The Joys of Caravan Touring in Dorset - August 22nd, 2012
We are one of the most popular touring caravan sites in Dorset, and we love welcoming people and their caravans from right across the country and even further afield. People have been bringing their caravans to parks like ours for at least half a century, and in this week’s blog we thought we’d look at what it is that makes the caravan such an enduring favourite of British holidaymakers.
Did you go on caravan holidays when you were a youngster? Most of us probably did at some stage, and have similar memories of the folding beds, net curtains and tiny cupboards full of goods that rattled about when driving. Equally, we can also probably still picture the locations our caravans took us to – the sunny seaside towns and the leafy countryside sites which were so much fun to explore as kids.
Caravan holidays have changed an awful lot between then and now. Modern caravans come with all the mod cons designed to make it a genuine home from home, including central heating and satellite tv. But you’ll also be pleased to know that some parts of the caravanning experience have not changed at all – caravan sites are still to be found in wonderful coastal or rural locations, and there are now more sites than ever before!
There are now an estimated 1 million caravan owners in the UK, and that number is growing all the time. The recession has not harmed the caravan industry; in fact it has had the opposite effect, as it has encouraged families to eschew expensive foreign holidays and rediscover the joys of the British coastline and countryside.
So why not book a family break this summer and introduce your children to the adventure and excitement of staying in a caravan for the first time? We are one of the leading caravan holiday parks in Dorset, and we offer great rates for overnight stays in our specially designated touring field. If you’d like to know more, give us a call on 01297 560259 – we’d love to hear from you!
Charmouth Fossil Walks - August 8th, 2012
If you’re looking for a fun, active, free family day out in Charmouth this weekend, then your best bet is probably to head to the beach for a spot of fossil hunting. As well as being a lovely picturesque location for a picnic on a warm day, our beach is famous for being one of the best locations to find prehistoric remains in the UK.
Tips for Fossil Hunting in Charmouth
When dedicated fossil hunters set off on a fossil hunt, they will carry a range of tools like a rock hammer and small chisel. If you’re just out for a fun afternoon however, you won’t need anything but a sharp pair of eyes and a little bit of perseverance.
Vast numbers of ammonites and belemites have been found on Charmouth beach, and every year there are more to find. There’s no golden rule for finding fossils, but they tend to be easier to find after periods of stormy weather, when cliffs have been eroded and debris washed onto the beach.
If you do unearth something exciting and want to find out more about it, take it along to the Heritage Coast Centre on Charmouth seafront. The friendly experts there will take a look at the fossil for you and will hopefully be able to tell you what it is. If you have something important, they’ll ask to make a record of it for the Centre (But of course the fossil itself is still yours to take away!)
Charmouth Fossil Walks for Kids
If you want to learn about fossils and maximise your chances of finding some good’uns on the beach, it might be worth considering a guided tour. We offer fossil walks every Wednesday (weather permitting!) during the summer, as part of our Kids Club. It’s £4 per child, and spaces can be limited so it pays to book on arrival!