Showing posts with label camping with kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camping with kids. Show all posts

Monday, 9 April 2018

10 Reasons we loved Glamping at Crealy Adventure Park

We have recently arrived home from a few days glamping in Crealy Meadows at Crealy Adventure Park.  It was our third time glamping and we have discovered it is the perfect way for our family to get away.  Situated in Devon, close to Exeter and Exmouth beach, Crealy Adventure Park is a theme park for children with onsite camping, glamping and lodges.

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As we visited in April, we went for one of the safari tents and I think we made the right choice.  The tent was spacious even with six of us in, warm even in the rain and it was the perfect base for exploring Crealy Adventure Park and the local area.  Our tent was called ''Jambo' and was located alongside 7 other tents and about a 40 second walk (if you take the short cut) from the toilet block. 

The campsite had a newly opened 'Clubhouse' which served food all day, a reception and a little shop selling the basics. There were two wooden playgrounds situated centrally which would have been great an any other campsite but they were overshadowed by the fantastic ones within the adventure park! The children all played in them every day still.

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Here are the 10 reasons we loved glamping at Crealy


1. The tents had radiators in them which was so needed during a rainy April week.  It meant the tent felt as warm at night as our house does and it means camping during the quieter months would be a lot more comfortable!

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2. The adventure park next door runs shows in the animal area every day, but some of them were brought over to the Clubhouse just for the guests staying.  We went to the reptile show and it was small and intimate and the children got to hold a snake!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

3. One thing I often worry about with camping is security, but we had a lockable front door on our safari tent as well as lockable windows all around so the tent felt secure.  There were always plenty of staff around too.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

4. Every night at 7pm there was a quiz which was comprised of 20 questions with a prize of a beach towel for the winner and an hour of the family bikes for the best team name.  We entered twice and we have brought home a lovely Crealy beach towel as well as winning a go on the family bikes (which sadly we didn't get to use).

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

5. There was a secret gate from the camping site to the park which meant you didn't have to queue to get in, you could just slip through.  The week we went was quite quiet but I imagine in the high season this would be really useful!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

6. Every night the big soft play in the Adventure Park opens for overnight guests and we loved running off the last of the days energy there! It is open until 11pm and there is a bar there as well as family games, shows and entertainment.  The soft play was designed with all ages in mind and is great for teens as well as younger ones.

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7. One of the highlights for the children was the unlimited pancake station in the mornings.  We ate breakfast in the clubhouse most days and they all went for pancakes with fresh fruit and syrups.

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8.  The toilet block was exceptionally clean, well set out and modern.  There was also two family bathroooms which had proper baths in as well as two toilets in each, one of them being a lower toddler toilet.  With children that hate showers, having a nice bath there was really great!

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9. The tents are perfect for bigger families like ours.  The six of us fit in with space for more as the top bunk and the sofa bed were still free.  You could sleep 8 plus travel cots in each one.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

10. It is a family camping area and everything is designed to bring families closer together.  We loved the whole experience and getting to experience it all together.

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I made a little video tour of our tent to give you a better idea of where we were staying too.


                     


Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Disclosure : We were invited to stay for free in exchange for sharing our honest opinion.


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Friday, 1 September 2017

Festival Camping with Children

Our recent weekend at Wilderness festival was not only our first family festival, but our first timing camping with children too.  We were apprehensive about having four children under six in a tent for four days but we had a brilliant time and the children loved camping.

We arrived later in the day than we were hoping to and there wasn't long before the sun would be gone, but a kind stranger helped us get our tent up (trying to pitch it whilst keeping the children together was a struggle).  We were sent the Eurohike Rydall 600 6 person tent from Blacks and it was perfect for our first festival experience.  It had one large bedroom that could easily be seperated into two and both halves accomodated a queen sized airbed with plenty of space.  The living area was spacious and had both a big entrance and a smaller one so it could be as open as you liked.

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival, Eurohike rydall 600 6 man tent

It rained on and off throughout the four days but it didn't dampen our spirits and we were well prepared with full waterproofs for the children and wellies for all of us.  We quickly realised what were our camping essentials and what we could have left at home.  Here are our top 5 camping with kids essentials

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival, polarn o pyret

1) Full waterproofs.  

There isn't much to do inside a tent so we were relying on the children being outdoors pretty much all day.  A full set of waterproofs meant that whatever the weather they were prepared.  It was an extra layer to keep them warm in the colder mornings and meant there was nothing to stop them rolling around and jumping in every muddy puddle they could find.

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival

2) A big bucket

I brought a big plastic tesco containter with me and it was perfect as a welly holder.  We all took off our boots as we entered the tent and the bucket could fit all 6 pairs in there.  It meant we didn't tread mud through our living space.  We also gave it a good wash and used it as a makeshift bath for the children outdoors and I filled it up for them to splash and play in when they needed a bit more entertainment one day.

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival, Eurohike rydall 600 6 man tent

3) A good tent

We hadn't been camping before and weren't really sure what we were looking for in a tent but this one ticked all our boxes.  It was spacious enough for the six of us, easy enough to put up and take down and it felt secure for the whole weekend.  We liked the flexibility with the two entrances and the built in groundsheet was essential.

