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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.