10 Things to do in your Campervan on a Rainy Day

Rainy days are never the end of holiday fun. Here are various ideas for activities that can be enjoyed inside the comfort of your portable holiday home.

1. Have fun playing games such as cards/scrabble/boggle. Cards are particularly great to take on holiday due to their compact size.

2. Lie back with some tea and cake

3. Read a favourite book.

4. Tell imaginative stories  

5. Create a recipe for a new dish

6. Try a new hobby – start knitting 

7. Plan following days adventures

8. Massages – fun and relaxing – ideal for a holiday for de-stressing

 

9. Tell jokes

10. Attempt drawing a portrait of a companion

There are infinite things that can be enjoyed when stricken to a day of inside-only holiday

 

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OUR NUMBER 3… ST IVES

Here is my number 3 review of the Sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, giving you ideas for places that I think would be worth while for you to visit in your campervan or car.

No top ten would be complete without St Ives in Cornwall, as it feels like you are transported to another world. It won ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ in 2012 and 2011 from the British Travel Awards and has been listed as one of the 32 most beautiful bays in the World. It is clear to see why, with the fine golden sands and the crystal clear waters- possibly the cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe.

Embark on a boat trip to Seal Island to see the grey Atlantic Seals in their natural habitat and spot some porpoises, basking sharks and dolphins on the way, or choose from one of the many different types of boat trips that may suit you, weather you just want to relax or do some birdwatching or fishing. Take surf lessons on Porthmeor Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in Cornwall, or relax on one of the many other beautiful sandy beaches in the area. The Loft Restaurant and Terrace has amazing food on offer, cooked with local produce and fresh seafood or experience the culinary delights of one of the many other restaurants, bars and cafes. Visit the Sloop Inn, one of the oldest inns in Cornwall ‘circa 1312’, on the Wharf to experience some real charm and character.

There are many other interesting sights, within Cornwall including the famous Eden Project, beautiful Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical garden with a coastal backdrop, and Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden.

Ayr Holiday Park is the closest campsite to the centre of St Ives, and so boasts the perfect location to explore the local area, as well as great facilities including electric hook up, shower and toilet block and a laundrette. There are more lovely holiday parks and campsites further out of St Ives itself, but still near the beach, with fabulous facilities like swimming pools and bars and restaurants, if that takes your fancy, for example, St Ives Bay Holiday Park and Polmanter Touring Park.

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TOP 10 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN BRITAIN

WE LIVE IN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BUT SOMETIMES WE FORGET WHEN WE ARE STUCK INSIDE, AT HOME OR WORK, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THIS RAIN WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY!

Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing ten of the most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas, whether you are going on a tour, or just a weekend away in your campervan. These ten places will be chosen from various ‘Top 10’s’ as voted for by residents of, and visitors to, the UK.

Let me know on our Facebook page if there is somewhere specific that you think I should include in my top ten.

AMBERLEY WORKING MUSEUM

We visited the Amberley Working Museum recently. What an AWESOME family day out! All staffed by volunteers; not expensive to enter; loads to see and do. The unique thing with this place is that the stuff on display actually works. You can print your name in letterpress, see engines and electrical things working, go on a bus and a train – lots and lots. AND – there’s a campervan parking area!

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!

HOLIDAY COOKING

A holiday away supplies a rare opportunity for quality family time at meal times, with them not having to be squeezed in around housework, netball practice and music lessons, and getting everyone involved with preparations can be an added activity in the day! I think holiday cooking needs to be quick, easy, delicious and healthy!

When my family goes Campervanning we have to be conscious of space, having only 2 hobs and a microwave to cook with and quick meals are a must, not through laziness, but because we have to make sure the gas does not run out! I think some great base foods to have could be; cous cous, which can be cooked in a bowl with boiling water and works great with any veg, and Gnocchi,little dumplings which take about 3 minutes to cook, boiled or fried! Of course, a handy stir fry always goes down well; tasting great, containing loads of vegetables, and only using one pan to cook in! I often make a few great meals at home before going away, and store in the fridge, but also love shopping to experience local food and culture wherever I am staying.

