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DO remember to pack a torch - or three, as your
child is bound to lose the first one. n essential
item for after the sun has gone do n.
DON'T assume price is a guarantee of happiness
- if you are not going to use an on-site shop, don't
pay e tra for a campsite that has one.
DO practise pitching your tent at home before
you go and make sure all the bits are there. f your
children are old enough, give them a specific role in
this, such as inserting the poles.
DON'T expect your children to go to sleep at
their usual bedtime or before you do. rivate adult
conversation is a lu ury you may have to sacrifice
as everyone will probably go to sleep, and wake
up, at the same time.
David Crozier, 54, from Hertfordshire, whose son Elliott,
11, loves camping, says the key to a successful camping trip
is good planning. 'Consider what facilities you need when
booking,' he says. 'If your son's football-mad, for example,
as mine is, don't just take a football - make sure there is
enough space on site to play.
'Be prepared for the fact that your child may not actually
like sleeping outside, with owls hooting, foxes howling and
so on - for many it's an adventure, but for some children
it can be frightening.
'Despite that, it's good to take your child before they
reach Year 5 and go on an overnight school trip, as it gets
the used to being in a different environ ent.
Unlike being in a hotel, you can't 'close the door' on
your neighbours on a ca site. anvas wa s don t u e
sound very well, so you may want to pack ear plugs to help
your chi dren switch off. his is articu ar y re evant i the
campsite allows dogs, who may bark enthusiastically every
time someone passes by.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
An impressive range of facilities awaits visitors,
including restaurants, entertainment venues, a golf
course, a theme park, aterpark, gym and fishing lake.
VALE HOLIDAY PARKS Wales and Cornwall
WALDEGRAVES HOLIDAY FARM Essex
The personal touch, value for money and close
proximity to castles, beaches and rolling countryside are
the magic ingredients that make people return to Vale
oliday arks time and time again.
n oy a coastal break on beautiful ersea sland.
Waldegraves is the home of family fun - there's so much
to do, including s imming, four fishing lakes, cra y golf,
a family arcade and even a
oot olf course.
CATGILL CAMPSITE Yorkshire Dales
Set in the beautiful grounds of Bolton Abbey,
there are around 30 grassy pitches, each offering
spectacular vie s. hildren love tracing the stream
that trickles through the site to the ruins of the abbey.
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Escaping modern life should mean leaving electronic
devices, such as laptops, behind. However, a smartphone is
useful for checking the next day's weather and researching
Mum-of-three Kate Harding, 44, says: 'It's a good idea
to know what you can do in the area, so if it rains, no day
is wasted. You can always visit an English Heritage or
National Trust property, or go swimming or bowling instead.
the weather is good and
ers are o en
better than you might imagine - make the most of
outside activities or relax around the campsite.'
uckingha shire advises rst-ti e a i y
campers to choose a site with a restaurant and kids club,
rather than an isolated site that has only basic facilities.
'Some people can cope with just a portable toilet and an
outside tap for washing up,' she says, 'but others prefer a
shower and proper facilities.'
oing ca ing eans ate can afford to take ore
holidays with her sons Scott, eight, and seven-year-old
twins Danny and Luke, and she thinks it's a great way
for everyone to unwind. 'The kids gain independence from
going to the toilet block and showering on their own. They
also make friends to play with, so the adults have a chance to
sit and relax with a glass of wine, with kids still in sight.'
WORDS: NATALIE BOWEN, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
HOLIDAY RESORT UNITY Somerset