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Fishery Creek Caravan Park, Hayling Island

The 2014 camping season has started and the weather for the school Easter holidays was looking good so we loaded up and headed south for an adventure on Hayling Island.
We had chosen Fishery Creek Caravan Park because it was a short walk from the beach and because it runs alongside Fishery Creek with its own slipway and we wanted to use our kayak.

We arrived at approximately 3pm after a very clear run from Reading and we were parked up and pitched (overlooking the creek) shortly after. The weather was gloriously sunny but quite windy, so we decided not to use our sun canopy although we did use our new wind break.
After a bite to eat we went for a walk to and along the beach at Sandy Point and watched the start of sunset before walking back and preparing for an early night.

The next morning we woke early, had a shower in the excellent site facilities, then made breakfast, washed up and unpacked our inflatable kayak.

We were waiting for some friends to arrive (guests are allowed on site if they pay a small fee at the reception) and for the tide to come in before we could use the slipway into the creek so we relaxed with a book in the sun.

Our friends arrived and eventually the tide came in enough so we made our way into the water for a paddle and swim. The creek is very shallow (and muddy) with a reasonable tidal current and after a couple of hours we were ready to get cleaned up and dried.
After another trip to the site showers we fired up the BBQ (first of many this season!) And enjoyed a cool glass of cider as a reward for our wet suited antics.

Our friends headed off early evening so we went for another walk along the beach, returning in the dark, and settled in for our second night.

The next morning breakfast was dealt with and cleaned up and we started packing everything else up ready to leave the site, but the adventure was far from over. We were packed and ready to leave the site at midday, so after an ice cream at the highly recommended ice cream shop at Sandy Point, we headed along to the other end of the Island to an almost deserted beach where we unpacked our kayak once again and took it out onto the open sea.
Although much calmer than the previous days, kayaking on the open sea is a different proposition, with waves, tides and wind to contend with. An exhilarating hour or two later and we were once again dry and packed and having a bite to eat in the local pub before heading back to Reading.

A great trip with fab weather and a good opportunity to fully test our new kayak on open water. We will definitely return!

CamperJam 2012 – Weston Park

CamperJam is one of our favourite VW events of the year (see CamperJam 2011 for last years event) and 2012 was no exception despite the appalling weather trying hard to spoil everything.


Tallulah at CamperJam 2012

We arrived at Weston Park slightly later than planned due to the intense rain and some flood related diversions, and the first task was so find our club camping area. That was reasonably straight forward, but our second task was to get to it without getting bogged down and stuck in the rapidly widening muddy patches.

Unfortunately we failed, but not before we got close enough to our fellow Brazilian VW Bay campers for a helpful push with only minor mud splattering and no damage. Others were not so lucky and there were several tractors being kept busy pulling out stranded campers for most of the evening.



We had friends staying so our awning needed to be put up between rain showers and all that was left after that was to have a few drinks and turn in for the night.

Saturday was much brighter and mostly dry, but most of the camping fields, the show arena and trade areas were already mud baths so the only thing to do was to pull on our Wellington boots and join the fun!

One of the entertainment marquees sprung a leak over the stage, so the Saturday evening entertainment was less than expected, but the Brazilian VW Bay team were fully prepared with the setup used at The Kombi Sleepover a few weeks before and the choons played out from our own event shelter into the small hours while flavoured vodkas were passed around.


The Brazi Bunch in Fancy Dress

Sunday morning brought the best weather of the weekend, just in time for everyone to pack up, but at least some of the boggiest routes began to dry out and made the exodus much less hassle. That said, everyone watched the first few campers leave with interest, trying too spot potential ‘sticky’ points and the tractors remained busy throughout the day.

In all, CamperJam was a very damp and muddy affair, but it takes a lot to dampen the spirits of die hard VW fans and most people still had fun.

We ave already booked our tickets for CamperJam 2013 – can’t wait!


Brazilian VW Bay Club Camping

PS: many thanks to the event paramedics an who looked after our son in his hour of need.
PPS: thanks also to the Brazi Bay Crew for the use of images.

CamperJam – Weston Park

CamperJam is a weekend VW festival with entertainment for adults and children of all ages, as well as the normal ‘show and shine’ displays and VW traders.

We booked our weekend camping tickets in advance to save £5 each on the gate price (£30 per adult, under 16s free) – day tickets £15 – and would be setting up in the club camping area along with several other Brazilian VW Bay owners – Peppa, Scooby, Max, Ginger & Graham.

Weston Park, Shropshire is 3+ hours away from Reading cross country so we decided to go as far as Birmingham on A roads then hop on the M42 & M6 to leave us just a few miles to go along the A5.

We enjoyed the ride and made good time, arriving in almost exactly 3 hours. It took us another hour to sort ourselves out including putting up our new (larger) awning, then we took a well earned break with a tall, cold bottle of cider.

The main evening entertainment kicked off at around 9pm and wrapped up around midnight on both Friday and Saturday night and there was plenty to do and see throughout the day including children’s entertainers, Zorbing, competitions and lots more.

We packed up and set out on our journey home at around 2pm on Sunday, after a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and look forward to attending again next year.