Geocaching by campervan

Campervans have got to be the best way to get around and see as much as possible of a country without having to spend hours and hours travelling backwards and forwards from a ‘home’ base. The main reason for that being that your base travels with you wherever you are.

When you’re done for the day, you pop up your roof tent and settle down for a nice meal cooked on your campervan’s built in stove, have a refreshing drink straight out of the fridge, all without the need to ‘return to base’. After a good night’s rest in the luxury of your own camper you can be up in the morning and head on to your next destination and repeat the process, exploring the world to your heart’s content.

Now this is a great opportunity for the interpid explorer but there are many other reasons to keep exploring further and further afield rather than sitting on a campsite. One great use of using a campervan as a holiday home, is to go geocaching…

Geocaching….What’s that?” I hear you say.

Check out this short introduction video to find out a bit about this great new activity that’s fun and exciting for everyone in your family whatever their age.

With over 2 million geocaches now active worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of caches to be found across the UK and Europe at large, you could travel around for months and still have plenty of new and exciting caches to find.

The picture below shows just a few of the geocaches hidden across the UK.

Geocaching  Map of Southern England!

To see if there’s any near you why not visit www.geogaching.com, it’s free to sign up.

Go Climbing in your Campervan

A customer came to us recently looking for a basic conversion of a van which she wanted to use primarily as a base for going rock climbing in Wales.

Here’s a few photos of what we did to a standard Vauxhall Vivaro to turn it into a small, but comfortable base from which to get around those Welsh crags.

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This is the base vehicle, as you can see we haven’t done anything too special to the basic van apart from adding windows all around so that our customer can enjoy the view. We did offer to put a pop-top on, but the customer didn’t need it (as her plan wasn’t to spend lots of time in it).

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Showing off the interior decor of the campervan, with plenty of room to relax and enjoy a cuppa after a hard climb.

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The cooking facilities, with integrated running water means there’s no need for that long trek back to a motel just for a nice cuppa!

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The all important rock and roll bed. Avoiding the epic of trying to drive home exhausted after a long day at the crag, in this van you can sleep at the crag ready to go again in the morning, or have a snooze in the back, during a break on the journey home.

(Photography by Sussex Wedding and Studio Photographer Alex White)

Keep the Kids Chilled & Cheerful this Hectic Half Term

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Having spent the last 6 weeks cooped up in a classroom, getting the kids out and about will be key to remaining relaxed and centred this half term (still no guarantee, I’m afraid).

So get your wellies on, campervan loaded and head off to some of our handpicked half term hot spots…

  • As far as we’re concerned, you can’t beat a National Trust day out.  They’ve put on a wide variety of great activities for kids of all ages this half term.  Some of our favourites include the indoor enchanted forest at Petworth House in Sussex; you can make leafy crowns, wands and mini woodland houses; or the Scarecrow festival at Tatton Park in Cheshire – discover over 30 scarecrows and have a go at making your own! Worzle Gummidge watch out!

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  • Another great location with lots lined up for this half term is London Wetlands, voted UK best nature reserve. Feed the otters or take a guided tour – there’s lots to keep you busy.

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Let us know if you’ve got any other fab ideas as to where to head this holiday and in the meantime – Have Fun!!

DISCOVER SUSSEX…

I think Sussex is a great place to be…

Sussex can certainly be a beautiful place to live but i wonder how many people who do live here have actually had the opportunity to experience all of the different fantastic attributes that Sussex has to offer?

If you are lucky enough to have a campervan or motorhome then Sussex is a great place to live, or visit, and explore!

Sussex offers lovely old villages like Cuckfield and Alfriston, modern towns with great shopping like Crawley, Horsham, and of course Brighton, and beautiful rolling hills in the vast surrounding countryside!

In Sussex you could have day trips to places like Brighton or Hove Beach, and if you did it in a camper van you would have a place to get dry and change if a dip in the sea takes your fancy! The possibilities are endless when you combine Sussex and a camper van!

You could let the kids have a run round on the South Downs, then sit comfortably making a cup of tea with your own kettle and fridge to keep your milk in! You could take the family to do various different water sports and activities , like sailing at Ardingly resevoir, paintballing near Balcombe or even to take a trip on the Bluebell Railway near Horsted Keynes!

Chichester and Arundel offer great shopping, lovely cobbled streets and bags of history, along with their fantastic cathedrals and the beautiful, medieval Arundel Castle, which is well worth a visit! Great cities like this are surrounded by lovely campsites, tailored for any kind of camping holiday, and are there for people who want to travel into the cities and see the surrounding English countryside.

Whether you are from Lewis or Billingshurst, Rusper or Rye I hope you take the opportunity to travel around your own county! There will be so many things locally you may not have thought of doing… You may want to visit the Ashdown Forest Llama Park or the Littlehapton Habour Park!

Of course being in Sussex means that you are in the perfect position to visit the lovely neighbouring counties of Kent and Surrey, with great places to visit like Cantebury and Guildford. Also Sussex offers fast train links to London for day trips to the capital City to see the sights. Sussex is also within easy reach of the bustling Maritime city of Southampton, with ferry links to the Isle of White! If you fancy getting even further away, then a short trip round the M25 will take you to Dover and the Eurotunnel port, allowing you to reach anywhere in Europe and beyond!

Having a campervan makes it easy to go on any length of trip or visit, at the drop of a hat, without the need to book costly hotels months in advance for cheap deals and a guarantee room. Owning your own camper van or motorhome allows you to visit anywhere that can be reached by road, tunnel and ferry, giving you the opportunity to discover your home county or go further afield, like Scotland and Wales or even France or Spain through the Channel tunnel from Dover to Calais.

Campervans provide fun for all the family and your friends too (if you’ll let them!) It can act as a portable shelter with a comforting homely feel! Great for long trips or just a fun day out!

If you live in Sussex or are traveling here from anywhere in the UK or abroad, then make sure you do everything that you can to explore and Discover one of the nicest counties in the UK!