Before embarking on ‘The Big Trip’ we’ve got to properly equip ourselves. Fortunately we’ve been camping in various guises for some time and have accumulated a stunning array of paraphernalia that would rival a Go Outdoors stock room.
However that’s not to say it’s all useful, required or even in working condition. That means testing it all. I refuse to haul a solar powered/wind-up/pop-up/blow-up/battery operated/compact/camping anything half-way around Europe only to find that it doesn’t work and we’re left cold/dark/hungry etc. You get the picture.
So we took ourselves (and the gear) on a “Test Camp” to the nearest thing we could find to wilderness; Norfolk.
Where did we go…
We started at Kessingland Camping and Caravan Club Site, which is right next to Africa Alive zoo. It’s cool to hear the lions roaring whilst you’re sleeping at night! The site has everything you’d expect at a club site – baby room, washing machine, playground, shop, dog area…and all kept clean and tidy. A big thank you to the friendly wardens for helping us pitch near the park!
Site visitors get a discount on entry to Africa Alive too. It’s about 1km to the beach, which is mostly rocky but does have a little bit of sand. There’s also a fab car boot sale in the next field every weekend.
We then drove about 45 mins up the coast to Clippesby Hall. Our first visit here and we were blown away. Featuring an outdoor pool, lovely clubhouse with wood fired pizza oven, crazy golf and zip lines in the woods – this got a big thumbs up from the kids. From here we could explore both the broads and coast. See the starfish we found at Sea Palling beach!
What did we learn?
Guess what…we need more gear! A new table (because a leg fell off) a pop-up cot, blow-up baby-bath, washing line, water and drainage hose (the list goes on.) This isn’t the luxury stuff either…I won’t have space for the 12-volt wine chiller I was banking on!
Oh and wash the stinky dog’s bed before we go.
Time for a bit of shopping and then on to the Eurotunnel 🙂