So as school breaks up for the summer it is time once again for our annual family glamping trip. Now in its 3rd year – this wonderful foray into the joys of staycating can’t be recommended highly enough!
Firstly the amount of time spent in a car with the little ones asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ is cut down to a mere 30 minutes as we meander across the Island to St Helen’s.
Then there are the foreign shores of the East Wight to explore whilst Mummy and Daddy attempt to pitch the worlds most simple tent in the lovely camping field at Nodes Point just a hop and a skip from The Duver.
And then of course let us not forget the joy that is The Priory Bay Hotel next door – so temptingly close for a spot of lunch and chilled bottle of rosé.
Now, when we told our friends about our glamping plans (and invited them to join us) we saw their faces fall when we described the indoor pool with smally slides – they were clearly confused when there is such a beautiful beach literally a few paces away.
And we really thought we had lost them when we mentioned the cabaret and disco held every night by the red coat-esque staff at this Park Resorts holiday park. But the joy on the childrens faces at both these activities makes them a must do on our annual trip.
The day normally falls like this; we wake and head off to Lottie’s in Bembridge for a seriously good – in fact the best – breakfast on the whole Island, before stocking up on far too much fresh artisan bread, cakes, croissants and then a few sausages from the local butchers – Woodfords, to take back to the tent for later.
We then have a wander down to the beach (to try and work that breakfast off) before shooting back to the tent to throw on our finery and head up the adjoining drive into the Priory Bay for a long and relaxing lunch, followed by a few games of croquet on the lawn. At some point replete and bursting at the seams, we stagger home for a siesta in the tents!
This year there were 17 of us all camping and glamping together and I must say it was possibly the best year yet.
The campsite was clean and peaceful as ever, the beach inviting, the cabaret terrible in a very good way and the food at the Priory was delicious.
Interspersed with a spot of kayaking, sandcastle building and supper at The Baywatch on the Beach all I can say is roll on next year when we can enjoy this wonderful fusion once again.