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Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight

For Tallulah’s next trip we decided to be a bit more adventurous and go ‘overseas’… to the Isle of Wight. We also wanted to try a more child focussed site as it was the start of the Easter holidays and we chose one of the four Park Resorts holiday parks on the island, Thorness Bay near Cowes.

We had been to the Isle of Wight several times previously, for day trips and to the festival (and Bestival), but never in a vdub camper so our 5yo was amazed that we could simply drive Tallulah onto a boat.

We were booked on the 11.25 ferry from Lymington so left Reading at 9am for a very scenic and leisurely cruise south along the A33 to Winchester, A3090 through Romsey and finally picking up the A337 heading into the New Forest.

We arrived in plenty of time and ate our lunch on the sun deck during the crossing.

We arrived at the site soon after and once checked in, went about finding our allocated pitch – the pitch numbering system was somewhat out of sync with the map we were given – and setting up.

Tallulah was levelled, plugged in and attached to her awning after an hour or so – Oli had made friends with a boy of a similar age and was happily cruising around on his bike – so we relaxed in the glorious weather for a while before exploring the rest of the site and the nearby beach.

The site had a great atmosphere, very friendly and not too busy – although it was the very start of season when we visited – a swimming pool, large adventure playground, various ‘kiddy club’ activities throughout the day as well as shows and other entertainment in the evenings, two bars, a shop and a restaurant.

Most of the activities and entertainment are included in the pitch price so if you’re for a site with lots of things for kids, it’s a bargain!

We stayed for two nights making the most if the facilities and headed back to the mainland on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry, passing the Isle of Wight festival site on the way.

Once again we took the scenic route back to Reading on the A3 and arrived home in roughly two hours.

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.