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outdoor family holidays with halfords

We’ve just booked our next Lake District adventure for my 30th birthday in two weeks time, and I cannot wait to be back in my happy place.

Our last Lake District trip spiralled down into a pit of illness for the children, so I’m really looking forward to our return… and for all of the exploring we didn’t get round to doing in June!

We’ve got some gentle walks planned, so Busby and H-Bear can join in. A few of our favourite National Trust properties to tick off. And even a boat trip or two across Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.

Although we won’t be camping when we go (my 30th birthday requires a break involving duvets and a wood burning stove), we have been talking about a mini camping trip with the children… only for a night or two, to ease us all in gently at first!

We’ve been scrolling through the Halfords Camping Guide to help give us some ideas. It’s a fantastic guide, with everything from checklists to recipes. There are some great campsite location ideas (how wonderful does beach camping sound?), and there’s even a camping Spotify playlist!

I love the idea of camping as a family; what a fun adventure to be in the woods, or by the sea. I’m not quite sure how much sleep we’d get as Busby doesn’t ever really stop – even when she’s exhausted… but H-Bear would relish every moment of sleeping outdoors.

However, my memories of camping are not all positive: our tent collapsed while we were on Duke of Edinburgh due to wind and rain (and a pretty dreadful old tent that the school had been using for years), so a good quality tent is a must… with enough space for all! Air beds are also essential if you want to avoid a stiff back in the morning, and not forgetting a cosy sleeping bag for the 2am chill.

As I’ve said above, the idea of camping near a beach is very exciting. I’ve camped in Southwold, Suffolk previously, but we were still a drive away from the sea. It would be so wonderful to stroll to the beach at any time… To spend the day playing in the sand, or watching the sunset with fish and chips in hand… Can you tell I’m a romantic?!

Whitby with children

Busby keeps asking us when we’re going to go, so I’m definitely going to continue exploring the different sites in the guide to see which would be best for us! Padstow looks gorgeous…

Do you have any family camping tips that will help our future adventure?


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1 Comment

  1. 10th August 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Oh we are going on a camping trip soon so will definitely be checking that guide! We bought a new tent but still need loads of gear – we are sorta half way there with everything we still need. Might need to borrow some bits and bobs.

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