Back in May, me and Steve had a weekend in a camping pod at Holgates Caravan Park, Silverdale. We'd originally booked the weekend for our anniversary in February, but in the end, we rearranged for mid May. I'd booked a half-day off work for the Friday so we could view some houses in the afternoon before setting-off on our mini adventure, avoiding the rush-hour traffic (not that there's much of a rush-hour in Silverdale!).
After checking-in at the clubhouse, we found our little pod called The Hideaway conveniently placed on a little hill at the back of the facilities (toilets, showers, washing-up sinks) block. The camping pod was brilliant and had just enough little luxuries (sofa bed, lighting and a heater) for novice campers like ourselves, whilst still being basic enough for a proper camping experience.
On Saturday morning, we woke up to torrential rainfall and cooking breakfast wasn't much fun. Our little camping stove that we'd brought from a camping shop in Windermere, back in January, saved the day and cooked our breakfast bacon in no time. After I broke our travel kettle (left it on US settings from our honeymoon in New York - doh!) we also used it to boil the water for our morning cups of tea. Then, when the rain had subsided, we headed out to explore the campsite and walk to the beach.
Holgates is a beautiful campsite, ideal for kids and my Steve (a big kid at heart!). We wandered around the little campsite roads, all named after trees and plants, trying to spot our favourite caravan. Some of them are so pretty with little outdoor spaces and matching hanging baskets.
Then we headed down to the beach so that I could take some photos...
The beach was small, rocky and muddy from the tide, but still pretty...
At this point I'd started to regret my 3 layers (fleece, hoody and waterproof)!
We had a bit of an explore along the beach before heading back to the campsite to play pitch-and-putt. By mid-afternoon the sunshine had arrived and hungry from all the fresh air, we started our little disposal barbecue for a camping feast!
After polishing off gluten-free sausages, portobello mushrooms and corn-on-the-cob we used the last of the charcoal embers to toast marshmallows for dessert!
Then, after clearing-up, we headed to the club-house to watch the football (some things never change!).
We had a lovely mini break at Holgates Caravan Park, getting away from our usual routines, surviving without WiFi and generally slowing down.
I can't wait for our next adventure...