18 Jul 2015

Our family camping holiday to Lobb Fields, North Devon


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.

Lobb Fields, North Devon

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.

Harry at Lobb Fields, North Devon

Lobb Fields, North Devon


The swings at Lobb Fields Campsite, North Devon

Lobb Fields, Braunton

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....

Lobb Fields, Braunton, North Devon

 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.

The Bike Shed, Barnstaple

Barnstaple, North Devon

They both spent the journey home in the bike trailer fast asleep....

Tarka Trail snoozing

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.

Tarka Trail - Woo Hoo

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.

Fremington Quay


 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....

A misty Croyde Bay

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.


A miserable looking Croyde Bay

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!


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39 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures - I have so many lovely memories of family camping trips, many of them rainy! Sometimes they're the best ones :) #HappyDaysLinky

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    1. We've really been unlucky with the rain so far. Can't wait until we get a totally dry one! :)

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  2. Oh I love North Devon... I have many fond memories of surfing at Croyde too! Looks like a lot of fun and makes me want to get back there!! #happydays

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    1. It was lovely, despite the weather we had :)

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  3. Hi loved your post! My aunt is a camping queen and usually makes a chili/stew/bolognase and takes it with her in a large crock pot pan between her knees in the car. Then when they get there she just sticks it on the camping hob and that's the first night done. If your permitted an open fire you could stick potatoes wrapped in foil in the bottom and then have chili in a jacket? Another great one is the disposable bbq we used these loads even for breakfast my husband would stick one on and we'd have sausage sandwiches. Hope you have a nice time this break looks lovely! #HappyDays

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    1. That's a great idea! I'm determined to experience more outdoor/tent eating next time! :) x

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  4. What a shame about the rain but it looks like you had a lovely break - cycling with them is great too and such cute photos. I still haven't tried camping with my daughter.

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    1. I know it was a shame about the rain. We haven't been very lucky so far. I really enjoyed our cycling days out! :)

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  5. Looks like a lovely camping spot - always good to have lots of space. Shame about the rainy days for the beach though I guess it gives it a different kind of interest. Still looked a fun trip though. #countrykids

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    1. It was a lovely site, we were really impressed and we did have loads of fun despite the rainy days :)

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  6. It looks like you guys had a fantastic trip! great photos...i love the one of the blue sky above the tent at dusk...gorgeous. #happydays

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  7. Ah that picture of them asleep is so cute! Looks like a lovely holiday x

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  8. Sounds like you have the camping bug and I must say the site looked perfect with lots of space and some play things too. We hit the beach here in the same misty rain to go surfing and had a lovely time, but it is different with all the facilities of home to dry off and warm up after. The new chairs sound a good idea and a portable BBQ would be a fun way to cook. I look forward to hearing about your next adventure here on Country Kids.

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    1. I think we have got the bug now! I'm already starting to research the next one! Yes, we did have slightly damp towels for a couple of days. Yuk! I think we're definitely going to get a BBQ going next time :) x

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  9. It looks like you had a fantastic time! I'm with you on the planning everything to the last detail thing...it makes the holiday more enjoyable for me! My sister is the complete opposite - they are meant to be going abroad for the whole summer holiday and haven't even booked yet (they're going next week!!!!).
    We're going glamping in September so your post has got me excited about that :)

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    1. Oh wow, that is last minute planning!! Ooo have fun glamping!! :) x

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  10. loved this, thank you for sharing! so my DH and I are not very experienced campers (me more so but he is happy to go along ) but we are going to a festival with 15 mo and want to give it a go. Main concern right now is tent.. we definitely want something EASY to erect (we are not the most practical with these things) and spacious. i have heard bell tents are great though seem super pricey. after one that is EASY to put up and not crazy expensive.. going this weekend so left it rather late so any advice massively appreciated!! thank you!

