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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.

Folly Farm Cotswold Campsite

Tallulah arrived in Reading late on Thursday evening so we spent Friday (after work) and Saturday morning loading and prepping for our first adventure….

We had decided to head west to the Cotswolds, not only because it’s a beautiful part of the country but because we had some additional supplies to collect from Cheltenham.

While Tallulah is more than capable of travelling at the regulation 70mph along the motorway she is much happier cruising leisurely at 40-50mph on A roads, so off we went ‘cross country’ watching the wonderful scenery float by.

We reached Cheltenham around 1pm, had a break for lunch then loaded up the last few bits and headed for a recommended camp site.

After a quick call once on the move we discovered that the recommended campsite was yet to open for the season (should probably have called before heading out) so after another ‘pit stop’ in a pub car park on the A40 and a look at the map, we chose another local campsite and made another call.

Result! Although not officially open for the 2011 season, Folly Farm Cotswold Campsite were busy getting everything ready for opening at Easter and agreed to let us in for the night – I think secretly they just wanted to meet Tallulah!

We pulled onto the site around 4pm and were all set up and eating our dinner around Tallulah’s table an hour or so later.

The campsite had all of the required facilities although the builders were due back in a day or two to finish off the new shower/toilet/wash block and in the mean time it was a bit muddy were the work was being carried out.

We had a reasonable nights sleep although Oli (age 5) was simply so excited at the prospect of sleeping ‘in the roof’ that it took him quite a while to actually sleep!

All packed up and on the road again by 11am for an even more leisurely cruise home, stopping at the occasional village (Bourton-on-the-Water, Wallingford & Pangbourne) to stretch our legs and arriving home safely around 2pm.

So, 320km (200miles) done and the first of many nights completed, time to plan our next adventure.