Last year, we embarked on our first family camping trip as a foursome. We’d camped a few times before when Big was younger, but had never braved it with Small until last summer. She loved it. We had a fantastic time, so The Hubby was keen to go camping again at Easter, trying to make sure he gets some use out of the very expensive (but very handy!) tent we bought, not to mention our huge car/van, which we fondly named ‘The Beast’. I was hanging on to make sure the weather would be in our favour; no-one wants to camp when it’s wet and freezing cold! Luckily, the week we were planning on was forecast to be dry and pretty sunny, so I took a deep breath and agreed we’d go.
We chose to camp at Beverley Park, in Paignton, Devon. We’ve been there before a couple of times, but only staying in their own static caravans. We knew the facilities would be excellent and there is always plenty to do, both on site and in the local area. The drive to Devon is familiar and as long as the traffic is in our favour, not arduous, although it was the first time we’d ventured so far with Small out of nappies! (We needn’t have worried, she was fab!)
We loaded up The Beast and set off on Tuesday morning – chosen to avoid Bank Holiday traffic. It worked. The journey down the M5 was fine, with only the usual roadworks to contend with (when are they ever going to finish that?!) When we arrived at Beverley, the sun was shining and we were in holiday mode!
We were shown to our pitch, near the edge of a large field with only a few camper vans and one other tent for company. It was bliss (I don’t like to feel surrounded and hemmed in!). The kids had plenty of space to run and play whilst still in view – something that’s very important where Small is concerned, as she lacks a sense of danger and will run away if given the chance.
Once we’d pitched up The Hubby’s tent, unpacked and settled in, the kids were desperate to go swimming, so we grabbed our towels and headed for the pool. Beverley has an indoor and an outdoor pool (as well as another outdoor pool at their second site across the road). However, it was April and not all that warm, so we stuck with the indoor pool! There were a few
stupid brave souls in the other, however!
Dinner that evening was a pre-prepared spag bol which we’d brought with us. I enjoy cooking when camping and we try not to let our limited resources get in the way of a good meal. Favourites last year were fajitas, chicken curry, and even a roast chicken dinner, with mash and veg!
The evenings were pretty chilly, although Small and I, who sleep in The Beast, have plenty of bedding for warmth. The boys have their sleeping bags and duvets for in the tent too, but Big decided he couldn’t take any more of his Dad’s snoring and came to join Small and me after the first night.
Our first full day was spent having a particularly Bristish seaside day; we went into Paignton to the pier, where we played in the arcade and the children went on the bouncy castles and more. We had ice cream, donuts and fish and chips at the pub. Small was desperate to paddle in the sea, so I bravely nominated The Hubby to accompany her while Big and I sat in the car on the front, watching as they froze…
After that we didn’t venture far at all, as the park had enough to keep us occupied; the children loved the playground, with equipment for all ages. We went swimming every day and we could have done other activities such as archery or a nature trail if we’d have wanted.
We had a fantastic time camping again, and would definitely camp at Beverley again. Now we’re looking forward to more summer camping adventures with The Beast!
Thank you so much to Three UK for the loan of an iPhone 6S Plus so I could take some fab holiday snaps without worrying about taking my ‘proper’ camera!