Tow car problems and then finances meant we put our caravan up for sale briefly last year and slightly longer this year but each time decided to keep it so we can still go away for weekends with friends (asthma means canvas is a problem). The thing is I've rather lost my caravanning mojo but thought a bucket list of fabulous sites and places to visit around the UK might get me enthused for a great year of caravanning. Our kids are 10 and 13 and we live in Norfolk but am interested in all areas of UK. Any suggestions please?
Greenhill, from your Norfolk address I suggest weekends visits to Southwold, Aldeburgh and Cambridge - I would always choose locations rather than picking campsites. Campsites are just places to sleep, aren't they ?
We went to River Dart Country Park in Devon this year, expensive per night as you pay for park entry as well, but lots of outdoorsy things for children to do both in and out of water. - A bike track and trail, lots of walks in the woodland and by the river, adventure playgrounds both in and out of the water, high ropes, boats to hire and a shop and pub that serves food, our children loved it - and it got them away from those blooming electronics!! Our boys are nearly 10 and nearly 12.
I think I agree with Berriow that the most satisfying way to go about it is to choose the location, then use websites including this one to find the nicest campsite nearby. What's really cemented our love of caravanning is being able to discover, inexpensively, new places in our country that we either had never thought about visiting or simply didn't know existed.
Do your boys have a favourite hobby that you could base a trip around? Or a favourite TV show that you could visit the film location of?
As a 'starter for 10', Forest of Dean could be worth a look. You'll have cycling, kayaking, Go Ape, forest trails, nature walks and ruined abbeys/castles (good for photography as well as history) within at most a half hour drive.
This campsite is one that we've visited twice and is probably our favourite so far.
Trewan Hall in Cornwall is a fabulous well run site for families that's been going years and is well reviewed. Also had a good stay at River Dart a couple of years back, as previously mentioned, lots to do for families there too.
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When we lived in Hampshire, we used to travel to the "Jurassic coast" round Lyme Regis & Charmouth. Wood Farm was a good site with indoor pool. It was a brisk walk down to the beach to look for fossils.
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It really does depend what you like to do. My kids are a little younger than yours and we have a dog plus husband and son love fishing so for us playparks, walks and fishing are generally top of our list.
Poplar Farm caravan site in York is on the River Ouze and you can get a river taxi or bus into York which is full of sightseeing and great museums for the kids. There are lovely walks from the site and really nice pubs within walking distance plus a big field to kick a ball around etc. Naburn Locks caravan site is very close to that and a great place to watch the boats coming through the lock.
Closer to home for you there is the caravanning and camping club site at West Runton, fantastic area with great beaches and loads of things to do.
Too many sites to list really but i think your starting point needs to be what you like to do and how far you want to travel.
Fantastic site here. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=1674
Dark skies for star gazing, incredible scenery, owners who actually enjoy what they do, fantastic local bacon and sausages, a lake for canoeing and swimming etc etc. Oh, and Mrs Claydon Camper says they are the best toilets and showers she has ever used on any site.
Just in case the link doesn't work, it's called Fforest Fields and it's near Builth Wells.
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I think Cornwall has so much to offer for youngsters . We went for 12 years with bikes and body boards.and wet suits. And our two boys of course.
But the new forest area has quite a lot to do with bikes beaches etc . While we were in Dorchester this year we went on a ghost walk on our own but quite a few people had youngsters with them .such good fun.
Some where I always regret is not taking ours to the lake district somewhere like Keswick on the side of the lake again bikes and walking plus the lakes to swim in or use inflatables.
There are lots of caravan / camp sites on here .
I know our boys just loved the sea or water and one like fishing so it just depends on what they like . If you are in walking distance of places even better.