campsite

Grange Farm, Brighstone Bay, Isle of Wight

Grange Farm was the second campsite that we stayed in on the Isle of Wight. Before we set off on our holiday, we were looking forward to staying here, having looked at the website and seen the location and the views. Having already spent a few days being rained on and blown about by the British weather though, we were more than a little nervous about staying at the top of a cliff!

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The Camper Van Cookbook

This year’s Christmas present cook book was “The Camper Van Cookbook” by Martin Dorey with recipes by Sarah Randell. ¬†The idea is that it features recipes that can be cooked on just two rings or using a barbecue, as well as showing you how to make the most of your campervanning trips. Like the Cool Camping Cookbook, this is the kind of book that you can flick through at any time, reading the informative sections and choosing the recipes that you will use on your next trip. (more…)

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Camber Sands Holiday Park, Camber, East Sussex

When we were looking to book up our first camping trip of the 2011 season, we heard that some friends had booked an Easter break at the Park Resorts Camber Sands site. This is not somewhere we’d normally have looked at as it’s a holiday park rather than a camp site, but we thought we’d invite ourselves along anyway. Our friends are tentists, but we won’t hold that against them and they have two small girls and so this is our first review of a camp site visited with children.¬†Overall we had a lovely weekend, although how much of this was down to the good company and the glorious (unusual for a bank holiday weekend) weather and how much is down to the campsite is hard to tell.

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Equipment

Our list of camping essentials

We spent a fair amount of time in the campervan in 2010, and at the end of the season had got packing down to a fine art. Over the winter, however we took out some of the kit to stop it getting damp and also when the the van went in for major repairs, and so we’ve now got our camping kit spread between the van, the house and the garage. With the camping season about to start and the first camping trips booked, we thought it would be a good idea to try to remember what we needed. Read more…

Articles

Review of the 2010 camping year

It’s that time of year where we’re looking back over the year just gone and looking ahead to what the coming year may bring, so here are some thoughts from Happy Campervanning. 2010 was the first year that we did any serious campervanning. We’ve now spent over 20 nights in Read more…

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Rivendale Caravan Park, Derbyshire

After a few days staying with family in Sheffield over the August bank holiday weekend, we thought we’d squeeze in a little camping trip before going back to work. With the nights drawing in and the evenings getting cooler, we were thinking that it could be the last camping trip of the season, although hoping that it wouldn’t be. (more…)

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Greenhill Leisure Park, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire

We picked Greenhill Leisure Park as the venue for a get together and birthday celebrations as it was a reasonable distance for everyone to travel to. Our group consisted of two campervans and two very small tents and we had booked three pitches. After some negotiation, we were allowed to pitch the two tiny tents together on one pitch but then they really were tiny! (more…)

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Padstow Touring Park, Padstow, Cornwall

Whilst it was a larger site, we thought that it didn’t feel too big as it was nicely laid out with hedges between the rows of pitches and so you don’t look out over a sea of tents and caravans and it feels like there is some degree of privacy. The pitches are mostly laid out in rows with a roadway inbetween and they are of varying sizes. The website helps you to decide what kind of pitch to book. Tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans are mixed together, which is nice, and there are also a few pitches with hardstanding dotted around the site for larger motorhomes.