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Message posted by Scottish17/5/2020 at 12:52pm
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Hi,

Just registered for the forum. I'm a big fan of forums for information, advice and nonsense chat.

My wife and I have two reasonably young kids and last night finally got around to buying our first family tent: a Eurohike Sendero 8XL. Got it at a bargain price. Would seem the only flaws are rubbish tent pegs (we'll buy some more) and no zip at the bottom of the door (we'll affix some velcro).

Got some blow up beds, camp stove and other bits and bobs so far.

Just a few things from doing some reading:

1. Joining the caravan and camping club- this seems to be a no-brainer for the price vs rewards. Am I right?

2. Would be grateful to here from those with any newbie camping advice "If I were to go back in time knowing what I know now, I would buy/do/not do...."

3. Anyone recommend North England / Scotland sites which have golf on site?

4. This forum seems packed with info and links- where should I start?!!!

5. Are there any dangers to camping in bigger sites beyond what would usually be considered?- specifically thinking about my kids' safety.

6. My new tent is 7m long- is this going to curtail where we'll be able to pitch up as I see sites have lots of size restrictions.

Thanks all! I'll definitely stick around.

Message posted by dk16817/5/2020 at 1:57pm
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Welcome to UKCS!

When I started camping in a tent in 2006, I found C&CC has loads of useful information.

And yes to joining them to save of non-member nightly pitch fees if one decides to stay at their club sites even for a just once or twice a year.

If I were to go back in time to start procuring my kit from scratch again:

* I would not have bothered with an air bed and would have bought a camp bed and add a self-inflating mattress (SIM) on top.
* I would have bought a Coleman 428 Dual Fuel 2-burner stove so that I could use it all year round, and not bothered with the suitcase stove or Cadac Safari Chef that uses gas canisters
* Dutch Pyramid tents in cotton canvas can better withstand stormy weathers. They are quieter in the wind, cosier and less draughty too (for those with a zip in groundsheet [ZIG]).
* A portable loo like Kampa Khazi is very handy, especially at night when it is chucking down outside and the facilities block is some distance away.
* Definitely use an extra tarp as additional groundsheet.
* A carpet in the living area add cosiness.
* A tarp/canopy and learnt how to put it up using the Ridge Line method helped to increase seating area outside the tent with ease (do not be tempted to leave it up unattended/overnight unless light wind and good weather is a certainty).
* A thermo-electric cool box is a must for me personally. I would advise getting a good one that can cope with the increasingly hot weather. Check the operating temperatures and pay particular attention to the maximum differential that it can cool from ambient. The cheaper ones like Campingaz 28L and the one I bought from Lidl a couple of years ago can keep food chilled below 8 degC which is the minimum safe limit when the ambient temperature is about 24 degC outside (based on a differential of 16 degC), and don't forget a tent will be hotter inside!
* A thermostatic heater of no more than 2kW with different heat setting is another must have for me as it can be nippy in the evenings.

For C&CC club sites in the North and Scotland, I liked Conkers in Derbyshire, Eskdale in Cumbria; and Glencoe in Scotland (Nairn was nice, however, Glencoe was nicer). Don't think they have golf on site, sorry!

I would advise deciding on your needs and wants for the type of camping that you intend to do (e.g. fair weather only, or 3/4 seasonss etc.), and search for information in the appropriate sub-forums.

Only you can decide with regard to the size of the sites and perform your own due diligence based on your own level of risk tolerance. Some like big sites with lots of organised and supervised activities for children to allow their kids to mingle with the others, whereas some parents do not want their kids to be out of their sights at all!

Maximum allowable tent size varies between sites, therefore, it is imperative to check with the site before booking. C&CC does state the maximum allowable tent size on their Jumbo Pitches, however, I do not know the dimensions off the top of my head, sorry!

Have fun!

DK

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Message posted by Frazzle-17/5/2020 at 3:44pm
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Just a few notes from me but welcome.

