amazing family holidaysglamping on a budget
We looked at, the travel costs, the stay costs, the activity costs, the food and drink costs.
We based all the stays on a family of 2 adults and 2 children staying with us over the Summer Holidays, and driving from around an hour away.
This is the first of those three and looks at the lowest of the budgets.
One of my mum’s most used phrases when growing up was. “Right kids, we’re going to have to tighten our belts” (I’m sure many can relate.)
So with that in mind, here we go…
don’t forgetWhat you’d need to bring
£12.00 Added Extras
Firewood Package & Marshmallows
Meal, Snacks & Drinks from Aldi
(7mins drive from site)
Total Cost: £122.00
included packagesFIREWOOD essentials PACKAGE
Firewood Essentials Package Includes: firewood, firelighters, instant lighting log & lighter.
(Every pod is provided with its own firepit)
Marshmallows can be brought onsite.
our timelinethe plan
Get packed up at around lunchtime on the day of arrival.
Aldi Shop, postcode (PR4 4JZ).
Arrive at site. Check in to Pod. Get unpacked. Make up beds while the kids have a play. Put cold items like meals and milk in the fridges in the main lodge.
Make a brew in the Lodge, take a seat outside your Pod and half an hour to relax and settle in. The kids could do the fairy trail in this time – it’s a great way for them to explore the site (younger children will need supervision). The Fairy Trail is free of charge when staying with us. Kids even get a free lollipop at the end!
Time for some local activities! We recommend one of the following:
Option 1 – Small park – 6 mins drive – Wesham Park – close to Aldi.
If the kids have bikes there’s some ramps as well as a play ground suitable for most ages – the usual swings, slides, zip-lines, as well as ample space for games like football and cricket. There’s even fitness equipment dotted around the pathway if the mood takes you!
Option 2 – Medium park – Lytham Park View.
Several times the size of Wesham and lots to do for children of all ages. There’s; sandy play areas, wet play areas, a bike ramp area, climbing towers, and a café. (Highly Recommended). It even has its own website: http://www.parkview4u.org.uk/
Land back at the site, and hopefully the kids will have burned enough energy to be ready for some tea in the Lodge. If the weather is nice you can always sit out and enjoy the lakeside view on one of our picnic benches.
Animal Feeding Time! We’ll come around the Pods (and Bell Tent area) to let guests know we’re going to feed the animals. Starting with our sheep who are so friendly and love to be stroked as well as hand fed. Then on to our Chickens. We take everybody inside the chicken house with us and feed them some lovely corn as well as picking up and stroking some of the smaller ones! We then collect the freshly laid eggs (which are available to buy in the shop). Animal feeding is free of charge when staying with us.
It’s time to light the fire! The Firewood Pack has everything you need to get the fire started and each Pod comes with it’s own Fire Pit. Once the fire is going the kids can either run around and play in the big grassy space in the middle of the Pods, and usually make new friends. Or sit by the fire with you and play some cards or board games. As the evening goes on you’ll notice other camp fires springing up around you and this helps create a very special and magical atmosphere, with a fun yet relaxed energy. Don’t forget to toast those Marshmallows!
We have a ‘noise cut off time’. This is when all noise must come down to a minimum level. Perfect if you have young children, and perfect for relaxing in general. You may also be able to do some stargazing! There are some amazing apps that can help you identify the different stars, planets and constellations. It’s quite common to see a shooting star!
We have a cut off time for sitting outside the Pods. This helps everybody get a good nights sleep. With all the energy burned, the fresh air, and the ideal temperatures, and the peace and quiet, kids usually get a great nights sleep.
You have until 11am to check out of the Pod, so there’s no mad rush in the morning. Most guests have breakfast in the lodge, then a leisurely walk around the site before packing up and heading out.
A popular option is to head to the beach at St. Annes. You can park for free by the sand dunes and have a stroll along the beach. So simple, but so much fun, especially for the kids.
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