Review – Temporary Holiday Site at Kirkley and Pakefield FC, Pakefield Suffolk

 

I will often sing the praises of C&CC Temporary Holiday Sites as a cheap and cheerful way to get on holiday.

We travelled down to Suffolk on Bank Holiday Monday with our Conway Cardinal Clubman hoping to miss the Bank Holiday crowds (we rang on Sunday and there were only 4 pitches available). On arrival, there were thankfully plenty of space , the majority at a larger area at the end of the pitch, with a few available along the side. The site was pretty flat and our FC was quickly levelled without the need for ramps.

The THS had the 24-hour use of the toilets and showers in the FC changing rooms, along with fresh water and an Elsan disposal point.

As the site was relatively quiet (only about 10 units) for the majority of the week we were there we never experienced a wait for the toilets or met with anyone else in the communal showers. My only complaint would be that the showers were not at all warm.

The site is ideally placed within about 10 minutes walk of Pakefield cliffs , and a local store, chemist and fish & chip shop nearby. It was an easy, flat walk along the seafront into Lowestoft.

This was a quiet THS, we were left to ourselves (as we like it) and the only noise during our visit was a social evening at the FC clubhouse on the Friday night.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Pakefield – a great location, a peaceful THS and fantastic weather. The THS runs until the 16th June 2017 with NSDA, so maybe time to spend a few days before home-time.

Home Farm THS, Blue Anchor, Somerset – Campsite Review

Our first holiday at a Trailer Tent & Folding Camper Group Temporary Holiday Site with our Conway Cardinal Clubman! We were looking forward to our trip down to Somerset for a week, and hoped to see lots of folding campers and meet like minded FC people.

The THS was on a rally field behind a farm with a camping field – as it was a rally

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Camping at Home Farm

(at reduced rate of £9 a night) we were not allowed to use toilets and showers on the site. We were a little wary of being self sufficient in that respect, but we had been assured that the site next door had a swimming pool which was open to the public and had showers we could use in there. It is worth noting that Home Farm is a CS and so it would be possible to camp there as an “ordinary” campsite but at an increased nightly rate.

On arrival, the stewards were extremely welcoming, not least because we had a folding camper. They told us how they used to have a Conway Cardinal (burgundy). We were asked to pitch at the edge of the field, opposite another folding camper. During the week there was only one more folding camper arrive, we had hoped there would be quite a few. I did notice that a couple camped on the farm’s main camping field, and there were also a few on the site next door.

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Conway Cardinal at Home Farm

Within a few hours of our arrival, several people had wandered past and told us that they used to have a Conway Cardinal like ours. We also got asked to show some people round our camper as they were thinking of upgrading from a tent. All in all, the feel around the site was really friendly, with a lot of interest in our camper.

The stewards on this holiday meet were the friendlies we had ever come across, keen to help, keen to chat and totally still in love with folding campers and trailer tents (even if most of them now have motor homes and campers). While we were there, we had discussed joining the TT&FCG arm of the C&CC as it was only £6 a year – after we were brought an application form the decision was pretty much made. We’re still waiting for something to come through in the post to confirm our membership, but will update on the membership benefits once we have received it.

About the area

The area of Blue Anchor is lovely and peaceful. The site is a few minutes walk

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Camping at Home Farm

from the seafront, and in Blue Anchor there are two pubs and a cafe, along with the neighbouring caravan site with a shop. There is also a station for the West Somerset Railway.

The site at Home Farm is right next to a pub,and there is a car boot twice a week in the summer season.

The seaside resort of Minehead is a short drive away, as is the harbour of Watchet and Dunster Castle and medieval vilage. We really loved the area, it was so peaceful and easy going. We had a really great week in Somerset, and really enjoyed the company of the Trailer Tent and Folding Camper Group.

Monk’s Dyke Tennyson College THS, Mablethorpe – Campsite Review

We’ve just returned from a long weekend away with our folding camper at a Temporary Holiday Site in Mablethorpe. If you are interested in why we choose this particular cost-effective way of camping, then please read this blog post.

This was our second stay at the THS at the school, we came here for a few days two years ago. The reason we returned was the location – 5 minutes from the seafront and beach, 5 minutes from Queen’s Park and 10 minutes from the town centre, with shops, eating options and entertainment.

The THS was hosted by South Lincs District Association, who celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

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South Lincs pennant

The THS is based on the field at the rear of the school, and the school itself is in a residential area. There are toilets and showers available during daylight hours, so you will need your own loo for the night. There wasn’t always loo roll available in the toilets, but there was a clear “Bring Your Own” sign. There are water taps and an Elsan disposal point available for use.

The field itself is flat, and there was plenty of room. I rang ahead but there was no need – the field was far from full, even though there were a lot of units there. We asked if we could be in the spot where we were two years ago, kind of in a corner. This meant that we were able to put up the folding camper, porch awning, toilet tent and event shelter. This made us a good sized area to sit out and eat outside, as the weather was lovely.

My only criticism was the rooster, that cockadoodled from dawn intermittently! I presume he lives in one of the houses, he’s an early riser though!

Unfortunately, the school closed in July, and will not be reopening in September. This means that this will probably be the last THS held at this site. This particular meet runs until the 30th August.

Campsite Review – Four Lane Ends THS in Darley Dale, Derbyshire

We recently took our folding camper for a weekend away at the Four Lane Ends temporary holiday site in Darley Dale. It’s always helpful to hear the experiences of others at campsites, so read on to find out how we got on.

Darley Dale THS

I’m a big fan of Temporary Holiday Sites, as I explained in my previous blog post. They are a great way to get away for less.

Recently we went away for the weekend from Friday to Sunday to a THS at Four Lane Ends in Darley Dale. We really like the flexibility of THS, as the only real limitations on arrival and departure times are the first and last days of the site’s duration.

We arrived at 5.15pm on the Friday night and set up. At about 7pm we were walking up to Darley Dale for the obligatory chippy tea. While we were there, we noticed a deli next door but two that had huge cakes in the window, and made a mental note to return.

On the Saturday, after a lie-in (of course) we set off for a day walking and geocaching. In the afternoon we returned to the campsite via the Whitworth Centre Terrace Tea Rooms for a well earned cappuccino and Bakewell Tart.

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Porch awning & Conway Cardinal Clubman at Four Lane Ends

The site is very close to the Peak Railway – the track runs alongside the rally field. The trains only run during the day, but you can catch the train to Matlock and Rowsley from the Darley Dale Station.

On Sunday, we had another walk locally (with geocaching) and then visited the Darley Dale Deli Cafe for amazing cake and coffee. After returning to the camper, we sat around in the sun playing cards, before having a late lunch and packing up to come home.

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Camping in Darley Dale

So, the all important site basics :

  • Cost – £8 per night
  • Water taps
  • Elsan disposal
  • Area information tent (this was provided by Sheffield DA an may not be available on all THS meetings)

We found this to be a lovely peaceful site, within easy walking distance of a shop, pub and small eateries. The site is flat and gets a lot of sun during the day. The road that runs alongside the site is not at all busy and the trains only run during the day. This is a great area fr walking, cycling and visiting tourist attractions in Derbyshire.

Our only criticism is that on arrival, part of the site had been roped off due to water-logging so there was some limitation on where we could set up. Saying that, the field is huge and there was loads of space. We did not need to book and didn’t ring ahead. There are no toilet or washing facilities on site – you will need to bring your own !

Let me know if you have ever stayed at Four Lane Ends. What did you think ?