I’ve been away quite a lot recently and so I decided to go on a UK Roadtrip with my family over the half term to spend a bit of much needed fun time with them. We hired a 6 berth moterhome and my in laws also hired their own to travel around with us over the long bank holiday weekend.
Starting off early on the Friday, we headed down to Cornwall keeping to the south west coast. This is the first roadtrip i’ve been on as an adult. When I was a kid my Mum and Dad used to take us on roadtrips all over Europe as we lived in Germany so Italy, Spain and France were our Cornwall! Much better weather there but even rainy roadtrips are still fun :-).
The journey took us around 6.5 hours and we had all the fun of stopping at the services for a Costa and Mc D’s. The kids loved this bit!
I tried to pack all the essentials needed for camping and also put together a list of places I wanted to visit and booked a couple of touring parks in Cornwall and Dorset for the second half of our journey back.
Something I found really helpful was this camping guide from Halfords. Along with maps and attractions in each county, like the best beaches and areas to stay. There is also tons of advice and tips for camping and lots of info about different camping styles like festival camping etc.
The camping guide also comes with some brilliant checklists that were key to making sure I didn’t foget anything. It’s really hard to think of everything you need especially when you are not a regular camper!
The first park we stayed in was a Haven site and pretty much had everything you need. It was in Perren Sands which is just outside the town of Perrenporth, so really close to one of the biggest beaches I have ever seen. Yes it was cold but the kids still had plenty of fun exploring fully clothed and cartwheeling over the wet sand. It made for a very messy day out that’s for sure! There was a great open air pub looking out over the coast where we sat eating chilli nachos and drinking berry cider. The sun made an appearance for a couple of hours which was beautiful to sit and chill in.
There were tons of ice cream parlours in this part of Cornwall so of course I had to try out the famous Cornish ice cream. So delicious and so many different flavours, completely spoilt for choice….yummy!
Next we drove along the south coast on our way to Sandford in Dorest which is just next to Poole. We took a day trip to Swanage not really sure what to expect. Swanage is full of little cafes and is a typical sea side town, arcades and all.
We came across a real steam railway which my nephew Charlie went nuts over as he’s obsessed with trains! The kids had a brilliant time playing in the sand despite the typical British holiday weather. We definitely ate lots of traditional British food on this trip from fish and chips to cornish pasties…it was food overload!
It’s definitely worth taking a roadtrip or camping with the family at least once. There is some amazing scenery and hidden gems that you can’t even get close to living in the south east.
Where is your favourite UK spot?
More info and handy camping supplies can be found over at Halfords.