A couple of weeks ago I was blogging from one of my favourite camp sites. Red Bank Farm is a quiet site, right by the sea. It’s location is Bolton-Le-Sands, just a few miles from the seaside town of Morecambe in Lancashire.
With a shower and toilet block that’s kept lovely and clean, a little petting zoo and reasonably priced laundry facilities the site has everything you need for a relaxed stay. Not to mention the wonderful on-site cafe which is really more like a restaurant with it’s wonderfully tempting menu and truly welcoming atmosphere.
We weren’t originally going to stay here this weekend, to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We had actually made arrangements to stay elsewhere but due to a change of plan found ourselves pitchless! On the off chance, we phoned Red Bank and they’d had a cancellation! Hooray!
The site is a working farm and part of camping on this farm is sharing your field with some very tame chickens. The kids loved the novelty of having chickens around and immediately asked if they could have one at home (No.).
With us being right on the ‘beach’ it would have been rude not to take advantage of the loveliness that is walking the dog in the fresh, crisp morning air at 6am. (I definitely wasn’t nursing a hangover. No, not me!) The peace and quiet was just lovely.
I was armed with wellies – you definitely need them – and the dog was as happy as a … well, as a collie in a salt marsh!
As I said, the beach is actually salt marsh and not really suitable for building sandcastles, though that didn’t stop the kids having a ball when their auntie and uncle took them yesterday afternoon.
There’s nothing more appealing to my four year old as something as tactile as muddy sand! He had a whale of a time and didn’t want to come back to the tent.
All of the children needed a full change of clothes when they got back but the smiles on their faces were worth it.
The children (and some of the adults) spent much of the rest of the day playing football, cricket and rounders. One of the things I love about Red Bank is that the tents are all pitched around the perimeter of the field and there is lots of space for play in the middle.
As the day drew to a close we borrowed a huge BBQ from Red Bank and fed (what seemed like) the five thousand. From chilli-season mackerel and reggae reggae chicken through to the mandatory burgers and sausage, we were all stuffed full by the time we’d finished and there was still some left!
I love getting together to eat like this, where everyone brings something different and then we eat as though it were a buffet. Such a relaxed way of dining.
We sat around the fire, toasting marshmallows, chatting and laughing. How much time do you actually spend ‘together’ as a family? We are often guilty of being in the same room but not communicating. I’ll be on the laptop, husband maybe watching a film, kids playing in the bedrooms. We are quite good at remembering to treasure our time together, but we could do more.
And then, with full tummies and happy hearts, we slept. We slept until those pesky chickens woke us up. It was lovely.