For this camping trip we took a drive out to the west coast near Morecambe Bay to visit Gibraltar Farm. As the name suggests, the campsite is situated alongside a working farm. The entrance is hidden away behind a barn and not very well signed, but a fellow camper was able to point us in the right direction. Once you turn the corner behind the barn, the campsite opens up in front of you.
The Food, Drink and Leisure Festival was taking place at Mersea Vineyard on Mersea Island just east of Colchester over the last bank holiday weekend in May. We were a little late in deciding to attend and missed out on a pitch at Fen Farm where we’d stayed last year but managed to get a couple of pitches next to each other at Seaview Holiday Park for us and our fellow-Bongo camping companions. We weren’t able to book pitches on the touring field for our little campervans (perhaps because it was fully booked) so we ended up on hard standing and feeling dwarfed by the vast motorhomes on all sides. The hard standing pitches are bordered by a grass area for awnings, but some have larger grass patches than others and we only just managed to squeeze our awning in.
With spring supposedly sprung, Tom had been keen to get out in the camper van for a few weeks. Up until yesterday I had been able to put him off, but with the sun shining, my bad weather excuse would work no more (I don’t mind admitting to being a “fair weather” camper) and we set off on our first camping trip of the year, a last minute trip to Fen Farm.
As we live within an hour of Mersea Island, we had been there before and wanted to go back for a better look around so we phoned up to book for Saturday night.