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Subject Topic: Big or small sites if you have kids? Post Reply Post New Topic
15/8/2006 at 7:13pm
 Location: Bucks
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I've been thinking about this recently as we haven't been camping with the kids yet, we're off very soon though. We're off to a small family run site this time, I'm looking really forward to it.

I just wondered what sort of sites other people prefered, big or small?

Are the big sites generally more expensive?



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15/8/2006 at 7:26pm
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At the minute we prefer smaller sites where we can see the kids playing because they're only 3 and 8.  I'm tempted by the bigger sites so the kids can make use of whatever facilities they offer but the likelihood of more noise at night puts me off.  Small is better (in the case of campsites anyway!).  I'm not sure about price differences.


15/8/2006 at 7:33pm
 Location: yorkshire
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we go to both kinds of site  but mostly the small family run sites as they are generally in more scenic areas. but then at other times we go to bigger sites so our 5 and 2 year olds can go swimming and go to the kiddie disco. but my 5 year olds fave site is still one of the smaller ones, dont know why!

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15/8/2006 at 7:33pm
 Location: north notts
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personally l prefer smaller sites, with just a play area so that l can see what mischeif they are up to.

my 6 yr old girl wants to go to butlins but l am not that bothered about, we will probably take her there next year just to shut her up.



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15/8/2006 at 7:53pm
 Location: Wrexham North wales
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We like the smaller site. Our kids are 10 & 6 & I feel much happier if i can watch them play.. We do enjoy going to( Haven)  Greenacres in Porthmadog but the touring site is quite small & we usually only go out of season for 2 or 3 nights, we end up spending a fortune so it's a good job we only have a couple of nights...



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15/8/2006 at 7:58pm
 Location: Deepest Darkest Dorset
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Definitely smaller, family run sites for us and our kids (now 9 and 7). We avoid the big, commercialised sites like the plague (kids entertainer, disco etc. etc.) but do like a small outdoor (heated!) pool and a shop for bread and milk and the odd ice lolly.


15/8/2006 at 8:06pm
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We've used both.   Commercial sites have their advantages, in the fact that they have things like swimming pools on site - and the kids shows can be a big plus on a wet afternoon.    I also like the fact that you can go for a quick drink in the evening without worrying about just how child friendly the bar will be - we've all been to those "families welcome" pubs - that is provided that you don't have youngsters.
Small site also have advantages - we've been to a very small site, and just spent the week at a non commercial site - where the kids spent hours playing with other kids.

Plan to go to Flamingoland in October.

 



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15/8/2006 at 8:07pm
 Location: South West
 Outfit: Hi Gear Kalahari 10
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We like both large and small sites. Bracelands in the Forest of Dean is a large site, ie large field but no club house etc. We liked it there, our 8 year old could ride his bike around with the friends he met and our 5 year old stayed close to the tent with other young children. Either/or for us.


15/8/2006 at 8:46pm
 Location: Hartlepool
 Outfit: Bailey Pagaent Burgundy Ford Kuga
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I am happy with either, pitch the caravan and enjoy, we always try as many new sites as we can each year, but we still have our favourites.   Rosie


15/8/2006 at 10:38pm
 Location: Ramsgate
 Outfit: Gelert Quebec 8 + 4
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Small sitesare better to keep an eye on the children better ,plus you dont have to walk to far for the loos,We stayed on a large site recently,and it got really busy,i gave up trying to get a vacant shower,couldnt get near mirrors,A real trial treking over the loos which seemed like half a mile away.Also you seem to be just another camper,You seem to notice your neighbour more on small sites and get chatting,friendlier and not just another face in the crowd.


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15/8/2006 at 10:44pm
 Location: East Yorkshire
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Hi All

We use both, but prefer smaller sites, our 5 year old usually makes friends and goes off to play. We bought a pair of  "walkie talkies" we find them great for making sure we know where she is.

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16/8/2006 at 8:17am
 Location: Wrexham North Wales
 Outfit: Campus Indiana 8 & Gelert Cadiz
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We prefer the small sites, like everyone else has said, can keep your eye on the kids better and they tend to be less noisy etc etc.  I really like the idea of my kids when away from home are having to entertain themselves.  We always take a football, colouring things, frisbee, books etc etc They usually make friends with other kids and go off on an adventure!

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16/8/2006 at 8:57pm
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Definately small sites, though big is OK if there isn't a club/pub as they tend to be noisy and, dare I say it, often loutish!!


16/8/2006 at 9:13pm
 Location: Holmfirth
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smaller sites without a doubt, besides they are more personal and you don't have the same ques for the showers. Cayton Village Caravan site in North Yorkshire, great for tents and smack in the middle of all the coastal towns


16/8/2006 at 9:15pm
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Quote: Originally posted by SZTE on 16/8/2006
smaller sites without a doubt, besides they are more personal and you don't have the same ques for the showers. Try Cayton Village Caravan site in North Yorkshire, great for tents and smack in the middle of all the coastal towns


16/8/2006 at 9:23pm
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Hi szte,i looked into Cayton village and it looks lovely will def put that in my folder for next year.Margie




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