Elizabeth’s Folding Camper Makeover

Nothing gives me more inspiration for my own folding camper makeover than seeing the great improvements others have made on their own campers. Hopefully, by sharing makeovers and upgrades from other camper owners, we can all get inspiration for our own campers.

Elizabeth's Camper Before/After
Elizabeth’s Camper Before/After

Elizabeth’s camper makeover is modern and stylish and I particularly like the unfussy pelmet with bunting – so much more attractive than the fussy original ones. It really made me rethink how I might do mine.

Elizabeth's camper
Elizabeth’s camper

The fabrics are so modern and really brighten up Elizabeth’s camper.

Elizabeth started her makeover just a few weeks before her holiday and finished it with just 5 days to go !

I’m sure that Elizabeth will have a great holiday in her camper.

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I love to see any changes and upgrades made to folding campers, and would love to see photo’s of your unit if you have given your camper a makeover. All featured makeovers can be found here.

What do you think of Elizabeth’s makeover? Has it gven you some inspiration for your own camper.

Here’s before and after shots of Elizabeth’s makeover again.

Elizabeth's Camper before/After
Elizabeth’s Camper before/After
Elizabeth's Camper Before/After
Elizabeth’s Camper Before/After

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 ?

 

Temporary Holiday Sites and Club Meets – Camping & Caravanning Club

As members of the Camping & Caravanning Club, we find that one of the main benefits of this membership is the use of these sites during the year for cheap holidays in our folding camper.

The Club Magazine lists hundreds of these such meets all over the country throughout the year.

The Club Meets usually run from Friday to Sunday, whereas the THS can run for up to a month, maybe more.

THS at Lawns rally Site in Spalding
THS at Lawns rally Site in Spalding

For us the main benefit is that we can holiday at relatively short notice in our folding camper, wherever the fancy takes us. Although, in reality, I normally plan where I want to go at the beginning of the year and usually we stick to the plan.

Temporary Holiday Sites can be a field with just a tap and an Elsan point, or they can be a full facility holiday site. Prices vary dependent on facilities but can be as low as £8 a night for a basic field, up to about £15 for a full facility site. We have stayed on both types, as well as school/college fields and rugby or cricket pitches. Some put on social activities, others are peaceful and quiet.

One of the things we love about the THS is that you aren’t restricted by times like on a campsite. You can turn up at 9am if you want, and leave at 8pm if you want. They are usually quite laid back, and normally you wouldn’t have to book in advance (the listing in the magazine would say if you had to book).  Some have toilets and showers, some don’t. It’s usually outlined in the magazine, or there is a telephone number if you need to check.

Sometime, the easy-goingness can be a disadvantage – we once turned up at a THS in Whitby to find them almost full…..thankfully as our folding camper is easier to manoeuvre than a caravan we were able to get into a tricky corner. But other than that, there isn’t really anything to not like about them

So far, we’ve stopped in THS in Whitby, Bridlington, Mablethorpe, Spalding, Newquay, Barry Island and Scarborough.

BBq fun at Olivers Mount in Scarborough
BBq fun at Olivers Mount in Scarborough

Last month we stopped at Olivers Mount in Scarborough, which we found to be an ideal location. There were toilets and showers available 7am until 10pm and the field was massive and not at all busy. We had a great week away, even though the weather was not kind to us.

This weekend we are staying local, at Darley Dale in Derbyshire. The THS has no facilities at all, be we are planning a quiet weekend away with a bit of walking in Derbyshire. I will hopefully be blogging about some of the THS we visit, so we can share some of these great locations.

*UPDATE – read my review of our stay here.*

Have you used the C&CC THS or Club meets ? Comment below if you have, I would love to hear of any you recommend.