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The Camping Diaries – Preparing for a New Camping Season

The Camping Diaries – Preparing for a New Camping Season

*This post was written in collaboration with SimplyHike.co.uk.

 

Last year was our first proper camping season as a family of four. It was a fun time, but also one that taught us a hell of a lot about camping and how we like to do it. Having been camping a few years ago as a couple, I don’t think we were quite prepared for how different camping with kids is. We have taken all of the good and bad points on board, now we’re planning for the new camping season ahead – with a little more experience under our belts!

Rookie mistakes –

Our first major mistake last year was underestimating just how cold it can get in a tent. Our first night in our new tent was mid-May when the days are lovely and warm, but the nights – not so much! Luckily we had taken a few extra blankets which we wrapped the kids in, but Hubs and I were that cold it was impossible to sleep. I ordered a camping heater that night and to this day it’s the best tent-related purchase we’ve made!

We also went the whole of last season without a proper tent carpet. Instead we used smaller picnic blankets, which didn’t do the job well. We were forever rearranging the carpet and stopping the girls tripping over the edges. That’s why, we’ve invested in an Outwell Tents carpet that is ideal for the job. I do love a bit of camping, but I firmly believe you have to make it as easy as possible for the whole family. If camping is hard work, it’s not going to be the fun holiday you want it to be!

Preparing for the new season –

With the new season creeping up on us, I’ve been thinking about how we’re going to make this camping season better than the last. I have finally come to terms with the fact that we are generally ‘fair weather campers’ and I don’t mind telling you that if there isn’t an electric hook-up, we aren’t going!

Here are a few things on my list to invest in before the season begins;

  • A second camping stove – we learned last year that cooking breakfast on one small stove is no easy feat, especially when you want a cup of tea to go with it!
  • Sleeping bags for the kids – I was weary of using sleeping bags for the kids last year as they were small, but this year I think they’re robust enough to have a cosy sleeping bag of their own.
  • A second lamp – last year our one lamp was moved around far too often, so a second lamp is essential to make camping life easier. A light for each room is on the cards.
  • A rucksack – Hubs and I like to walk with the kids, but taking them means you can’t go without supplies. I need a bag that is big enough to put the essentials in, but small enough not to be too heavy.
  • Camping towels – without a dryer to throw the towels in, I found that getting them dry between showers a bit of a nightmare. So this year we’re all going to have special camping towels, so they dry quickly ready for their next use.
  • A good book – a holiday wouldn’t be made without a good book. Now that the girls are getting older, I’ve found I can sneak a few pages in here and there whilst they play!

I thought I’d ask my fellow bloggers how they prepare for the new camping season, here’s what they had to say;

Emma from Happy Family Hub: ‘Put the tent up for a good airing (and to check it’s all there) well before you go. Also don’t leave finding where the plastic mallet has gone to until the last-minute! (Speaking from experience there…)’

Jaime from Our Family Homestead: ‘Make sure you have a good checklist! and don’t forget to check your camping gas canisters!’

Clare from This Mummy’s Always Write: ‘Earplugs, warm socks and head torches are my essential items. Also an electric hook up makes life a lot easier.’

Janet from Falcondale Life: ‘Air everything in the garden on the first warm dry day of the year. Especially open out and air the sleeping bags. Buy tent seam sealant and re-seal the seams the first time you pitch it each year. It’s quite easy to do, you just run the tube over the length of the seam and let it dry.’

 

Thankyou to all who contributed to this post!

 

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The CBBC Summer Social – Review

The CBBC Summer Social – Review

*We were provided with a family ticket for the purpose of this review, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

After being invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year, I was a little dubious as to whether it would suit our girls at their young ages. Festivals are something that we have wanted to try out since having children, but doing it at the right age so everyone enjoyed themselves was a must for us. After speaking with the CBBC Summer Social team though, I was assured that there would be plenty for our girls to enjoy. It was clear that they were going to have a blast and so we prepared ourselves for our first ever family festival!

This years Summer Social was held at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. A beautiful old building with amazing grounds, ideal for this kind of event. As I’d never been to Liverpool before and because I’m a bit of a Beatles fan, we decided to book ourselves into a hotel and make a mini break out of it. The first day saw us visit Paul McCartney’s childhood home and we had a walk down Penny Lane, I was in my element!

 

The CBBC Summer Social –

When we arrived at the CBBC Summer Social, the gathering crowds were a clear indicator that we were in for a good day. Right from the word go, there was something for the girls to see and do. From fairground rides, to story time and street bands. Entertainment literally was all around us and the girls just didn’t know where to look first!

