I have always taken my children on standard 'holiday camp' type holidays, where you stay in a static caravan or a little chalet and there is lots available on site, such as a swimming pool, restaurants, entertainment, etc. In recent years though, this option has become more and more expensive. Sometimes even more expensive than travelling abroad! This year we went on a traditional camping holiday, kindly supplied by Roebeck Country Park for us to review. We were all really surprised by how positively it compared to our previous holiday choices and I wanted to write about this aspect as I would never have realised how enjoyable it would be and how little we would miss the holiday camp environment.
Here are our camp highlights!
|It's great to be alive!|
Or a cheeky ice cream on the beach (ok, not strictly breakfast, but we were on holiday!) and nothing beats watching the sunrise over the sea. All a far cry from waking up to the noisy frolicks of countless exhuberant holiday makers, making their way to the overcrowded buffet.
One of the biggest pressures I find with holiday camps is the timetable. The children always have a list of different shows and appearances they want to see during the day and are so disappointed to miss anything. I really didn't miss trying to organise our days around that and fitting everything in! What surprised me was that Luke didn't miss it either! He really embraced finding his own entertainment. It sounds cheesy, but going back to basics, with things like skipping, playing cricket, card games, etc, was really enjoyable and so much more relaxing not having to be anywhere in particular! Our favourite activities were...
|Exploring the Countryside|
|Feeding the Ducks|
I have spent many an early evening queueing for hours at Butlins or Pontins to try to get a seat for the entertainment provided, usually a selection of Britain's Got Talent or X Factor rejects. The overcrowding, noise and heat is something that I really don't enjoy about organised entertainment at holiday camps. There never seems to be enough room and many times we have been disappointed because there are no seats left for the popular acts. This drives me mad, as it's included in the price, but there is another option and these are some of our best bits...
|Baking Potatoes in the Fire Basket|
|Enjoying Cuddles in front of a Chiminea|
|Cooking Outdoors on the Camping Stove|