When I asked Finlay what he wanted to do for his birthday at the top of his list was to go on a camping trip and build a campfire! I asked around on Facebook for some recommendations and found some amazing places around the UK. I wish I’d started looking sooner as many were already all booked up for the weekend we wanted, but after some hunting, I found one close by, which ticked most of the boxes – the most important being a private fire pit!
We arrived the late afternoon and despite the wet weather earlier in the day we managed to get a campfire going. We brought a tent along with us, but as the grass was still very wet we decided to all squeeze into the glamping pod instead. Ours contained everything we needed – a little kitchen area, wet room and other supplies such as logs and kindling for the firepit. There was even an outdoor shower, that was too cold to use this time, but fun all the same.
It was a fantastic trip and we couldn’t recommend ‘glamping’ enough for a weekend away. One of the highlights had to be seeing a sky full of stars at night, as there was little light pollution. It reminded us of being back in Iceland this time last year, which remains one of our favourite family holidays so far. Here are some tips we found useful for glamping with kids:
1. It’s all about what you pack – We went to a large supermarket in the morning before we set off and picked up a few things, such as giant marshmallows, skewers, foil (for melted chocolate bananas), mini toiletries, matches, paper plates and cutlery, some drinks, sausages, rolls, instant porridge and coffee, extra wet wipes etc. You get the picture! It was handy to have everything we needed ahead so we didn’t need to worry about picking anything up on the way. We also packed sleeping bags and a spare tent in case we needed the extra space.
2. Cook ahead – Something I wish I’d thought to do was to cook an evening meal ahead that could be heated using one pot. We went into a tiny village for dinner, which didn’t have many options for grabbing a quick bite. Not the best when you have hungry young children in tow. Next time we’ll be more organized and bring our main meal/s with us. Here are some tasty camping recipes I’ve got saved already!
3. Layers & Waterproofs – If you’re camping/glamping in the UK it’s inevitable you’re going to get hit with some rain showers. I brought along plenty of extra socks, layers, and some waterproofs so that the boys wouldn’t get too cold during the evening/morning. I’d also recommend bringing along some extra plastic bags for dirty clothes (ours all smelt smokey from the fire) and rubbish etc.
Have fun! x