 

 

Attractions we loved;

The Clangers Garden – This was huge hit with both of our children. Inside the walled garden there were life-sized Clangers hiding around every corner. There were crafts for the girls to get involved in and there was also the chance for them to water some of the pretty flowers planted in the garden. This was great full for all!

 

 

The Main Stage – the highlight of our day was by far the chance the girls had to see Mr Tumble, on the main stage. They loved every second of his performance and I take my hat of to the guy because he never faltered, even though we were in the middle of the heat wave of 2018!

Hubs and I were very impressed with The Philharmonic Orchestra too, they were amazing to see live!

The CBeebies Village – this part of the festival was a great addition for the younger fans. Our girls loved seeing Mr Bloom in real life and his set was very entertaining for them. They also loved seeing the Go Jetters, which is a firm favourite in our house at breakfast time!

The Fairground – as this was the first time our girls had been to a fair, they were very excited! We took them on the ‘cranky horses’ and the smiles on their faces just said it all! The only downside to this was that there were extra charges for the rides, which for a family of four could make the day extra expensive considering the original ticket cost to attend the festival.

 

 

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – these guys were an incredible marching and dancing band! They walked around the festival performing at regular intervals throughout the day and they attracted a huge crowd each time! Hubs, the kids and I were so impressed with their performances!

Overall, we had a great day out at the CBBC Summer Social. With the exception of the cost of the fairground rides, the day was perfect and we all left with huge smiles on our faces! Thankyou at CBBC for the best, first festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Festival Fun – The CBBC Summer Social!

Festival Fun – The CBBC Summer Social!

*We have kindly been provided with a family ticket to the CBBC Summer Social. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

 

This year is the first year that we’ve had to work around school holidays. With the biggest in state nursery, it’s all about half term breaks and summer holiday plans! We want to make the summer holidays as special as we can, so that our girls know that if they work hard in school all year then they can have a total blast at the end of it. That’s why we are so excited to have been invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year! There’s so much on the agenda and we can’t wait for our girls to get involved in everything they have organised!

 

What’s on –

This year, the CBBC Summer Social is being held between 3rd – 5th August at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool! It’s the BBC’s biggest kids event and has a really great line-up that your littles will love! There’s Union J, Matt Terry, Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler! Shrek the Musical will also be performing, as well as the New Hope Club!

If like me you have children younger than 6, then there’s an allocated CBeebies Village just for them! There’ll be sporting events, workshops and art activities all suitable for children from reception age. Also performing in the CBeebies Village are Andy Day and the Odd Socks, Mr Bloom, Swashbuckle’s Cook & Line and my girls’ favourite, Mr Tumble!

 

 

The CBBC Summer Social is set to be such an incredible event. We can’t wait to head to Liverpool and to see our girls enjoy their first summer holiday festival!

 

 

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Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Now that the Summer is upon us, we love nothing more than getting out and exploring. Our girls are at perfectly inquisitive ages and their enthusiasm and excitement when we go out for the day is amazing to see. So recently, when we were offered the opportunity to visit Diggerland in Yorkshire, we just couldn’t say no!

So how did we get on?

On arrival our girls were completely awestruck by the amount of diggers all in one place! There were so many fun things for them to do each way they turned, they didn’t know which way to run first! We’d read on the Diggerland website that they had a new range of Little Tikes play zones which sounded perfect for them, so we decided that’s where we would head to!

As soon as J and E saw the Little Tikes play zone, they couldn’t get in there quick enough. The littlest jumped straight into a cozy coupe and the biggest dived to one of the may water tables that surrounded her.  All of the water tables had different elements, with diggers, flumes, fishing rods and much more. It was a scorcher of a day, so they were a great way to keep the girls cool too!



It took us a while to convince the girls to explore the rest of the site, they were having more than enough fun where they were! With the promise of another visit before we left, we strolled around the rest of the park. There are so many rides to choose from! We were a little restricted due to our eldest daughters height, but at 0.8m this was to be expected. Nevertheless there are more than enough rides to keep children of her age happy. Hubs was in his element as he took her on the diggers to knock down skittles and to hook a duck, it was perfect father and daughter time. They absolutely loved the go carts too!


As well has having the outdoor rides, Diggerland also has an indoor soft play and picnic area. Our girls love soft play, so this was an added bonus and they couldn’t wait to go inside. This area offered the perfect end to our day out, with a bouncy castle to play on too which the kids loved!

Overall, we had a fabulous day out at Diggerland and we’ll definitely be returning. As our girls get older there will be so much more for them to do, as well as all of the activities they enjoyed on this visit! We all left with smiles on our faces and the girls were absolutely shattered, I call that a parenting win – thankyou Diggerland!

 

*We were given entry to Diggerland, Yorkshire in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 

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