I guess like many motorhomers and caravaners I have been booking sites ahead in the hope that one day, one of them will become a real booking and off I go! No harm in dreaming.
Anyway, things are getting close and at the end of April we have a pitch booked at the exquisite CAMC Trewethett Farm site near Tintagel. The May Bank Holiday will be a few days later on May 3rd and might I get lucky and be able to get to Trewethett at the end of April?
I popped in to the Peterborough East of England Showground to see the Warners Show. There was a comprehensive range of new and used motorhomes on show via the many dealers exhibiting. Plus all the usual accessory stores – so much on display it would be hard to leave the show without making a few purchases.
The show was of course Covid compliant with lots of one way systems but being an outside show visitors were able to roam pretty much at will. There was a sanitiser outside each motorhome, only two people were allowed in the motorhome at any one time and your mask had to be used inside. So all good common sense stuff implemented very professionally by Warners events team and, mostly, visitors were complying with the rules. In fact everyone seemed delighted to have a show to go to although it does amuse me there is a certain section of society who seem congenitally unable to follow arrows!
So, in my opinion, 10 out of 10 to Warners for organising it and sticking with it. Sadly no evening entertainment so less of an all embracing event but the on-site temporary campsite was in action nonetheless.
For my part I wanted to stay at the CAMC Ferry Meadows site about half a mile from the show ground. It is one of my favourites located next to a 500 acre country park, next to the Nene Valley railway and a ten minute stroll from a pub.Happiness? I think so.
Oh, and as all readers know, it hit 34 degrees C on Friday!
Most of the CAMC sites in England look set to re-open on July 4th barring unforeseen changes in direction by the government.
I have to say this is really good news of course for the Club and its members and particularly good news for me as I was showing the early signs of going stir crazy in this lockdown. I am well aware there are many people far worse off than I am and I feel for them. But it was all getting a bit difficult for me – possibly because the motorhome sits on the drive glowering at me!
Located on the broads near Wroxham and not far from Great Yarmouth this is a gorgeous site and definitely a holiday destination. The Dog Inn is two hundred yards one way and the broads and a shipyard are two hundred yards the other way. Stacks to do – or just chill out.
As we all know, Brighton is a great town to visit with loads to do and inundated with good restaurants and pubs. The open all year 155 pitch Brighton site is outstanding and so easy to get into Brighton from it. Unsurprisingly this Caravan and Motorhome Club site is kept immaculately and gets a five star rating from the members. Top that off with sunny weather……..
Turn right out of the Castleton CAMC site and go through the town and out the other side on your way to Chapel-en-le-Frith and there is the exquisite Winnats Pass. Hard to believe that millions of years ago it was under the sea.
Am at Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan and Motorhome Club site which is yet another gem on the Club’s network. It’s one of the smaller sites with just 56 pitches and set in an ancient quarry works – with a pub a short walk away.
Set in Forestry Commission woodland, the site has attractive pitches and loads of walking trails. Non-members are welcome; no loo block. It’s a classic “get away from it all” site combined with the exceptional high standard associated with the Club.
I guess we all have our Top Ten Favourite places where we’ve stayed; I certainly do and my holiday in Scotland enabled me to stay at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Bunree site near Fort William. It’s certainly in my top ten.
We all have the luxury of having a mix of favourite sites, places, activities, books, films and so on. Writing this blog takes me back to when, in a former life, I did a lot of radio and TV work where you learned pretty quickly you need to have a clear favourite and spit it out without missing a heart beat. At the end of a radio interview I would frequently be asked what my favourite bit of music was to take the programme into the next sector. No opportunity there to diffidently mention a top ten. (For me it was always Mike and the Mechanics “The Living Years”) One hapless MP being interviewed along side me seemed unable to choose her favourite book and the interviewer rather unkindly remarked that if she couldn’t answer a simple question like that there seemed little hope for her career.
When asked for my favourite book back in those rather high octane days I often wondered if as a laugh I might say it was the ACSI Guide to all the aires in France.