Clarabelle, our little second hand caravan, had her first outing of the year to a lovely spot in North Norfolk. We were lucky enough to go for just over a week in August, and the kids loved our little caravan adventure.
Our Caravan Adventure
We went to a lovely campsite on the North Norfolk coast in a village called Trimingham. We love North Norfolk, and have spent a lot of time there. We also love our little Clarabelle, who we bought last year when James was made redundant. The kids love going away in the caravan, it’s such an adventure for them, and for us it gives us all the things we love to do: being by the sea, cooking and eating Al fresco, camp fires and just generally relaxing of an evening with a glass of wine in hand surround by citronella candles.
Our Little Camp
Clarabelle is only a 2 birth caravan, but the bed is a large double so will fit all 3 children when needed. We have a large awning which we sleep in and provides all important cover if it decides to rain. This year we also took a pop up gazebo. We were really lucky with the weather, and the gazebo provided some much needed shade.
The kids loved staying in the caravan playing their puzzles and watching DVDs, they were so happy and comfortable in their little space. Which was fortunate, as setting up camp with small children running around is no easy feat! This was the 4th time we have been out with Clarabelle, so we managed to set up the awning in record time!
We visited the beach several days during our stay. The North Norfolk coast is home to some wonderful beaches. My favourite is one near Mundesley, a little spot popular with locals and dog walkers but relatively empty, we felt like we had it all to ourselves. Lovely clean sand for building castles and areas of stones which had created little rock pools for the kids to explore.
We had a lovely day at BeWilderwood, which was only a 30 minute drive from where we stayed. My parents bought one of the new static caravans on the site this year, so it was lovely to spend a day with them too. I think Grandad forgot he was 70 this year, and may have enjoyed it more than the kids!
There was also plenty to do on the actual campsite itself. There was an indoors swimming pool, gym for adults, and playground with several open areas of grass for the kids to run around in. The clubhouse also had a licensed bar, and restaurant, and several nights during our stay had family friendly entertainment: a kids talent contest; family quiz; bingo; and a kids magic show with balloon modelling afterwards.
The campsite also had its own woodland walk, a route around the whole campsite where the children looked for stamps to collect and got a little medal at the end of it. It was a lovely walk, some bits through the campsite itself, but some through the surrounding woodland and hedgerows, alongside fields of wheat and passed the fishing lake. Of course little legs get tired, and piggy backs were in order!
One of my favourite parts about camping is putting on the BBQ and eating outside by candlelight. We did eat in the club house a few nights but mainly cooked on our little BBQ. We even entertained and my parents and Uncle and Auntie who have a holiday home not far from the site joined us for BBQ steak, peppercorn sauce and chips from the sites takeaway. I’m not a big fan of sausages and burgers, unless I have made my own lamb burgers, however we were able to cook lovely meals with very limited resources. We also enjoyed seasoned chicken breasts with jacket potatoes, and my personal favourite, salmon fillet with samphire, which I bough fresh earlier that day from a house we drove past.
The kids also enjoyed their sausages on the BBQ, and particularly toasting marshmallows, which in my opinion is an absolute must when you go camping.
I also enjoyed an amazing dressed crab salad in the club house. If you like seafood, you really cant come to Norfolk without feasting on a Cromer crab!
All in all we had a fabulous time. If you haven’t tried camping or caravaning, you really must. It’s such a great adventure for all the family. North Norfolk coast is idyllic in my opinion, and we loved the campsite, so much to do for all the family rain or shine, our perfect little caravan adventure.