My second guest post on my family adventures series is the wonderful Amy who is one half of the team at www.epsandamy.co.uk.
Amy and her co-editor, friend and blogging partner is Epril and between them they blog about a whole host of lifestyle, parenting, products and have some super helpful posts on money-saving and bargain hunting.
We love going on holiday, but unfortunately it can be very expensive. One way to save a bit is to go camping. Yes the initial layout can be a bit expensive, personally we bought a tent with blow up supports instead of poles (which means daddy can put the tent up alone and I can watch the children) which was expensive, but worth it! You also need a good set of blow up beds and a cooker (BBQ or gas is up to you).
Our favourite place to camp is the New Forest, Hampshire. We have 2 sites we go to: Hollands Wood, near Brockenhurst, Hollands Wood which is really secure and the toilet facilities are beautifully clean, but does have a lot of rules (tents a certain distance apart, no fires, no noise at night etc) and Hurst View, Lymington which is very family orientated, and allows small bonfires (yay!) but is very open and can get windy and cold.
I would recommend a visit to Burley, the Old Farmhouse does delicious breakfasts and wonderful cream teas, and the shops just down the road are so quaint (don’t forget to visit the fudge shop!) there are a couple of lovely walks I can recommend: the disused railway is beautiful and the Bolderwood deer sanctuary are our favourites.
I would highly recommend the New Forest Reptile Centre which is free entry, you just pay for parking. It’s not big, but there is usually an expert walking around who are great with the kids and help them spot some of the reptiles.
We also love visiting Lymington, parking can be difficult so arrive early, we love crabbing from the Jetties and taking a walk out to Hurst Castle, but it is a lovely town to spend the whole day walking around.
We love the New Forest, if you have suggestions we have missed please let me know, we are always after new places to take the children (and dog).