Dog friendly family camping Pencarnan Farm Pembrokeshire

We are always looking for dog friendly accommodation. Camping is often the best option, especially now we have the van. So, with a couple of days to spare over the bank holiday, we headed for the coast. By pure chance, we found and booked one of the most incredible campsites we’ve ever been to. In fact, it was so good that I was almost reluctant to share it. Pencarnan Farm is a hidden gem that we’ll go back to again and again. Pencarnan Farm Pencarnan is a working farm on the most westerly edge of Pembrokeshire. It is located right…

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10 tips for visiting Kielder Forest in Northumberland

We bundled the kids and dogs into the car and set off on a mammoth drive to Kielder Forest. After setting up camp at the beautiful Kielder Village Campsite, we embarked on an epic battle with mud, rain and midges. Here are our top tips for visiting Kielder Forest. 1. Be prepared for the midges We thought we were prepared for the midges. We had both cream and spray repellant with us and we knew we’d need to keep the tent doors closed to avoid letting them in at night. But this really wasn’t enough. Our first mistake was that the insect repellant was…

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A visit to Busfest and the beginning of a plan

On Saturday, we headed to Busfest at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This is the largest VW van festival in the world and as it’s just up the road from us, we decided to go along for some inspiration. The big travel plan Both my husband and I travelled quite a lot before getting married, but neither of us did so as children. For me, there were road trips with the school brass band that took us into Europe and one holiday to Crete with my mum. But I never went further afield than that, so when I had the opportunity…

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10 family campsite essentials

Since having children, camping has become a whole different beast. When it was just us, we had no issues with pitching up in a field or on a cliff top and wild camping. With young children, our needs are a little more complex. Here are the top ten things we look for in a campsite these days. 1. Dog friendly A family holiday wouldn’t be complete without the dogs. We do occasionally have a few days away without them, but we would never leave them behind if we’re camping so we would actively avoid campsites that won’t accept dogs. 2.…

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