Isle of Wight
When my eldest was 3 months old we took a trip to the Isle of Wight in April. We have some lovely memories of the area we stayed in, however as we stayed in a B&B we needed to eat out during the day which proved tricky as many places were closed off season. We wanted to give it another try, knowing that we had the freedom and flexibility of Coast to really explore and enjoy the island.
We planned a 2 week stay across 3 campsites.
Some days were filled with activities, others spent wandering and exploring - it rained and it shone but over the days we fell in love with the island and saw it in a new light.
Some of the places we visited:
Just the simplest of things brought joy to their day - flying the kite, jumping in puddles, toasting marshmallows over the BBQ, checking on the chickens, blowing bubbles around the campsite, making sandcastles, playing with hay bales.
A great way to spend the summer - definitely will be back in 2018!
Billingsmoor Farm, Devon
Pre-camper last year we booked a stay with Featherdown at the beautiful Glanmor Isaf farm in North Wales. It was a holiday that we will remember for a long time: the farmer and his family, their kindness, the location, our children feeding the lambs every morning, waking up to the cheery greetings from the pigs, the stroll across the field and down the hill to the secluded beach to collect firewood and the childrens’ excitement at collecting eggs each day. I still miss the chickens.
Challenged with a task to book a holiday for 8 people and 3 dogs during summer holidays I came across Billingsmoor Farm in Devon with a 10 person Featherdown glamping tent. Although we weren't able to stay in Coast we took him along for the ride and for the coffee making facilities :-) Upon arrival we were met by Jayne and shown around the farm.
A beautiful location looking down at the Devon countryside.
We stayed for 3 nights and only ventured out of the farm once for some supplies (chocolate!). The children loved running about the field, checking the chickens had food and water and greeting the sheep each morning. Even though it was July it rained every day and was quite chilly - we adored the stove, it kept us warm, was a pleasure to watch, and had a constant source of hot water from the huge kettle. We cooked pizzas in the pizza oven, cooked a stew on the couldron, popped popcorn on the firepit.
We took part in a Forest School which was amazing and completely perfect for our boys. We walked to a base in the middle of the forest with a tent and a beautiful canopy which housed the fire and log seating. The boys then enjoyed decorating trees with clay and string and playing in the stream. The grown ups made walking sticks from wood which we sourced from the local trees. After a joyful morning we sat down with tea and biscuits by the fire and soon warmed up from the rain. The children loved getting mucky and decorating their surroundings and were so happy to finish their day toasting marshmallows on the fire. We returned to camp completely filthy but nobody minded one bit.
We had a free weekend and with the recent appearance of sunshine thought a trip to the sea (or the ‘water park’ as the children have named it!) would be the perfect excuse to camp for the night in Coast. We chose Scott’s Farm Camping Site in West Wittering, Chichester for the occasion. On arrival the site was very well organised, had great facilities and a fab sand play park for the kids. The sandy beach was only a 10 minute walk away through some village shops catering for all your holiday needs. One ice cream and ten thousand particles of sand later it was time to head back and start the BBQ. The youngest fell asleep in the wagon during a walk round the site on a perfect summers evening, sunset in one direction and a full moon in the other; I’m glad we made the last minute trip and will certainly be back again for a longer visit.
The New Forest in Hampshire is full of interesting places to explore. What a great place to head to on the bank holiday weekend! We were headed for a little spot near Brockenhurst which has become a regular favorite of ours. Just a simple parking spot and a stream. Parked up, kettle on, bbq ready, buckets in hand the boys couldn't wait to wander through the water (neither could the dogs!). We spent a few hours catching up with family and watching the New Forest horses wander through the stream for a drink. Walked across fallen trees in the stream and played on the tyre swing. All packed up and we headed for Milford-on-Sea for an ice cream, it was quite a windy day but the walk up to the beach was worth the view of the Isle of Wight. Coast was fab as usual, even with bank holiday traffic he is always a pleasure to drive.
We recently stayed at Brokerswood Holiday Park for a one night stopover whilst visiting Longleat Safari Park in Warminster. Undeterred by the british rain looming, full waterproofs on and off we went exploring our new home for the night. A lovely shop on site stocked with everything you could have forgotten (jam on this occasion..), an under cover outdoor play area, and a short walk through the woodland forest to a picturesque lake. The site was even stocked with muddy puddles for the boys to jump in! BBQ was lit, the rain blew over and warm we were tucked up in Coast for the night.
We woke the next morning to bright sunshine and coffee, packed up and headed off to Longleat. We had quite the panoramic view whilst driving Coast through the Safari (we avoided the monkeys!) A deer even stopped for a cuppa, well a cup of deer food...