I consider myself a seasoned camper. As a child I was half-ferrel and spent a lot of time running wild on a French beach. My parents packed up a car of three kids in the holidays, next upgrading to trailers, then a caravan, then a caravan plus awning and so on, to cart the family and our stuff across the channel. But it was only recently that I had my first taste of a Eurocamp and I now see the beauty in their ways. Here’s my list of reasons to give one a go on your next family holiday:
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1. You don’t have to plan children’s entertainment
Minimal effort has to go into thinking about how you are going to entertain the kids each day. There are so many different, fun ways to wear them out, it’s just a question of deciding in what order you want to do it. For example, take the swimming pool on our campsite, La Croix du Vieux Pont – all three of them that is, with their retractable roofs for all-weather swimming, waterslides to suit all ages, waterfalls, splash park jetting water out of colourful structures, fountains and a jacuzzi. That’s hours of mind-blowing fun right there. Aside from that there’s a lake with sandy beach, lagoon lake with water activities, soft play, laser quest, an onsite bowling alley, go karts, bike hire, tennis courts, trampolines, mini golf, fishing, kids clubs…in short they will struggle to be bored.
Ok not strictly true as our car was rammed to the rafters with practically everything we own on this Earth (we even took our Nespresso machine), but unlike a normal holiday, you don’t have to bring things like cutlery, fridge, stove, pillows, chairs and baby essentials such as potties, bed rails, changing mats, baby baths, nightlight or booster seats as they are either provided or you can hire it onsite. Win!
3. You don’t have to spend ages getting your kids to sleep
They might not stay asleep all night, but I can guarantee that a day packed full of Eurocamp activities will make a toddler so flipping knackered that the nap/bedtime routine becomes extremely easy. Simply feed, then place in cot, et voila! A snoozing child.
I watched the programme, “Blinging up Baby” the other day and while I’m an advocate of ‘each to their own’ I couldn’t help thinking those children should be outside, jumping in muddy puddles and scruffing around, not sat in a beauty salon having their eyebrows painted on and their skin spray-tanned. Children seem at their happiest outside and there is something so joyful in watching them play in the open air.
5. Be part of the buzz of Eurocamp life
People potter past, push bikes, whizz scooters, some carry toilet rolls announcing their intentions to the world. The smell of BBQ lingers, towels are thrown over bare shoulders, buckets of washing up rattle…the buzz of campsite life is infectious, communal and comforting.
Be it chalet, safari tent, mobile home, classic tent or even tree house there’s something to suit different budgets and camping tastes.
7. You can take day trips out from the site
If you fancy getting out and about during your stay, take a look at trips that Eurocamp offers as it could mean you don’t have to worry about driving. Our campsite wasn’t that far from Paris and family day trips to Eurodisney were a popular choice. There were also châteaux, historics French towns and markets to explore in the region so we could devise our own independent days out – especially with the freedom of a car.
Many Eurocamps offer kids clubs for all ages, starting from about 6 months. You can join toddler dance, toddler football, archery, craft, family Olympics or climbing amongst a whole caboodle of activities. Perfect for rainy days and children wanting to try their hand at something new.
9. There are Eurocamp staff onsite to help you out
Despite the fact we own the exact same travel cot, could we for the life of us manage to erect it? Cue a young, helpful Eurocamp staff member who deftly flung the thing into place. Quick, efficient, helpful – I was impressed!
10. Your kids will become free range children
Away from busy roads and with tons of green space and parks to run around in, you can let them loose! They’ll love you for it.
11. Be a big kid yourself
Show them how to whoosh down a waterslide, squeal with delight under a sprinkler, navigate them around the softplay or join them on the bouncy castle and generally by a big kid yourself.