Our children (1 has reached the teenage stage) are still on roll mats, no need for air beds which are colder. Well we slept on them as adults, but not as children and now dd sleeps on a roll mat for Guide camp.

1. Not joined any club. Only useful if you plan on going to their sites and we prefer no club house, no pool, no entertainment, no restaurant sites. Also when I priced up visiting their sites I had to pay a large tent fee, on top of a non-members fee. Might have joined if I wanted to visit areas where there sites were and they were the best sites in the area for us.

2. Perhaps another post or this will go on for several years.....

3. Not camped up north.

4. Click on message posts that you are interested in. They are arranged in subject matter. If you are interested in a campsite do check the 'campsite search' button and have a look. You can adjust your search to your needs and your area. No good at considering a caravan only site without toilets when you have a tent!!

5. Yes my pet hate. Children speeding round campsite paths/roads on scooters and bikes and often without helmets. Sometimes see 2 year olds on their own on a balance bike zooming round (it was dark and in France last summer). Just the normal things. Give your children guidelines eg. go with them to the play park then the next time give them a head start and they will get time by themselves before you get there. eg.2 once cleaned their teeth they can visit - new friend- in green tent opposite yours and you pick them up one you have done your own teeth and done your hair in front of a mirror. Sorry if your children are older or you are more relaxed in your idea of parenting than me this may seem strange. Just bring loads of fabric strip plasters about 10 cm long- you know the ones you cut to size. This is because the paths of campsites are often very uneven and take chunks out of knees and elbows when you trip over.

6. Yes. You may need to ring or e-mail the site directly and ask them. If they ask you to use a 'jumbo' pitch just look and consider the cost and the location of the site and decide if you'd still like to go. If not just go and find another site.


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Great responses folks thanks.

Message posted by BRYANMITCH18/5/2020 at 9:47am
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Welcome Scottish .Im just down the road in Geordieland. We are spoilt for choice with good sites around the borders area! Check out the campsite search box at the top of the page--its a good help in finding what facilities are available. One site which I think would appeal to you is Tantallon at North Berwick..right on the golf course! and also the beach.
I am a member of the caravan and camping club and in my opinion it is well worth it.To be honest I only joined to get access to one particular site in Keswick as its in a prime location-no need to use the car once you are there saving a fortune on parking etc. and thats if you can find a parking space!!!Decent monthly magazine and various discounts on gear and ferries.I have tried a few other sites and they are always of a high standard.A little bit strict with the rules and not everyones cup of tea but fine if you behave yourself
Regarding the front door/velcro idea--DO IT!!!. I have had a tent in recent years with no lower zip and woke up to find a good assortment of undesireable creatures had moved in overnight--pegging the bottom of the door down doesnt stop them.On the second night we resorted to folding the material over and clamping with clothes pegs.
A good addition to your kit would be a fix-it box full of goodies
to fix any problems---gaffa tape,spare guys,needle and thread etc etc.
Enjoy your camping and I always say---A happy camper needs a happy wife--otherwise youre not going .

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Message posted by Hedgehugger22/5/2020 at 5:15pm
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Can't really add anything to the good selection of comments above except maybe to give the children their own torches so they have light if they feel they need it. I agree that some sort of simple 'night-time wee' arrangement saves a lot of hassle!

Depending where you are in Scotland, Drumroamin campsite at Kirkinner near Newton Stuart is very clean with a flat and spacious field, games room for a change, lovely wood at the road end for walks.https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=6108

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Message posted by ficklejade23/5/2020 at 10:17pm
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I'd echo the recommendation for Drumroamin, plus once things are open again, there's a lot to do in the area.

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Message posted by pottsy23/5/2020 at 10:43pm
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I can recommend Hoddom Castle https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/reviews.asp?revid=2387 . Loads of space, clean toilets and showers and golf course. Bar and food available on site too. If you like fishing there is trout and salmon fishing in the River right beside the site. It is just outside Annan


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