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Family travel bucket list – travels in a touring caravan

Peterborough Buying a caravan has reignited our love of travel. But travelling these days is a different type of adventure.

clamorously We now have three additional campers to consider, our children aged six and four, and our beautiful border terrier (he’s eight) and keeping them happy, means we are all happy. We’ve had our caravan a couple of years and travelled to lots of places, but there are many more we would like to visit… van in tow!

Here’s our family bucket list, and I’m adding to it all the time.

NB: If you have any tips or recommendations to make these trips more special, we would love to hear from you…


1. Disneyland Paris

Our kids are at that age where they love anything Disney. We travel with a bag of dressing up clothes, all of them Disney, so we know it’s a ‘must do’ and we want to do it soon.

Travelling to France with the van in tow in a given, but where to stay and when to go is still up for debate.

Hopefully next year we’ll make our first trip across the channel with the van…. Exciting stuff, any tips welcome!


2. Longleat

We’ve heard rumours that this place is pretty special. Fellow campers have told tales of hooking up close to Longleat and hearing the lions roar from the comfort of their van! We’d love to give it a go.

Have you stayed in Wiltshire close to Longleat? Please let us know.


3. St Davids, Pembrokeshire

We’re big fans of Wales and had a fabulous holiday near Tenby last year. We ventured to Freshwater West beach and fell in love with the rugged charm of the landscape. Exploring the wild St Davids coastline is a ‘must do’ for us and we have dreams of a pitch overlooking the sea.

So far we have thought about the following beautiful places…

Lleithyr Farm Caravan and Camping because the farm looks so lovely, Pencarnan Farm with its beautiful views, and St David’s Camping and Caravanning Club site describes stunning sunsets and coastal views…

We’re open to ideas. Where have you been?


4. London, in the caravan

OK I realise we’re not going to be able to pitch up next to the Natural History Museum or the London Eye, but there must be sites in and around the Big Smoke, right?

Our kids want a do all the top touristy stuff, like a ride on the London Eye and a trip to the Tower of London, and I’ve got a plan to take them to a matinee of The Lion King for their Birthdays, but we want to take our caravan and knock a few pounds off what will probably be quite a pricey few days.

London with kids and the caravan. Tell us what you think.


5. The Lizard Peninsular

The further you go in Cornwall the more chilled out it becomes. We love it.

We’ve been to the Lizard before, but we have never taken our van. There are many places to consider and we’ve had a few recommendations, but we’re just not sure where to stay.

It’s an epic journey for us (we live up North) so hooking up somewhere that’s a little bit special is really what we’re looking for… Help us find a hidden gem, somewhere that’s a little bit amazing?


6. Legoland, Windsor

We’ve already visited Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World, and loved it, and have heard amazing things about Legoland.

We’ll have the van with us and after we’ve departed lego heaven we’d like to stay close by in Windsor. Finding out a bit more about the area is a task I’m currently looking into.


7. Scotland, Loch Ness

Who doesn’t want to search for a monster?

Scotland is a place I’d love to see more of. I have family from Scotland, yet I only visited a few times when I was very young. Travelling this distance with the van seems a bit daunting, but well worth it, it’s an area we want to explore.


8. Visit a castle

And the one we really want to explore is Bamborough Castle in Northumberland, the king of castles.

This part of the world looks so spectacular and the coastline is incredible. We’ve wanted to visit the area for a while and in 2019 (or sooner) we hope to tick this off.


9. A family festival…

… taking our caravan with us.

We’re thinking Camp Bestival, Latitude or Gloworm which is a new-ish family festival close to home. We’d love to hear from any seasoned festival goers, are there any we’re missing?


10. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

So we’ve never taken our kids to this mecca of a seaside town. We want to see the illuminations, ride the rollercoasters and nip up Blackpool Tower… so much fun to be had. But where to stay in our cosy little van? Any site recommendations welcomed.

*UPDATE* We’ve recently been to Blackpool… read our Blackpool review here.


I’m nowhere near finished with this list… there’s more to come.

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