Camping with little ones in Holmsley, The New Forest – Part one.
On our first night, we had set up the camping area, had hot dogs and lasagne (that my sister pre-made before getting there, lovely!) I was pretty much read for bed at like 10pm as I wasn’t feeling too great and was the designated driver too, I don’t mind driving on holidays but sometimes when the kids fall asleep, and then Ty dozes off its enough to make me want an early night that evening, ha. The littles were so excited to be camping outside ‘for real’ ever since they did camping in our back garden for one night, and the girls were chuffed that their cousins were joining us too. So lots of excitement, toasting of marshmallows – with supervision of course), led them to have some later evenings despite being so busy each day. before bed they would all snuggle in their pj’s and watch a dvd together, there were moments when there were disagreements, but to be expected with three kids aged 3,4, and 4 and a half! 😉
Evening camp lighting
Grainy but I love this photo.
Photos from my phone of our littles snug as bugs in their beds.
The next day we went down to the beach we usually visit, relaxed there for a while as the men were looking for parking spaces, got some food and then met Mr T’s Mum as she was joining our trip. She bought her two dogs down with her so they were enjoying chasing and swimming after the tennis balls in the sea, I enjoyed watching from a far, feeling the sand on my toes, and sitting next to my biggest girl. We then walked along the harbour, looked at the lovely Art festival which was on that weekend where we ate some delicious crepes, had a wander then made it back to camp.
That evening, the littles were enjoying playing on the big area of grass behind our tents, chasing the footballs, going with Mr T exploring all that was around them. Phoenix just loved the open space to run after his beloved football, was lovely to see him playing with them.
Each morning I was waking up pretty early as our littles tend to be early birds, so I would just sit around the camp and enjoy a cup of tea while Phoenix was stomping about in his little sleep suit and slipper boots, when everyone else would wake after a short while some of us then decided to walk the dogs, over the other side of the fence into the New Forest fields, so many horses and cows but not at the end we were walking thankfully as the dogs would’ve freaked more than likely. So we took a nice fresh morning walk, got back, had showers to freshen up then got ready to head to the harbour again, but this time we waited for the ferry to go across to the sandbanks. You can see more pictures and about our last trip to Mudeford in a few posts here, here, and here when we went for Halle’s third birthday.
We love to take our little ones on the ferry, it only takes five minutes but they love it every time. We then took the 45minute walk over to the beach cafe there, relaxed there for a bit, got some cakes and ice creams (as you do) then got the train back to Avon beach where we had a dinner reservation at The Noisy Lobster – their food is amazing! We love to eat here when we come down, always welcoming.
You can see more pictures and read a little bit more about our camping trip in Part two.
Here’s a little movie from our long weekend.