Over the bank holiday weekend we went camping with our new tent, it is a red and white striped 4m bell tent. I think it looks like a little circus big-top and I love it so much. The red and white seems to glow in the light and it is really cheering to see the stripes shining through when you are on the inside. It felt like quite a big purchase for us but I had a special sum earmarked for this, and when you compare with the costs of hotels it quickly seems more acceptable. Our old tent we took to festivals was a very cheap nylon one and you can tell the difference immediately in how much more comfortable this is. We bought it from The Glam Camping Co, and the tent is called the Strawberries and Cream Limited Edition. I hope it will last us a long long time.
I love camping but Simon and I had not gone camping together before (outside of camping at music festivals which is a different sort of thing) as he wasn’t so sure he’d like it. So when looking for a campsite for the weekend I wanted to try to make sure that we would end up at a campsite that was nice itself (not just in a nice area) so that Simon wouldn’t get scared off from camping ;) I had a real bee in my bonnet about going to Whitstable however after lots of research I couldn’t find any nice campsites near there that still had space. It was the bank holiday weekend after all, probably one of the busiest camping weekends of the year. I was getting a bit desperate until I remembered reading about Jim’s Camping on the really lovely blog Junkaholique, after some examining of maps we realised that the campsite was only 2 hrs away from Oxford which is a good distance for a weekend trip. I phoned up Jim, who sounded like a nice fellow, and he said that there should be plenty of room for us, so we headed on down there.
We managed to find the place with a sat nav machine, there are other camping and caravan places nearby which could be confusing, but if you find the house with the blue door at 19 Moreton Road, Owermoigne, Dorset DT2 8HT, then the campsite is to the right of that (as you face the house). It has a little driveway in, when we were there the driveway did have two hand painted signs. We just headed in and set up, and then later that evening a friendly lady came by to get the money for our two nights. Only £10 per night is pretty good!
The campsite was fairly busy, though not as ridiculously jam-packed as a campsite might be on that weekend in that part of the world. There were three areas that the tents could be in. We went in the main back field and there were possibly 10 other tents there with us. We all had plenty of room. It seemed like it was busy enough that they should have made a decent amount, but not so busy it was ruined.
The campsite itself was great, just our sort of place. Ramshackle in the nicest way. We didn’t go anywhere on that first afternoon we arrived but just stayed snoozing in the entrance of the tent with a cup of tea and having a little walk around to look at the flowers they grew at the campsite and at the village.
The green box is my dad’s old cool box that we used to use on camping trips when I was a kid, I borrowed it and pre-froze two 1.5L bottles of Evian instead of using cool blocks. I think that is most effective in keeping the box cool and also it means that later in the weekend we had ice cold water to drink. The wicker basket with the handle and two lids is my new favourite one that I got on that trip to Cheddar.
We bought a big pile of magazines and books that we’d not had time for at home. It was very nice to be cozy in our double sleeping bag and catching up on reading. The verdict on camping in general, the tent, and the campsite is that they were all a great success. I had better stop there as I have gone on somewhat! Next up will be the places we visited in Dorset.