If you are on holiday in the UK countryside this Easter you may have the time to pick some really great, fresh local ingredients. You can get fantastic food from British farms without having to step foot in a Supermarket with so many great farm shops, markets, butchers, bakers, and even home run egg stalls for you to discover on a Staycation! From my travels, some of my favourite places to buy great produce include Walsingham Farm Shop in Norfolk and Pipers Farm Butchers in Cullompton, Devon.

To cut down costs, try to buy ‘in season’ fruit and veg. Some of my seasonal favourites include; purple sprouting broccoli, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, and cauliflower! British organic food suppliers, Abel and Cole, suggest brilliant, in season recipes such as Hearty lemon chicken soup with purple sprouting broccoli, and Spinach and Walnut Pasta with capers and sun dried tomatoes!

My tip to you would be to go out and enjoy shopping for local produce, wherever you are staying, and even ask the locals for some recipes! Get everyone helping out with the shopping and make sure to pick something new to try! It would be great to hear some of your food stories and recipes after Easter!

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan- you can tailor make it to what you want! Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

Why not come and see us, or visit our website, and see just how affordable and excellent owning your very own campervan can be? Lots of our customers have even replaced their car with a camper!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum

EASTER TIME IN BAVARIA

Today I went for a lovely walk with my son, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful wild flowers, from celandine to wood anemone, and it reminded me of the expansive wild flowers at this time of year in the Bavarian forest, in South East Germany.

The Bavarian Forest is one of Germanys’ old National Parks, where nature has been left to it own devices. Carpets of white and an abundance of yellow flowers cover the landscape. If you are a lover of walking, then this is the time of year to visit Bavaria! The snow is still coating the mountain tops, with a cool breeze coming down the valleys as you enjoy your walk or bike ride along the lakes. There are free guided tours geared for themes of the season and they are child friendly too. There are plenty of campsites, hotels and all sorts of accommodation to suit your needs. If you are walking in the forest make sure you watch out for the resident bears, wolves, European bison, lynx and wild boar! But, if you love wildlife and the outdoors, this is certainly a great place to visit.

Bavarian culture, and the interesting villages, are worth visiting and wondering around, with lovely window boxes crammed full of flowers. There are many Bavarian customs which are maintained during Eastertide, for example the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday or the famous Good Friday Procession in Lohr on River Main. Make sure you enjoy some of the local beer and the white sausage called Weisswurst!

So my suggestion to you, if you have not booked anything for this Easter and would like to get away, is jump in you car, or campervan, take the EuroTunnel and drive. Stop over night in Cologne, maybe enjoy a walk along the River Rhine. Then, continue to Michigan, one of the Bavarian Forest villages, and relax. In just 10 or 11 hours you are in a different world away from the noise of the city. Go and explore that beautiful part of the world and let me know what you think of it…

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers
and Campervanning Mum

THE LAKE DISTRICT AT EASTER

Next weekend the children break up for their Easter Holidays, so if you haven’t made any concrete plans then why not escape to The Lake District?

The Lake District is so busy in the summer, but just as beautiful at Easter, and much quieter and more peaceful. Just make sure you take a waterproof and a woolly jumper…

One of the most beautiful valleys in The Lake District is Eskdale. It is on the western edge of the Lakes by taking J36 off the M6 – you have arrived in a campervan paradise. In Eskdale you will find there is so much to see. Why not take the Steam train from Ravenglass into Eskdale on the famous Eskdale narrow gauge railway the La’al Ratty? Or if you are feeling adventurous the La’al Ratty offer canoe trips down the River Esk in 2 person canoes to Ravenglass before returning on the train. Have a look at westlakesadventure for some more details. England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike is a fantastic climb if you’re up for some orienteering.

For those who want adventure on the flat The Trust’s Owl Centre which is based in the beautiful wooded gardens of historic Muncaster Castle. It has huge European Eagle Owls down to pygmy owls, lots of fun family activities there and a visit to the castle good for a wet day..
For some local history the Roman bath house which starts the Hadrian’s Cycle way is worth a visit.

There is so much to see as you whizz round in your camper van through the valleys and dales discovering your our favourite places. Enjoy even a long weekend breath in the fresh air as you gaze across Lake Windermere.

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan you can tailor make it to what you want. Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

Why not come and see us, or visit our website, and see just how affordable and excellent owning your very own campervan can be? Lots of our customers have replaced their car with a camper!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum

P.S. Peter Rabbit lives here…