You will notice a bit of a camping vibe on the blog this Summer. We have caught the bug so expect lots of camping recipes, tips and stories of our trips.
Halford have created The Ultimate UK Camping Guide which you can download here, I was sent one to check out and its a really useful handbook for both newbies and regular campers.
The first half of the book is split into regions, each region has listed tourist hotspots, recommended campsites, cycle routes and 2016 events for that area. I headed to the Wales section firstly, spotting the first hotspot – Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves which brought back loads of fun childhood memories. There are 10 miles of absolutely incredible winding tunnels including my favourite cave – the cathedral cave where you can even get married if you wish! Embarrassingly the second hotspot is one I haven’t visited but only an hour or so away – Carreg Cennen Castle so that’s now on my list to visit this year. The recommended campsites look awesome too and again ones I haven’t yet been to. The events list would be a great focus to centre your trip around.
I also checked out the Cornwall section as I really want to visit one of the recommended hotspots – The Eden Project – this year and there are some rather spectacular looking campsites in the area too.
The second half of the book is split into camping tips, do’s and don’ts, recipes, festival survival guides and DIY glamping ideas. It ends with tent recommendations and travel tips. It’s worth checking out the Halfords site if you are yet to buy your camping gear as there are some great deals, especially on their sleeping bags at the moment with up to 50% off.
An extra festival tip for you if you have children, bubbles! Buy bubble guns, wands and extra picture before the festival – there are bubble shops everywhere and it can get expensive and it will be something your child will adore so stock up on these bubbles.
Its a really handy little guide and oh did I mention it also has some useful game ideas and activities for your children so you get some relaxation time! Perfect.
One really good tip in the book for festival camping is to get a flag – finding your tent in a sea of others can be tricky, especially at night or after a cider or two.
* This post is in collaboration with Halfords and I was compensated for my time.