Many years ago my parents discovered a beautiful caravan site in Dorset. When the children were very young we tried it out too and it has become the place we return to time and time again. We have so many happy memories of holidays there as the children grew up. Playing ‘Trolls’ under the bridge in the playground, Emily picking up and trying to eat rabbit poo, the time she got chicken pox ….
First we started by hiring a static caravan but I missed the camaraderie of being with the touring caravans so we purchased our own touring caravan. At one time we were there with my parents and both my sisters and their families, all in our caravans. Fantastic holiday fun for younger children with their cousins! Caravan sites are so safe for them, they learnt to ride their bikes on the roads around the site, they learnt to be independent by going up to the shop for the daily newspaper and bread. They loved making friends and playing in the playground or with kites in the field. We purchased swingball for them and various other children’s activities. Play-doh was always a rainy day favourite on caravan holidays.
But as the children grew up we found we were using our caravan less and less and so a couple of years ago we sold it. We like to go skiing and we enjoy guaranteed sun and so have started having hot holidays which are more suitable for teenagers. And I admit now they are older, sunlounger holidays are much more relaxing for me!
But this year we fancied going back to Dorset. And so we will stay in one of the site’s new Log Cabins. It will be me and my husband and daughter and our two dogs. And my son and his girlfriend will drive down for part of the week.
It is one of those holidays where we can just walk and relax and enjoy the outdoors. No worrying about plane journey’s through busy airports either! We don’t have to think about who is going to look after our two westies, Katy and Bonnie, they will love coming with us.
The site has a restaurant, coffee shop, shop and leisure centre. It is no ‘holiday camp’ though. It is very classy and doesn’t get too busy. I love their ‘Sunday Lunches’. I love a walk down the cliffs to the harbour town to get fish n chips or a walk in the opposite direction to sit on the little secluded beach and watch the dogs play (used to be the children)! There are lovely pubs nearby and places to visit but to be honest, we don’t go too far. I am just happy enjoying the view.
Going through the photos I think we were last there in 2012 and first started going after we had our son in 1997.
You may recognise the area from TV’s ‘Broadchurch’ series?
West Dorset Leisure Holidays, Highlands End, near Bridport.
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