I have to say, I'm not a camper. Ever since my dad dragged my sister and I on a camping weekend in the Lake District and the heavens opened (and didn't close) the whole time we were there, I have hated the thought of camping.
But when Ready Camp got in touch and offered us a stay in one of their luxurious glamping tents, how could I resist. It was a chance to fall in love with camping again.
Well who would have known when we booked a few months ago that the UK would be in the middle of a freak heat wave when our Ready Camp adventure began. And we chose a location right on the beach - It couldn't have been more perfect!
Our chosen destination was Eastbourne, and even though lots of people told us it was Gods waiting room, we were excited to visit this historic part of the country. Not only were we virtually on top of a gorgeous beach, but we were right near Hastings which had a gorgeous old town full of shops and little cafes.
On arrival, we were shown to our tent and we were over the moon. Our 2-bedroom, safari tent was amazing and inside was a full sized double bed, double bunk bed, a fully equipped kitchen, a sofa and table and chairs. It was huge and had everything we could have wanted. Even if the weather had been bad, this tent had everything we needed and we could buy Wifi cards for £3 each, so the kids were happy! There was plenty of storage in the living area and bedroom, giving us space to enjoy our stay – and a fully stocked crockery cupboard with all we needed if we decided to stay in and cook. The pretty decked terrace is perfectly lit with cute lighting for night time relaxation too.
We drove into Eastbourne that evening and found a gorgeous Indian street food restaurant serving delicious mini dishes. Yum. But after the long drive from home we headed back to the campsite to get some sleep. And I have to say, those beds were so comfy. No back problems for us the next morning.
On the Saturday we drove in to Hastings and walked along the front to the gorgeous old town. Vintage shops, little cafes and restaurants, cake shops, bars and independent boutiques lined the pretty road of George Street. It was a glorious day made even better by the sun shining and lots of happy tourists.
We wanted to spend some time on the beach so we headed back, changed into our cozzies and walked over the road to the beach. The water was a bit cold for me but we paddled and sunbathed and hunted for unusual pebbles and shells. Heaven. Living in Hertfordshire, we are almost slap bang in the middle of the UK, nowhere near the coast, so being near the water is like paradise to us and we enjoyed every moment of the smells, the sounds and the peacefulness.
The facilities at the campsite were excellent, lots of shower cubicles and toilets which were all very clean and there were lots of sinks to wash up, plus a laundry if needed. Easy accessible water points were around too so filling up the kettle was nice and easy!
We will definitely be going back to Ready Camp again. Excellent value for money and such good fun, it would be lovely to book 2 or 3 tents and go with a few other families too. There are 45 locations to choose from, I think somewhere near a city next... I wonder whether we can arrange another heat wave the next time we book!
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images and text by Anna Cascarina