We've recently returned from our second family camping holiday where we experienced the biggest mish mash of weather I've ever experienced in a 7 day period. Despite the changeable conditions, we had a fabulous time and loved every minute......
I'm one of those people who research and research holidays before making a commitment. Making pro's and con's lists, comparing facilities, prices, nearby attractions, under 4 hours drive away etc. We made our decision and we booked Lobb Fields in Braunton, North Devon.
It was a fairly small site with all the necessaries we required - toilets, hot showers, play area and wifi! They've got a great website with loads of helpful information on attractions, things to do and local eateries. We arrived on a Friday and although over the weekend got slightly busier, it was generally really quiet and we had lots of space to spread out.
Braunton is a little village not far from Barnstaple and within an easy drive of the popular beaches at Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. It was a beautiful location and there was plenty to do, come rain or shine! One of Harry's highlights was the day we spent at The Milky Way Adventure Park.
It was great being able to let Harry and Sophie run free and as we were pitched up fairly close to the play area, they often took themselves over to play on the slide.
We often caught them having a little cuddle too.
When the sky wasn't full of thick grey clouds, the views around the site were stunning....
On our first couple of days we were blessed with some sunshine so we visited Ilfracombe for a ice cream and walk around the town. We also ventured out on a bike ride on the Tarka Trail down to Barnstaple. Paul located a bike shop with a cafe while we were there, so we stopped off for a coffee and cake followed by a visit to a local park for the kids to run off some energy.
They both spent the journey home in the bike trailer fast asleep....
Following three days of constant rain, we managed to get out on a second bike ride on our last day. We hired a 'woo hoo' for Harry this time from the Tarka Trail Cycle Hire Centre as he was a bit uncomfortable in our trailer earlier in the week. The woo hoo was fab, and he had lots more space plus he was able to help me a bit with the pedalling! He did still manage to fall asleep for some if it though.
We rode the 6 miles south of Barnstaple but stopped half way at Fremington Quay for lunch. They served amazing food and cakes here and have got a really great Pirate Ship play area over looking the water.
Although it was never cold, we did have three days of constant, miserable rain. One of those dreary afternoons we spent at Croyde Bay. A bay renowned for it's sandy beaches, scenery and surfing.
Well for us, it looked like this....
We were kitted out in waterproofs and braved the wind and rain. Paul did a bit of rock-pooling and found basically nothing and almost got trapped by the incoming tide. Me, Harry and Sophie dug and sorted through shells and stones on the beach, collecting them in buckets.
Harry was not impressed by the idea of going to the beach initially. He was totally distraught when sand started to get in his boots, and we carried him kicking and screaming towards the water. As expected he was quite happy once we got there. Sophie's a little trooper. She just gets on with anything.
Their sibling bond found a new level during the week, and spending so much time with each other we witnessed some really lovely moments between them.
We thoroughly enjoyed our second camping trip and we are definitely converted to the idea now. We still ate out for almost every meal including breakfast, so next time we go I'd like to research a few recipes and organise food a little better so we can eat at the tent. We will also get a couple of inflatable chairs for next time too as the camping chairs can get a little uncomfortable after a couple of hours of sitting in them during the evening!