I wish I was better at camping but I’ve reached that point in life where I enjoy the little luxuries like a proper bed and a cup of tea in the morning. I know the kids love it and there’s something about camping that really does create a special time for families like no other so it’s something I’ve been resolved to get in to much more but haven’t quite been able to push myself. Until now.
We were invited to Tamworth with Ready Camp to find out more about how they’re allowing families to enjoy all the wonderful elements of camping without the hassle.
We arrived at the Ready Camp site and were shown to our tent in two rows of ten. The safari style tents were absolutely perfect for a family stay with a solid, wooden floor up off the grass and then two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a bunk bed that sleeps three.
There’s a large living area with sofa, dining table and then the real showstopper for a tent, a little kitchen area with two ring stove, microwave and fridge.
It really was the perfect set up to allow us to relax as a family and we arrived, unpacked and started relaxing – no tent poles to struggle with, no stooping while you walk about and best of all a proper bed to lay down in at night.
Ready Camp sites are up and down the UK and offer a fantastic way for families to turn up, unpack and get down to some serious relaxing and reconnecting. There really is something about camping in this way that allows you to do this like no other experience. The kids ran off to the on site playground, making firm friends and playing, no thought to ipads and electronic games that had been left at home. We had a barbecue, laughed together, played frisbee and even decorated a tipi on our decking. Great old-fashioned fun that suddenly felt like the most special of times.
As night fell and we settled back to a cosy evening in, the tent really came in to its own. We played games on the table, made hot chocolates and got the kids off to bed while we sat up chatting under the warm glow of a lamp.
Morning brought the dawn chorus and I lay in bed listening sleepily to it, realising how much I’d missed the sound through years of avoiding camping. Such sweet music singing out as I drifted happily back to sleep again.
When morning properly arrived we all rose, the children sleeping in longer than they have for ages. We cooked up a big veggie breakfast on the stove, kids running in and out between food and playing with new-found friends.
Our weekend with Ready Camp reawakened something which I knew was always there but had been trying to ignore. The realisation that camping can allow you a chance to really connect as a family, to enjoy simple pleasures that can bring so much joy and an opportunity to feel our beautiful country on a level that only camping can allow. Best of all, I don’t need to ignore it any more, Ready Camp means I can give my children the joys of camping without having to hammer a single peg in to place. Perfect.
You can find out more about Ready Camp and their sites up and down the country at their website here – Ready Camp at the Camping and Caravanning Club
This post is in association with Ready Camp but as always all views are our own.