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heaven or hell?
PITCH UP AND PREPARE YOUR LITTLE
ANGELS FOR LIFE UNDER CANVAS
hat's not to love about
camping? It's affordable,
adventurous and active
- and can be a fantastic
opportunity to bond as a family. But
many parents are put off by their own
experiences, often many years ago when
camping was nothing like it is today.
True, you may still suffer overexcited
children, waterlogged pitches and an
unfortunately collapsed tent. But there
are plenty of reasons to give it a try.
Here's how to make sure your holiday
is heavenly, not a descent into hell...
PICK YOUR SPOT
The huge variety of campsites, from
empty fields to fully equipped parks with
restaurants and swimming pools, means
families can tailor their holidays according
to practical needs and personalities.
Booking website pitchup.com, for
example, lists 917 campsites in the UK,
has more than 2,000 to browse.
So take stock: are your children little
explorers at heart? Take them to a forest
and enjoy nature on the doorstep.
Do they like history? Camp near
one of Britain's castles then visit
ON THE ROAD
to learn its secrets.
Would they like to learn a
Minimise in-car squabbling
new hobby? Pitch up next to an
by playing an audiobook
activity centre and join a group
all the family can enjoy
of canoeists or cyclists. They can
- popular choices are
even try archery or fencing.
David Walliams and
So think carefully about the
type of trip you want and try to
ensure there is something to amuse
your bookish older child as much >
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