Home

   Log in or Register



Insurance Quotes
forums Campsite Search Comp Directory tips virtual brochure Profile
Tent and Awning Reviews Competitions Caravans and Motorhomes For Sale Shopping Diary Contact Us

Advertisement

Message Forums

Welcome Guest Register Login Search The Forum Posts Since Last Visit
 Reception - All Forums
  Caravanning and Camping Abroad
Share   Post on X / Twitter  Share on Facebook  Email  Printer Friendly Version Print
Subject Topic: To Book or not to book Post Reply Post New Topic
24/2/2010 at 5:03pm
 Location: Bristol
 Outfit: Turtle 1200 Teardrop Caravan.
View Lakeotter's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lakeotter Reply   Quote Lakeotter Quote  
Joined: 28/7/2007

Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   45

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Just booked Norfolk Lines 58 return in June!

This will be our first trip abroad with our little van (a Turtle 1200 http://www.teardroptrailerssouthwest.co.uk/ do have a look - they are cute)

Were are travelling last 2 weeks in June + 1st week in July. We have booked a site 'La Chaumiere' (Owners wife works at local vets) for our start and finish nights but don't know if we should book ahead or 'busk it'.

How busy are inland sites late June? It will only be 2 of us without kids so no need of pool or play areas but we do have a chihuahua (if you look up the van you'll see why!)

We'd like to travel south to find some warmth.

Thanks to all the great posts a great help to a newbie.


Don't forget to leave a review of the French and other European campsites you have visited!


24/2/2010 at 5:10pm
 Location: 
 Outfit: 
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote  
Joined: 25/1/2010

Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   4530

Site Reviews Total: 13
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

You won't need to book anything in June or early July.


24/2/2010 at 5:12pm
 Location: 
 Outfit: 
View wendywinblos's Profile View Profile   Reply to wendywinblos Reply   Quote wendywinblos Quote  
Joined: 02/12/2009

Gold Member
Gold Member

Forum Posts:   288

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

You should be ok without booking. The French will still be at work then

-------------
Wendy


24/2/2010 at 5:23pm
 Location: Lancashire
 Outfit: Coachman 460 VIP; VW Tiguan
View Ina's Profile View Profile   Reply to Ina Reply   Quote Ina Quote  
Joined: 31/7/2003

Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   3236

Site Reviews Total: 34
Site Reviews 2024: 1  
Site Reviews 2023: 8  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 2  
Site Nights 2024: 5
Site Nights 2023: 22
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 6

We never book anything at those times, usually we're away from the end of May until about the 7th of July, or thereabouts. We've always got in at the sites we wanted, and if you're not too fussed anyway, there's always another site not far away.....

That's the beauty of touring in France, enjoy!!

Also, look at Camping Cheques and ACSI, they can save you a lot of money, in case you are new to the schemes, the websites are here:

http://www.campingcheque.co.uk/

http://www.campingcard.co.uk/gb/en/home/uc33-l2-n253/

They are only valid in low season, BUT, a lot of sites still accept them into July, it's a matter of checking dates for the sites you are interested in.

-------------
Ina


Don't forget to leave a review of the French and other European campsites you have visited!


24/2/2010 at 5:43pm
 Location: West - North Yorkshire
 Outfit: Swift Speedbird 490 Mondeo Estate
View Val A's Profile View Profile   Reply to Val A Reply   Quote Val A Quote  
Joined: 19/10/2004

Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   18718

Site Reviews Total: 30
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 1  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 4
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Also try Touring Cheques, www.touringcheque.co.uk - at 12.95 per night for two people, pitch, car and caravan, awning, and electricity, they are quite a good deal.


Advertisement



24/2/2010 at 5:50pm
 Location: England
 Outfit: None Entered
View allie sommerville's Profile View Profile   Reply to allie sommerville Reply   Quote allie sommerville Quote  
Joined: 28/1/2010

Silver Member
Silver Member

Forum Posts:   117

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

We didn't need to book during May, June and early July.

One caveat though : if you plan to change to another site at the weekend, it may be busy with locals, so it might be best to either move mid-week, or book ahead.
Some places within a few hour's drive from Holland for example, get extremely busy on a Friday evening!

-------------
campervantravellerblog


24/2/2010 at 6:12pm
 Location: Bristol
 Outfit: Turtle 1200 Teardrop Caravan.
View Lakeotter's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lakeotter Reply   Quote Lakeotter Quote  
Joined: 28/7/2007

Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   45

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Thanks for the info so far - what you are all saying is June / early July no need to book ahead - good because there are so many sites - where to begin?!

