As a family there is nothing more we love than having an adventure, especially when the sun is shining. I have this innate feeling distilled in me in the Summer, one where I rarely just like to stay at home. Even if we just pop out to the park, I have to get out the house on a daily basis. I love our little home but we love to seek out adventures and make memories as much as we can.
This past weekend we went on a very special adventure as a family- our first time camping. In actual fact it was my first time camping ever, unless you count a rather soggy Duke of Edinburgh experience at school where we almost set our tent alight smoking contraband cigarettes, but that's a different matter entirely. We were really excited to have the chance to borrow a Subaru XV for the weekend which was just fantastic, we absolutely loved the car and it was definitely made for families like ours.
I was a little nervous about camping with two tiny people, but actually it was an amazing experience for us all and we had so much fun that I actually have enough photos to fit in to two posts. We decided to go to Pembrokeshire in South Wales as Mr E used to holiday in Wales a lot as a child. After learning all about the Subaru XV on Friday afternoon at a really fun off roading event, we headed off on the long five hour journey to reach our destination.
We may have *slightly* cheated at camping and gone for a slightly more luxurious glamping option. After a lot of research online I found the quite frankly amazing Not Just Any Tent company. They take the hassle out of camping by arriving at your chosen campsite before you and pitching one of their beautiful bell tents for you. We were blown away when we arrived- the tent was gorgeous- with fairy lights, lots of bunting, actual duvets and blow up beds, and everything you could need for your camping adventure. Although slightly more than usual camping, at £245 for two nights, it was most definitely worth the money and we couldn't recommend it any higher if you are wanting to camp with little ones- there was even room for us to take LL's travel cot.
I spent ages looking for a nice campsite and ended up being so pleased with the one we chose. We chose Dewslake Camping, a small site situated on a farm only a few miles from Barafundle Bay and Tenby. Having not camped before, I was really impressed with the facilities- I had visions of missing my creature comforts but the toilets were clean, the showers were hot and it had a little kitchen area. Most importantly it was relaxed and the atmosphere was lovely.
We had a action packed weekend full of adventure and the girl's loved spending time as a family in a tent, it was such a unique experience for them and for us. We were worried as to how they would sleep but bar going to bed a little later than usual as obviously it was light, they actually slept really well and didn't wake up until later than they normally do at home!
Here is the first part of our adventure in photos...
All packed up ready to go in our swanky Subaru XV for the weekend- the perfect family car. It had leather seats, a built in sat nav, and most importantly according to Mr E it drove really well as well. We were so impressed with it and loved it more than our current car which is a similar style Qashqui. Plus see those bikes on the back there? They are our new family bikes- after years of wanting them we finally bought some with a trailer on the back for our little ladies.
Our home for the weekend- the most beautiful bell tent.
The inside of our tent- it was so lovely and had everything you needed for a weekend away.
We had a lovely big spot in the corner of the campsite.
We went for a stroll round the quaint little town of Tenby which was just lovely. Just don't try and get in anywhere for dinner on a Saturday night in peak season!
The sun going down on our beautiful tent.
We went to the local Heatherton Theme Park which was fun for a morning- Mr E tried his hand at water zorbing and was worse than all the children who were doing it.
Mads loved the little car track and was so excited to get a license at the end- she has been carrying it around ever since.
Me and my big girly- I hope she never grows out of sucking her fingers when she's tired or needs comforting.
Something obviously tickled LL.
Breakfast outside our tent.
On one of the days we went to West Midlands Safari Park, this was fantastic and would definitely recommend it with little ones as there is a small theme park there as well. Here they are sussing out where to go next.
Here is a video from our little adventure. More photos to come in my next post...
*Disclaimer*- Please don't watch this video if embarrassing Mum dancing offends you.
NB- We were kindly loaned a rather fabulous Subaru XV for our weekend adventure and given a contribution towards costs for our weekend. We paid for all other aspects of the adventure, including the tent and campsite.