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival, Eurohike rydall 600 6 man tent

4) Your sense of humour

Everyone we spoke to recommended bringing a portable potty with us incase we didn't fancy taking the boys to the toilets in the small hours.  It was working brilliantly until we awoke to find the little two splashing in it one morning.  If you don't have toddlers (or you are going to keep them in travel cots) then a portable potty can be brilliant.

festival camping, camping with children, Wilderness festival, Crotec wagon

5)  A Wagon

This was invaluable during our weekend, we used it to carry the tent, mattresses and sleeping bags from the car to the campsire and then we used it every day to cart around tired children, coats and belongings.  All four napped in there at some point in the day and we had all four in there together on ocassions too.  We put fairy lights on to make it fun and easy to spot in the evening and the hood meant we could keep the sun out too.  (I bought this from Amazon and it says Crotec on the side).


We loved our first festival camping experience with children and we are definitely planning on taking them to another festival next summer - it will be even easier now we have all the gear!




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Monday, 21 August 2017

Wilderness as a Family-Friendly Festival

Ed and I met many years ago at a festival and ever since we have talked about going back to one with the children.  We were looking online at the best family friendly options and discovered Wilderness festival, set in Oxfordshire.  Looking on the website it seemed to be a really family friendly festival so we booked six tickets and hoped for the best.  Neither of us had been camping other than at festivals pre-children but we were excited to try something new with the kids.

Wilderness, family friendly festival, Tootsa macginty

Wilderness has its own family camping area which was fantastic.  Everyone was really respectful and kept the site clean and the evenings were quiet and calm which made settling our four much easier. It was a short walk from the campsite to the main arena and as soon as you entered, the children's area was in front of you.

family friendly festival, Wilderness festival

We spent large periods of our weekend at the children's area, the bigger boys loved the circus skills area where they could learn to walk the tightrope, balance on stilts, hula hoop and more.  There were dressed up staff helping them every step of the way and when the props were put away, it was only because a show was about to begin.  The shows were fantastic for children three and over I would say, they were funny, engaging and the audience was always participating.

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival

Next to the stage was a craft tent where the children could make playdough creations, design glitter art or create a festival skirt (Dylan made a ninja skirt) with strips of mesh and elastic.  The tent was manned and completely free and there was so many resources.  The kids area also had specialist shops selling animal tails, all manner of bubbles and bubble related equipment and a mini theatre.  We went to an 80s sing a long session at the theatre and the children sat at the front colouring in pictures of Dolly Parton and Prince.

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

All three boys loved the rides, especially the helter skelter in the children's area but of course you go to a festival to listen to music, and they loved this side of it too.  We watched lots of singers and bands and they really enjoyed it.  During the day there was space to dance around and in the evening the atmosphere was brilliant.  We found that lots of families congregated together around the main stage which made a little family area.

festival wagon, Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

We bought a wagon before we went and I would highly recommend them if you are taking children to a festival.  We bought ours from Amazon and it was strong enough to carry all four when they got tired in the evenings.  During the day they would take it in turns to nap in there and we filled it with blankets and coats.  It definitely took the stress out of the weekend as they could all rest as much as they needed.

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children, festival wagon

Our experience of festivals before Wilderness was very different to this weekend and until you have children I don't think you notice how much fun they can be through children's eyes.  I think we picked a great first festival for them all as there was so much to keep everyone entertained.  

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

A little more practical information

We managed to spend quite a bit of money whilst we were there as the food was quite expensive.  There was only one stall offering a kids size portion (a meatball and some pasta for £4) but there was a huge variety of food and the boys loved trying all the food.  As a general guide you would pay around £8 for a meal and £4 for a portion of chips.  Mr Whippy ice creams were £3-£4.  We took our own reusable water bottles and there were plenty of places we could fill these up for free, both on the campsite and in the arena.  You could also cook on the campsite (and many families did) so we will definitely think about investing in a little stove for next time.

We stuck mostly to the free activities like the circus skills and craft tent as well as the music, but there were plenty of workshops you could pay for (they weren't practical with four small ones).  The rides cost around £3 per go and a child under 3 needs an adult with them on the helter skelter (another £3). 

The toilets were kept clean and well stocked, but we struggled to find anywhere to change a baby despite the website claiming baby changing facilities were available. so mostly used our own mat in the tent and a blanket in the wagon.  

The music was on from around midday until 10pm and you could definitely hear the arena from the campsite (we were situated closer to the arena than the car park).  It was quite muted though and we had no problem getting the children to sleep, in fact I think they found the background noise quite comforting.  The family campsite had stalls selling coffee, breakfasts and snacks and a welfare area with a section for lost children.  The wristbands we were given as our entry ticket had space to write a parent's phone number on so that if one went missing, the parents could be found (somehow we didn't manage to lose any of ours!).

Despite the on and off rain all weekend, it really wasn't that muddy, but of course the children found the one muddy area and got completely stuck in (and just stuck).

I took a lot of photos so here are some more from our first family-friendly festival experience


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Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children


Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children, Hatley raincoat

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children, Hatley raincoat

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

Wilderness festival, family friendly festival, festival with children

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