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Camping in the wet season
Member Name: HelenDK
Advantages: Cheap breaks away with the family
Disadvantages: The weather can seriously affect the enjoyment
Have just returned from 2 nights camping in Filey. My husband and 3 children very keen as we have done camping ad hoc over the years but tend to opt for abroad for our big breaks. We have also have had the odd long weekends at bed and breakfast hotels.
We decided to camp as we have been saving money to reduce our morgage term and we do have a 2 week break abroad booked for later in the year. I only had 2 days off work whereas my husband had 6 days so we opted to leave as soon as I got home Tuesday and return Thursday night in time for us both to work Friday.
The campsite cost us £16 a night but we had to pay extra 50p for showers. Like most sites it had a washer / dryer (for additional fee) a washing pots area, a place to empty camping toilets (we weren't that posh) and play areas.
What we took with us
We have a fairly standard 4 berth tent, 2 sleeping areas and a central area (ours was about £60 from ebay). Although there is 5 of us, our girls are used to sleeping together and so this is adequate. We also had 2 double blow up mattresses. We also took an ancient gas stove so we could do the whole cooked breakfast thing in the morning, as well as a whistling kettle (the whistling is very important for camping as feels very nostalgic). We also take a cool box with ice bricks. Extra blankets, pillows and the all important wind break, this allows the man to hammer it into the ground and adds an air of proper camper (not) but is necessary for sneaky toilet breaks in the middle of the night.
As I looked round I realised very quickly the amateur nature of our set up, as some peoples tents looked very sophisticated and some had separate cooking tents as well as toilet tents. I also covetted those people sat in their caravans, all warm and cosy.
How our break went
I was hoping this break would revitalise our desire to go camping and provide some cheap breaks away unfortunately it rained none stop, we were wet and cold and the rain did get in and left everything in the middle section wet too. I think it would have been great, as the Tuesday night we had a lovely stroll into Filey and had chips on a bench, it definitely provided a good opportunity to be together as a family, away from the internet and the TV, playing card games instead.
Im afraid Im scoring camping a 2, purely as I now have a huge pile of wet blankets to wash, we are all feeling cold and tired however it could have been great if the weather had been better.
Summary: Next time the kids want to sleep in a tent, Im pitching in the garden!