oast houses and each one contains a different display about farm life through the ages. There are generally displays about hop farming (growing to harvesting etc), pottery (how to make, decorate etc) and there is a museum dedicated to the farm itself. During the summer they have workshops for the children, so they can join in and find out about things ‘hands on’. The displays change every year and there are more than what I can remember! There is an adventure playground and a soft play area, all children try and make a beeline for these! Save it until YOU need a rest! They sometimes have little ‘ride in’ cars out for the toddlers too. There is a café, which is quite nice for a cuppa or an ice-cream, but I wouldn’t buy food there as it is quite expensive. They ha
ve a huge field where you can sit and have a picnic if you want to. They allow dogs on the farm too, which is a rarity in itself, but you must keep them on a lead. Throughout the summer they use their large field for special events. I have seen teddy bears picnic, car pageants, dog shows, beer festivals (definitely a must on a hop farm!), horse displays, monster trucks and a firework display. These events are a nice added bonus when you visit, but they do charge quite a bit more for entry. I have listed the prices below, but these do not take into account the extra charges for these events. The rates vary so much depending on the event. There are two sets of ‘Farm Only’ prices (taken from 1999 price list): WINTER: £2-50 Adults £1-50 Children/OAP’s/Disabled SUMMER: £5-50 Adults £3-50 Children/OAP’s/Disabled £16-00 Family Ticket They do run a membership scheme; if you have joined you get half price entry. Details are available at the farm. The farm is quite easy to get to no matter which way you travel. It is situated on the A228 at Paddock Wood. By car it is a 30-minute drive from Junction 5 of the M25 or a 10-minute drive from junction 4 of the M20. Paddock Wood has a train station and there is a bus (route 6) which takes you directly to the hop farm. The farm is well signposted, so don’t worry about getting lost! Whichever way you travel you will get to see the lovely Kent countryside on the way (after all it is called ‘the garden of England’!!!!). I know you will do quite a bit of walking around the farm, but you will also get to enjoy the peace and quiet too. It’s not the sort of place you should travel 500 miles just to see it, but if you are around the area it’s well worth a visit.
Welcome Family Holiday Park is a lovely holiday park for all the family. There is something for everyone. The park is clean and tidy. The Entertainment Staff are extremely friendly. The Neptune Centre is an indoor complex which has four heated pools although it can be quite busy during the summer months. The children have the Jolly Roger Club which keeps them entertained for hours. There are lots of organised games and competitions for them like Treasure Hunts, Sports, Fancy Dress and many more. They have their own clubhouse where they can spend the evening playing games, watching videos. On arrival the kids are told whether they are Priates or Smugglers depending on your accomodation number. The Priates and Summglers compete in games and comps against each other during the week and gain points for their team. There is Crazy Golf, Adventure Playgrounds and a Football Pitch. My children really enjoyed the activities that were organised. In the evening you can relax and have fun in the Dolphin Club where there are Disco's, Stage Shows, Live Music and the traditional game of Bingo. There is a Hire Shop where you can hire Bikes, Computer games, pushchairs, ironing boards and many other things. The accomodation is lovely. We have stayed in the Super Ashcombe and Super Powderham Caravans during the times we have been and they have always been superb. Bed Linen is included in the price as is electricity. Just outside the Holiday Park entrance is a general store and Post Office. Within a 5 minute walk is Dawlish Warren beach. It is a beautiful sandy beach with dunes, great for the kids. There are a few arcades and gift shops on the walk to the beach. Dawlish Warren is a lovely place to holiday and it is not far from many other wonderful places like Torbay which is known as the English Riviera.
Are you a fisherman? do you own a caravan?. if so, this is for yoy For all you fishermen ( or ladies ) who own a touring caravan, here is a site for you. Millpond is a small caravan site, situated in the herefordshire village of Little Tarrington. This lovely, quiet, lakeside site is ideally situated for visits to Hereford, Worcester,Ledbury and many other beautiful and historic towns. For the fishermen, send the ladies off to visit the Royal worcester factory, and settle down to a day's fishing on-site. Th3e lake contains a variety of fish, including Mirror, common and leather carp, bream, tench and orfe, to name but a few. I, for one will be visiting the site again this year, for another two weeks of excellent fishing. There is no shop or entertainment on site ( apart from the fishing ), but ledbury, with its quaint olde worlde shops, and also supermarkets, is only a few minutes away. Gotta be a must for fishing caravanners. ten out of ten.