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    1. Yes you can get tents that are inflatable now can't you! There was a couple of them on the site while we were away but they are more expensive. We got a Vango Iris 600 and although my husband puts it up, I help a bit and it does seem fairly straight forward. If it wasn't for him wanting to do the man thing, I could probably do it myself if I really had to! :) x

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  11. We are actually looking for somewhere to go that is just here. And maybe we will try this one if it fits our small budget as the place looks amazing! #countrykids

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    1. It's definitely worth a look into as it was a lovely site :) x

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  12. How cute are your kids!! Sounds like you had a lovely time camping. looks a bit breezy on that beach! Love the pictures of you on the bikes x

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  13. Ah the great British Summer Time weather! Your camping trip looks lovely and well done for getting so many activities in despite the weather. I love the UK but just which we would guarantee a few nice weeks, it's so beautiful! X #TWTWC

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  14. Some gorgeous pictures there. I keep thinking about camping but I'm not brave enough to do any more than think about it at the moment. Maybe when the kids are a bit older ;-)
    #twinklytuesdays

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  15. We're big fans of camping and are going camping again this weekend! It's such fun x Thanks for sharing your adventures, even though you had mixed weather sounds like you made the best of it and weren't put off x #TwinklyTuesday

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  16. Aw, Braunton isn't far from where I got married last month. Lovely part of the country. The campsite looks perfect and I like that it's not overly big. I'm being more and more drawn into the idea of camping and this has certainly made me want to do it anymore. I just have to convince hubby now - he likes his home comforts! ;)


    Thanks for joining our #HappyDayLinky

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps

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  17. Such great pictures and you all looked like you had a fab time. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  18. I love camping so I was immediately drawn to this post. We camped in a tent for years before buying our caravan and after two years (!!) of research we are finally sticking it on to a permanent pitch at the start of August. I can't wait. Best bit about camping is that there are always other kids they can run off with, and open spaces where you can keep an eye on them, and lots and lots of fresh air to tire them out. If you haven't got one already then I would recommend a Cadac to cook on. You can stir fry, griddle and BBQ on it. I still use mine now even though we have a cooker in the van. The photo of them fast asleep behind the bike is adorable. Hope you have fun on your next trip. #TwinklyTuesday

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  19. Lovely photos and it sounds like you had a great week despite the mixed weather. We are taking our toddler on her first camping trip very soon. Only for two nights though.

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  20. As a Devon lass I'm glad you had such a great time in the county. However I'm yet to be converted to the idea of camping. I need a real bed at the end of the day! Looks like a lovely holiday though #toddlerapprovedtuesdays

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  21. Beautiful photos! I'm also a newbie to the love of camping! If you take a look at my Pinterest account and find the Big Wild Sleep Out board there are LOT of foodie ideas in their! :) (I'll try and tweet you the link later today!)

    Thanks for linking to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, cant wait to see what you have next week :)

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  22. The thing that's sold this to me is the big open fields/play parks. This is perfect for toddlers. I dread going to small enclosed places with Evie because she jut wants to be free. This is perfect. I'd love to take my family camping. We've been umming and ahhing about it, but if you did it with two children then we have no excuses! Thank you so much linking up to #whatevertheweather. :-D The photos you've taken are so lovely. x

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  23. Hi there! We have been umming and arring a lot about a Camping trip lately as my son is desperate to follow in Peppa Pig´s footsteps and get out and about in a caravan. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! You may have swayed our decision! #twinkly tuesday

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  24. Lovely photos! It's very sweet watching the sibling bond establish. I love it when my two cuddle and kiss and play together.

    We've just bought our first family tent and looking forward to many lovely family holidays like this.

    Thank you for linking up to our #whatevertheweather linky.

    Jenny x

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  25. It looks as though you had an awesome time! I love that camping brings people and siblings closer like that. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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  26. Beautiful photos!! Looks like you had a fab time :) Although 7 days of camping with children??! ;P

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xxx

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  27. Aaah Michelle — what a fabulous time you had!! Great photos :) I'm such a fan of camping but we cheat *slightly* as we have Dolly our little caravan :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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