Why every family should try camping

It doesn’t matter where we’ve travelled in the world, if you ask my kids what one of their favourite holidays was they will cite one where we went camping.
As a family we have been lucky enough to travel to America, France, Spain, Italy, Lapland. We’ve visited amazing theme parks and stayed in the UK at Centreparcs, lovely holiday cottages and quaint little bed and breakfasts.
But the holidays my kids talk about, constantly, excitedly and with animation are our camping holidays. The cheapest and shortest holidays we have!

They absolutely love it. They love the freedom, being able to run wild and well, pretty much the freedom.
There are benefits for you as parents too; your kids are being kids. You don’t really need to know any more than that.
It means they will play outside for hours on end, climb trees, get mucky, explore, chill out, make new friends, not be tied to any schedule.
And the biggest bonus we’ve discovered over our years of camping is it helps you bond as a family.
Sure you’ll row and squabble and put the tent up wrong and forget to heat up the barbecue coals and forget to pack a change of pants and forget your toothbrush.
But in the grand scheme of things these matter not. What matters is you’re giving your kids an amazing adventure and you’re getting them outside.

I know camping isn’t for everyone. There’s the weather. And if it rains, the mud. But it’s been a joy for us. I wrote a post last year 10 Tips for Camping with Kids on how to survive.
But this post is the WHY . . . Why you should just suck it up and go with the flow. I can give you four reasons straight off:

1. The views can be truly stunning

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2. Everyone has the time to just hang out together

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3. The kids have the opportunity to invent their own games

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4. You get to wake up to scenes like this. And go to bed to scenes like this

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And, finally, as a bonus point, you get to take photos like this

kids asleep campingStill don’t fancy it? How about trying it out in your back garden first?
This weekend, all things being well and the weather not dumping ten tons of rainwater on us as it has been doing of late, we shall be camping out in our back garden this weekend!
For that can be JUST as much fun, but with all the comforts of being able to nip into the house to go to the loo.

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We’re joining up with the Big Little Tent Festival on the Bank Holiday weekend (August 30th). The event is a collaboration between The Woodland Trust and The Caravan Club who basically want as many people as possible to enjoy the great outdoors for a one-night tent festival – all from the comfort of your own garden!
The event is support by TV travel show presenter Simon Reeve who will also be bedding down for the night in his back garden!
Fellow bloggers Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy and OneDad3Girls will also be joining in the fun!

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6 Responses to Why every family should try camping

  1. I haven’t camped with the kids, although I’m sure they’d love it – all my camping experiences have unfortunately been rather wet, I hate the lack of a nearby bathroom and I once vowed I’d never do it again. But you make a convincing case!
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  2. Livia says:

    I never went camping with my children (I am not a fan) but they really want to go. Now maybe we will… Thanks!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Ah I LOVE all of your photographs Tara but that last one is the absolute icing on the cake isn’t it? It epitomises camping for me. I have a very love/hate relationship with a tent but keep going for the kids, it really is ace family entertainment. x
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  4. Sarah says:

    Amazing photographs and looks a fabulous, fun time was enjoyed by everyone (your dog included!).
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