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We took a week out in August to travel within our own country. We had booked a pitch for a week at East Fleet Farm Touring Park near Weymouth, Dorset and used this as a base to explore the surrounding area.
When camping we let go of the usual routine around our kids. Bedtime generally is when it gets dark and it can sometimes take most of the morning to get up and going. This relaxed attitude on a campsite helps everyone adjust quicker to the time on site.
The campsite was fantastic, with great facilities. Friendly staff met us on our arrival and directed us to our pitch – next to friends as requested. The site has a central toilet/shower block and a children’s play park. The on site shop stocks a lot of camping equipment and food items. On alternate nights there are Fish and Chips or Pizza fast food options. A friendly on-site pub is open between 6pm and 11pm and while they do not serve food they are more than happy for you to have take away delivered to the pub where they will supply plates, cutlery and wash up afterwards for you.
Once the tent was up we spent the next couple of days on the sandy beaches of Weymouth, the highlight being the time spent racing each other on peddle boats.
We took the drive to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park for a day trip and had a relaxing day watching the kids enjoy the activities on offer there. Fossil hunting was next and we ventured down the coast to the town of Lyme Regis to try our hand at finding fossils in the stones. No luck, but we had fun trying.
Sadly the next couple of days were rainy, which led to the Weymouth carnival and Red Arrows show to be cancelled. We let the kids burn some energy in a soft play centre and wandering around Weymouth town.
Finally we took a trip to the Isle of Portland to visit Portland Bill Lighthouse, built in 1906. Sadly our youngest was too small to take the lighthouse tour so we decided as a family to not do this and spent our time climbing the rocks and watching the waves crash in along the nearby coastline.
After the first couple of nights adjusting to tent life (Cows, Geese, Seagulls and a car horn all contributing to waking us up!!) we had a great week camping with friends and can certainly recommend East Fleet Farm Touring Park as a great place to stay. We rounded our trip off with an hour on Weymouth beach eating ice cream before heading home.