As a child I have fond memories of camping (well caravanning actually, but lets not split hairs). I love the thought of being outdoors, fresh air and nature. I remember having lots of fun. We had games with all the children on the campsite joining in, many laughs, horses in tents and wellies stuck in mud, just to remember a few things.
Some people would look back at my stories and think, it sounds terrible! But I don’t, I look back and think what fun and great family holidays we had. (I think my brother may say differently, he didn’t like so much walking and roughing it on a campsite).
This is what I would like to do with my children, bring them up to enjoy the great outdoors, walking, nature and generally having great fun outside. However, we have not been brave enough yet to take three children under six camping. So, to give them a taste of it, last weekend, we went to the New Forest, stayed in my parents static caravan, but spent the whole day on the campsite close by, where a group of close friends were camping.
The children loved it. We arrived at the tents saturday morning for breakfast, which was cooked on the burner (for 17 people!). Unfortunately, during breakfast there was a very heavy shower, we all got a bit wet, but that didn’t spoil things and the rain then stopped. There was however, a huge, sudden gust of wind which blew one of the gazebos up in the air, completely turned upside down and snapped! These are the camping stories I remember as a child.
We spent the morning flying kites, perfect conditions for it. The children absolutely loved flying the kites. It was the first time they had been able to properly get involved. They were actually able to fly the kites by themselves (though, I was rather worried they would just let go). It is such a basic activity to do, but great fun. BB even got to have a go with the stunt kite, though, we couldn’t let go of BB as he would have taken off with the kite!
Lunch was very nice before going on a lovely walk together down to the sea to look at some boats.
Back at the campsite there were ball games and frisbee, along with more kite flying, while our good friends made a proper campfire and cooked us a lovely dinner on it. The children were fascinated by this campfire. Then, came the best part, toasting marshmallows on the fire and eating them in-between chocolate biscuits (if you’ve never done that – GO DO IT, it is one of those things, I believe, you should have a go at).
Eventually, we had to say goodbye to our friends for the night as the children were tired and head back to the caravan for a nice comfy, warm bed!
The next day we headed back to the campsite for breakfast. Unfortunately, it was raining and horrible, so, in the end, we just had breakfast in the tent (which was a good experience for the children), then packed up and left for home.
It was a fantastic weekend, with great friends, in the great outdoors, with lots of new experiences.
I would like to quickly say, thank you to all our friends for giving the children such an amazing daytime camping experience.