Next question - Camping Cheques - with only 600 odd sites across all of France are they worth it? I'd hate to cough up for a batch and be left with them at the end because we didn't go to the right sites. I gather they are not transferrable.


Don't forget to leave a review of the French and other European campsites you have visited!


24/2/2010 at 7:08pm
 Location: Lancashire
 Outfit: Coachman 460 VIP; VW Tiguan
View Ina's Profile View Profile   Reply to Ina Reply   Quote Ina Quote  
Joined: 31/7/2003

Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   3236

Site Reviews Total: 34
Site Reviews 2024: 1  
Site Reviews 2023: 8  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 2  
Site Nights 2024: 5
Site Nights 2023: 22
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 6

Quote: Originally posted by Lakeotter on 24/2/2010
Next question - Camping Cheques - with only 600 odd sites across all of France are they worth it? I'd hate to cough up for a batch and be left with them at the end because we didn't go to the right sites. I gather they are not transferrable.

ONLY 600 sites?!? I'd have thought that was quite a lot to pick from. They are valid for 2 years though, so any you buy now, will also be valid for 2011. And whilst they are not supposed to be transferable, there is always a very healthy trade in them, on here as well as on other sites

In case you are worried about them, ACSI would be your better bet then, it's 11.50 to buy the book plus card, nothing more. You then pay the going rate at whatever campsite you stay on, either 11, 13 or 15 Euros.

Or just go and see what you think, and don't take any of the above. The only reason I mentioned them was that they do have the potential of saving quite a lot of money on sitefees, as in addition to the daily rate, some sites also offer 7 nights for the price of 6, 11 for 10, or 14 for 11 or 12, so quite a few savings to be made.

Municipal sites are usually very reasonably priced, so for your first time, perhaps worthwhile buying the ACSI book, with very little outlay up front, and see how you go.

-------------
Ina


24/2/2010 at 7:42pm
 Location: West Yorkshire
 Outfit: Mazda Bongo
View Catty500's Profile View Profile   Reply to Catty500 Reply   Quote Catty500 Quote  
Joined: 02/8/2004

Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   22

Site Reviews Total: 7
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

I wouldnt book anywhere either - its not school hols so if I were you Id go where you fancied and see where you end up!


24/2/2010 at 9:27pm
 Location: Warwick (Land of the Kingmaker)
 Outfit:  Espace Montreal Laguna Khyam Santiago
View sapper696's Profile View Profile   Reply to sapper696 Reply   Quote sapper696 Quote  
Joined: 17/9/2005

Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Forum Posts:   1213
Tent Reviews:   2

Site Reviews Total: 10
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Used CC last year,site charges 28 euros per night with CCs 13. It is a no brainer for me.

Unlike families with children we only use sites to sleep, then explore region during the day.



-------------
Dogdorne August 13


Advertisement



24/2/2010 at 10:24pm
 Location: West Midlands
 Outfit:  Karsten
View mzzy's Profile View Profile   Reply to mzzy Reply   Quote mzzy Quote  
Joined: 05/7/2004

Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   3521
Tent Reviews:   5

Site Reviews Total: 10
Site Reviews 2024: 0  
Site Reviews 2023: 0  
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2024: 0
Site Nights 2023: 0
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

I still like to book, to know where we are heading, always worry about the weather, but been lucky so far!

-------------
~*MZZY*~


Don't forget to leave a review of the French and other European campsites you have visited!



In order to post a reply you will need to register, or if already registered please log in here

Prev       Next
Quick Links - All Forums - Caravanning and Camping Abroad - Top of Page

Printer Friendly Version Printable version      Share   Post on X / Twitter  Share on Facebook  Email


Latest News, Discounts and Competitions  see all...














2486 Visitors online !

Free UKCampsite.co.uk Window Sticker  -  Recommend to Friend  -  Add a Missing Campsite

[Message Forums]  [Caravan Sites & Camping]  [Company Listings]  [Features / Advice]  [Virtual Brochure]  [Shop!]
[Reception]  [Competitions]  [Caravans & Motorhomes For Sale]  [Event Diary]  [Contact Us]  [Tent Reviews



Please note we are not responsible for the content of external sites & any reviews represent the author's personal view only. Please report any error here. You may view our privacy and cookie policy and terms and conditions here. All copyrights & other intellectual property rights in the design and content of this web site are reserved to the UKCampsite.co.uk © 1999 - 2024


Advertisement


Advertisement