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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Karsten's 2014 Autumn Discount

Karsten Inflatable Tent's
 Autumn Discount Display 2014

5th, 6th, 7th September
Phillimore Garden Centre, Melbourn, SG8 6EY

Display open
Friday / Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

Karsten Models on Show
350, 325 with Sleeping Extension, 300 with 220 Link Tent
280, 260, Carp 240, 200

All with various awning combinations.

Further Details, Please Call James on 01763 273662

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Friends of Duxford IWM

Last summer, I took my Cub pack to the Imperial War Museum Duxford...and had such a fantastic time that I decided to get a family ticket to become a 'Friend of Duxford'. If you visit 4 times a year - you benefit with this rather than pay the day rates!

The best bit of it is that not only is it reasonably local, but also on the main route back that we have to take from Norfolk and Suffolk when we go camping. This is so ideal as we can break up the journey back with just a quick visit - the childrens park is great just on it's own......but there is so much more to see. 

We've just spent the morning there as had afternoon commitments, stayed mainly in Airspace, the interactive hangar, with lots of planes to see and walk on-board. They also had children's activities sponsored by Air-fix. How cool was that for them to go make and paint a plane!

We took a pack lunch as the weather was kind and was treated to a Spitfire Flypast - Icing on the cake!

Can't wait to visit again - so much to see and as it's a functioning airfield there's loads of activity

Thursday, 17 April 2014

April Tent Display

Karsten's on display:
Model, 200, 220, 240, 260, 280, 300 & 220 Link, 325 with Sleeping Ext, 350
Various awning configurations
Plus the 220 and 240 Carp Tent

Cabanon's on display
Model, Pratic, Barbados, Bora Bora, Awaya 370, Biscaya 440

Snugpak's on display:
Model, Stratosphere, Ionosphere, Scorpion2, Scorpion3, The Bunker

Plus Cross Camping have nearly 30 models of Inflatable and Poled Tents from the mainstream manufacturers including Vango, Outwell and Sunncamp plus more.

Refreshments available from the Garden Centre

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Wonderful Willowcroft

Over the past few years our usual family Easter break has seen us camped at Clippesby Hall. A beautiful site on the edge of the Norfolk Broads with everything you could wish for from a top 'A' list site.

However this year, within walking distance of Clippesby we camped at Willowcroft Caravan Park. Booked by telephone and deposit sent by post, we couldn't wait for our 4 day break. It didn't disappoint!

Situated down a no-through road and only a two minute walk from the River Thurne on the Norfolk Broads, this twenty placement campsite all with electric hookups is simple, quiet and secluded. The friendly owners Jim and Kandy are also caravanners, so know what they expect from a site, and if there is ever a problem, which I imagine is rarely, they are only over the road to ask. 

The toilets and showers are well kept and clean....small donation for the showers, a utility room with sink, fridge/freezer. Although there are no particular site rules, it is expected that everyone is pleasantly to and respectful of each other, and they were.

There is not much for children on site i.e. play equipment, not a bad thing as there is a piece of grass in the centre available for small games and a few 'pub' style benches for campers to enjoy watching. Our children loved it and to be fair, with the swing ball and small frisbee it was sufficient. However, we rarely hang around site much during the day as there is so much nearby. 

A 20 minute walk along the river brings you to Potter Heigham - shops, fish and chips and boat hire. The beaches of Winterton-on-Sea, Horsley and Sea Palling are all within 7 miles and dog friendly. With lots of wildlife and other attractions like Dinosaur Adventure and Bewilderwood there's an abundance of activities to keep everyone occupied whatever the weather.
Venturing further afield we headed back towards Norwich and the Whitlingham Country Park. A fantastic place for walking and adventure with a lake in the middle for sailing, canoeing and other water sports. The woodland trail takes you to a fantastic play and picnic area with a wooden play boat and low wire adventure course.

The thing I love about this part of Norfolk, the Broads, is the open space and never-ending skies; peace and tranquillity. On our last evening, as I walked our dogs with my young son, we were treated to a fantastic sunset over the river close by the campsite. A fitting end to a great long weekend away. See you again soon!

Willowcroft Caravan Park - A gem in the Norfolk Broads

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wrest Park - Bedfordshire

Wanting a family day out with our young children and two dogs, we set about Google as you do. Not too far away we found Wrest Park an English Heritage site. We had also had personal recommendations to visit this from friends.
Wrest Park Play Area
Driving there could not have been easier, simple directions ending in a lovely village with local pubs near the entrance. As we entered the grounds we noticed vast amounts of open space for sporting activities as well as exercising the dogs off the lead as we had read that inside they would have to be on them (as one would expect).
We were greeted by a friendly lady as we drove in who kindly directed us to the parking area. Once out, we walked through an iron gateway to a great lawn with a fantastic play area and cafe/restaurant which proved to be good value (2 x Coffees / 2 x Juice 2 x Scones - Less than £8.50). 
If you wish to go through to the house and gardens, then payment is required unless you are English Heritage Members. a family of 4 was £22.50. However we decided to become English Heritage Members as we've lots of camping booked this year, so should get our moneys worth out of it.
The gardens are vast with fountains and lakes, lots of wooded areas for the children to explore and run themselves tired. The lawns are perfect for a picturesque picnic with stunning views of the house. Our children liked finding the Pet Cemetery as well and having the space for adventure. 
Unfortunately we ran out of time to venture into the house, but as we are now members, a return visit without the dogs is necessary. 
Here's what English Heritage have to say about it.
After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage is reviving one of Britain's largest and most important 'secret gardens' - Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.This is a wonderful 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion which will take its rightful place amongst the country's great garden attractions - and give locals and visitors to Bedfordshire a superb new day out.Stroll in the recently restored Italian and Rose Gardens. Enjoy miles of reinstated historic pathways as you discover the garden buildings, pavilion and statues. Find out more about the garden and the people that shaped it, in our new exhibitions in the house and garden buildings.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Snugpak Sleeping Bags

If you're in need of a new Sleeping Bag for the coming Camping Season, please remember that we are Snugpak Dealers and carry a range of their Sleeping bags in stock.

Further Details

I have been lucky enough to use a selection of these sleeping bags, both on family holidays and whilst on cub/scout camps throughout the year.

As a cub leader, the sleeper extreme has to be the most popular by far. It's a fantastic bag, that will see them through to Scouts and onto D of E. It's well priced for the insulation and features that it offers. 

The Navigator is a square bottom bag - suitable for summer camps, and indoors for Beaver (younger persons) sleepovers. 

The travelpak's are available in all seasons and come with the extra facility of having a built in mosquito cover for the head area.....great if sleeping under the stars and back to basics / bushcraft activities.

The Chrysalis is a jump in money for a more technical bag with a smaller pack size. The zip baffle can be used to extend the bag to suit a larger person. Further information for all bags are available from our website. 

Please call 01763 273662 for price and availability.

For additional Snugpak equipment, Tents etc... please visit our website

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Our Karsten Camping

Our Karsten and Canvas Tent Camping

Guest Blog from Geoff on his Karsten 300 - It's really informative...
Please click on the picture link to go to his review.

 Karsten 300 Review

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A year in our Karsten

Guest Blog from Richard and Serena (Karsten Owners)

Hi James & Suzie

This time last year you were shovelling snow off your front lawn to show us the Karsten tents.

Since then we've spent a fantastic year trying out our purchases as often as we could and just thought we'd email to let you know how successful it's been.
We started off with a long weekend in Lyme Regis last April (photo with rainbow) when the days were sunny but the nights were perishing .The Karsten was warm and roomy even when filled with fellow camper friends who didn't want to go back to their own freezing tents...

June we took it to the wilds of the West Coast of Ireland for a fortnight (photo by water) where the famous Irish climate chucked just about everything possible at it. We were camped literally feet from the Atlantic Ocean but the Karsten barely noticed it was in the eye of the storm much
of the time. We slept like babies, the tent barely moved and we emerged several mornings to find we were the only units left standing. Smug or what!

Later a more sedate family camping trip on the IOW with just the cube- versatile & smug now!

A long weekend followed in the New Forest (photo from front of tent) where the family camping next to us spent more time being shown around our tent then they did living in theirs. The husband took the details & the wife looked very determined so they might yet join the Karsten brigade...It was hot & sunny & the Karsten was cool & shady - bliss.

Lastly we returned for a fortnight to Stiffkey, North Norfolk (sunset photo) where we originally met Sue & her Karsten which started it all off for us. Again we were 'blessed' with a real mix of challenging weather which the tent didn't even notice. The inflatable erection was watched with thinly veiled envy by a neighbour (‘they're watching it go up & are just standing there with BEER in their hands laughing!'). Later that neighbour also spent a fair amount of time in tent envy & writing down your details...

All great fun and a good test of how enjoyable camping can be even in terrible weather if the kit is right. No more hanging onto the tent poles for us from now on!

Richard and Serena

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Our First Display of 2014

A few pictures of our first display of 2014 
Now with Cabanon & Snugpak Tents

Please see our website
for further information on all the fantastic tents

Monday, 17 February 2014

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Cabanon Tents 2014

We are really pleased to announce that we are one of the new Cabanon Tent Dealers in the UK for 2014.

We will be stocking several models of these iconic tents, including the Awaya, Barbados and Biscaya 440. Please see our website www.campingtravelstore.co.uk for further details and prices.

Official Wording
For more than 50 years Cabanon have designed and manufactured quality tents in France that have been sold throughout Europe and beyond. From the original frame tent to the first dome tents and the renowned Scout patrol tents, Cabanon has always been known as an innovator of products for holidays under canvas. 
Cabanon Tents allow you to escape from the rigours of everyday life and get nearer to nature with a real sense of freedom. Camping under canvas gives you the opportunity to enjoy your senses - seeing the wind ruffling the canvas, listening to the sounds of the night, being awoken by the birds in the morning and enjoying the small of nature.

Designed, stitched and assembled in our factory in Dunkerque, Cabanon tents are strong, breathable, and waterproof and provide a safe haven from the elements. Five decades of expertise ensure that all Cabanon Tents are quick and simple to erect. Cabanon are committed to producing only the highest quality products, and to achieve this , every stage of the manufacturing process is carefully monitored. from raw materials to the the finished product. 
Each product is hand made and our highly qualified machinists are required to sign every completed task to guarantee their craftsmanship is up to our high standards. To ensure the continued enjoyment and durability of our products, Cabanon are able to supply spare parts and accessories for most models, old and new, as well as offering a repair service.
As each product is numbered we are able to keep a record of the life of our products so we know that they are strong and durable.